Quotes by: Edgar Allan Poe
That man is not truly brave who is afraid either to seem or to be, when it suits him, a coward.
That pleasure which is at once the most pure, the most elevating and the most intense, is derived, I maintain, from the contemplation of the beautiful.
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?
It will be found, in fact, that the ingenious are always fanciful, and the truly imaginative never otherwise than analytic.
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.
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.
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.'
All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.
Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.
It is the nature of truth in general, as of some ores in particular, to be richest when most superficial.
The death of a beautiful woman, is unquestionably the most poetical topic in the world.
There are few cases in which mere popularity should be considered a proper test of merit; but the case of song-writing is, I think, one of the few.
To vilify a great man is the readiest way in which a little man can himself attain greatness.
They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
Of puns it has been said that those who most dislike them are those who are least able to utter them.
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.