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Quotes About:

Alone
Beauty
Death
Dreams
Genius
Life & Insanity
Love
Truth
Writing & Words
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Born: 19 Jan 1809

Died: 07 Oct 1849 (40)

Occupation: Poet

Nationality: American

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Edgar Allan Poe

Poe, the American poet was influential in American writing, and is widely considered the inventor of detective fiction. His poetry is often melancholic, with an intense admiration for beauty and a existential appreciation for dreams. Poe frequently expresses his frustration with the public’s misunderstanding of him.

“Alone” by Edgar Allan Poe

Poems by Edgar Allan Poe

Alone

From childhood’s hour I have not been

As others were; I have not seen

As others saw; I could not bring

My passions from a common spring.

From the same source I have not taken

My sorrow; I could not awaken

My heart to joy at the same tone;

And all I loved, I loved alone.

Then- in my childhood, in the dawn

Of a most stormy life- was drawn

From every depth of good and ill

The mystery which binds me still:

From the torrent, or the fountain,

From the red cliff of the mountain,

From the sun that round me rolled

In its autumn tint of gold,

From the lightning in the sky

As it passed me flying by,

From the thunder and the storm,

And the cloud that took the form

(When the rest of Heaven was blue)

Of a demon in my view.

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Edgar Allan Poe on Beauty

Edgar Allan Poe quotes about Beauty

“Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.”

– 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


“She was a maiden of rarest beauty, and not more lovely than full of glee. And evil was the hour when she saw, and loved, and wedded the painter. He, passionate, studious, austere, and having already a bride in his Art; she a maiden of rarest beauty, and not more lovely than full of glee; all light and smiles, and frolicsome as the young fawn; loving and cherishing all things; hating only the Art which was her rival;”

– Edgar Allan Poe The Oval Portrait


“No pictorial or sculptural combinations of points of human loveliness, do more than approach the living and breathing human beauty as it gladdens our daily path.”

– Edgar Allan Poe The Landscape Garden

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Edgar Allan Poe on Death


 

“There are two bodies — the rudimental and the complete ; corresponding with the two conditions of the worm and the butterfly. What we call “death,” is but the painful metamorphosis. Our present incarnation is progressive, preparatory, temporary. Our future is perfected, ultimate, immortal. The ultimate life is the full design.”

– Edgar Allan Poe, The Mesmeric Revelation


“Come! let the burial rite be read — the funeral song be sung! —

An anthem for the queenliest dead that ever died so young —

A dirge for her the doubly dead in that she died so young.”

-Edgar Allan Poe “Lenore”, st. 1


The City in the Sea (1831)

Lo! Death has reared himself a throne

In a strange city lying alone

Far down within the dim West,

Where the good and the bad and the worst and the best

Have gone to their eternal rest.

So blend the turrets and shadows there

That all seem pendulous in air,

While from a proud tower in the town

Death looks gigantically down.

And when, amid no earthly moans,

Down, down that town shall settle hence,

Hell, rising from a thousand thrones,

Shall do it reverence.

– Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe Quotes about Dreams

Inspirational Quotes by Edgar Allan Poe about Dreams

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.”

Edgar Allan Poe, “Eleonora”


“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,

Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortals ever dared to dream before.”

– Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven


“I have been happy, though in a dream.

I have been happy-and I love the theme:

Dreams! in their vivid colouring of life

As in that fleeting, shadowy, misty strife”

― Edgar Allan Poe


And all my days are trances,

And all my nightly dreams

Are where thy grey eye glances,

And where thy footstep gleams —

In what ethereal dances,

By what eternal streams.

Edgar Allan Poe, “To One In Paradise”


“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


“Arousing from the most profound of slumbers, we break the gossamer web of some dream. Yet in a second afterward, (so frail may that web have been) we remember not that we have dreamed.”

– Edgar Allan Poe, The Pit and the Pendulum


“Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow–
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream:
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.”
― 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

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Edgar Allan Poe About Geniusness


“The true genius shudders at incompleteness – and usually prefers silence to saying something which is not everything it should be.”

– Edgar Allan Poe


“Science has not yet taught us if madness is or is not the sublimity of the intelligence.”

– Edgar Allan Poe


“To vilify a great man is the readiest way in which a little man can himself attain greatness.”

– Edgar Allan Poe


“These fellows, knowing the extravagant gullibility of the age, set their wits to work in the imagination of improbable possibilities — of odd accidents, as they term them; but to a reflecting intellect (like mine,” I added, in parenthesis, putting my forefinger unconsciously to the side of my nose,) “to a contemplative understanding such as I myself possess, it seems evident at once that the marvelous increase of late in these ‘odd accidents’ is by far the oddest accident of all. For my own part, I intend to believe nothing henceforward that has anything of the ‘singular’ about it.”

– Edgar Allan Poe, The Angel Of The Odd: An Extravaganza


“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”


“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”


“It is more than probable that I am not understood; but I fear, indeed, that it is in no manner possible to convey to the mind of the merely general reader, an adequate idea of that nervous intensity of interest with which, in my case, the powers of meditation (not to speak technically) busied and buried themselves, in the contemplation of even the most ordinary objects of the universe.”

– Edgar Allan Poe “Berenice


“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 “Eleonora”

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Edgar Allan Poe Quotes about Life & Insanity


“I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.”

– Edgar Allan Poe


“I was cautious in what I said before the young lady; for I could not be sure that she was sane; and, in fact, there was a certain restless brilliancy about her eyes that half led me to imagine she was not.”

― Edgar Allan Poe


“I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it.”

– Edgar Allan Poe


“Convinced myself, I seek not to convince.”

– Edgar Allan Poe


“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


“In criticism I will be bold, and as sternly, absolutely just with friend and foe. From this purpose nothing shall turn me.”

– Edgar Allan Poe


“The generous Critic fanned the Poet’s fire, and taught the world with reason to admire.”

– Edgar Allan Poe


“The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could; but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge. You, who so well know the nature of my soul, will not suppose, however, that I gave utterance to a threat. At length I would be avenged; this was a point definitely settled — but the very definitiveness with which it was resolved precluded the idea of risk. I must not only punish, but punish with impunity. A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes its redresser. It is equally unredressed when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who has done the wrong.”

– Edgar Allan Poe, “The Cask of Amontillado”


“But as in ethics, evil is a consequence of good, so in fact, out of joy is sorrow born. Either the memory of past bliss is the anguish of today, or the agonies which are have their origin in the ecstasies which might have been.”

– Edgar Allan Poe “Berenice”


“All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.”

– Edgar Allan Poe


“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


“There are moments when even to the sober eye of reason, the world of our sad humanity may assume the semblance of Hell. ”

― Edgar Allan Poe

“There are moments when, even to the sober eye of Reason, the world of our sad Humanity may assume the semblance of a Hell — but the imagination of man is no Carathis, to explore with impunity its every cavern. Alas! the grim legion of sepulchral terrors cannot be regarded as altogether fanciful — but, like the Demons in whose company Afrasiab made his voyage down the Oxus, they must sleep, or they will devour us — they must be suffered to slumber, or we perish.”

– Edgar Allan Poe, The Premature Burial

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Edgar Allan Poe Poem on Love


Annabel Lee (1849)

I was a child and she was a child,

In this kingdom by the sea,

But we loved with a love that was more than love —

I and my Annabel Lee …

It was many and many a year ago,

In a kingdom by the sea,

That a maiden lived whom you may know

By the name of Annabel Lee; —

And this maiden she lived with no other thought

Than to love and be loved by me.

St. 1.

I was a child and she was a child,

In this kingdom by the sea,

But we loved with a love that was more than love —

I and my Annabel Lee —

With a love that the wingèd seraphs of Heaven

Coveted her and me.

St. 2.

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

Of the beautiful Annabel Lee

St. 5.

In her sepulcher there by the sea —

In her tomb by the sounding sea.

St. 6.

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Edgar Allan Poe Quotes on Truth


“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


“..bear in mind that, in general, it is the object of our newspapers rather to create a sensation-to make a point-than to further the cause of truth.” Dupin in “The Mystery of Marie Roget”

― Edgar Allan Poe, The Mystery of Marie Rogêt


“There is no oath which seems to me so sacred as that sworn by the all-divine love I bear you. — By this love, then, and by the God who reigns in Heaven, I swear to you that my soul is incapable of dishonor — that, with the exception of occasional follies and excesses which I bitterly lament, but to which I have been driven by intolerable sorrow, and which are hourly committed by others without attracting any notice whatever — I can call to mind no act of my life which would bring a blush to my cheek — or to yours. If I have erred at all, in this regard, it has been on the side of what the world would call a Quixotic sense of the honorable — of the chivalrous.”

– Edgar Allan Poe, Letter to Mrs. Whitman


“Whether people grow fat by joking, or whether there is something in fat itself which predisposes to a joke, I have never been quite able to determine…”

– Edgar Allan Poe, Hop-Frog

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Edgar Allan Poe Quotes about Writing & Words


“Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.”

– Edgar Allan Poe


“The death of a beautiful woman, is unquestionably the most poetical topic in the world.”

– 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


“There are certain themes of which the interest is all-absorbing, but which are too entirely horrible for the purposes of legitimate fiction.”

– Edgar Allan Poe, The Premature Burial

“A novelist, for example, need have no care of his moral. It is there — that is to say, it is somewhere — and the moral and the critics can take care of themselves. When the proper time arrives, all that the gentleman intended, and all that he did not intend, will be brought to light, in the “Dial,” or the “Down-Easter,” together with all that he ought to have intended, and the rest that he clearly meant to intend: — so that it will all come very straight in the end.”

– Edgar Allan Poe “Never Bet the Devil Your Head”

“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


“The object, Truth, or the satisfaction of the intellect, and the object, Passion, or the excitement of the heart, are, although attainable, to a certain extent, in poetry, far more readily attainable in prose.”

– Edgar Allan Poe, The Philosophy of Composition


“Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.”

– Edgar Allan Poe

“Depend upon it, after all, Thomas, Literature is the most noble of professions. In fact, it is about the only one fit for a man. For my own part, there is no seducing me from the path.”

– Edgar Allan Poe, Letter to Frederick W. Thomas

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