Edgar Allen Poe Quotes and Wisdom

Edgar Allen Poe quotes -- like a visit with this fascinating man

Edgar Allen Poe quotes give us a startling glimpse into the mind of one of America's most mysterious writers. Poe lived from 1809-1849 and most people consider him one of America's greatest Romantic writers. He is, of course, best known for his chilling poems and tales such as The Telltale Heart and The Raven.

Poe wrote more than his most famous works, though. In addition to being an editor and a critic, he wrote novels, essays, and plays. Most accept him as the father of the modern horror novel but he, along with Arthur Conan Doyle, created the modern mystery story, too: his story The Purloined Letter is one of the first great short detective stories.

In many respects, Poe remains a man of mystery even two hundred years after his death. Reading Edgar Allen Poe quotes, though, give us a bit of a window into his genius.

1. Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.

2. Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night.

3. 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.

4. Science has not yet taught us if madness is or is not the sublimity of the intelligence.

5. I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of Beauty.

6. 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.

7. With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion.

8. 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.

9. Of puns it has been said that those who most dislike them are those who are least able to utter them.

10. 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?

11. The nose of a mob is its imagination. By this, at any time, it can be quietly led.

There is no substitute for real beauty and real genius, and Edgar Allen Poe saw clearly to both of these things. We sometimes forget that he was a critic and intellectual as well as someone who wrote tales of terror, but a quick glance through Edgar Allen Poe quotes makes you realize just how much he had to say.

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