Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe (/poʊ/; born Edgar Poe; January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) 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. He is widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States and American literature as a whole, and he was one of the country's earliest practitioners of the short story. Poe is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre and is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career. Poe was born in Boston, the second child of two actors. His father abandoned the family in 1810, and his mother died the following year. Thus orphaned, the child was taken in ... More
Edgar Allan Poe Quotes
Edgar Allan Poe #Beauty
Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.
Edgar Allan Poe #Life
Man's real life is happy, chiefly because he is ever expecting that it soon will be so.
Edgar Allan Poe #Experience #Truth
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 #Faith #Great
I have great faith in fools self-confidence my friends call it.
Edgar Allan Poe #Fear #Imagination #Poetry #Religion
All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.
Edgar Allan Poe #Future
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 #Imagination #Time
The nose of a mob is its imagination. By this, at any time, it can be quietly led.
Edgar Allan Poe #Friendship #Love
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 #Love
We loved with a love that was more than love.
Edgar Allan Poe #Great
To vilify a great man is the readiest way in which a little man can himself attain greatness.
Edgar Allan Poe #Power
Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.
Edgar Allan Poe #Beauty #Poetry
Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.
Edgar Allan Poe #Faith
I have no faith in human perfectability. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active - not more happy - nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago.
Edgar Allan Poe #Best #Death #Life
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 #Men #Religion
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 #Poetry
With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion.
Edgar Allan Poe #Beauty #Poetry
I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of Beauty.
Edgar Allan Poe #Death
The death of a beautiful woman, is unquestionably the most poetical topic in the world.
Edgar Allan Poe #Dreams #Hope
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 #Nature #Truth
It is the nature of truth in general, as of some ores in particular, to be richest when most superficial.
Edgar Allan Poe #Dreams
Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.
Edgar Allan Poe #Pet
I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.
Edgar Allan Poe #Intelligence #Science
Science has not yet taught us if madness is or is not the sublimity of the intelligence.
Edgar Allan Poe #Art #Nature
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 #Imagination
Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night.