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“Science has not yet taught us if madness is or is not the sublimity of the intelligence.”
Edgar Allan Poe
“The death of a beautiful woman is, unquestionably, the most poetical topic in the world.”
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 Raven
A Dream Within A Dream

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow-
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand-
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep- while I weep!
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
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, The Complete Stories and Poems
“With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion.”
Edgar Allan Poe
“There are some secrets which do not permit themselves to be told.”
Edgar Allan Poe
“I remained too much inside my head and ended up losing my mind”
Edgar Allan Poe
“I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of beauty.”
Edgar Allan Poe, The Poetic Principle
“I dread the events of the future, not in themselves but in their results.”
Edgar Allan Poe
“Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.”
Edgar Allan Poe
“That which you mistake for madness is but an overacuteness of the senses.”
Edgar Allan Poe
“To elevate the soul, poetry is necessary.”
Edgar Allan Poe
“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...”
Edgar Allan Poe, The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings
“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, The Premature Burial
“I intend to put up with nothing that I can put down."

[Letter to J. Beauchamp Jones, August 8, 1839]”
Edgar Allan Poe, The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe
“It is a happiness to wonder; -- it is a happiness to dream.”
Edgar Allan Poe, Complete Stories and Poems
“There are chords in the hearts of the most reckless which cannot be touched without emotion.”
Edgar Allan Poe, The Masque of the Red Death
“Yet mad I am not...and very surely do I not dream.”
Edgar Allan Poe, The Black Cat
“Even in the grave, all is not lost.”
Edgar Allan Poe
“Every moment of the night
Forever changing places
And they put out the star-light
With the breath from their pale faces”
Edgar Allan Poe
“Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore.”
Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven
“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. In their gray visions they obtain glimpses of eternity, and thrill, in waking, to find that they have been upon the verge of the great secret. In snatches, they learn something of the wisdom which is of good, and more of the mere knowledge which is of evil.”
Edgar Allan Poe, Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales and Poems
“You are not wrong who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.”
Edgar Allan Poe
“Convinced myself, I seek not to convince.”
Edgar Allan Poe, Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
“From childhood's hour I have not been
As others were; I have not seen
As others saw; I could not bring
My passions from a common spring.
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow; I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone;
And all I loved, I loved alone.
Then- in my childhood, in the dawn
Of a most stormy life- was drawn
From every depth of good and ill
The mystery which binds me still:
From the torrent, or the fountain,
From the red cliff of the mountain,
From the sun that round me rolled
In its autumn tint of gold,
From the lightning in the sky
As it passed me flying by,
From the thunder and the storm,
And the cloud that took the form
(When the rest of Heaven was blue)
Of a demon in my view.”
Edgar Allan Poe, Alone
“Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence.”
Edgar Allan Poe
“But our love 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, Annabel Lee
“Stupidity is a talent for misconception.”
Edgar Allan Poe
“To die laughing must be the most glorious of all glorious deaths!”
Edgar Allan Poe, The Complete Stories and Poems
“And I fell violently on my face.”
Edgar Allan Poe, Great Tales and Poems


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