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Edgar Allan Poe Quotes


Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe was the gothic story teller and master of the macabre whose dark tales of terror sent a shiver down the spine of many an unwary reader. His poignant poetry is what he is most remembered for as he traversed the gates of heaven and hell in the mindful "Ulalume" and "Lenore" whilst his most famous poem "The Raven" in 1845 was the spark that gave him the worldwide recognition his talent truly deserved. Orphaned at 3 years old Poe was fostered but not legally adopted and although his guardians John Allan and his wife, Frances, gave him a good early education their support for him dwindled and he was financially forced to drop out of university. He spent some time in the army before embarking on his literary career by taking jobs editing journals and giving rasping reviews as a literary critic. Somewhat unusually for an American author he became more popular in Europe than in the U.S. and this was largely due to the French poet and author Charles Baudelaire who translated Poe's work which proved highly successful and inspirational to the literary appreciative French audience and beyond. Whilst Poe is considered to be the forerunner of the detective story and pre-cursor to the science fiction genre, it is as the harbinger of horror tales that most people associate his work with. As the master of morbidity it seems fitting that the Baltimore Ravens NFL team based their name on his famous poem "The Raven", and popular culture often depicts Poe as a tortured soul or the tormented artist putting his demons to the sword by the power of the pen. He was the original "man in black" who posthumously could derail a train with a one liner when the words "Hic Tandem Felicis Conduntur Reliquae. Edgar Allan Poe, Obiit Oct. VII 1849", had just been carved into his pending gravestone in a quarry only for it to be smashed to smithereens by a wayward locomotive. Ghost trains apart, he really was good for a quip or two so here is my compilation of 20 of the best Edgar Allan Poe quotes
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Edgar Allan Poe
  • Born: 19th January 1809, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Died: 7th October 1849, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Alma mater: University of Virginia and United States Military Academy
  • Occupation: Poet and short story writer
  • Nickname: Mr. Poe
  • Height: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
  • Writing style: Macabre
  • Notable works: The Fall of the House of Usher (1839), Murders in the Rue Morgue (1841), The Masque of the Red Death (1842), The Raven and Other Poems (1845) and The Cask of Amontillado (1846)
  • Trivia: He had an enemy in Rufus Wilmot Griswold who took a bitter literary rivalry against him beyond Edgar's grave as he continued to besmirch Poe's character for a further 8 years until his own demise. However Poe's sales increased despite the character assassination attempted by Griswold, the style of the macabre seemed to sell better when it was condemned
  • Quotes about Edgar Allan Poe: The acclaimed English author D.H. Lawrence spoke insightfully of him "He was an adventurer into the vaults and cellars and horrible underground passages of the human soul. He sounded the horror and the warning of his own doom"
  • The author James Grover Thurber remarked about his fondness of liquid refreshment: "Poe...was perhaps the first great nonstop literary drinker of the American nineteenth century. He made the indulgences of Coleridge and De Quincey seem like a bit of mischief in the kitchen with the cooking sherry"

"I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity"

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"Believe only half of what you see and nothing that you hear"

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"The believer is happy. The doubter is wise"

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"There is no beauty without some strangeness"

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"To observe attentively is to remember distinctly"

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"Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence"

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

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"All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream"

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

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

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"I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat"

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"Stupidity is a talent for misconception"

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"The past is a pebble in my shoe"

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"I am above the weakness of seeking to establish a sequence of cause and effect, between the disaster and the atrocity"

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"Reality is the number one cause of insanity among those who are in contact with it"

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"The ingenious are always fanciful, and the truly imaginative never otherwise than analytic"

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"I have great faith in fools; Self-confidence my friends call it"

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"The eye, like a shattered mirror, multiplies the images of sorrow"

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"Years of love have been forgot in the hatred of a minute"

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"In my 'time' it's always midnight"

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