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  Stupidity is a talent for misconception.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

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

  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.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  I have no faith in human perfectibility. 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
  

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

  Science has not yet taught us if madness is or is not the sublimity of the intelligence.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

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

  Years of love have been forgot, in the hatred of a minute.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  To be thoroughly conversant with a man's heart, is to take our final lesson in the iron-clasped volume of despair.  
 -  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
  

  If you wish to forget anything on the spot, make a note that this thing is to be remembered.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  Sleep, those little slices of death; oh how I loathe them.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  The nose of a mob is its imagination. By this, at any time, it can be quietly led.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  There is no exquisite beauty - without some strangeness in the proportion.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

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

  In beauty of face no maiden ever equaled her. It was the radiance of an opium-dream - an airy and spirit-lifting vision more wildly divine than the fantasies which hovered about the slumbering souls of the daughters of Delos.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

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

  The happiest day - the happiest hour, My sear'd and blighted heart hath known, The highest hope of pride and power, I feel hath flown. I feel hath flown.  
 -  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 than this might swell From my lyre within the sky.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  There are few cases in which mere popularity should be considered a proper test of merit; but the case of song-writing is, I think, one of the few.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  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.'  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  O God! Can I not save One from the pitiless wave? Is all that we see or seem But a dream within a dream?  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  A gentleman with a pug nose is a contradiction in terms.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  After reading all that has been written, and after thinking all that can be thought on the topics of God and the soul, the man who has a right to say that he thinks at all, will find himself face to face with the conclusion that, on these topics, the most profound thought is that which can be the least easily distinguished from the most superficial sentiment.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  Believe only half of what you see and nothing that you hear.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge. It has not been in the pursuit of pleasure that I have periled life and reputation and reason. It has been the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense of insupportable loneliness and a dread of some strange impending doom.  
 -  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
  

  All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.  
 -  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
  

  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
  

  In criticism I will be bold, and as sternly, absolutely just with friend and foe. From this purpose nothing shall turn me.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  We loved with a love that was more than love.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  In one case out of a hundred a point is excessively discussed because it is obscure; in the ninety-nine remaining it is obscure because it is excessively discussed.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  Perversity is the human thirst for self-torture.  
 -  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
  

  I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  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.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

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

  All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  I was never really insane except upon occasions when my heart was touched.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

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

  That which you mistake for madness is but an overacuteness of the senses.  
 -  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
  

  Some things are so completely ludicrous that a man must laugh or die. To die laughing must be the most glorious of all deaths.  
 -  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
  

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

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

  In reading some books we occupy ourselves chiefly with the thoughts of the author; in perusing others, exclusively with our own.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  Sound loves to revel in a summer night.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

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

  But as, in ethics, evil is a consequence of good, so, in fact, out of joy is sorrow born. Either the memory of past bliss is the anguish of today, or the agonies which are have their origin in the ecstasies which might have been.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  How many good books suffer neglect through the inefficiency of their beginnings!  
 -  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
  

  Never to suffer would never to have been blessed.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  The nose of a mob is its imagination. By this, at any time, it can be quietly led.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  The mental features discoursed of as the analytical, are, in themselves, but little susceptible of analysis. We appreciate them only in their effects. We know of them, among other things, that they are always to their possessor, when inordinately possessed, a source of the liveliest enjoyment. As the strong man exults in his physical ability, delighting in such exercises as call his muscles into action, so glories the analyst in that moral activity which disentangles. He derives pleasure from even the most trivial occupations bringing his talents into play. He is fond of enigmas, of conundrums, of hieroglyphics; exhibiting in his solutions of each a degree of acumen which appears to the ordinary apprehension preternatural. His results, brought about by the very soul and essence of method, have, in truth, the whole air of intuition.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  It is more than probable that I am not understood; but I fear, indeed, that it is in no manner possible to convey to the mind of the merely general reader, an adequate idea of that nervous intensity of interest with which, in my case, the powers of meditation (not to speak technically) busied and buried themselves, in the contemplation of even the most ordinary objects of the universe.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  There is an eloquence in true enthusiasm.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  We should 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.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  But as in ethics, evil is a consequence of good, so in fact, out of joy is sorrow born. Either the memory of past bliss is the anguish of today, or the agonies which are have their origin in the ecstasies which might have been.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of beauty. Its sole arbiter is taste.  
 -  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
  

  Filled with mingled cream and amber I will drain that glass again. Such hilarious visions clamber Through the chambers of my brain -- Quaintest thoughts -- queerest fancies Come to life and fade away; Who cares how time advances? I am drinking ale today.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  In beauty of face no maiden ever equaled her. It was the radiance of an opium-dream - an airy and spirit-lifting vision more wildly divine than the fantasies which hovered about the slumbering souls of the daughters of Delos.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

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

  I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  We loved with a love that was more than love.  
 -  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
  

  Filled with mingled cream and amber I will drain that glass again. Such hilarious visions clamber Through the chambers of my brain -- Quaintest thoughts -- queerest fancies Come to life and fade away; Who cares how time advances? I am drinking ale today.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  There are few cases in which mere popularity should be considered a proper test of merit; but the case of song-writing is, I think, one of the few.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion.  
 -  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
  

  As a poet and as a mathematician, he would reason well; as a mere mathematician, he could not have reasoned at all, and thus would have been at the mercy of the Prefect  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  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 mist  
 -  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
  

  Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  From childhood's hour I have not been As others were--I have not seen As others saw.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  The goodness of the true pun is in direct ratio to its intolerability  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  To vilify a great man is the readiest way in which a little man can himself attain greatness  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

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

  In criticism I will be bold, and as sternly, absolutely just with friend and foe. From this purpose nothing shall turn me.  
 -  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
  

  In one case out of a hundred a point is excessively discussed because it is obscure; in the ninety-nine remaining it is obscure because it is excessively discussed.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

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

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

  Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  Stupidity is a talent for misconception.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  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.  
 -  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
  

  All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.  
 -  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
  

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

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

  I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of Beauty  
 -  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
  

  All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry  
 -  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
  

  Science has not yet taught us if madness is or is not the sublimity of the intelligence.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it.  
 -  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
  

  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.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

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

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

  Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

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

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

  Years of love have been forgot, in the hatred of a minute.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

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

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

  I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge. It has not been in the pursuit of pleasure that I have periled life and reputation and reason. It has been the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense of insupportable loneliness and a dread of some strange impending doom.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  There is an eloquence in true enthusiasm.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  In one case out of a hundred a point is excessively discussed because it is obscure; in the ninety-nine remaining it is obscure because it is excessively discussed.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  A gentleman with a pug nose is a contradiction in terms.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  After reading all that has been written, and after thinking all that can be thought on the topics of God and the soul, the man who has a right to say that he thinks at all, will find himself face to face with the conclusion that, on these topics, the most profound thought is that which can be the least easily distinguished from the most superficial sentiment.  
 -  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
  

  That which you mistake for madness is but an over acuteness of the senses.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  Stupidity is a talent for misconception.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  Sound loves to revel in a summer night.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  Stupidity is a talent for misconception.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  Science has not yet taught us if madness is or is not the sublimity of the intelligence.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

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

  Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

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