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    American short story author, editor, & poet
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    Quotes by Edgar Allan Poe

    • Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.
    • 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.
    • Never to suffer would never to have been blessed.
    • Sleep, those little slices of death; Oh how I loathe them.
    • The nose of a mob is its imagination. By this, at any time, it can be quietly led.
    • To be thoroughly conversant with a man's heart, is to take our final lesson in the iron-clasped volume of despair.
    • With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion.
    • Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
    • Convinced myself, I seek not to convince.
    • All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.
      Dream Within a Dream
    • Depend upon it, after all, Thomas, Literature is the most noble of professions. In fact, it is about the only one fit for a man. For my own part, there is no seducing me from the path.
      From a letter to Frederick W. Thomas (February 14, 1849).
    • Scorching my seared heart with a pain, not hell shall make me fear again.
      Tamerlane, Part II
    • It may well be doubted whether human ingenuity can construct an enigma... which human ingenuity may not, by proper application, resolve.
      The Gold Bug
    • There are certain themes of which the interest is all-absorbing, but which are too entirely horrible for the purposes of legitimate fiction.
      The Premature Burial
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