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January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849; Edgar Allan Poe is considered one of the first great American authors, the father of the detective mystery and the inspiration for millions who tried to write scary stories after him. Though Poe was born in Boston, he is generally associated with Baltimore, where he died. The city's NFL team, the Ravens, is named after his most famous poem, The Raven. His childhood was far from ideal: his mom died when he was two after separating from his father and Poe was adopted by a foster family. Fortunately, the Allans, the family that adopted him, were well-to-do merchants and able to provide young Edgar with an ideal life. Although Poe was a smart youth, he dropped out of college for lack of money due in large part to his drinking. With no prospects, he joined the army entering West Point in 1830. That didn't last long either, however, as he was dismissed. Poe struggled as a writer for years until he was finally hired as a newspaper editor in 1836. He won the job thanks to his story, "The Manuscript Found in a Bottle." Despite his legend these days, Poe never held down a steady writing job as a writer of fiction. Instead, he married his cousin and worked as an editor of one newspaper or the next for most of his life. When his wife died, Poe suffered greatly before a brief recovery. On October 3rd of 1849, he was found in a public house, all but unconscious. Poe would never be able to explain how he ended up there and died 4 days later.

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

I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it.
Edgar Allan Poe

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

To elevate the soul, poetry is necessary.
Edgar Allan Poe

Science has not yet taught us if madness is or is not the sublimity of the intelligence.
Edgar Allan Poe

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

Years of love have been forgot, in the hatred of a minute.
Edgar Allan Poe

Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.
Edgar Allan Poe

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

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.
Edgar Allan Poe

If you wish to forget anything on the spot, make a note that this thing is to be remembered.
Edgar Allan Poe

Sleep, those little slices of death; oh how I loathe them.
Edgar Allan Poe

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

I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.
Edgar Allan Poe

There is no exquisite beauty - without some strangeness in the proportion.
Edgar Allan Poe

The best things in life make you sweaty.
Edgar Allan Poe

Stupidity is a talent for misconception.
Edgar Allan Poe

Man's real life is happy, chiefly because he is ever expecting that it will be so.
Edgar Allan Poe

The happiest day - the happiest hour,
My sear'd and blighted heart hath known,
The highest hope of pride and power,
I feel hath flown.
Edgar Allan Poe

If I could dwell
Where Israfel
Hath dwelt, and he where I,
He might not sing so wildly well
A mortal melody,
While a bolder note than this might swell
From my lyre within the sky.
Edgar Allan Poe

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

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."
Edgar Allan Poe

O God! Can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?
Edgar Allan Poe

Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.
Edgar Allan Poe

A gentleman with a pug nose is a contradiction in terms.
Edgar Allan Poe

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

Believe only half of what you see and nothing that you hear.
Edgar Allan Poe

I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge. It has
not been in the pursuit of pleasure that I have periled life and reputation and reason. It has
been the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense of insupportable
loneliness and a dread of some strange impending doom.
Edgar Allan Poe

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.
Edgar Allan Poe

All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.
Edgar Allan Poe

Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not
the loftiest intelligence – whether much that is glorious – whether all that is profound – does
not spring from disease of thought – from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the
general intellect.
Edgar Allan Poe

No pictorial or sculptural combinations of points of human loveliness, do more than approach
the living and breathing human beauty as it gladdens our daily path.
Edgar Allan Poe

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