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100 Insightful Edgar Allan Poe Quotes

Edgar Allan Poe’s creative and thought-provoking works of literature have established him as a major author in world literature. His imaginative poems and short stories greatly influenced generations and continue to do so to this present day and age. Considered by many as the author, who popularized modern short stories, Poe’s work as an author and editor profoundly influenced the landscape of international literature. The following list of truly inspirational Edgar Allan Poe quotes will help you to better understand the person behind groundbreaking pieces of literature. If you enjoy reading, you’ll also like our collection of truly magnificent reading quotes.

Poe’s deeply moving life was filled with setbacks, disappointments, and tragedies. His father, the actor, David Poe Jr., abandoned the family when Edgar Allan Poe was three years of age. One year later, his mother died of tuberculosis. As an adolescent, he was forced to leave the University of Virginia because of gambling debts.

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

His very first poetry collection was largely unnoticed by reviewers and readers alike. The same held true for his second collection, which he wrote while serving as sergeant major in the United States Military. In 1829, however, was dismissed from Military Academy because he violated rules and regulations.

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Things started to turn for the better when Poe moved to Baltimore, Maryland and sold short stories to local newspapers. He was able to win the attention of local literature critics when one of his pieces of literature, MS. Found in a Bottle, one the price of the best short story in Baltimore. In 1835, six years after being dismissed from Military Academy, Poe became an editor of The Southern Literary Messenger.

100 Insightful Edgar Allan Poe Quotes

The literary works of Edgar Allan Poe lay the foundation for modern forms of detective and horror stories. His emphasis on the structure and style of a literary work earned him wide recognition as a literary critic. Even more so, he was one of the first Americans who became a key figure in the world of international literature.

Here’s our collection of inspirational Edgar Allan Poe quotes

1.

Touching the hard

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

2.

Edgar Allan Poe quote

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

3.

Quote about poetry

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

4.

Poetry for the soul

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

5.

Poe quote about enthusiasm

“There is an eloquence in true enthusiasm”
Edgar Allan Poe

6.

“The best things in life make you sweaty.”
Edgar Allan Poe

7.

“It is a happiness to wonder – it is a happiness to dream.”
Edgar Allan Poe

8.

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

9.

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

10.

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

11.

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

12.

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

13.

“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

14.

“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

15.

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

16.

“Convinced myself, I seek not to convince.”
Edgar Allan Poe

17.

“We loved with a love that was more than love.”
Edgar Allan Poe

18.

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

19.

“Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore —
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.”
Edgar Allan Poe

20.

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

21.

“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

22.

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

23.

“Mysteries force a man to think.”
Edgar Allan Poe

24.

“In other words, I believed, and still do believe, that truth, is frequently of its own essence, superficial, and that, in many cases, the depth lies more in the abysses where we seek her, than in the actual situations wherein she may be found.”
Edgar Allan Poe

25.

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

26.

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

27.

“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

28.

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

29.

“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

30.

“The agony of my soul found vent in one loud, long and final scream of despair.”
Edgar Allan Poe

31.

“Music, when combined with a pleasurable idea, is poetry; music, without the idea, is simply music; the idea, without the music, is prose, from its very definitiveness.”
Edgar Allan Poe

32.

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

33.

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

34.

“A million candles have burned themselves out. Still I read on.”
Edgar Allan Poe

35.

“In our endeavors to recall to memory something long forgotten, we often find ourselves upon the very verge of remembrance, without being able, in the end, to remember.”
Edgar Allan Poe

36.

“Imperceptibly the love of these discords grew upon me as my love of music grew stronger.”
Edgar Allan Poe

37.

“Books, indeed, were his sole luxuries”
Edgar Allan Poe

38.

“We had always dwelled together, beneath a tropical sun, in the Valley of the Many-Colored Grass.”
Edgar Allan Poe

39.

“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

40.

“Philosophers have often held dispute
As to the seat of thought in man and brute
For that, the power of thought attends the latter
My friend, thy beau, hath made a settled matter,
And in spite of dogmas current in all ages,
One settled fact is better than ten sages.”
Edgar Allan Poe

41.

“For my own part, I have never had a thought which I could not set down in words, with even more distinctness than that with which I conceived it.”
Edgar Allan Poe

42.

“There are few persons, even among the calmest thinkers, who have not occasionally been startled into a vague yet thrilling half-credence in the supernatural, by coincidences of so seemingly marvelous a character that, as mere coincidences, the intellect has been unable to receive them.”
Edgar Allan Poe

43.

“Marking a book is literally an experience of your differences or agreements with the author. It is the highest respect you can pay him.”
Edgar Allan Poe

44.

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

45.

“That single thought is enough. The impulse increases to a wish, the wish to a desire, the desire to an uncontrollable longing, and the longing is indulged.”
Edgar Allan Poe

46.

“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

47.

“Ah, not in knowledge is happiness, but in the acquisition of knowledge! In forever knowing, we are forever blessed; but to know all, were the curse of a friend.”
Edgar Allan Poe

48.

“I smiled,—for what had I to fear?”
Edgar Allan Poe

49.

“So resolute is the world to despise anything which carries with it an air of simplicity.”
Edgar Allan Poe

50.

“It is the object of our newspapers rather to create a sensation – to make a point – than to further the cause of truth.”
Edgar Allan Poe

51.

“A judge at common law may be an ordinary man; a good judge of a carpet must be a genius.”
Edgar Allan Poe

52.

“And rays of truth you cannot see are flashing thro’ eternity”
Edgar Allan Poe

53.

“The depth lies in the valleys where we seek her, and not upon the mountain-tops where she is found.”
Edgar Allan Poe

54.

“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

55.

“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

56.

“It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain; but once conceived, it haunted me day and night.”
Edgar Allan Poe

57.

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

58.

“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

59.

“All suffering originates from craving, from attachment, from desire.”
Edgar Allan Poe

60.

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

61.

“The Prefect, who had a fashion of calling everything “odd” that was beyond his comprehension, and thus lived amid an absolute legion of “oddities.”
Edgar Allan Poe

62.

“[A] fitful strain of melancholy which will ever be found inseperable from the perfection of the beautiful.”
Edgar Allan Poe

63.

“Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,”
Edgar Allan Poe

64.

“To him, who still would gaze upon the glory of the summer sun, there comes, when that sun will from him part, a sullen hopelessness of heart.”
Edgar Allan Poe

65.

“We gave him a hearty welcome, for there was nearly half as much of the entertaining as of the contemptible about the man..”
Edgar Allan Poe

66.

“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

67.

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

68.

“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

69.

“If a poem hasn’t ripped apart your soul; you haven’t experienced poetry.”
Edgar Allan Poe

70.

“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.”
Edgar Allan Poe

71.

“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

72.

“Yet we met; and fate bound us together at the altar, and I never spoke of passion nor thought of love. She, however, shunned society, and, attaching herself to me alone rendered me happy. It is a happiness to wonder; it is a happiness to dream.”
Edgar Allan Poe

73.

“To be thoroughly conversant with Man’s heart, is to take our final lesson in the iron-clasped volume of Despair”
Edgar Allan Poe

74.

“Actually, I do have doubts, all the time. Any thinking person does. There are so many sides to every question.”
Edgar Allan Poe

75.

“And so, all the night-tide, I lay down the side, of my darling, my darling, my life, and my bride, in the sepulcher there by the sea, in her tomb by the surrounding sea.”
Edgar Allan Poe

76.

“The rain came down upon my head – Unshelter’d. And the wind rendered me mad and deaf and blind.”
Edgar Allan Poe

77.

“There seemed a deep sense of life and joy about all; and although no airs blew from out the Heavens, yet everything had motion through the gentle sweepings to and fro of innumerable butterflies, that might have been mistaken for tulips with wings.”
Edgar Allan Poe

78.

“I have not only labored solely for the benefit of others but have been forced to model my thoughts at the will of men whose imbecility was evident to all but themselves”
Edgar Allan Poe

79.

“His heart is a suspended lute; As soon as you touch it, it resonates.”
Edgar Allan Poe

80.

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

81.

“For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams”
Edgar Allan Poe

82.

“When I was young and filled with folly, I fell in love with melancholy”
Edgar Allan Poe

83.

“Yes I now feel that it was then on that evening of sweet dreams- that the very first dawn of human love burst upon the icy night of my spirit. Since that period I have never seen nor heard your name without a shiver half of delight half of anxiety.”
Edgar Allan Poe

84.

“For passion must, with youth, expire.”
Edgar Allan Poe

85.

“To observe attentively is to remember distinctly.”
Edgar Allan Poe

86.

“To conceive the horror of my sensations is, I presume, utterly impossible; yet a curiosity to penetrate the mysteries of these awful regions predominates even over my despair, and will reconcile me to the most hideous aspect of death.”
Edgar Allan Poe

87.

“The most expuisite beauty has strangeness in its proportions.”
Edgar Allan Poe

88.

“A mystery, and a dream, should my early life seem.”
Edgar Allan Poe

89.

“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

90.

“Stupidity is a talent for misconception.”
Edgar Allan Poe

91.

“It was well said of a certain German book that it does not permit itself to be read.”
Edgar Allan Poe

92.

“We gave the Future to the winds, and slumbered tranquility in the Present, weaving the dull world around us into dreams.”
Edgar Allan Poe

93.

“For eyes we have no models in the remotely antique.”
Edgar Allan Poe

94.

“I went as a passenger, having no other inducement than a kind of nervous restlessness which haunted me as a friend”
Edgar Allan Poe

95.

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

96.

“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.”
Edgar Allan Poe

97.

“And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.”
Edgar Allan Poe

98.

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

99.

“Years of love have been forgot, in the hatred of a minute.”
Edgar Allan Poe

100.

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

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