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 :: 1809-1845, American Poet, Critic, short-story Writer

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

 

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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 - [Song and Singing]

 

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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 - [Thoughts and Thinking]

 

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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 - [Perfection]

 

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With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion.
~ Edgar Allan Poe - [Poetry and Poets]

 

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I have great faith in fools; My friends call it self-confidence.
~ Edgar Allan Poe - [Self-confidence]

 

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We now demand the light artillery of the intellect; we need the curt, the condensed, the pointed, the readily diffused -- in place of the verbose, the detailed, the voluminous, the inaccessible. On the other hand, the lightness of the artillery should not degenerate into pop-gunnery -- by which term we may designate the character of the greater portion of the newspaper press -- their sole legitimate object being the discussion of ephemeral matters in an ephemeral manner.
~ Edgar Allan Poe - [Journalism and Journalists]

 

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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 - [Meaning of Life]

 

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Mournful and Never-ending Remembrance.
~ Edgar Allan Poe - [Memory]

 

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

 

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I never can hear a crowd of people singing and gesticulating, all together, at an Italian opera, without fancying myself at Athens, listening to that particular tragedy, by Sophocles, in which he introduces a full chorus of turkeys, who set about bewailing the death of Meleager.
~ Edgar Allan Poe - [Opera]

 

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Believe me, there exists no such dilemma as that in which a gentleman is placed when he is forced to reply to a blackguard.
~ Edgar Allan Poe - [Gentlemen]

 

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The writer who neglects punctuation, or mispunctuates, is liable to be misunderstood for the want of merely a comma, it often occurs that an axiom appears a paradox, or that a sarcasm is converted into a sermonoid.
~ Edgar Allan Poe - [Grammar]

 

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

 

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I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.
~ Edgar Allan Poe - [Insanity]

 

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If any ambitious man have a fancy to revolutionize, at one effort, the universal world of human thought, human opinion, and human sentiment, the opportunity is his own -- the road to immortal renown lies straight, open, and unencumbered before him. All that he has to do is to write and publish a very little book. Its title should be simple -- a few plain words -- ''My Heart Laid Bare.'' But -- this little book must be true to its title.
~ Edgar Allan Poe - [Confession]

 

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

 

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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 - [Critics and Criticism]

 

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Thank Heaven! the crisis --The danger, is past, and the lingering illness, is over at last --, and the fever called ''Living'' is conquered at last.
~ Edgar Allan Poe - [Death and Dying]

 

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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 - [Despair]

 

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