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“We find a delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.”

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source: “Illusions,” in The Conduct of Life (Boston: Houghton Mifflin and Company, 1904), 316.

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notes: Emerson's essay collection A Conduct of Life was first published in 1860

“When I think of your little faces I feel as the band does before it makes its first shout.”

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source: The Letters of Emily Dickinson vol 2, ed. by Thomas H. Johnson (Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1958), 477.

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notes: letter to Louise and Frances Norcross, Dickinson's first cousins, c. 1870

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