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Edgar Allan Poe Quotes to Impress the Mind

Edgar Allan Poe Quote
Edgar Allan Poe Quote

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

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

“And all I loved, I loved alone.”

“Believe only half of what you see and nothing that you hear.”

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

“There is no beauty without some strangeness.”

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

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

“I am a writer. Therefore. I am not sane.”

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

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

“Leave my loneliness unbroken.”

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

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

“To elevate the soul, poetry is necessary.”

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

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

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

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

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

“Stupidity is a talent for misconception.”

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

“Every poem should remind the reader that they are going to die.”

“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?”

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

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

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

“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.”

“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.”

“The eye, like a shattered mirror, multiplies the images of sorrow.”

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

“Lord help my poor soul.”

“Years of love have been forgot, In the hatred of a minute.”

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

“I do not suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it.”

The best things in life make you sweaty.”

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

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

“To observe attentively is to remember distinctly.”

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

“I intend to put up with nothing that I can put down.”

“A wise man hears one word and understands two.”

“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; With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven Coveted her and me.”

“False hope is nicer than no hope at all.”

“The believer is happy. The doubter is wise.”

“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.”

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

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

“Of puns it has been said that those who most dislike them are those who are least able to utter them.”

“Those who gossip with you will gossip about you.”

“The world is a great ocean, upon which we encounter more tempestuous storms than calms.”

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

“Men of genius are far more abundant than is supposed. In fact, to appreciate thoroughly the work of what we call genius, is to possess all the genius by which the work was produced.”

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

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

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

“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.’”

“I felt that I breathed an atmosphere of sorrow.”

“A man’s grammar, like Caesar’s wife, should not only be pure, but above suspicion of impurity.”

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

“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.”

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

“Beauty is the sole legitimate province of the poem.”

“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.”

“It was night, and the rain fell; and falling, it was rain, but, having fallen, it was blood.”

“The plots of God are perfect. The Universe is a plot of God.”

“The idea of God, infinity, or spirit stands for the possible attempt at an impossible conception.”

“A lie travels round the world while truth is putting her boots on.”

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

“Indeed, there is an eloquence in true enthusiasm that is not to be doubted.”

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

“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.”

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

“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.”

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

“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.”

“Keeping time, time, time, In a sort of Runic rhyme, To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells, From the bells, bells, bells.”

“The past is a pebble in my shoe.”

“If you run out of ideas follow the road; you’ll get there.”

“I have made no money. I am as poor now as ever I was in my life – except in hope, which is by no means bankable.”

“I heed not that my earthly lot Hath – little of Earth in it – That years of love have been forgot In the hatred of a minute

“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!”

“Even in the grave, all is not lost.”

“In reading some books we occupy ourselves chiefly with the thoughts of the author; in perusing others, exclusively with our own.”

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

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

“Convinced myself, I seek not to convince.”

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

“Perversity is the human thirst for self-torture.”

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

“Art is to look at not to criticize.”

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

“Sensations are the great things, after all. Should you ever be drowned or hung, be sure and make a note of your sensations; they will be worth to you ten guineas a sheet.”

“The fever called “living” Is conquer’d at last.”

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

“True, nervous, very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am, but why will say that I am mad?! The disease had haunted my senses, not destroyed, not dulled them. Of all the sense of hearing acute.”

“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.”

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

“He knew that Hop-Frog was not fond of wine; for it excited the poor cripple almost to madness; and madness is no comfortable feeling.”

“Blood was its Avatar and its seal.”

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