50 Best Edgar Allan Poe Quotes

Edgar Allan Poe is largely considered one of the most influential writers of the 19th century. The writer, poet and literary critic was born on the 19th of January, 1809 in Boston. He is largely considered the founder of ‘detective fiction’, which in turn played a hand in contributing to the developing ‘science fiction’ genre. As an author, Edgar Allan Poe did not shy away from the horror and mystery genres as well.

Unfortunately, he lived a financially difficult life because he was one the first American writers who tried to make a living from writing alone. Both his parents were actors but his father abandoned the family in 1810, while his mother died a year later. This led to him being taken in by Frances and John Allan, although they never formally adopted him.

Edgar attended the University of Virginia but for only one semester as he left due to lack of funds. After which he enrolled in the army in 1827. It was around this period his career as a writer began. He published his first book – Tamerlane and Other Poems -anonymously in 1827. Not long after this, he switched to prose and began writing for various literary journals, periodicals and became a known literary critic.

As his career grew, he began to travel to various cities for the advancement of his profession. In 1845, he wrote the critically acclaimed poem ‘The Raven’, which was met with great success.

His works have gone on to be very influential to many writers today. Here are some of the best Edgar Allan Poe quotes to give you a glimpse into the mind of this literary genius.

Edgar Allan Poe ‘The Raven Quotes’

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1. “Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.”

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

3. “Actually, I do have doubts, all the time. Any thinking person does. There are so many sides to every question.”

4. “Tell me truly, I implore– Is there– is there balm in Gilead?–tell me–tell me, I implore!”

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

6. “But the raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour.”

7. “Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou,” I said, “art sure no craven, 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.”

8. “Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter, In there stepped a stately Raven of the saintly days of yore.”

9. “Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,”

10. “The giant will succumbed to a power more stern.”

11. “And then there are times, Mr. Osgood, when one must just let go.” His gaze softened. “I believe,” he said after a moment, “that those are the happiest of times.”

12. “Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,”

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

14. “Lenore — For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore — Nameless”

15. “Leave my loneliness unbroken!—quit the bust above my door!”

Edgar Allan Poe Love Quotes

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

17. “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.”

18. “Deep in earth my love is lying, And I must weep alone.”

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

20. “But our love it was stronger by far than the love, Of those who were older than we, Of many far wiser than we.”

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21. “With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven, Coveted her and me.”

22. “And this maiden she lived with no other thought, Than to love and be loved by me.”

23. “The best things in life make you sweaty.”

24. “There is something in the unselfish and self-sacrificing love of a brute, which goes directly to the heart of him who has had frequent occasion to test the paltry friendship and gossamer fidelity of mere Man.” ~ ‘The Black Cat.”

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

26. “Yet we met; and fate bound us together at the alter,and I never spoke of passion nor thought of love. She, however shunned society, and, attaching herself to me alone rendered me happy. It is a happiness to wonder; it is a happiness to dream.”

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

28. “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.”

29. “I have no words — alas! — to tell, The loveliness of loving well!”

30. “Yes I now feel that it was then on that evening of sweet dreams- that the very first dawn of human love burst upon the icy night of my spirit. Since that period I have never seen nor heard your name without a shiver half of delight half of anxiety.”

Edgar Allan Poe General Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

40. “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…”

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

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

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

44. “There is an eloquence in true enthusiasm.”

45. “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. ”

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

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

48. “You call it hope — that fire of fire! It is but agony of desire.”

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

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

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