My Favorite Edgar Allan Poe Quotes




It's no secret that one of my favorite wordsmiths and inspiration when it comes to my own writing is Edgar Allan Poe. His words resonate a lot with me or just entertain me and I'd like to share them with you!


"I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity." - Edgar Allan Poe


"I remained too much inside my head and ended up losing my mind."- Edgar Allan Poe

"Believe only half of what you see and nothing that you hear." - Edgar Allan Poe

"A wise man hears one word and understands two." - Edgar Allan Poe

"All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream." - Edgar Allan Poe

"If a man deceives me once, shame on him; if he deceives me twice, shame on me." - Edgar Allan Poe

"All suffering originates from craving, from attachment, from desire." - Edgar Allan Poe

"Never to suffer would have been never to have been blessed." - Edgar Allan Poe

"The past is a pebble in my shoe." - Edgar Allan Poe

"They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." - Edgar Allan Poe

"Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence– whether much that is glorious– whether all that is profound– does not spring from disease of thought– from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect." - Edgar Allan Poe

"Reality is the #1 cause of insanity among those who are in contact with it." - Edgar Allan Poe

"If a poem hasn't ripped apart your soul; you haven't experienced poetry." - Edgar Allan Poe

"Invisible things are the only realities." - Edgar Allan Poe

"False hope is nicer than no hope at all." - Edgar Allan Poe

"The eye, like a shattered mirror, multiplies the images of sorrow." - Edgar Allan Poe

"To die laughing must be the most glorious of all glorious deaths!" - Edgar Allan Poe

"I have great faith in fools,— self-confidence my friends will call it." - Edgar Allan Poe

"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?" - Edgar Allan Poe

"Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality." - Edgar Allan Poe

"Sometimes I’m terrified of my heart; of its constant hunger for whatever it is it wants. The way it stops and starts." - Edgar Allan Poe

"And so, being young and dipt in folly, I fell in love with melancholy." - Edgar Allan Poe

"Every poem should remind the reader that they are going to die." - Edgar Allan Poe

"And all I loved, I loved alone." - Edgar Allan Poe

"The plots of God are perfect. The Universe is a plot of God." - Edgar Allan Poe

"I intend to put up with nothing that I can put down." - Edgar Allan Poe

"All works of art should begin... at the end." - Edgar Allan Poe

"It was night, and the rain fell; and falling, it was rain, but, having fallen, it was blood." - Edgar Allan Poe

"The world is a great ocean, upon which we encounter more tempestuous storms than calms." - Edgar Allan Poe

"And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door, That I scarce was sure I heard you"— here I opened wide the door; — Darkness there, and nothing more." - Edgar Allan Poe

"When a madman appears thoroughly sane, indeed, it is high time to put him in a straight jacket." - Edgar Allan Poe

"We gave the Future to the winds, and slumbered tranquilly in the Present, weaving the dull world around us into dreams." - Edgar Allan Poe

"Convinced myself, I seek not to convince." - Edgar Allan Poe

"Art is to look at not to criticize." - Edgar Allan Poe

"It is a happiness to wonder; - it is a happiness to dream." - Edgar Allan Poe

"Marking a book is literally an experience of your differences or agreements with the author. It is the highest respect you can pay him." - Edgar Allan Poe

"The most natural, and, consequently, the truest and most intense of the human affections are those which arise in the heart as if by electric sympathy." - Edgar Allan Poe

"To elevate the soul, poetry is necessary." - Edgar Allan Poe

"With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion." - Edgar Allan Poe

"Thank Heaven! The crisis /The danger is past, and the lingering illness, is over at last /, and the fever called ''Living'' is conquered at last." - Edgar Allan Poe

"I felt that I breathed an atmosphere of sorrow." - Edgar Allan Poe

"You need not attempt to shake off or to banter off Romance. It is an evil you will never get rid of to the end of your days. It is a part of yourself ... of your soul. Age will only mellow it a little, and give it a holier tone." - Edgar Allan Poe

"In efforts to soar above our nature, we invariably fall below it." - Edgar Allan Poe

"It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain, but, once conceived, it haunted me day and night." - Edgar Allan Poe

"A man's grammar, like Caesar's wife, must not only be pure, but above suspicion of impurity." - Edgar Allan Poe




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