American writer and poet Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809. His publishing career began in 1827 with the collection Tamerlane and Other Poems. He attended the University of Virginia; however, lack of finances forced him to leave. He enlisted in the United States Army but failed as a cadet officer, leading him to pursue poetry and writing.
In the next several years, he worked for literary journals and periodicals as a writer, editor, and literary critic. He also switched his focus from poetry to prose, winning a prize for his 1833 short story, “MS. Found in a Bottle“. His first and only completed novel, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, was published in 1838.
His first taste of success happened in 1845 when his poem, “The Raven“, was published. His source of income was from writing alone, so he lived a difficult life. That didn’t deter him from continuing his work, publishing dozens of poetry and prose. Poe died on October 7, 1849, the cause of his death remains a mystery until now.
His last poem, “Annabel Lee“, was published shortly after he died. An important figure of Romanticism, his poems and short stories are often characterised with tales of the macabre. Since then, Poe and his works have become influential in literature around the world.
Here are 30 Edgar Allan Poe quotes collected from some of his best works.
Years of love have been forgotten, in the hatred of a minute. – Edgar Allan Poe
Invisible things are the only realities. – Edgar Allan Poe, “Loss of Breath”
Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. – Edgar Allan Poe, “Eleonora”
The true genius shudders at incompleteness – and usually prefers silence to saying something which is not everything it should be. – Edgar Allan Poe, “Marginalia”
I have great faith in fools – self-confidence my friends will call it. – Edgar Allan Poe, “Marginalia”
Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before. – Edgar Allan Poe, “The Raven”
From childhood’s hour I have not been. As others were, I have not seen. As others saw, I could not awaken. My heart to joy at the same tone. And all I loved, I loved alone. – Edgar Allan Poe, “Alone”
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, “The Premature Burial”
It is a happiness to wonder; — it is a happiness to dream. – Edgar Allan Poe, “Morella”
Even with the utterly lost, to whom life and death are equally jests, there are matters of which no jest can be made. – Edgar Allan Poe, “The Masque of the Red Death”
Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality. – Edgar Allan Poe, “The Narrative of Arthur Gordyn Pym of Nantucket”
Scorching my seared heart with a pain, not hell shall make me fear again. – Edgar Allan Poe, “Tamerlane, Part II”
We gave the Future to the winds, and slumbered tranquilly in the Present, weaving the dull world around us into dreams. – Edgar Allan Poe, “The Mystery of Marie Rogêt”
Experience has shown, and a true philosophy will always show, that a vast, perhaps the larger, portion of truth arises from the seemingly irrelevant. – Edgar Allan Poe, “The Mystery of Marie Rogêt”
The realities of the world affected me as visions, and as visions only, while the wild ideas of the land of dreams became, in turn,—not the material of my every-day existence–but in very deed that existence utterly and solely in itself. – Edgar Allan Poe, “Berenice”
I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity. – Edgar Allan Poe, “Letter to George W. Eveleth”
We loved with a love that was more than love. – Edgar Allan Poe, “Annabel Lee”
I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge. It has not been in the pursuit of pleasure that I have periled life and reputation and reason. It has been the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense of insupportable loneliness and a dread of some strange impending doom. – Edgar Allan Poe
Never to suffer would never to have been blessed. – Edgar Allan Poe, “Mesmeric Revelation”
To be happy at any one point we must have suffered at the same. – Edgar Allan Poe, “Mesmeric Revelation”
All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream. – Edgar Allan Poe, “A Dream Within a Dream”
It may well be doubted whether human ingenuity can construct an enigma… which human ingenuity may not, by proper application, resolve. – Edgar Allan Poe, “The Gold Bug”
Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence. – Edgar Allan Poe, “Eleonora”
Yet I am not more sure that my soul lives, than I am that perverseness is one of the primitive impulses of the human heartone of the indivisible primary faculties, or sentiments, which give direction to the character of Man. – Edgar Allan Poe, “The Black Cat”
Convinced myself, I seek not to convince. – Edgar Allan Poe, “Berenice”
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