An American poet, writer and editor, Edgar Allan Poe ( 1809–1849) is known as the inventor of detective fiction and a master in writing short stories featuring horror, mystery and the macabre, such as The Black Cat, Berenice and The Fall of the House of Usher.


1.“Of puns it has been said that those who most dislike them are those who are least able to utter them.”

2.“The ninety and nine are with dreams, content but the hope of the world made new, is the hundredth man who is grimly bent on making those dreams come true.”

3.“Stupidity is a talent for misconception.”

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

5.“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night.”

6.“It is the nature of truth in general, as of some ores in particular, to be richest when most superficial.”

7.“Man’s real life is happy, chiefly because he is ever expecting that it soon will be so.”

8.“Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.”

9.“I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.”

10.“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.”

11.“The nose of a mob is its imagination. By this, at any time, it can be quietly led.”


12.“The true genius shudders at incompleteness – and usually prefers silence to saying something which is not everything it should be.”

13.“To be thoroughly conversant with a man’s heart, is to take our final lesson in the iron-clasped volume of despair.”

14.“With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion.”

15.“I have great faith in fools – my friends call it self-confidence.”

16.“There is an eloquence in true enthusiasm.”

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

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

19.“Science has not yet taught us if madness is or is not the sublimity of the intelligence.”

20.“We loved with a love that was more than love.”

21.“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 mist.”

22.“If you wish to forget anything on the spot, make a note that this thing is to be remembered.”

23.“All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.”