Edgar Allan Poe is my all-time favorite writer. He is best known for his poetry and short stories of horror and mystery, including “The Raven”, “”The Fall of the House of Usher,” and “The Cask of Amontillado”.
In 1827, Poe published his first book titled,”Tamerlane and Other Poems”. His second book “Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane, and Minor Poems” was published in 1829.
In 1841, Poe wrote detective fiction, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”.
His poem “The Raven” was hailed as a literary sensation. It is still considered one of the best of Poe’s writing career.
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Not just any written work from his books. That’s the reason, why I do not include any line from his popular poem “The Raven”.
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Verified Edgar Allan Poe Quotes
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“Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.”
(The Narrative Of Arthur Gordon Pym Of Nantucket;1838,chapter 12,p.105)
“There is no exquisite beauty… without some strangeness in the proportion.”
* Poe paraphrased slightly from the essay “Of Beauty” by Francis Bacon, Lord Verulam, Viscount St. Albans. “There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.”
“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.”
(A Dream within a Dream;1849)
“Sound loves to revel in a summer night.”
(Al Aaraaf Part II;Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane and Minor Poems;1829, p.25)
“That years of love have been forgot in the hatred of a minute.”
(To M…;Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane and Minor Poems;1829, p.68)
“Believe nothing you hear, and only one half that you see.”
“Never to suffer would have been never to have been blessed.”
(Mesmeric Revelation, 1849; p.110)
“All things are either good or bad by comparison.”
“If you wish to forget anything on the spot, make a note that this thing is to be remembered.”
“Unthought-like thoughts that are the souls of thought,…”
“How many good books suffer neglect through the inefficiency of their beginnings!”
“I have great faith in fools — self-confidence my friends will call it.”
“That man is not truly brave who is afraid either to seem or to be, when it suits him, a coward.”
(The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, Volume 3 By Edgar Allan Poe; p.542)
“Invisible things are the only realities”
(Loss Of Breath, A Tale A La Blackwood, 1832)
“I intend to put up with nothing that I can put down.”
(Letter to J. Beauchamp Jones, August 8, 1839)
“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?”
(The Premature Burial; 1844)
“There are chords in the hearts of the most reckless which cannot be touched without emotion.”
“They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.”
“I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of Beauty.”
(The poetical works of Edgar Allan Poe By E.A. Poe;1858)
“I am above the weakness of seeking to establish a sequence of cause and effect, between the disaster and the atrocity.”
(The Works of the Late Edgar Allan Poe: With Notices of His Life …, Volume 1 By Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Parker Willis, James Russell Lowell, Rufus Wilmot Griswold; The Black Cat, p.284)
“To vilify a great man is the readiest way in which a little man can himself attain greatness.”
(The Works of Edgar Allan Poe: Poems and essays; Marginalia;p.397)
“Imitators are not necessarily unoriginal, except at the exact points of the imitation.”
(The Works of Edgar Allan Poe: Poems and essays; Marginalia;p.398)
“Experience has shown, and a true philosophy will always show, that a vast, perhaps the larger, portion of truth arises from the seemingly irrelevant.”
(The Mystery of Marie Rogêt, 1842)
“Of puns it has been said that those most dislike who are least able to utter them.”
(Marginal Notes.— No. I.A Sequel To The “Marginalia” Of The “Democratic Review.”,1845; Item 119)