The Best Allan Poe quotes

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Though often dubbed dark and brooding, the nineteenth century writer Allan Poe was a brilliant thinker and poetic genius whose tales of mystery and suspense still grip readers today. His life was as full of adventure and drama as his stories, and though he experienced great personal loss, he found success in his writing despite many obstacles. This fascinating quotes compilation paints a complete picture of this complex artist.

We are glad to present you the most known Soul, Poem, Dreams, Truth, Human Beings, Life, World, Heart Elizabeth, Love Ms, Love, Dark, Famous quotes from Allan Poe, and much more.


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About Allan Poe

birth of the author

January 19, 1809

death of the author

October 7, 1849

college of the author

Alma Mater:
University Of Virginia United States Military Academy


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

The scariest monsters are the ones that lurk within our souls. — Edgar Allan Poe

And much of Madness, and more of Sin, And Horror the soul of the plot. — Edgar Allan Poe

If a poem hasn’t ripped apart your soul; you haven’t experienced poetry. — Edgar Allan Poe

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The reproduction of what the senses perceive in nature through the veil of the soul. — Edgar Allan Poe

Lord help my poor soul. — Edgar Allan Poe

If in many of my productions terror has been the thesis, I maintain that terror is not of Germany, but of the soul. — Edgar Allan Poe

Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears. — Edgar Allan Poe

The agony of my soul found vent in one loud, long and final scream of despair. — Edgar Allan Poe

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A poem deserves its title only inasmuch as it excites, by elevating the soul. — Edgar Allan Poe

The sole purpose is to provide infinite springs, at which the soul may allay the eternal thirst TO KNOW which is forever unquenchable within it, since to quench it, would be to extinguish the soul’s self. — Edgar Allan Poe

And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor, Shall be lifted––Nevermore! — Edgar Allan Poe


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When, indeed, men speak of Beauty, they mean, precisely, not a quality, as is supposed, but an effect–they refer, in short, just to that intense and pure elevation of soul–not of intellect, or of heart. — Edgar Allan Poe

For years your name never passed my lips, while my soul drank in, with a delirious thirst, all that was uttered in my presence respecting you. — Edgar Allan Poe

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Ah, broken is the golden bowl! the spirit flown forever! Let the bell toll!–a saintly soul floats on the Stygian river; And, Guy de Vere, hast thou no tear?–weep now or nevermore! — Edgar Allan Poe

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

The believer is happy. The doubter is wise. — Edgar Allan Poe

What are Edgar Allan Poe’s best-known works?

Edgar Allan Poe’s best-known works include the poems “To Helen”, “The Raven”, and “Annabel Lee” ; the short stories of wickedness and crime “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Cask of Amontillado” ; and the supernatural horror story “The Fall of the House of Usher”


That man is not truly brave who is afraid either to seem or to be, when it suits him, a coward. — Edgar Allan Poe


The customs of the world are so many conventional follies. — Edgar Allan Poe

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The death of a beautiful woman, is unquestionably the most poetical topic in the world. — Edgar Allan Poe

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

There are moments when, even to the sober eye of Reason, the world of our sad humanity must assume the aspect of Hell. — Edgar Allan Poe

The death then of a beautiful woman is unquestionably the most poetical topic in the world, and equally is it beyond doubt that the lips best suited for such topic are those of a bereaved lover. — Edgar Allan Poe

The generous Critic fann’d the Poet’s fire, And taught the world with reason to admire. — Edgar Allan Poe

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If any ambitious man have a fancy to revolutionize, at one effort, the universal world of human thought, human opinion, and human sentiment. — Edgar Allan Poe

Yes, Heaven is thine; but this Is a world of sweets and sours; Our flowers are merely—flowers. — 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

A lie travels round the world while truth is putting her boots on. — Edgar Allan Poe

The ninety and nine are with dreams, content but the hope of the world made new, is the hundredth man who is grimly bent on making those dreams come true. — Edgar Allan Poe

the world is a great ocean upon which we encounter more tempestuous storms than calms edgar Allan Poe quote

Invisible things are the only realities. — Edgar Allan Poe

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


The best things in life make you sweaty. — Edgar Allan Poe

For her whom in life thou dids’t abhor, in death thou shalt adore — Edgar Allan Poe

A mystery, and a dream, should my early life seem. — Edgar Allan Poe

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Man’s real life is happy, chiefly because he is ever expecting that it soon will be so. — Edgar Allan Poe

I have made no money. I am as poor now as ever I was in my life–except in hope, which is by no means bankable. — Edgar Allan Poe

The truth is, I am heartily sick of this life & of The nineteenth century in general. (I am convinced that every thing is going wrong.) — Edgar Allan Poe

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 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

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I have been happy, though in a dream. I have been happy–and I love the theme: Dreams! in their vivid colouring of life As in that fleeting, shadowy, misty strife — Edgar Allan Poe

Even for those to whom life and death are equal jests. There are some things that are still held in respect. — Edgar Allan Poe

And the life of the ebony clock went out with that of the last of the gay. And the flames of the tripods expired. And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all. — Edgar Allan Poe

In visions of the dark night I have dreamed of joy departed––But a waking dream of life and light Hath left me broken–hearted. — Edgar Allan Poe

Life is for the strong, to be lived by the strong and if need be, taken by the strong. The weak were put on earth to give the strong pleasure. — Edgar Allan Poe

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There are some qualities, some incorporate things, that have a double life, which thus is made. A type os twin entity which springs from matter and light, envinced in solid and shade. — Edgar Allan Poe

Indeed, there is an eloquence in true enthusiasm that is not to be doubted. — Edgar Allan Poe

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To speak algebraically, Mr. M. is execrable, but Mr. G. is (x + 1)–ecrable. — Edgar Allan Poe

No man who ever lived knows any more about the hereafter than you and I. — Edgar Allan Poe

A short story must have a single mood and every sentence must build towards it. — Edgar Allan Poe

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Perversity is the human thirst for self–torture. — Edgar Allan Poe

It may be roundly asserted that human ingenuity cannot concoct a cipher which human ingenuity cannot resolve. — Edgar Allan Poe

What influence did Edgar Allan Poe have?

Edgar Allan Poe is credited with initiating the modern detective story, developing the Gothic horror story, and being a significant early forerunner of the science fiction form.

Poe’s literary criticism, which put great stress upon correctness of language, metre, and structure and the importance of achieving a unity of mood or effect, shaped literary theory.


It may well be doubted whether human ingenuity can construct an enigma… which human ingenuity may not, by proper application, resolve. — Edgar Allan Poe

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. — Edgar Allan Poe

How much more intense is the excitement wrought in the feelings of a crowd by the contemplation of human agony, than that brought about by the most appalling spectacles of inanimate matter. — Edgar Allan Poe

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No pictorial or sculptural combinations of points of human loveliness, do more than approach the living and breathing human beauty as it gladdens our daily path. — Edgar Allan Poe


Is all that we see or seem But a dream within a dream? — Edgar Allan Poe

Yet, mad am I not–and very surely do I not dream. — 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

It is a happiness to wonder;––it is a happiness to dream. — Edgar Allan Poe

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Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. — Edgar Allan Poe

And all my days are trances, And all my nightly dreams Are where thy dark eye glances, And where thy footstep gleams––In what ethereal dances, By what eternal streams! — Edgar Allan Poe

Dreams are the eraser dust I blow off my page. They fade into the emptiness, another dark gray day. Dreams are only memories of the plans I had back then. Dreams are eraser dust and now I use a pen. — Edgar Allan Poe

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before. — Edgar Allan Poe


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

every poem should remind the reader that they are going to die edgar Allan Poe quote

Beauty is the sole legitimate province of the poem. — Edgar Allan Poe

I hold that a long poem does not exist. I maintain that the phrase, ‘a long poem,’ is simply a flat contradiction in terms. — Edgar Allan Poe

Let us dismiss, as irrelevant to the poem per se, the circumstance … which, in the first place, gave rise to the intention of composing a poem that should suit at once the popular and the critical taste. — Edgar Allan Poe

A poem in my opinion, is opposed to a work of science by having for its immediate object, pleasure, not truth. — Edgar Allan Poe

How did Edgar Allan Poe die?

Edgar Allan Poe turned up in a tavern in Baltimore, Maryland, on October 3, 1849, in bad shape and nearly unresponsive and was soon admitted to a hospital.

He drifted in and out of consciousness, hallucinating and speaking nonsense.



Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore… — Edgar Allan Poe

let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore edgar Allan Poe quote

Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!’ Quoth the raven, ‘Nevermore. — Edgar Allan Poe

To him, who still would gaze upon the glory of the summer sun, there comes, when that sun will from him part, a sullen hopelessness of heart. — Edgar Allan Poe

Scorching my seared heart with a pain, not hell shall make me fear again. — 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

There are chords in the hearts of the most reckless which cannot be touched without emotion. — Edgar Allan Poe

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

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

Villains!’ I shrieked. ‘Dissemble no more! I admit the deed! Tear up the planks! Here, here! It is the beating of his hideous heart! — Edgar Allan Poe

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


It is the nature of truth in general, as of some ores in particular, to be richest when most superficial. — Edgar Allan Poe

I am actuated by an ambition which I believe to be an honourable one — the ambition of serving the great cause of truth, while endeavouring to forward the literature of the country. — Edgar Allan Poe

He must be theory–mad beyond redemption who … shall … persist in attempting to reconcile the obstinate oils and waters of Poetry and Truth. — Edgar Allan Poe

The greater amount of truth is impulsively uttered; thus the greater amount is spoken, not written. — Edgar Allan Poe

Experience has shown, and a true philosophy will always show, that a vast, perhaps the larger portion of the truth arises from the seemingly irrelevant. — Edgar Allan Poe

Bear in mind that, in general, it is the object of our newspapers rather to create a sensation–to make a point–than to further the cause of truth.’ Dupin in ‘The Mystery of Marie Roget — Edgar Allan Poe

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