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 glorious deaths!

But as in ethics, evil is a consequence of good, so, in fact, out of joy is sorrow born.

I do not suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it.

Convinced myself, I seek not to convince.

It may well be doubted whether human ingenuity can construct an enigma... which human ingenuity may not, by proper application, resolve.

Scorching my seared heart with a pain, not hell shall make me fear again.

All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.

Never to suffer would never to have been blessed.

There are certain themes of which the interest is all-absorbing, but which are too entirely horrible for the purposes of legitimate fiction.

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.

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

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

Sleep, those little slices of death; Oh how I loathe them.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.

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.

But in the expression of the countenance, which was beaming all over with smiles, there still lurked (incomprehensible anomaly!) that fitful stain of melancholy which will ever be found inseparable from the perfection of the beautiful.

The ingenious are always fanciful, and the truly imaginative never otherwise than analytic.

I became insane, with long periods of horrible sanity.

Coincidences, in general, are great stumbling-blocks in the way of that class of thinkers who have been educated to know nothing of the theory of probabilities.

Yet I am not more sure that my soul lives, than I am that perverseness is one of the primitive impulses of the human heartone of the indivisible primary faculties, or sentiments, which give direction to the character of Man.