Edgar Allan Poe Quotes

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All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream. Edgar Allan Poe quotes

It will be found, in fact, that the ingenious are always fanciful, and the truly imaginative never otherwise than analytic. Edgar Allan Poe, The Murders in the Rue Morgue

I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity. Edgar Allan Poe

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before. Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven

If you wish to forget anything on the spot, make a note that this thing is to be remembered. Edgar Allan Poe

I continued, as was my wont, to smile in his face, and he did not perceive that my smile now was at the thought of his immolation. Edgar Allan Poe, The Cask of Amontillado

But we loved with a love that was more than love, I and my Annabel Lee. Edgar Allan Poe, The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings

Never to suffer would never to have been blessed. Edgar Allan Poe

And so being young and dipped in folly I fell in love with melancholy. Edgar Allan Poe

Thrilled me—filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before. Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven

Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears. Edgar Allan Poe

I have great faith in fools – self-confidence my friends will call it. Edgar Allan Poe

Leave my loneliness unbroken. Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven

I have great faith in fools – self-confidence my friends will call it. Edgar Allan Poe, Marginalia

The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins? Edgar Allan Poe, The Premature Burial

I was never really insane except upon occasions when my heart was touched. Edgar Allan Poe

I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat. Edgar Allan Poe

Science has not yet taught us if madness is or is not the sublimity of the intelligence. Edgar Allan Poe

Feel a glory in so rolling On the human heart a stone. Edgar Allan Poe, The Bells (Poem)

I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge. It has not been in the pursuit of pleasure that I have periled life and reputation and reason. It has been the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense of insupportable loneliness and a dread of some strange impending doom. Edgar Allan Poe

The true genius shudders at incompleteness — imperfection — and usually prefers silence to saying the something which is not everything that should be said. Edgar Allan Poe, Marginalia

Yet mad I am not…and very surely do I not dream. Edgar Allan Poe, The Black Cat

There is no exquisite beauty… without some strangeness in the proportion. Edgar Allan Poe

All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry. Edgar Allan Poe

It is by no means an irrational fancy that, in a future existence, we shall look upon what we think our present existence, as a dream. Edgar Allan Poe

There was an iciness, a sinking, a sickening of the heart – an unredeemed dreariness of thought which no goading of the imagination could torture into aught of the sublime. Edgar Allan Poe, The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales

And then there stole into my fancy, like a rich musical note, the thought of what sweet rest there must be in the grave. Edgar Allan Poe, The Pit and the Pendulum

Believe nothing you hear, and only one half that you see. Edgar Allan Poe

Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality. Edgar Allan Poe

From childhood’s hour I have not been. As others were, I have not seen. As others saw, I could not awaken. My heart to joy at the same tone. And all I loved, I loved alone. Edgar Allan Poe

Were I called on to define, very briefly, the term Art, I should call it ‘the reproduction of what the Senses perceive in Nature through the veil of the soul.’ The mere imitation, however accurate, of what is in Nature, entitles no man to the sacred name of ‘Artist.’ Edgar Allan Poe

I call to mind flatness and dampness; and then all is madness – the madness of a memory which busies itself among forbidden things.Edgar Allan Poe, The Pit and the Pendulum

Sleep, those little slices of death — how I loathe them. Edgar Allan Poe

I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it. Edgar Allan Poe

Quoth the Raven, “Nevermore. Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven

Years of love have been forgot, In the hatred of a minute. Edgar Allan Poe, The Complete Stories and Poems

Stupidity is a talent for misconception. Edgar Allan Poe

Who has not, a hundred times, found himself committing a vile or a silly action for no other reason than because he knows he should not? Edgar Allan Poe, The Black Cat

There is something in the unselfish and self-sacrificing love of a brute, which goes directly to the heart of him who has had frequent occasion to test the paltry friendship and gossamer fidelity of mere Man. Edgar Allan Poe

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. Edgar Allan Poe, Eleonora

It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain; but once conceived, it haunted me day and night. Edgar Allan Poe, The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings

That man is not truly brave who is afraid either to seem or to be, when it suits him, a coward. Edgar Allan Poe

In the deepest slumber-no! In delirium-no! In a swoon-no! In death-no! even in the grave all is not lost. Edgar Allan Poe, The Pit and the Pendulum

I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of beauty. Edgar Allan Poe, The Poetic Principle

Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence– whether much that is glorious– whether all that is profound– does not spring from disease of thought– from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect. Edgar Allan Poe, Complete Tales and Poems

They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. Edgar Allan Poe, The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings

Now this is the point. You fancy me a mad. Madmen know nothing. But you should have seen me. You should have seen how wisely I proceeded…Edgar Allan Poe, The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings

The death of a beautiful woman, is unquestionably the most poetical topic in the world. Edgar Allan Poe

And all I loved, I loved alone. Edgar Allan Poe

Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore…Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven

With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion. Edgar Allan Poe

True, nervous, very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am, but why will say that I am mad?! The disease had sharpened my senses, not destroyed, not dulled them. Above all was the sense of hearing acute. Edgar Allan Poe, The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary. Edgar Allan Poe

Even in the grave, all is not lost. Edgar Allan Poe

As a poet and as a mathematician, he would reason well; as a mere mathematician, he could not have reasoned at all. Edgar Allan Poe, The Purloined Letter

Deep in earth my love is lying And I must weep alone. Edgar Allan Poe

That pleasure which is at once the most pure, the most elevating and the most intense, is derived, I maintain, from the contemplation of the beautiful. Edgar Allan Poe

There are chords in the hearts of the most reckless which cannot be touched without emotion. Edgar Allan Poe

I intend to put up with nothing that I can put down. Edgar Allan Poe

I smiled,—for what had I to fear? Edgar Allan Poe, The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings

I need scarcely observe that a poem deserves its title only inasmuch as it excites, by elevating the soul. The value of the poem is in the ratio of this elevating excitement. Edgar Allan Poe

The ninety and nine are with dreams, content, but the hope of the world made new, is the hundredth man who is grimly bent on making those dreams come true. Edgar Allan Poe

But our love it was stronger by far than the love

Of those who were older than we—

Of many far wiser than we—

And neither the angels in Heaven above

Nor the demons down under the sea

Can ever dissever my soul from the soul. Edgar Allan Poe, The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings

I felt that I breathed an atmosphere of sorrow. Edgar Allan Poe

Lord, help my poor soul. Edgar Allan Poe quotes

Mysteries force a man to think, and so injure his health. Edgar Allan Poe

A million candles have burned themselves out. Still I read on. Edgar Allan Poe, The Cask of Amontillado

There are some secrets which do not permit themselves to be told. Edgar Allan Poe

Art is to look at not to criticize. Edgar Allan Poe

What a tale their terror tells. Edgar Allan Poe, The Bells (Poem)

Have we not a perpetual inclination, in the teeth of our best judgment, to violate that which is Law, merely because we understand it to be such? Edgar Allan Poe, The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings

I have no faith in human perfectibility. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active – not more happy – nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago. Edgar Allan Poe

To elevate the soul, poetry is necessary. Edgar Allan Poe

For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams. Edgar Allan Poe, Annabel Lee

Invisible things are the only realities. Edgar Allan Poe, Loss of Breath

Man’s real life is happy, chiefly because he is ever expecting that it soon will be so. Edgar Allan Poe

I dread the events of the future, not in themselves but in their results. Edgar Allan Poe

There are few persons who have not, at some period of their lives, amused themselves in retracing the steps by which particular conclusions of their own minds have been attained. The occupation is often full of interest and he who attempts it for the first time is astonished by the apparently illimitable distance and incoherence between the starting-point and the goal. Edgar Allan Poe, The Murders in the Rue Morgue

Experience has shown, and a true philosophy will always show, that a vast, perhaps the larger portion of the truth arises from the seemingly irrelevant. Edgar Allan Poe

Coincidences, in general, are great stumbling-blocks in the way of that class of thinkers who have been educated to know nothing of the theory of probabilities—that theory to which the most glorious objects of human research are indebted for the most glorious of illustration. Edgar Allan Poe, The Murders in the Rue Morgue

I remained too much inside my head and ended up losing my mind. Edgar Allan Poe

I was deeply interested in the little family history which he detailed to me with all that candor which a Frenchman indulges whenever mere self is the theme. Edgar Allan Poe, The Murders in the Rue Morgue

The death of a beautiful woman is, unquestionably, the most poetical topic in the world. Edgar Allan Poe

I am above the weakness of seeking to establish a sequence of cause and effect, between the disaster and the atrocity. Edgar Allan Poe

You will observe that the stories told are all about money-seekers, not about money-finders. Edgar Allan Poe, The Gold Bug

The nose of a mob is its imagination. By this, at any time, it can be quietly led. Edgar Allan Poe

That is another of your odd notions,” said the Prefect, who had a fashion of calling every thing “odd” that was beyond his comprehension, and thus lived amid an absolute legion of “oddities. Edgar Allan Poe, The Purloined Letter

The generous Critic fann’d the Poet’s fire, And taught the world with reason to admire. Edgar Allan Poe

How they scream out their affright! Edgar Allan Poe, The Bells (Poem)

The rudiment of verse may, possibly, be found in the spondee. Edgar Allan Poe

What a horror they outpour. Edgar Allan Poe, The Bells (Poem)

In one case out of a hundred a point is excessively discussed because it is obscure; in the ninety-nine remaining it is obscure because it is excessively discussed. Edgar Allan Poe

That which you mistake for madness is but an overacuteness of the senses. Edgar Allan Poe

Man’s real life is happy, chiefly because he is ever expecting that it soon will be so. Edgar Allan Poe

How we shiver with affright. Edgar Allan Poe, The Bells (Poem)

There are few cases in which mere popularity should be considered a proper test of merit; but the case of song-writing is, I think, one of the few. Edgar Allan Poe

And this I did for seven long nights—every night just at midnight—but I found the eye always closed; and so it was impossible to do the work; for it was not the old man who vexed me, but his Evil Eye. Edgar Allan Poe, The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings

I have no faith in human perfectability. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active – not more happy – nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago. Edgar Allan Poe

It is a happiness to wonder; — it is a happiness to dream. Edgar Allan Poe, Complete Stories and Poems

I knew what the old man felt, and pitied him, although I chuckled at heart. Edgar Allan Poe, The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings

Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words. Edgar Allan Poe

I have, indeed, no abhorrence of danger, except in its absolute effect – in terror. Edgar Allan Poe

Believe only half of what you see and nothing that you hear. Edgar Allan Poe

I smiled—for what had I to fear? Edgar Allan Poe, The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings

A strong argument for the religion of Christ is this – that offences against Charity are about the only ones which men on their death-beds can be made – not to understand – but to feel – as crime. Edgar Allan Poe

Of puns it has been said that those who most dislike them are those who are least able to utter them. Edgar Allan Poe

It was a low, dull, quick sound – much such a sound as a watch makes when enveloped in cotton. Edgar Allan Poe, The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings

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