107+ EXCLUSIVE Edgar Allan Poe Quotes To See Life Differently

Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer, editor, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. His tale “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” (1841) initiated the modern detective story. “The Raven” (1845) numbers among the best-known poems in the national literature.

Some of his most notable works also include “The Tell-Tale Heart”, “The Fall of the House of Usher”, and “Annabel Lee”. Amazing Edgar Allan Poe quotes will enrich your perspective in a witty and intelligent way.

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Best Edgar Allan Poe Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

Quoth the raven, “Nevermore!” – Edgar Allan Poe

And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor Shall be lifted — nevermore! – Edgar Allan Poe

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

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

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

Leave my loneliness unbroken. – Edgar Allan Poe

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

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

Deep in earth my love is lying/And I must weep alone. – Edgar Allan Poe

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

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

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Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary. – Edgar Allan Poe

To die laughing must be the most glorious of all glorious deaths! – Edgar Allan Poe

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

It is by no means an irrational fancy that, in a future existence, we shall look upon what we think our present existence, as a dream. – Edgar Allan Poe

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I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of Beauty. – Edgar Allan Poe

Years of love have been forgotten, in the hatred of a minute. – Edgar Allan Poe

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

The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins? – Edgar Allan Poe

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

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

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

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

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Science has not yet taught us if madness is or is not the sublimity of the intelligence. – Edgar Allan Poe

I remained too much inside my head and ended up losing my mind. – Edgar Allan Poe

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

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

Top Edgar Allan Poe Quotes on Life & Love

That pleasure which is at once the most pure, the most elevating and the most intense, is derived, I maintain, from the contemplation of the beautiful. – Edgar Allan Poe

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

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

Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words. – Edgar Allan Poe

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

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. – Edgar Allan Poe

There is something in the unselfish and self-sacrificing love of a brute, which goes directly to the heart of him who has had frequent occasion to test the paltry friendship and gossamer fidelity of mere Man. – Edgar Allan Poe

Since that period, I have never seen nor heard your name without a shiver half of delight half of anxiety. – Edgar Allan Poe

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… – Edgar Allan Poe

Even in the grave, all is not lost. – Edgar Allan Poe

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

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

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

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

That which you mistake for madness is but an overacuteness of the senses. – Edgar Allan Poe

I intend to put up with nothing that I can put down. – Edgar Allan Poe

Stupidity is a talent for misconception. – Edgar Allan Poe

The ninety and nine are with dreams, content, but the hope of the world made new, is the hundredth man who is grimly bent on making those dreams come true. – Edgar Allan Poe

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

Mysteries force a man to think, and so injure his health. – Edgar Allan Poe

Meaningful Quotes From Edgar Allan Poe On Happiness, Death and Madness

Art is to look at not to criticize. – Edgar Allan Poe

Were I called on to define, very briefly, the term Art, I should call it ‘the reproduction of what the Senses perceive in Nature through the veil of the soul.’ The mere imitation, however accurate, of what is in Nature, entitles no man to the sacred name of ‘Artist.’ – Edgar Allan Poe

Every moment of the night Forever changing places And they put out the star-light With the breath from their pale faces. – Edgar Allan Poe

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

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

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

I dread the events of the future, not in themselves but in their results. – Edgar Allan Poe

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

There are some secrets which do not permit themselves to be told. – Edgar Allan Poe

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

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

I have, indeed, no abhorrence of danger, except in its absolute effect – in terror. – Edgar Allan Poe

And all I loved, I loved alone. – Edgar Allan Poe

Of puns it has been said that those who most dislike them are those who are least able to utter them. – Edgar Allan Poe

A strong argument for the religion of Christ is this – that offences against Charity are about the only ones which men on their death-beds can be made – not to understand – but to feel – as crime. – Edgar Allan Poe

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

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

And I fell violently on my face. – Edgar Allan Poe

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

The rudiment of verse may, possibly, be found in the spondee. – Edgar Allan Poe

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

Inspirational Quotes By Edgar Allen Poe That Will Broaden Your Perspective

Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence… – Edgar Allan Poe

Lord, help my poor soul. – Edgar Allan Poe

When, indeed, men speak of Beauty, they mean, precisely, not a quality, as is supposed, but an effect – they refer, in short, just to that intense and pure elevation of soul – not of intellect, or of heart. – Edgar Allan Poe

Believe only half of what you see and nothing that you hear. – Edgar Allan Poe

Sleep, those little slices of death how I loathe them. – Edgar Allan Poe

In one case out of a hundred a point is excessively discussed because it is obscure; in the ninety-nine remaining it is obscure because it is excessively discussed. – Edgar Allan Poe

The generous Critic fann’d the Poet’s fire and taught the world with reason to admire. – Edgar Allan Poe

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

And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door, That I scarce was sure I heard you. Here I opened wide the door; Darkness there, and nothing more. – Edgar Allan Poe

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

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. – Edgar Allan Poe

True, nervous, very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am, but why will say that I am mad?! The disease had sharpened my senses, not destroyed, not dulled them. Above all was the sense of hearing acute. – Edgar Allan Poe

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

Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore… – Edgar Allan Poe

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

Famous Edgar Allan Poe Quotes & Poems

The idea of God, infinity, or spirit stands for the possible attempt at an impossible conception. – Edgar Allan Poe

I felt that I breathed an atmosphere of sorrow. – Edgar Allan Poe

There is an eloquence in true enthusiasm – Edgar Allan Poe

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

Invisible things are the only realities. – Edgar Allan Poe

Where the good and the bad and the worst and the best have gone to their eternal rest. – Edgar Allan Poe

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

And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all. – Edgar Allan Poe

Every poem should remind the reader that they are going to die. – Edgar Allan Poe

Villains!’ I shrieked. ‘Dissemble no more! I admit the deed! Tear up the planks! Here, here! It is the beating of his hideous heart! – Edgar Allan Poe

A man’s grammar, like Caesar’s wife, should not only be pure, but above suspicion of impurity. – Edgar Allan Poe

For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams of the beautiful Annabel Lee; And the stars never rise but I feel the bright eyes of the beautiful Annabel Lee. – Edgar Allan Poe

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. – Edgar Allan Poe

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

A dirge for her the doubly dead in that she died so young. – Edgar Allan Poe

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

Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive. – Edgar Allan Poe

Yet mad I am not… and very surely do I not dream. – Edgar Allan Poe

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. – Edgar Allan Poe

And all my days are trances
And all my nightly dreams
Are where thy grey eye glances
And where thy footstep gleams—
In what ethereal dances
By what eternal streams. – To One in Paradise, Edgar Allan Poe

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

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. – Edgar Allan Poe