December 1, 2021

10 Inspiring Quotes by Edgar Allan Poe on Beauty, Dreams & Pleasure.

The idea of writing a little article with my favorite quotes from Edgar Allan Poe has been hunting me since October.

I truly believe that his writings are special, in a particularly authentic way, and I hope that these quotes below will inspire you and stay with you for a long time.

>> “Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.”

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

>> “Were I called on to define, very briefly, the term Art, I should call it ‘the reproduction of what the Senses perceive in Nature through the veil of the soul.’ The mere imitation, however accurate, of what is in Nature, entitles no man to the sacred name of ‘Artist.'”

>> “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?”

>> “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.”

>> “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 6,000 years ago.”

>> “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.”

>> “They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.”

>> “I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of Beauty.”

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

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