Quotes by: Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe
1849 "Annie" daguerreotype of Poe
Born Edgar Poe
(1809-01-19)January 19, 1809
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died October 7, 1849(1849-10-07) (aged 40)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Alma mater University of Virginia
(dropped out)
United States Military Academy
(expelled)
Spouse Virginia Eliza Clemm Poe

I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of Beauty.
Edgar Allan Poe
The true genius shudders at incompleteness - and usually prefers silence to saying something which is not everything it should be.
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
I have, indeed, no abhorrence of danger, except in its absolute effect - in terror.
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
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
The generous Critic fann'd the Poet's fire, And taught the world with reason to admire.
Edgar Allan Poe
The nose of a mob is its imagination. By this, at any time, it can be quietly led.
Edgar Allan Poe
Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.
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
Science has not yet taught us if madness is or is not the sublimity of the intelligence.
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
Man's real life is happy, chiefly because he is ever expecting that it soon will be so.
Edgar Allan Poe
Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.
Edgar Allan Poe
If you wish to forget anything on the spot, make a note that this thing is to be remembered.
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
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
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