Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American writer, editor, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. Poe is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre and is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction.

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It will be found in fact that the ingenious are always fanciful and the truly imaginative never otherwise than analytic.

The true genius shudders at incompleteness - and usually prefers silence to saying something which is not everything it should be.

Were I called on to define very briefly the term Art I should call it 'the reproduction of what the Senses perceive in Nature through the veil of the soul.' The mere imitation however accurate of what is in Nature entitles no man to the sacred name of 'Artist.'

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

Once upon a midnight dreary while I pondered weak and weary.

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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.

I became insane with long intervals of horrible sanity.

They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.

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

It is the nature of truth in general as of some ores in particular to be richest when most superficial.

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.

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

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