Compilation of quotations and famous quotes by Edgar Allan Poe
A collection of Edgar Allan Poe quotes from stories and poems and other.
“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 quotes
“Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December; And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.” – Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.” ― Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“All that we see or seem, Is but a dream within a dream.” – Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“And all my days are trances, And all my nightly dreams, Are where thy dark eye glances, And where thy footstep gleams — In what ethereal dances, By what eternal streams.” – Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor, Shall be lifted — Nevermore! ” – Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“And so being young and dipped in folly I fell in love with melancholy.” ― Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“And the silken, sad, uncertain rustling of each purple curtain, Thrilled me — filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before.” – Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“And then there stole into my fancy, like a rich musical note, the thought of what sweet rest there must be in the grave.” – from "The Pit and the Pendulum"
“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.” – from "The Pit and the Pendulum"
“As a poet and as a mathematician, he would reason well; as a mere mathematician, he could not have reasoned at all, and thus would have been at the mercy of the Prefect” – Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.” ― Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“Believe me, there exists no such dilemma as that in which a gentleman is placed when he is forced to reply to a blackguard.” -Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“Believe only half of what you see and nothing that you hear.” ― Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“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.” – from "Berenice"
“By the dim light of an accidental lamp, tall, antique, worm-eaten, wooden tenements were seen tottering to their fall, in directions so many and capricious, that scarce the semblance of a passage was discernible between them.” – from "The Man of the Crowd"
“Can it be fancied that Deity ever vindictively, Made in his image a mannikin merely to madden it? ” – Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“Convinced myself, I seek not to convince.” – Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“Decorum — that bug-bear which deters so many from bliss until the opportunity for bliss has forever gone by. ” – Edgar Allan Poe quotes "The Spectacles"
“Deep in earth my love is lying And I must weep alone.” ― Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“Deep into the darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing,Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before” -Edgar Allan Poe quotes, The Raven
“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 quotes
“Either the memory of past bliss is the anguish of to-day, or the agonies which are have their origin in the ecstasies which might have been.” – Edgar Allan Poe quotes, "Berenice"
“Filled with mingled cream and amber I will drain that glass again. Such hilarious visions clamber Through the chambers of my brain — Quaintest thoughts — queerest fancies Come to life and fade away; Who cares how time advances? I am drinking ale today.” – Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“From a proud tower in the town, Death looks gigantically down.” – Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“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 quotes
“Ghastly, grim, and ancient Raven, wandering from the Nightly shore,– Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore! Quoth the Raven "Nevermore!"” – Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“Hear the mellow wedding bells, Golden bells! What a world of happiness their harmony foretells, Through the balmy air of night, How they ring out their delight! ” – Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.” -Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“I felt that I breathed an atmosphere of sorrow.” ― Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“I have great faith in fools – self-confidence my friends will call it.” ― Edgar Allan Poe quotes, Marginalia
“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 quotes
“I must not dwell upon the fearful repast which immediately ensued. Such things may be imagined, but words have no power to impress the mind with the exquisite horror of their reality.” – Edgar Allan Poe quotes, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym"
“I was never kinder to the old man than during the whole week before I killed him.” – from "The Tell-Tale Heart"
“I was never really insane except upon occasions when my heart was touched.” ― Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.” ― Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“I would define, in brief, the Poetry of words as the Rhythmical Creation of Beauty. Its sole arbiter is Taste.” – Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“If you wish to forget anything on the spot, make a note that this thing is to be remembered.” ― Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“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 quotes
“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.” – from "Ligeia"
“Invisible things are the only realities.” ― Edgar Allan Poe quotes, Loss of Breath
“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 quotes
“It is clear that a poem may be improperly brief. Undue brevity degenerates into mere epigrammatism. A very short poem, while now and then producing a brilliant or vivid, never produces a profound or enduring, effect. There must be the steady pressing down of the stamp upon the wax. ” – Edgar Allan Poe quotes "The Poetic Principle"
“It is with literature as with law or empire — an established name is an estate in tenure, or a throne in possession.” – Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“It may well be doubted whether human ingenuity can construct an enigma… which human ingenuity may not, by proper application, resolve.” – Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“It was night, and the rain fell; and falling, it was rain, but, having fallen, it was blood.” – from "Silence – A Fable"
“It will be found, in fact, that the ingenious are always fanciful, and the truly imaginative never otherwise than analytic.” – from "The Murders in the Rue Morgue"
“Keeping time, time, time, In a sort of Runic rhyme, To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells, From the bells, bells, bells.” – Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“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 quotes
“Love like mine can never be gotten over.” – Edgar Allan Poe quotes, letter to Maria Clemm
“Man is an animal that diddles, and there is no animal that diddles but man.” – Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“Man's real life is happy, chiefly because he is ever expecting that it soon will be so. ” -Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“Melancholy is … the most legitimate of all the poetical tones. ” – Edgar Allan Poe quotes, "The Philosophy of Composition"
“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 quotes
“Never to suffer would never to have been blessed.” ― Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“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.” – from "The Landscape Garden"
“On desperate seas long wont to roam, Thy hyacinth hair, thy classic face, Thy naiad airs have brought me home To the glory that was Greece And the grandeur that was Rome.” – Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words. ” – Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“Reality is the #1 cause of insanity among those who are in contact with it ” – Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“Science has not yet taught us if madness is or is not the sublimity of the intelligence.” ― Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“Scorching my seared heart with a pain, not hell shall make me fear again. ” – Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“Sleep, those little slices of death — how I loathe them.” – Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“Sound loves to revel in a summer night.” – Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“Suddenly a corner was turned, a blaze of light burst upon our sight, and we stood before one of the huge suburban temples of Intemperance–one of the palaces of the fiend, Gin.” – from "The Man of the Crowd"
“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 quotes
“Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door! ” – Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“Thank Heaven! the crisis –The danger, is past, and the lingering illness, is over at last –, and the fever called Living is conquered at last.” -Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“That man is not truly brave who is afraid either to seem or to be, when it suits him, a coward. ” -Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“The best things in life make you sweaty.” ― Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“The customs of the world are so many conventional follies.” – Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“The most natural, and, consequently, the truest and most intense of the human affections are those which arise in the heart as if by electric sympathy.” – Edgar Allan Poe quotes "The Spectacles"
“The murmur that springs From the growing of grass.” – Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“The nose of a mob is its imagination. By this, at any time, it can be quietly led.” – Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“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 quotes
“The realities of the world affected me as visions, and as visions only, while the wild ideas of the land of dreams became, in turn,—not the material of my every-day existence–but in very deed that existence utterly and solely in itself.” – Edgar Allan Poe quotes, "Berenice"
“The skies they were ashen and sober; The leaves they were crisped and sere — The leaves they were withering and sere; It was night in the lonesome October, Of my most immemorial year.” – Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“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 quotes, Marginalia
“The writer who neglects punctuation, or mispunctuates, is liable to be misunderstood for the want of merely a comma, it often occurs that an axiom appears a paradox, or that a sarcasm is converted into a sermonoid.” -Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“There are certain themes of which the interest is all-absorbing, but which are too entirely horrible for the purposes of legitimate fiction.” – from "The Premature Burial"
“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 quotes
“There is no exquisite beauty… without some strangeness in the proportion.” ― Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“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 quotes
“They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.” – from "Eleonora"
“This maiden she lived with no other thought, Than to love and be loved by me. ” – Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.” ― Edgar Allan Poe quotes, Eleonora
“To be thoroughly conversant with a man's heart, is to take our final lesson in the iron-clasped volume of despair.” -Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“To the glory that was Greece, And the grandeur that was Rome. ” – Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“To vilify a great man is the readiest way in which a little man can himself attain greatness.” -Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“We loved with a love that was more than love.” ― Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“We should 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.” – from "The Mystery of Marie Roget
“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 quotes
“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…” – from "Hop-Frog"
“With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion.” – Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.” ― Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“Years of love have been forgot, In the hatred of a minute.” ― Edgar Allan Poe quotes, The Complete Stories and Poems
“Yet I am not more sure that my soul lives, than I am that perverseness is one of the primitive impulses of the human heartone of the indivisible primary faculties, or sentiments, which give direction to the character of Man.” – Edgar Allan Poe quotes
“You are mistaken; I know him well; he is both. As poet and mathematician, he would reason well; as mere mathematician, he could not have reasoned at all, and thus would have been at the mercy of the Prefect.” – from "The Purloined Letter"