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"If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry." -
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Top 5 quotes from Emily Dickinson
"Whenever a thing is done for the first time, it releases a little demon."
"Beauty is not caused. It is."
"If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry."
"Forever is composed of nows."
"To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else."
Top 5 quotes from Poetry
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."
"In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite."
"Poetry may make us from time to time a little more aware of the deeper, unnamed feelings which form the substratum of our being, to which we rarely penetrate; for our lives are mostly a constant evasion of ourselves."
"To be a poet is a condition, not a profession."
"A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom."