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Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American author, poet, editor and literary critic, considered part of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story and is sometimes considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre. He is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career.





1. 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?

2. AND SO BEING YOUNG AND DIPPED IN FOLLY I FELL IN LOVE WITH MELANCHOLY.

3. THAT WHICH YOU MISTAKE FOR MADNESS IS BUT AN OVERACUTENESS OF THE SENSES.

4. THERE ARE CHORDS IN THE HEARTS OF THE MOST RECKLESS WHICH CANNOT BE TOUCHED WITHOUT EMOTION.

5. THERE ARE MOMENTS WHEN EVEN TO THE SOBER EYE OF REASON, THE WORLD OF OUR SAD HUMANITY MAY ASSUME THE SEMBLANCE OF HELL.

6. DEEP INTO THAT DARKNESS PEERING, LONG I STOOD THERE, WONDERING, FEARING, DOUBTING, DREAMING DREAMS NO MORTAL EVER DARED TO DREAM BEFORE.

7. THE DEATH OF A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN IS, UNQUESTIONABLY, THE MOST POETICAL TOPIC IN THE WORLD.

8. BEAUTY OF WHATEVER KIND, IN ITS SUPREME DEVELOPMENT, INVARIABLY EXCITES THE SENSITIVE SOUL TO TEARS.

9. SCIENCE HAS NOT YET TAUGHT US IF MADNESS IS OR IS NOT THE SUBLIMITY OF THE INTELLIGENCE.

10. WORDS HAVE NO POWER TO IMPRESS THE MIND WITHOUT THE EXQUISITE HORROR OF THEIR REALITY.

11. 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.

12. SOMETIMES I’M TERRIFIED OF MY HEART; OF ITS CONSTANT HUNGER FOR WHATEVER IT IS IT WANTS. THE WAY IT STOPS AND STARTS.

13. ALL RELIGION, MY FRIEND, IS SIMPLY EVOLVED OUT OF FRAUD, FEAR, GREED, IMAGINATION, AND POETRY.

14. IF YOU WISH TO FORGET ANYTHING ON THE SPOT, MAKE A NOTE THAT THIS THING IS TO BE REMEMBERED.

15. BELIEVE ONLY HALF OF WHAT YOU SEE AND NOTHING THAT YOU HEAR.

16. 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.

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. THERE IS NO EXQUISITE BEAUTY… WITHOUT SOME STRANGENESS IN THE PROPORTION.

19. I WAS NEVER REALLY INSANE EXCEPT UPON OCCASIONS WHEN MY HEART WAS TOUCHED.

20. ALL THAT WE SEE OR SEEM IS BUT A DREAM WITHIN A DREAM.

21. WE LOVED WITH A LOVE THAT WAS MORE THAN LOVE.

22. THOSE WHO DREAM BY DAY ARE COGNIZANT OF MANY THINGS WHICH ESCAPE THOSE WHO DREAM ONLY BY NIGHT.

23. I BECAME INSANE, WITH LONG INTERVALS OF HORRIBLE SANITY.

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