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Top 50 Best Inspiring Quotes from Edgar Allan Poe

Quotes from Edgar Allan Poe: Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer, poet, editor, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. He is widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States and of American literature as a whole, and he was one of the country’s earliest practitioners of the short story. He is also generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre and is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. Poe was the first well-known American writer to earn a living through writing alone. We hope you enjoy our list of the best Edgar Allan Poe quotes below.

Common Questions About Edgar Allan Poe

Did Edgar Allan Poe have children?

He had no Children.

What are Edgar Allan Poe’s best-known works?

Edgar Allan Poe’s best-known works include the poems “To Helen” (1831), “The Raven” (1845), and Annabel Lee (1849); the short stories of wickedness and crime “The Tell-Tale Heart” (1843) and “The Cask of Amontillado” (1846); and the supernatural horror story “The Fall of the House of Usher” (1839).

Our Favorite Quotes from Edgar Allan Poe

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

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

“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.”

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

“I was never really insane except upon occasions when my heart was touched.”

“There is no exquisite beauty… without some strangeness in the proportion.”

“Believe nothing you hear, and only one half that you see.”

“Sleep, those little slices of death — how I loathe them.”

“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.”

“Never to suffer would never to have been blessed.

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

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

“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.”

“Deep in earth my love is lying And I must weep alone.”

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“And so being young and dipped in folly I fell in love with melancholy.”

“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.”

“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.

“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.”

“Invisible things are the only realities.”

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

“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.”

“With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion.”

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

“That which you mistake for madness is but an overacuteness of the senses.”

“I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of beauty.”

“To elevate the soul, poetry is necessary.”

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

“It is a happiness to wonder; -- it is a happiness to dream.”

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“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?”

“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...”

“There are chords in the hearts of the most reckless which cannot be touched without emotion.”

“Yet mad I am not...and very surely do I not dream.”

“Even in the grave, all is not lost.”

“Convinced myself, I seek not to convince.”

“Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore.”

“Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence.”

“Stupidity is a talent for misconception.”

“To die laughing must be the most glorious of all glorious deaths!”

“And I fell violently on my face.”

“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.”

“A short story must have a single mood and every sentence must build towards it.”

“Leave my loneliness unbroken”

“Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore...”

“Is all that we see or seem But a dream within a dream?”

“In beauty of face no maiden ever equaled her. It was the radiance of an opium-dream - an airy and spirit-lifting vision more wildly divine than the fantasies which hovered about the slumbering souls of the daughters of Delos.”

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

“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.”

“Even with the utterly lost, to whom life and death are equally jests, there are matters of which no jest can be made.”

“Even with the utterly lost, to whom life and death are equally jests, there are matters of which no jest can be made.”

“When, indeed, men speak of Beauty, they mean, precisely, not a quality, as is supposed, but an effect - they refer, in short, just to that intense and pure elevation of soul - not of intellect, or of heart.”

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