Edgar Allan Poe

82Edgar Allan Poe Quotes

American Poet born on January 19, 1809, died on October 07, 1849

Edgar Allan Poe was an American author, poet, editor, and literary critic, considered part of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story, and is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre. He 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... (source)

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

I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity. view 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. view 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.' view quote

They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. view quote

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

Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality. view quote

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. view quote

In criticism I will be bold, and as sternly, absolutely just with friend and foe. From this purpose nothing shall turn me. view quote

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