Edgar Allan Poe Quotes & Wallpapers

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

This maiden she lived with no other thought Than to love and be loved by me. Edgar Allan Poe

Truth is not always in a well. In fact, as regards the more important knowledge, I do believe that she is invariably superficial. The depth lies in the valleys where we seek her, and not upon the mountain-tops where she is found. Edgar Allan Poe

But Psyche uplifting her finger said: Sadly this star I mistrust Edgar Allan Poe

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

I am walking like a bewitched corpse, with the certainty of being eaten by the infinite, of being annulled by the only existing Absurd. Edgar Allan Poe

Thy soul shall find itself alone "Mid dark thoughts of the gray tombstone- Not one, of all the crowd, to pry Into thine hour of secrecy. Be silent in that solitude, Which is not loneliness-for then The spirits of the dead who stood In life before thee are again In death around thee-and their will Shall overshadow thee: be still. [...] 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

Grammar is the analysis of language. 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

..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

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

There is no beauty without some strangeness Edgar Allan Poe

There are few persons, even among the calmest thinkers, who have not occasionally been startled into a vague yet thrilling half credence in the supernatural, by coincidences of so seemingly marvellous a character that, as mere coincidences, the intellect has been unable to receive them. Edgar Allan Poe

Lord help my poor soul. Edgar Allan Poe

The best chess-player in Christendom may be little more than the best player of chess; but proficiency in whist implies capacity for success in all these more important undertakings where mind struggles with mind. Edgar Allan Poe

And now was acknowledged the presence of the Red Death. He had come like a thief in the night. And one by one dropped the revelers in the blood-bedewed halls of their revel, and died each in the despairing posture of his fall. 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

Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence- whether much that is glorious- whether all that is profound- does not spring from disease of thought- from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect. 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

And I fell violently on my face. 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

By a route obscure and lonely Haunted by ill angels only, Where an eidolon, named NIGHT, On a black throne reigns upright, I have reached these lands but newly From an ultimate dim Thule - From a wild, weird clime that lieth, sublime, Out of SPACE, out of TIME. Edgar Allan Poe

He is, as you say, a remarkable horse, a prodigious horse, although as you very justly observe, a suspicious and untractable character. Edgar Allan Poe

A dirge for her the doubly dead in that she died so young. Edgar Allan Poe

The rudiment of verse may, possibly, be found in the spondee. Edgar Allan Poe

Thou wouldst be loved? - then let thy heart From its present pathway part not! Being everything which now thou art, Be nothing which thou art not. So with the world thy gentle ways, Thy grace, thy more than beauty, Shall be an endless theme of praise, And love - a simple duty. 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 writer who neglects punctuation, or mispunctuates, is liable to be misunderstood for the want of merely a comma, it often occurs that an axiom appears a paradox, or that a sarcasm is converted into a sermonoid. Edgar Allan Poe

In spite of the air of fablethe public were still not at all disposed to receive it as fable. I thence concluded that the facts of my narrative would prove of such a nature as to carry with them sufficient evidence of their own authenticity. Edgar Allan Poe

And all I loved, I loved alone. Edgar Allan Poe

And so being young and dipped in folly I fell in love with melancholy. Edgar Allan Poe

Ghastly grim and ancient raven wandering from the nightly shore - Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore! Quoth the raven, `Nevermore. Edgar Allan Poe

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

You need not attempt to shake off or to banter off Romance. It is an evil you will never get rid of to the end of your days. It is a part of yourself ... of your soul. Age will only mellow it a little, and give it a holier tone. Edgar Allan Poe

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

Gaily bedight, A gallant knight, In sunshine and in shadow, Had journeyed long, Singing a song, In search of Eldorado. But he grew old- This knight so bold- And o'er his heart a shadow- Fell as he found No spot of ground That looked like Eldorado. And, as his strength Failed him at length, He met a pilgrim shadow- 'Shadow,' said he, 'Where can it be- This land of Eldorado?' 'Over the Mountains Of the Moon, Down the Valley of the Shadow, Ride, boldly ride,' The shade replied,- 'If you seek for Eldorado! Edgar Allan Poe

If I could dwell where Israfel hath dwelt and he where I he might not sing so wildly well a mortal melody while a bolder note then this might swell from my lyre in the sky. 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

A lunatic may be 'soothed,' as it is called, for a time, but, in the end, he is very apt to become obstreperous. His cunning, too, is proverbial and great. Edgar Allan Poe

The Romans worshipped their standard; and the Roman standard happened to be an eagle. Our standard is only one tenth of an eagle, - a dollar, but we make all even by adoring it with tenfold devotion. Edgar Allan Poe

I was sick - sick unto death with that long agony; and when they at length unbound me, and I was permitted to sit, I felt that my senses were leaving me. The sentence - the dread sentence of death - was the last of distinct accentuation which reached my ears. Edgar Allan Poe

Sound - That stealeth ever on the ear of him Who, musing, gazeth on the distance dim, And sees the darkness coming as a cloud - Is not its form - its voice - most palpable and loud? 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

And travellers, now, within that valley, Through the red-litten windows see Vast forms, that move fantastically To a discordant melody, While, like a ghastly rapid river, Through the pale door A hideous throng rush out forever And laugh - but smile no more. 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 result of law inviolate is perfection-right-negative happiness. The result of law violate is imperfection, wrong, positive pain. Edgar Allan Poe

There are two bodies - the rudimental and the complete; corresponding with the two conditions of the worm and the butterfly. What we call "death," is but the painful metamorphosis. Our present incarnation is progressive, preparatory, temporary. Our future is perfected, ultimate, immortal. The ultimate life is the full design. Edgar Allan Poe

There are certain themes of which the interest is all-absorbing, but which are too entirely horrible for the purposes of legitimate fiction. Edgar Allan Poe

I fell in love with melancholy Edgar Allan Poe

All suffering originates from craving, from attachment, from desire. 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 Allan Poe

I was never kinder to the old man than during the whole week before I killed him. Edgar Allan Poe

In our endeavors to recall to memory something long forgotten, we often find ourselves upon the very verge of remembrance, without being able, in the end, to remember. Edgar Allan Poe

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

There are some secrets which do not permit themselves to be told. Men die nightly in their beds, wringing the hands of ghostly confessors, and looking them piteously in the eyes - die with despair of heart and convulsion of throat, on account of the hideousness of mysteries which will not suffer themselves to be revealed. Now and then, alas, the conscience of man takes up a burden so heavy in horror that it can be thrown down only into the grave. And thus the essence of all crime is undivulged. Edgar Allan Poe

We allude to the short prose narrative, requiring from a half hour to one or two hours in its perusal Edgar Allan Poe

The enormous multiplication of books in every branch of knowledge is one of the greatest evils of this age, since it presents one of the most serious obstacles to the acquisition of correct information by throwing in the reader's way piles of lumber in which he must painfully grope for the scraps of useful matter, peradventure interspersed. Edgar Allan Poe

Keeping time, time, time, In a sort of Runic rhyme, To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells From the bells, bells, bells, bells, Bells, bells, bells. Edgar Allan Poe

Gaily bedight, A gallant knight, In sunshine and in shadow, Had journeyed long, Singing a song, In search of Eldorado. Edgar Allan Poe

If you still think me mad, you will think so no longer when I describe the wise precautions I took for the concealment of the body. The night waned, and I worked hastily, but in silence. First of all I dismembered the corpse. I cut off the head and the arms and the legs. Edgar Allan Poe

But our love it was stronger by far than the love Of those who were older than we - Of many far wiser than we - And neither the angels in Heaven above Nor the demons down under the sea Can ever dissever my soul from the soul Of the beautiful Annabel Lee Edgar Allan Poe

In her sepulcher there by the sea - In her tomb by the sounding sea. Edgar Allan Poe

There neither exists nor can exist any work more thoroughly dignified - more supremely noble than this very poem - this poem per se - this poem which is a poem and nothing more - this poem written solely for the poem's sake. Edgar Allan Poe

The word Verse is used here as the term most convenient for expressing, and without pedantry, all that is involved in the consideration of rhythm, rhyme, meter, and versification... the subject is exceedingly simple; one tenth of it, possibly may be called ethical; nine tenths, however, appertains to the mathematics. Edgar Allan Poe

Thy Naiad airs have brought me home, To the glory that was Greece And the grandeur that was Rome. Edgar Allan Poe

I was a child and she was a child, In this kingdom by the sea; But we loved with a love that was more than love- I and my Annabel Lee- With a love that the winged seraphs of Heaven Coveted her and me. Edgar Allan Poe

In her sepulchre there by the sea, In her tomb by the sounding sea. Edgar Allan Poe

A strong argument for the religion of Christ is this - that offences 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 Allan Poe

I would define, in brief, the Poetry of words as the Rhythmical Creation of Beauty. Its sole arbiter is taste. With the intellect or with the conscience, it has only collateral relations. Unless incidentally, it has no concern whatever either with duty or with truth. Edgar Allan Poe

In [chess], where the pieces have different and bizarre motions, with various and variable values, what is only complex, is mistaken (a not unusual error) for what is profound. Edgar Allan Poe

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