291+ Thoughtful Quotes from Edgar Allan Poe

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Sometimes you need to refresh your mind by reading inspirational and thoughtful quotes. Most of the quotes have interesting messages that will make you think critically. This works your mind, and in a way, it can improve your mental health.  In addition, the most thoughtful quotes can help you in decision making. Edgar Allan Poe quotes are a good example of the best quotes you can read to refresh your mind, enlighten and inspire yourself. Read on to have a taste of these quotes.

“I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.”

― Edgar Allan Poe 

“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.”

― Edgar Allan Poe 

“Other friends have flown before — On the morrow he will leave me, as my hopes have flown before.” Quoth the raven, “Nevermore.”

― Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven 

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“We loved with a love that was more than love.”

― Edgar Allen Poe 

“I have no words — alas! — to tell

The loveliness of loving well!”

― Edgar Allan Poe, Edgar Allan Poe: Selected Poems 

“I have great faith in fools – self-confidence my friends will call it.”

― Edgar Allan Poe, Marginalia 

“I was never really insane except upon occasions when my heart was touched.”

― Edgar Allan Poe 

“Music, when combined with a pleasurable idea, is poetry; music, without the idea, is simply music; the idea, without the music, is prose, from its very definitiveness.”

― Edgar Allan Poe 

“Believe nothing you hear, and only one half that you see.”

― Edgar Allan Poe 

“Sleep, those little slices of death — how I loathe them.”

― Edgar Allan Poe 

“And then there stole into my fancy, like a rich musical note, the thought of what sweet rest there must be in the grave.”

― Edgar Allan Poe, The Pit and the Pendulum 

“Never to suffer would never to have been blessed.”

― Edgar Allan Poe 

“Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.”

― Edgar Allen 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, The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings 

“If you wish to forget anything on the spot, make a note that this thing is to be remembered.”

― Edgar Allan Poe 

“Deep in earth my love is lying

And I must weep alone.”

― Edgar Allan Poe 

“In the Heaven’s above, the angels, whispering to one another, can find, among their burning terms of love, none so devotional as that of ‘Mother.”

― Edgar Allan Poe 

“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.”

― Edgar Allan Poe 

“I felt that I breathed an atmosphere of sorrow.”

― Edgar Allan Poe 

“Who has not, a hundred times, found himself committing a vile or a silly action for no other reason than because he knows he should not?”

― Edgar Allan Poe, The Black Cat 

“And all I loved, I loved alone.”

Edgar Allen Poe 

“Invisible things are the only realities.”

― Edgar Allan Poe, Loss of Breath 

“I continued, as was my wont, to smile in his face, and he did not perceive that my smile now was at the thought of his immolation.”

― Edgar Allan Poe, The Cask of Amontillado 

“The death of a beautiful woman is, unquestionably, the most poetical topic in the world.”

― Edgar Allan Poe 

“I remained too much inside my head and ended up losing my mind”

― Edgar Allen Poe 

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

― Edgar Allan Poe 

“And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.”

― Edgar Allan Poe 

“We had always dwelled together, beneath a tropical sun, in the Valley of the Many Colored Grass.”

― Edgar Allan Poe 

“I dread the events of the future, not in themselves but in their results.”

― Edgar Allen Poe 

“Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.”

― Edgar Allan Poe 

“Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!”

Quoth the raven, “Nevermore.”

― Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven and Other Poems 

“To elevate the soul, poetry is necessary.”

― Edgar Allan Poe 

“It is a happiness to wonder; — it is a happiness to dream.”

― Edgar Allan Poe, Complete Stories and Poems 

“Even for those to whom life and death are equal jests. There are some things that are still held in respect.”

― Edgar Allan Poe, The Murders in the Rue Morgue: The Dupin Tales 

“There are chords in the hearts of the most reckless which cannot be touched without emotion.”

― Edgar Allan Poe, The Masque of the Red Death 

“Even in the grave, all is not lost.”

― Edgar Allan Poe 

“Books, indeed, were his sole luxuries”

― Edgar Allan Poe, The Murders in the Rue Morgue: The Dupin Tales 

“Quoth the Raven, “Nevermore.”

― Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven 

“Convinced myself, I seek not to convince.”

― Edgar Allen Poe, Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe 

“The depth lies in the valleys where we seek her, and not upon the mountain-tops where she is found.”

― Edgar Allan Poe 

“To die laughing must be the most glorious of all glorious deaths!”

― Edgar Allan Poe, The Complete Stories and Poems 

“Every poem should remind the reader that they are going to die.”

― Edgar Allen Poe 

“Stupidity is a talent for misconception.”

― Edgar Allan Poe 

“…the agony of my soul found vent in one loud, long and final scream of despair.”

― Edgar Allan Poe, The Pit and the Pendulum 

“And I fell violently on my face.”

― Edgar Allan Poe, Great Tales and Poems 

“Leave my loneliness unbroken”

― Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven 

“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.”

― Edgar Allen Poe 

“Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore…”

― Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven 

“Is all that we see or seem

But a dream within a dream?”

― Edgar Allan Poe, The Complete Stories and Poems 

“Art is to look at not to criticize.”

― Edgar Allen Poe 

“Where the good and the bad and the worst and the best have gone to their eternal rest.”

― Edgar Allan Poe, Poems 

“All that we see and seem is but a dream within a dream.”

― Edgar Allen Poe 

“I was never kinder to the old man than during the whole week before I killed him.”

― Edgar Allen Poe 

“Mysteries force a man to think, and so injure his health.”

― Edgar Allan Poe, Ne Pariez Jamais Votre Tête Au Diable Et Autres Contes Non Traduits Par Baudelaire 

“…that fitful strain of melancholy which will ever be found inseperable from the perfection of the beautiful.”

― Edgar Allan Poe, The Works of Edgar Allen Poe Volume 4 

“Lord help my poor soul.”

― Edgar Allan Poe 

“The rain came down upon my head – Unshelter’d. And the wind rendered me mad and deaf and blind.”

― Edgar Allan Poe 

“The idea of God, infinity, or spirit stands for the possible attempt at an impossible conception.”

― Edgar Allan Poe 

“In criticism, I will be bold, and as sternly, absolutely just with friend and foe. From this purpose nothing shall turn me.”

― Edgar Allan Poe 

“The scariest monsters are the ones that lurk within our souls…”

― Edgar Allan Poe 

“A man’s grammar, like Caesar’s wife, should not only be pure, but above suspicion of impurity.”

― Edgar Allan Poe 

“Blood was its Avatar and its seal.”

― Edgar Allan Poe 

“A million candles have burned themselves out. Still I read on. (Montresor)”

― Edgar Allan Poe, The Cask of Amontillado 

“Either the memory of past bliss is the anguish of to-day; or the agonies which are have their origins in ecstasies which might have been. ”

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“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 

“And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor, Shall be lifted — Nevermore!”

― Edgar Allan Poe 

“And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all.”

― Edgar Allen Poe 

“True! – nervous – very, very nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad?”

― Edgar Allan Poe, The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings 

“Imperceptibly the love of these discords grew upon me as my love of music grew stronger.”

― Edgar Allan Poe 

“A short story must have a single mood and every sentence must build towards it.”

― Edgar Allan Poe 

“Here I opened wide the door;— Darkness there, and nothing more.”

― Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven 

“The eye, like a shattered mirror, multiplies the images of sorrow.”

― Edgar Allen Poe 

“When I was young and filled with folly, I fell in love with melancholy”

― Edgar Allan Poe 

“Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence.”

― Edgar Allan Poe 

“Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,

Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,”

― Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven and Other Poems 

“All suffering originates from craving, from attachment, from desire.”

― Edgar Allan Poe 

“I am above the weakness of seeking to establish a sequence of cause and effect, between the disaster and the atrocity.”

― Edgar Allan Poe, The Black Cat 

“Yet mad I am not…and very surely do I not dream.”

― Edgar Allan Poe, The Black Cat 

“I am a writer. Therefore, I am not sane.”

― Edgar Allan Poe 

“I found him well educated, with unusual powers of mind, but infected with misanthropy, and subject to perverse moods of alternate enthusiasm and melancholy.”

― Edgar Alan Poe, The Short Tales 

“Aquellos que sueñan de día comprenden muchas cosas que escapan a los que sueñan solo de noche”

― Edgar Allan Poe 

“Now this is the point. You fancy me a mad. Madmen know nothing. But you should have seen me. You should have seen how wisely I proceeded…”

― Edgar Allan Poe, The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings 

“To vilify a great man is the readiest way in which a little man can himself attain greatness.”

― Edgar Allan Poe 

“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.”

― Edgar Allan Poe, Poems and Essays 

“To be thoroughly conversant with Man’s heart, is to take our final lesson in the iron-clasped volume of Despair”

― Edgar Allan Poe 

“Once upon a midnight dreary”

― Edgar Allen Poe 

“If a poem hasn’t ripped apart your soul; you haven’t experienced poetry.”

― Edgar Allan Poe 

“And now have I not told you that what you mistake for madness is but over-acuteness of the senses?”

― Edgar Allan Poe 

“I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of beauty.”

― Edgar Allan Poe, The Poetic Principle 

“Yes,” I said, “for the love of God!”

― Edgar Allan Poe, The Cask of Amontillado 

“Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe, and forget this lost Lenore!”

― 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 

“That which you mistake for madness is but an overacuteness of the senses.”

― Edgar Allan Poe 

“For my own part, I have never had a thought which I could not set down in words, with even more distinctness than that with which I conceived it.”

― Edgar Allen Poe 

“Let me glimpse inside your velvet bones.”

― Edgar Allan Poe 

“There are some secrets which do not permit themselves to be told.”

― Edgar Allan Poe 

“In the deepest slumber-no! In delirium-no! In a swoon-no! In death-no! even in the grave all is not lost.”

― Edgar Allan Poe, The Pit and the Pendulum 

“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 

“Dios me dio una chispa de genialidad, pero la apagó en la miseria”

― Edgar Allan Poe 

“A strong argument for the religion of Christ is this – that offenses against Charity are about the only ones which men on their death-beds can be made – not to understand – but to feel – as crime.”

― Edgar Allen Poe 

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

― Edgar Allan Poe 

“He knew that Hop-Frog was not fond of wine; for it excited the poor cripple almost to madness; and madness is no comfortable feeling.”

― Edgar Allan Poe, The Complete Stories and Poems 

“And so being young and dipped in folly I fell in love with melancholy.”

― Edgar Allan Poe 

“You will observe that the stories told are all about money-seekers, not about money-finders.”

― Edgar Allan Poe, The Gold Bug 

“All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.”

― Edgar Allan Poe 

“Darkness there, and nothing more.”

― Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven 

“Nemo impune me lacessit!!”

― Edgar Allan Poe 

“Years of love have been forgot, In the hatred of a minute.”

― Edgar Allan Poe, The Complete Stories and Poems 

“…for her whom in life thou dids’t abhor, in death thou shalt adore”

― Edgar Allan Poe 

“There is no exquisite beauty… without some strangeness in the proportion.”

― Edgar Allan Poe 

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.”

― Edgar Allan Poe, Eleonora 

“That man is not truly brave who is afraid either to seem or to be, when it suits him, a coward.”

― Edgar Allan Poe 

As you have learnt, the above quotes are not only exciting, but also thoughtful. The quotes will inspire you to think critically and will help you when making certain decisions in life. Therefore, read the Edgar Allan Poe quotes more often, and you will be enlightened and encouraged in life.

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