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Edgar Allan Poe – 25 Quotes

 

25 Quotes by Edgar Allan Poe

 

 

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

– Edgar Allan Poe


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

– Edgar Allan Poe


I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.

– Edgar Allan Poe


It is the nature of truth in general, as of some ores in particular, to be richest when most superficial.

– Edgar Allan Poe


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


We loved with a love that was more than love.

– Edgar Allan Poe


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

– Edgar Allan Poe


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

– Edgar Allan Poe


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

– Edgar Allan Poe


Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night.

– Edgar Allan Poe


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

– 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 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


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

– Edgar Allan Poe


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

– 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


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


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 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


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

– 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


Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.

– Edgar Allan Poe


I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of Beauty.

– Edgar Allan Poe


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

– 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


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