American poet Emily Dickinson would have celebrated her 185th birthday today.
Despite being highly introverted, Dickinson wrote nearly 1,800 poems throughout her life (though fewer than a dozen were published while she was alive). It wasn't until after her death in 1886 that the public was gifted with Dickinson's verse — her younger sister, Lavinia, discovered pages and pages of writing and sent it to a publisher.
To celebrate one of the most significant American poets of all time, here are 19 lines and excerpts from Dickinson's poetry. We hope they can uplift and inspire you today!
Forever is composed of nows.
Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.
Shame need not crouch
In such an earth as ours
The universe is yours.
The brain has corridors surpassing
If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.