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Edgar Allan Poe (born Edgar Poe; January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) 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, resulting in a financially difficult life and career.

Poe was born in Boston, the second child of actors David and Elizabeth "Eliza" Poe. His father abandoned the family in 1810, and his mother died the following year. Thus orphaned, Poe was taken in by John and Frances Allan of Richmond, Virginia. They never formally adopted him, but he was with them well into young adulthood. Tension developed later as Poe and John Allan repeatedly clashed over Poe's debts, including those incurred by gambling, and the cost of Poe's education.

Poe attended the University of Virginia but left after a year due to lack of money. He quarreled with Allan over the funds for his education and enlisted in the United States Army in 1827 under an assumed name. It was at this time that his publishing career began with the anonymous collection Tamerlane and Other Poems (1827), credited only to "a Bostonian". Poe and Allan reached a temporary rapprochement after the death of Allan's wife in 1829. Poe later failed as an officer cadet at West Point, declaring a firm wish to be a poet and writer, and he ultimately parted ways with Allan.

Poe switched his focus to prose and spent the next several years working for literary journals and periodicals, becoming known for his own style of literary criticism. His work forced him to move among several cities, including Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City. He married his 13-year-old cousin, Virginia Clemm, in 1836, but Virginia died of tuberculosis in 1847. In January 1845, Poe published his poem "The Raven" to instant success.

He planned for years to produce his own journal The Penn (later renamed The Stylus), but before it could be produced, he died in Baltimore on October 7, 1849, at age 40. The cause of his death is unknown and has been variously attributed to disease, alcoholism, substance abuse, suicide, and other causes.

Poe and his works influenced literature around the world, as well as specialized fields such as cosmology and cryptography. He and his work appear throughout popular culture in literature, music, films, and television. A number of his homes are dedicated museums today. The Mystery Writers of America present an annual award known as the Edgar Award for distinguished work in the mystery genre.

Quote: A short story must have a single mood and every sentence must build towards it. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of fountain pen on spiral book
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A short story must have a single mood and every sentence must build towards it.


Quote: There is no exquisite beauty without some strangeness in the proportion. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of silhouette of elephant on brown sand during sunset
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There is no exquisite beauty without some strangeness in the proportion.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

There is no exquisite beauty," says Bacon, Lord Verulam, speaking truly of all the forms and genera of beauty, "without some strangeness in the proportion."


Quote: 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. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of black dog
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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.


Quote: We loved with a love that was more than love. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of silhouette of man and woman playing guitars
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We loved with a love that was more than love.


Quote: Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of leafless tree on body of water during daytime
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Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.


Quote: If you run out of ideas follow the road; you'll get there. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

If you run out of ideas follow the road; you'll get there.


Quote: 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. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

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.


Quote: Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!   Quoth the Raven Nevermore. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door! Quoth the Raven Nevermore.


Quote: Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December; And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December; And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December;

And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.

Eagerly, I wished the morrow; -- vainly I had sought to borrow

From my books surcease of sorrow -- sorrow for the lost Leonore -

For the rare and radiant maiden who the angels name Lenore -

Nameless here for evermore.


Quote: 'Prophet!' said I, 'thing of evil! -- prophet still, if bird or devil!' by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

'Prophet!' said I, 'thing of evil! -- prophet still, if bird or devil!'


Quote: 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? by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

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?


Quote: Lord, help my poor soul. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

Lord, help my poor soul.


Quote: All that we see and seem is but a dream within a dream. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

All that we see and seem is but a dream within a dream.


Quote: Reality is the #1 cause of insanity among those who are in contact with it. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

Reality is the #1 cause of insanity among those who are in contact with it.


Quote: As a poet and as a mathematician, he would reason well; as a mere mathematician, he could not have reasoned at all. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

As a poet and as a mathematician, he would reason well; as a mere mathematician, he could not have reasoned at all.


Quote: You call it hope-that fire of fire! It is but agony of desire. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

You call it hope-that fire of fire! It is but agony of desire.


Quote: Never to suffer would have been never to have been blessed. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

Never to suffer would have been never to have been blessed.


Quote: Either the memory of past bliss is the anguish of to-day; or the agonies which are have their origins in ecstasies which might have been. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

Either the memory of past bliss is the anguish of to-day; or the agonies which are have their origins in ecstasies which might have been.


Quote: Here, at last, he is happy. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

Here, at last, he is happy.


Quote: Because it was my crime to have no one on Earth who cared for me, or loved me. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

Because it was my crime to have no one on Earth who cared for me, or loved me.




Quote: Grammar is the analysis of language. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

Grammar is the analysis of language.


Quote: How many good books suffer neglect through the inefficiency of their beginnings! by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

How many good books suffer neglect through the inefficiency of their beginnings!


Quote: Me volví loco, con largos intervalos de horrible cordura. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

Me volví loco, con largos intervalos de horrible cordura.


Quote: It may well be doubted whether human ingenuity can construct an enigma... which human ingenuity may not, by proper application, resolve. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

It may well be doubted whether human ingenuity can construct an enigma... which human ingenuity may not, by proper application, resolve.


Quote: When a madman appears thoroughly sane, indeed, it is high time to put him in a straight jacket. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

When a madman appears thoroughly sane, indeed, it is high time to put him in a straight jacket.


Quote: There are certain themes of which the interest is all-absorbing, but which are too entirely horrible for the purposes of legitimate fiction. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

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


Quote: Reaching out to her is like drinking from a memory. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

Reaching out to her is like drinking from a memory.


Quote: I fell in love with melancholy. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

I fell in love with melancholy.


Quote: Many years ago, I contracted an intimacy with a Mr. William Legrand. He was of an ancient Huguenot family, and had once been wealthy; but a series of misfortunes had reduced him to want. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

Many years ago, I contracted an intimacy with a Mr. William Legrand. He was of an ancient Huguenot family, and had once been wealthy; but a series of misfortunes had reduced him to want.


Quote: To see distinctly the machinery -- the wheels and pinions -- of any work of Art is, unquestionably, of itself, a pleasure, but one which we are able to enjoy only just in proportion as we do not enjoy the legitimate effect designed by the artist. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

To see distinctly the machinery -- the wheels and pinions -- of any work of Art is, unquestionably, of itself, a pleasure, but one which we are able to enjoy only just in proportion as we do not enjoy the legitimate effect designed by the artist.


Quote: But Psyche uplifting her finger said: Sadly this star I mistrust. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

But Psyche uplifting her finger said: Sadly this star I mistrust.


Quote: It would be mockery to call such dreariness heaven at all. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

It would be mockery to call such dreariness heaven at all.


Quote: Odors have an altogether peculiar force, in affecting us through association; a force differing essentially from that of objects addressing the touch, the taste, the sight or the hearing. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

Odors have an altogether peculiar force, in affecting us through association; a force differing essentially from that of objects addressing the touch, the taste, the sight or the hearing.


Quote: He did not perceive that my smile now was at the thought of his immolation. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

He did not perceive that my smile now was at the thought of his immolation.


Quote: 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. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

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.


Quote: Mysteries force a man to think, and so injure his health. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

Mysteries force a man to think, and so injure his health.


Quote: For eyes we have no models in the remotely antique. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

For eyes we have no models in the remotely antique.


Quote: The mere imitation, however accurate, of what is in Nature, entitles no man to the sacred name of Artist. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

The mere imitation, however accurate, of what is in Nature, entitles no man to the sacred name of Artist.


Quote: In efforts to soar above our nature, we invariably fall below it. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

In efforts to soar above our nature, we invariably fall below it.


Quote: I stand amid the roar Of a surf-tormented shore, And I hold within my hand Grains of golden sand- How few! yet how they creep Through my fingers to the deep, While I weep- while I weep! by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

I stand amid the roar Of a surf-tormented shore, And I hold within my hand Grains of golden sand- How few! yet how they creep Through my fingers to the deep, While I weep- while I weep!


Quote: It is with literature as with law or empire -- an established name is an estate in tenure, or a throne in possession. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

It is with literature as with law or empire -- an established name is an estate in tenure, or a throne in possession.


Quote: A cadaverousness of complexion; an eye large, liquid and very luminous...finely molded chin, speaking, in its want of prominence, of a want of moral energy. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

A cadaverousness of complexion; an eye large, liquid and very luminous...finely molded chin, speaking, in its want of prominence, of a want of moral energy.


Quote: In me didst thou exist-and, in my death, see by this image, which is thine own, how utterly thou hast murdered thyself. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

In me didst thou exist-and, in my death, see by this image, which is thine own, how utterly thou hast murdered thyself.


Quote: From a proud tower in the town, Death looks gigantically down. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

From a proud tower in the town, Death looks gigantically down.


Quote: We had always dwelled together, beneath a tropical sun, in the Valley of the Many Colored Grass. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

We had always dwelled together, beneath a tropical sun, in the Valley of the Many Colored Grass.


Quote: If in many of my productions terror has been the thesis, I maintain that terror is not of Germany, but of the soul. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

If in many of my productions terror has been the thesis, I maintain that terror is not of Germany, but of the soul.


Quote: 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 . by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

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 .


Quote: 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.' by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of Edgar Allan Poe quote; white text on black background

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.'


Quote: I would define, in brief, the Poetry of words as the Rhythmical Creation of Beauty. Its sole arbiter is taste. With the intellect or with the conscience, it has only collateral relations. Unless incidentally, it has no concern whatever either with duty or with truth. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of Edgar Allan Poe quote; white text on black background

I would define, in brief, the Poetry of words as the Rhythmical Creation of Beauty. Its sole arbiter is taste. With the intellect or with the conscience, it has only collateral relations. Unless incidentally, it has no concern whatever either with duty or with truth.




Quote: I am walking like a bewitched corpse, with the certainty of being eaten by the infinite, of being annulled by the only existing Absurd. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

I am walking like a bewitched corpse, with the certainty of being eaten by the infinite, of being annulled by the only existing Absurd.


Quote: And, all at once, the moon arouse through the thin ghastly mist, And was crimson in color... And they lynx which dwelleth forever in the tomb, came out therefrom. And lay down at the feet of the demon. And looked at him steadily in the face. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

And, all at once, the moon arouse through the thin ghastly mist, And was crimson in color... And they lynx which dwelleth forever in the tomb, came out therefrom. And lay down at the feet of the demon. And looked at him steadily in the face.


Quote: Most writers -- poets in especial -- prefer having it understood that they compose by a species of fine frenzy -- an ecstatic intuition -- and would positively shudder at letting the public take a peep behind the scenes. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

Most writers -- poets in especial -- prefer having it understood that they compose by a species of fine frenzy -- an ecstatic intuition -- and would positively shudder at letting the public take a peep behind the scenes.


Quote: With my aversion to this cat, however, its partiality for myself seemed to increase. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

With my aversion to this cat, however, its partiality for myself seemed to increase.


Quote: There is then no analogy whatever between the operations of the Chess-Player, and those of the calculating machine of Mr. Babbage , and if we choose to call the former a pure machine we must be prepared to admit that it is, beyond all comparison, the most wonderful of the inventions of mankind. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of Edgar Allan Poe quote: There is then no analogy whatever between the operations of the Chess-Player, and those of the calculating machine of Mr. Babbage , and if we choose to call the former a pure machine we must be prepared to admit that it is, beyond all comparison, the most wonderful of the inventions of mankind.- black text on quotes background

There is then no analogy whatever between the operations of the Chess-Player, and those of the calculating machine of Mr. Babbage , and if we choose to call the former a pure machine we must be prepared to admit that it is, beyond all comparison, the most wonderful of the inventions of mankind.


Quote: It may be roundly asserted that human ingenuity cannot concoct a cipher which human ingenuity cannot resolve. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

It may be roundly asserted that human ingenuity cannot concoct a cipher which human ingenuity cannot resolve.


Quote: If you are ever drowned or hung, be sure and make a note of your sensations. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

If you are ever drowned or hung, be sure and make a note of your sensations.




Quote: There are some qualities, some incorporate things, that have a double life, which thus is made. A type os twin entity which springs from matter and light, envinced in solid and shade. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

There are some qualities, some incorporate things, that have a double life, which thus is made. A type os twin entity which springs from matter and light, envinced in solid and shade.


Quote: And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.


Quote: This maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

This maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.


Quote: I call to mind flatness and dampness; and then all is madness -- the madness of a memory which busies itself among forbidden things. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

I call to mind flatness and dampness; and then all is madness -- the madness of a memory which busies itself among forbidden things.


Quote: Dreams are the eraser dust I blow off my page.
They fade into the emptiness, another dark gray day.
Dreams are only memories of the plans I had back then.
Dreams are eraser dust and now I use a pen. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

Dreams are the eraser dust I blow off my page.
They fade into the emptiness, another dark gray day.
Dreams are only memories of the plans I had back then.
Dreams are eraser dust and now I use a pen.


Quote: A fool, for example, thinks Shakespeare a great poet ... yet the fool has never read Shakespeare. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

A fool, for example, thinks Shakespeare a great poet ... yet the fool has never read Shakespeare.


Quote: A man's grammar, like Caesar's wife, must not only be pure, but above suspicion of impurity. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

A man's grammar, like Caesar's wife, must not only be pure, but above suspicion of impurity.


Quote: I have not only labored solely for the benefit of others (receiving for myself a miserable pittance), but have been forced to model my thoughts at the will of men whose imbecility was evident to all but themselves. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

I have not only labored solely for the benefit of others (receiving for myself a miserable pittance), but have been forced to model my thoughts at the will of men whose imbecility was evident to all but themselves.




Quote: The Bostonians are really, as a race, far inferior in point of anything beyond mere intellect to any other set upon the continent of North America. They are decidedly the most servile imitators of the English it is possible to conceive. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

The Bostonians are really, as a race, far inferior in point of anything beyond mere intellect to any other set upon the continent of North America. They are decidedly the most servile imitators of the English it is possible to conceive.


Quote: In the deepest slumber-no! In delirium-no! In a swoon-no! In death-no! even in the grave all is not lost. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

In the deepest slumber-no! In delirium-no! In a swoon-no! In death-no! even in the grave all is not lost.


Quote: In death -- no! even in the grave all is not lost. Else there is no immortality for man. Arousing from the most profound 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. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of Edgar Allan Poe quote; white text on black background

In death -- no! even in the grave all is not lost. Else there is no immortality for man. Arousing from the most profound 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.


Quote: I remained too much inside my head and ended up losing my mind. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

I remained too much inside my head and ended up losing my mind.


Quote: Even with the utterly lost, to whom life and death are equally jests, there are matters of which no jest can be made. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

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




Quote: The fury of a demon instantly possessed me. I knew myself no longer. My original soul seemed, at once, to take its flight from my body; and a more than fiendish malevolence, gin-nurtured, thrilled every fibre of my frame. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

The fury of a demon instantly possessed me. I knew myself no longer. My original soul seemed, at once, to take its flight from my body; and a more than fiendish malevolence, gin-nurtured, thrilled every fibre of my frame.


Quote: Ah, broken is the golden bowl! the spirit flown forever! Let the bell toll!-a saintly soul floats on the Stygian river; And, Guy de Vere, hast thou no tear?-weep now or nevermore! by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

Ah, broken is the golden bowl! the spirit flown forever! Let the bell toll!-a saintly soul floats on the Stygian river; And, Guy de Vere, hast thou no tear?-weep now or nevermore!


Quote: You are rich, respected, admired, beloved; you are happy, as once I was. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

You are rich, respected, admired, beloved; you are happy, as once I was.


Quote: 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 spite of dogmas current in all ages, One settled fact is better than ten sages. (O,Tempora! O,Mores!). by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of Edgar Allan Poe quote: 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 spite of dogmas current in all ages, One settled fact is better than ten sages. (O,Tempora! O,Mores!).- black text on quotes background

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 spite of dogmas current in all ages, One settled fact is better than ten sages. (O,Tempora! O,Mores!).


Quote: Even in the grave, all is not lost. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

Even in the grave, all is not lost.


Quote: He is, as you say, a remarkable horse, a prodigious horse, although as you very justly observe, a suspicious and untractable character. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

He is, as you say, a remarkable horse, a prodigious horse, although as you very justly observe, a suspicious and untractable character.






Quote: 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.' by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

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.'


Quote: If a man deceives me once, shame on him; if he deceives me twice, shame on me. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

If a man deceives me once, shame on him; if he deceives me twice, shame on me.


Quote: There is no passion in nature so demoniacally impatient, as that of him who, shuddering upon the edge of a precipice, thus meditates a Plunge. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

There is no passion in nature so demoniacally impatient, as that of him who, shuddering upon the edge of a precipice, thus meditates a Plunge.


Quote: And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

And the Raven, never flitting, Still is sitting, still is sitting On the pallid bust of Pallas Just above my chamber door; And his eyes have all the seeming Of a demon's that is dreaming, And the lamplight o'er him streaming Throws his shadow on the floor, And my soul from out that shadow, That lies floating on the floor, Shall be lifted -- nevermore.


Quote: If I venture to displace ... the microscopical speck of dust... on the point of my finger,... I have done a deed which shakes the Moon in her path, which causes the Sun to be no longer the Sun, and which alters forever the destiny of multitudinous myriads of stars. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of Edgar Allan Poe quote; white text on black background

If I venture to displace ... the microscopical speck of dust... on the point of my finger,... I have done a deed which shakes the Moon in her path, which causes the Sun to be no longer the Sun, and which alters forever the destiny of multitudinous myriads of stars.


Quote: 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. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of Edgar Allan Poe quote; white text on black background

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.


Quote: Sound loves to revel in a summer night. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

Sound loves to revel in a summer night.


Quote: Always keep a big bottle of booze at your side. If a bird starts talking nonsense to you in the middle of the night pour yourself a stiff drink. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

Always keep a big bottle of booze at your side. If a bird starts talking nonsense to you in the middle of the night pour yourself a stiff drink.


Quote: And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all.


Quote: That the play is the tragedy, Man, And its hero, the Conqueror Worm. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

That the play is the tragedy, Man, And its hero, the Conqueror Worm.


Quote: In visions of the dark night I have dreamed of joy departed -- But a waking dream of life and light Hath left me broken-hearted. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

In visions of the dark night I have dreamed of joy departed -- But a waking dream of life and light Hath left me broken-hearted.


Quote: We allude to the short prose narrative, requiring from a half hour to one or two hours in its perusal. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

We allude to the short prose narrative, requiring from a half hour to one or two hours in its perusal.


Quote: No man who ever lived knows any more about the hereafter than you and I. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

No man who ever lived knows any more about the hereafter than you and I.


Quote: No thinking being lives who, at some luminous point of his life of thought, has not felt himself lost amid the surges of futile efforts at understanding, or believing, that anything exists greater than his own soul. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

No thinking being lives who, at some luminous point of his life of thought, has not felt himself lost amid the surges of futile efforts at understanding, or believing, that anything exists greater than his own soul.




Quote: That is another of your odd notions, said the Prefect, who had a fashion of calling every thing odd that was beyond his comprehension, and thus lived amid an absolute legion of oddities. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

That is another of your odd notions, said the Prefect, who had a fashion of calling every thing odd that was beyond his comprehension, and thus lived amid an absolute legion of oddities.


Quote: No murmur arose from its bed, and so gently it wandered along, that the pearly pebbles upon which we loved to gaze, far down within its bosom, stirred not at all, but lay in a motionless content, each in its own old station, shining on gloriously forever. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

No murmur arose from its bed, and so gently it wandered along, that the pearly pebbles upon which we loved to gaze, far down within its bosom, stirred not at all, but lay in a motionless content, each in its own old station, shining on gloriously forever.


Quote: The truth is, I am heartily sick of this life and of the nineteenth century in general. (I am convinced that every thing is going wrong.). by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

The truth is, I am heartily sick of this life and of the nineteenth century in general. (I am convinced that every thing is going wrong.).


Quote: I was never kinder to the old man than during the whole week before I killed him. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

I was never kinder to the old man than during the whole week before I killed him.


Quote: Truth is not always in a well. In fact, as regards the more important knowledge, I do believe that she is invariably superficial. The depth lies in the valleys where we seek her, and not upon the mountain-tops where she is found. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

Truth is not always in a well. In fact, as regards the more important knowledge, I do believe that she is invariably superficial. The depth lies in the valleys where we seek her, and not upon the mountain-tops where she is found.


Quote: But evil things, in robes of sorrow, Assailed the monarch's high estate; (Ah, let us mourn, for never morrow Shall dawn upon him desolate!) And round about his home the glory That blushed and bloomed, Is but a dim-remembered story Of the old time entombed. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

But evil things, in robes of sorrow, Assailed the monarch's high estate; (Ah, let us mourn, for never morrow Shall dawn upon him desolate!) And round about his home the glory That blushed and bloomed, Is but a dim-remembered story Of the old time entombed.


Quote: Read this and thought of you: Through joy and through sorrow, I wrote. Through hunger and through thirst, I wrote. Through good report and through ill report, I wrote. Through sunshine and through moonshine, I wrote. What I wrote it is unnecessary to say. ~ Edgar Allen Poe. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of Edgar Allan Poe quote; white text on black background

Read this and thought of you: Through joy and through sorrow, I wrote. Through hunger and through thirst, I wrote. Through good report and through ill report, I wrote. Through sunshine and through moonshine, I wrote. What I wrote it is unnecessary to say. ~ Edgar Allen Poe.


Quote: We gave the Future to the winds, and slumbered tranquilly in the Present, weaving the dull world around us into dreams. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

We gave the Future to the winds, and slumbered tranquilly in the Present, weaving the dull world around us into dreams.


Quote: 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. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

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.


Quote: As for Republicanism, no analogy could be found for it upon the face of the earth--unless we except the case of the prairie dogs, an exception which seems to demonstrate, if anything, that democracy is a very admirable form of government--for dogs. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

As for Republicanism, no analogy could be found for it upon the face of the earth--unless we except the case of the prairie dogs, an exception which seems to demonstrate, if anything, that democracy is a very admirable form of government--for dogs.


Quote: 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 marvellous a character that, as mere coincidences, the intellect has been unable to receive them. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of Edgar Allan Poe quote: 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 marvellous a character that, as mere coincidences, the intellect has been unable to receive them.- black text on quotes background

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 marvellous a character that, as mere coincidences, the intellect has been unable to receive them.


Quote: I blush, I burn, I shudder, while I pen the damnable atrocity. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

I blush, I burn, I shudder, while I pen the damnable atrocity.


Quote: But in the next moment I cursed myself for being so great a fool as to dream of hope at all. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

But in the next moment I cursed myself for being so great a fool as to dream of hope at all.


Quote: Never its mysteries are exposed
To the weak human eye unclosed. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

Never its mysteries are exposed
To the weak human eye unclosed.


Quote: If I could dwell where Israfel hath dwelt and he where I he might not sing so wildly well a mortal melody while a bolder note then this might swell from my lyre in the sky. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

If I could dwell where Israfel hath dwelt and he where I he might not sing so wildly well a mortal melody while a bolder note then this might swell from my lyre in the sky.




Quote: The want of an international Copy-Right Law, by rendering it nearly impossible to obtain anything from the booksellers in the wayof remuneration for literary labor, has had the effect of forcing many of our very best writers into the service of the Magazines and Reviews. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of Edgar Allan Poe quote; white text on black background

The want of an international Copy-Right Law, by rendering it nearly impossible to obtain anything from the booksellers in the wayof remuneration for literary labor, has had the effect of forcing many of our very best writers into the service of the Magazines and Reviews.




Quote: 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. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

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.


Quote: If you do not take it up with you in some way, I shall be under the necessity of breaking your head with this shovel. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

If you do not take it up with you in some way, I shall be under the necessity of breaking your head with this shovel.


Quote: Scorching my seared heart with a pain, not hell shall make me fear again. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

Scorching my seared heart with a pain, not hell shall make me fear again.


Quote: There might be a class of beings, human once, but now to humanity invisible, for whose scrutiny, and for whose refined appreciation of the beautiful, more especially than for our own, had been set in order by God the great landscape-garden of the whole earth. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

There might be a class of beings, human once, but now to humanity invisible, for whose scrutiny, and for whose refined appreciation of the beautiful, more especially than for our own, had been set in order by God the great landscape-garden of the whole earth.


Quote: If we examine a work of ordinary art, by means of a powerful microscope, all traces of resemblance to nature will disappear -- but the closest scrutiny of the photogenic drawing discloses only a more absolute truth, a more perfect identity of aspect with the thing represented. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of Edgar Allan Poe quote; white text on black background

If we examine a work of ordinary art, by means of a powerful microscope, all traces of resemblance to nature will disappear -- but the closest scrutiny of the photogenic drawing discloses only a more absolute truth, a more perfect identity of aspect with the thing represented.


Quote: One half of the pleasure experienced at a theatre arises from the spectator's sympathy with the rest of the audience, and, especially from his belief in their sympathy with him. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

One half of the pleasure experienced at a theatre arises from the spectator's sympathy with the rest of the audience, and, especially from his belief in their sympathy with him.


Quote: Not hear it? -- yes, I hear it, and have heard it. Long -- long -- long -- many minutes, many hours, many days, have I heard it -- yet I dared not -- oh, pity me, miserable wretch that I am! -- I dared not -- I dared not speak! We have put her living in the tomb! by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

Not hear it? -- yes, I hear it, and have heard it. Long -- long -- long -- many minutes, many hours, many days, have I heard it -- yet I dared not -- oh, pity me, miserable wretch that I am! -- I dared not -- I dared not speak! We have put her living in the tomb!


Quote: As the strong man exults in his physical ability, delighting in such exercises as call his muscles into action, so glories the analyst in that moral activity which disentangles. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

As the strong man exults in his physical ability, delighting in such exercises as call his muscles into action, so glories the analyst in that moral activity which disentangles.


Quote: I need scarcely observe that a poem deserves its title only inasmuch as it excites, by elevating the soul. The value of the poem is in the ratio of this elevating excitement. But all excitements are, through a psychal necessity, transient. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

I need scarcely observe that a poem deserves its title only inasmuch as it excites, by elevating the soul. The value of the poem is in the ratio of this elevating excitement. But all excitements are, through a psychal necessity, transient.


Quote: 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. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

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.


Quote: Finally on Sunday morning, October 7, 1849, He became quiet and seemed to rest for a short time. Then, gently, moving his head, he said, Lord help my poor soul. As he had lived so he died-in great misery and tragedy. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

Finally on Sunday morning, October 7, 1849, He became quiet and seemed to rest for a short time. Then, gently, moving his head, he said, Lord help my poor soul. As he had lived so he died-in great misery and tragedy.


Quote: The true genius shudders at incompleteness. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

The true genius shudders at incompleteness.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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


Quote: I found him well educated, with unusual powers of mind, but infected with misanthropy, and subject to perverse moods of alternate enthusiasm and melancholy. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

I found him well educated, with unusual powers of mind, but infected with misanthropy, and subject to perverse moods of alternate enthusiasm and melancholy.


Quote: There was much of the beautiful, much of the wanton, much of the bizarre, something of the terrible, and not a little of that which might have excited disgust. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

There was much of the beautiful, much of the wanton, much of the bizarre, something of the terrible, and not a little of that which might have excited disgust.


Quote: Out- out are the lights- out all! And, over each quivering form, The curtain, a funeral pall, Comes down with the rush of a storm, While the angels, all pallid and wan, Uprising, unveiling, affirm That the play is the tragedy, Man, And its hero the Conqueror Worm. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

Out- out are the lights- out all! And, over each quivering form, The curtain, a funeral pall, Comes down with the rush of a storm, While the angels, all pallid and wan, Uprising, unveiling, affirm That the play is the tragedy, Man, And its hero the Conqueror Worm.


Quote: 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 (to the deep regret and mortification of the speaker, and in defiance of all consequences,) is indulged. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

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 (to the deep regret and mortification of the speaker, and in defiance of all consequences,) is indulged.


Quote: It is evident that we are hurrying onward to some exciting knowledge--some never-to-be-imparted secret, whose attainment is destruction. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

It is evident that we are hurrying onward to some exciting knowledge--some never-to-be-imparted secret, whose attainment is destruction.


Quote: I seemed to be upon the verge of comprehension, without the power to comprehend as men, at time, find themselves upon the brink of rememberance, without being able, in the end, to remember. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

I seemed to be upon the verge of comprehension, without the power to comprehend as men, at time, find themselves upon the brink of rememberance, without being able, in the end, to remember.


Quote: 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. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

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.


Quote: Once upon a midnight dreary. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

Once upon a midnight dreary.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary.


Quote: I will, therefore, take occasion to assert that the higher powers of the reflective intellect are more decidedly and more usefully tasked by the unostentatious game of draughts than by a the elaborate frivolity of chess. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

I will, therefore, take occasion to assert that the higher powers of the reflective intellect are more decidedly and more usefully tasked by the unostentatious game of draughts than by a the elaborate frivolity of chess.


Quote: But our love 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. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

But our love 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.


Quote: And then there stole into my fancy, like a rich musical note, the thought of what sweet rest there must be in the grave. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

And then there stole into my fancy, like a rich musical note, the thought of what sweet rest there must be in the grave.


Quote: By undue profundity we perplex and enfeeble thought; and it is possible to make even Venus herself vanish from the firmament by a scrutiny too sustained, too concentrated, or too direct. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

By undue profundity we perplex and enfeeble thought; and it is possible to make even Venus herself vanish from the firmament by a scrutiny too sustained, too concentrated, or too direct.


Quote: Who cares how time advances? I am drinking ale today. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

Who cares how time advances? I am drinking ale today.


Quote: A gentleman with a pug nose is a contradiction in terms. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

A gentleman with a pug nose is a contradiction in terms.


Quote: With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

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


Quote: Fill with mingled cream and amber,
I will drain that glass again.
Such hilarious visions clamber
Through the chamber of my brain --
Quaintest thoughts -- queerest fancies
Come to life and fade away;
What care I how time advances?
I am drinking ale today. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

Fill with mingled cream and amber,
I will drain that glass again.
Such hilarious visions clamber
Through the chamber of my brain --
Quaintest thoughts -- queerest fancies
Come to life and fade away;
What care I how time advances?
I am drinking ale today.


Quote: Believe nothing you hear, and only one half that you see. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

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


Quote: The rain came down upon my head -- Unshelter'd. And the wind rendered me mad and deaf and blind. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

The rain came down upon my head -- Unshelter'd. And the wind rendered me mad and deaf and blind.


Quote: 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! From the molten golden notes, And all in tune What a liquid ditty floats To the turtle-dove that listens while she gloats On the moon! by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of Edgar Allan Poe quote: 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! From the molten golden notes, And all in tune What a liquid ditty floats To the turtle-dove that listens while she gloats On the moon!- black text on quotes background

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! From the molten golden notes, And all in tune What a liquid ditty floats To the turtle-dove that listens while she gloats On the moon!


Quote: Boston: Their hotels are bad. Their pumpkin pies are delicious. Their poetry is not so good. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

Boston: Their hotels are bad. Their pumpkin pies are delicious. Their poetry is not so good.


Quote: I never can hear a crowd of people singing and gesticulating, all together, at an Italian opera, without fancying myself at Athens, listening to that particular tragedy, by Sophocles, in which he introduces a full chorus of turkeys, who set about bewailing the death of Meleager. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of Edgar Allan Poe quote; white text on black background

I never can hear a crowd of people singing and gesticulating, all together, at an Italian opera, without fancying myself at Athens, listening to that particular tragedy, by Sophocles, in which he introduces a full chorus of turkeys, who set about bewailing the death of Meleager.


Quote: False hope is nicer than no hope at all. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

False hope is nicer than no hope at all.


Quote: There are some secrets which do not permit themselves to be told. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

There are some secrets which do not permit themselves to be told.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

There are some secrets which do not permit themselves to be told. Men die nightly in their beds, wringing the hands of ghostly confessors, and looking them piteously in the eyes -- die with despair of heart and convulsion of throat, on account of the hideousness of mysteries which will not suffer themselves to be revealed. Now and then, alas, the conscience of man takes up a burden so heavy in horror that it can be thrown down only into the grave. And thus the essence of all crime is undivulged.


Quote: 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. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

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.


Quote: The believer is happy. The doubter is wise. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

The believer is happy. The doubter is wise.


Quote: The best things in life make you sweaty. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

The best things in life make you sweaty.


Quote: To observe attentively is to remember distinctly. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

To observe attentively is to remember distinctly.


Quote: The goodness of the true pun is in the direct ratio of its intolerability. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

The goodness of the true pun is in the direct ratio of its intolerability.


Quote: Those who gossip with you will gossip about you. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

Those who gossip with you will gossip about you.


Quote: There are chords in the hearts of the most reckless which cannot be touched without emotion. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

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


Quote: A wise man hears one word and understands two. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

A wise man hears one word and understands two.


Quote: The scariest monsters are the ones that lurk within our souls. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

The scariest monsters are the ones that lurk within our souls.


Quote: Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.


Quote: And so being young and dipped in folly I fell in love with melancholy. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

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


Quote: A mystery, and a dream, should my early life seem. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

A mystery, and a dream, should my early life seem.


Quote: I have before suggested that a genuine blackguard is never without a pocket-handkerchief. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

I have before suggested that a genuine blackguard is never without a pocket-handkerchief.


Quote: You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream...
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream...
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.


Quote: 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. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

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.


Quote: When I was young and filled with folly, I fell in love with melancholy. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

When I was young and filled with folly, I fell in love with melancholy.


Quote: This the mass of mankind saw not, or, living lustily although unhappily, affected not to see. But, for myself, the Earth's records had taught me to look for widest ruin as the price of highest civilization. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

This the mass of mankind saw not, or, living lustily although unhappily, affected not to see. But, for myself, the Earth's records had taught me to look for widest ruin as the price of highest civilization.


Quote: Man could not both know and succumb. Meantime huge smoking cities arose, innumerable. Green leaves shrank before the hot breath of furnaces. The fair face of Nature was deformed as with the ravages of some loathsome disease. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

Man could not both know and succumb. Meantime huge smoking cities arose, innumerable. Green leaves shrank before the hot breath of furnaces. The fair face of Nature was deformed as with the ravages of some loathsome disease.






Quote: I would have soothed-I would have reasoned; but, in the intensity of her wild desire for life,-for life-but for life-solace and reason were the uttermost folly. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

I would have soothed-I would have reasoned; but, in the intensity of her wild desire for life,-for life-but for life-solace and reason were the uttermost folly.


Quote: The esteemed Reverend Rufus Griswold is everything I aspire to be, though I fear I shall never soar so quite as high as he
-from his resignation letter to Graham's Magazine. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

The esteemed Reverend Rufus Griswold is everything I aspire to be, though I fear I shall never soar so quite as high as he
-from his resignation letter to Graham's Magazine.


Quote: I have no words -- alas! -- to tell
The loveliness of loving well! by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

I have no words -- alas! -- to tell
The loveliness of loving well!


Quote: 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. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

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.


Quote: Let me glimpse inside your velvet bones. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

Let me glimpse inside your velvet bones.


Quote: And, indeed, if ever that spirit which is entitled Romance-if ever she, the wan and the misty-winged Ashtophet of idolatrous Egypt, presided, as they tell, over marriages ill-omened, then most surely she presided over mine. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

And, indeed, if ever that spirit which is entitled Romance-if ever she, the wan and the misty-winged Ashtophet of idolatrous Egypt, presided, as they tell, over marriages ill-omened, then most surely she presided over mine.


Quote: Ah! what is not a dream by day 
To him whose eyes are cast 
On things around him with a ray 
Turned back upon the past? by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

Ah! what is not a dream by day
To him whose eyes are cast
On things around him with a ray
Turned back upon the past?


Quote: The best chess-player in Christendom may be little more than the best player of chess; but proficiency in whist implies capacity for success in all those more important undertakings where mind struggles with mind. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

The best chess-player in Christendom may be little more than the best player of chess; but proficiency in whist implies capacity for success in all those more important undertakings where mind struggles with mind.


Quote: 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. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

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.


Quote: I was deeply interested in the little family history which he detailed to me with all that candor which a Frenchman indulges whenever mere self is the theme. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

I was deeply interested in the little family history which he detailed to me with all that candor which a Frenchman indulges whenever mere self is the theme.


Quote: In the Heaven's above, the angels, whispering to one another, can find, among their burning terms of love, none so devotional as that of 'Mother. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

In the Heaven's above, the angels, whispering to one another, can find, among their burning terms of love, none so devotional as that of 'Mother.


Quote: Sometimes I'm terrified of my heart; of its constant hunger for whatever it is it wants. The way it stops and starts. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

Sometimes I'm terrified of my heart; of its constant hunger for whatever it is it wants. The way it stops and starts.


Quote: And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor, Shall be lifted -- Nevermore! by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor, Shall be lifted -- Nevermore!


Quote: 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. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

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.


Quote: Villains!' I shrieked. 'Dissemble no more! I admit the deed! Tear up the planks! Here, here! It is the beating of his hideous heart! by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

Villains!' I shrieked. 'Dissemble no more! I admit the deed! Tear up the planks! Here, here! It is the beating of his hideous heart!


Quote: At midnight, in the month of June, I stand beneath the mystic moon. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

At midnight, in the month of June, I stand beneath the mystic moon.


Quote: The nose of a mob is its imagination. By this, at any time, it can be quietly led. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

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


Quote: I was never really insane except upon occasions when my heart was touched. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

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


Quote: Yet mad I am not...and very surely do I not dream. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

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


Quote: All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

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


Quote: Deep in earth my love is lying
And I must weep alone. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

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


Quote: There are moments when, even to the sober eye of Reason, the world of our sad humanity must assume the aspect of Hell. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

There are moments when, even to the sober eye of Reason, the world of our sad humanity must assume the aspect of Hell.


Quote: Leave my loneliness unbroken. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

Leave my loneliness unbroken.


Quote: Ask not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for the raven nevermore. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

Ask not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for the raven nevermore.




Quote: Lord help my poor soul. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

Lord help my poor soul.


Quote: It is a happiness to wonder; it is a happiness to dream. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

It is a happiness to wonder; it is a happiness to dream.


Quote: All suffering originates from craving, from attachment, from desire. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

All suffering originates from craving, from attachment, from desire.


Quote: Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

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


Quote: I have, indeed, no abhorrence of danger, except in its absolute effect -- in terror. by author Edgar Allan Poe overlaid on photo of photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

I have, indeed, no abhorrence of danger, except in its absolute effect -- in terror.


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