Quotes by: Edgar Allan Poe
|Edgar Allan Poe
1849 "Annie" daguerreotype of Poe
January 19, 1809
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
||October 7, 1849
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
||University of Virginia
United States Military Academy
||Virginia Eliza Clemm Poe
I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of Beauty.
The true genius shudders at incompleteness - and usually prefers silence to saying something which is not everything it should be.
I am above the weakness of seeking to establish a sequence of cause and effect, between the disaster and the atrocity.
I have, indeed, no abhorrence of danger, except in its absolute effect - in terror.
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.
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.
The generous Critic fann'd the Poet's fire, And taught the world with reason to admire.
The nose of a mob is its imagination. By this, at any time, it can be quietly led.
Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.
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.
Science has not yet taught us if madness is or is not the sublimity of the intelligence.
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.
Man's real life is happy, chiefly because he is ever expecting that it soon will be so.
Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.
If you wish to forget anything on the spot, make a note that this thing is to be remembered.
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.
In criticism I will be bold, and as sternly, absolutely just with friend and foe. From this purpose nothing shall turn me.