Edgar Allan Poe

United States
19 Jan 1809 // 7 Oct 1849


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The pioneers and missionaries of religion have been the real cause of more trouble and war than all other classes of mankind.
There is an eloquence in true enthusiasm.
Experience has shown, and a true philosophy will always show, that a vast, perhaps the larger, portion of truth arises from the seemingly irrelevant.
If you run out of ideas follow the road; you'll get there
Stupidity is a talent for misconception.
It is a happiness to wonder; - it is a happiness to dream.
Perversity is the human thirst for self-torture.
There are chords in the hearts of the most reckless which cannot be touched without emotion.

The Masque of the Red Death
To elevate the soul, poetry is necessary.
I do not suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it.
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."