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

Edgar Allan Poe Quotes on Love:

We loved with a love that was more than love… With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven coveted her and me.
There is something in the unselfish and self-sacrificing love of a brute, which goes directly to the heart of him who has had frequent occasion to test the paltry friendship and gossamer fidelity of mere Man.
Because I feel that, in the Heavens above, The angels, whispering to one another, Can find, among their burning terms of love, None so devotional as that of Mother.
Yes, I now feel that it was then on that evening of sweet dreams—that the very first dawn of human love burst upon the icy night of my spirit. Since that period I have never seen nor heard your name without a shiver half of delight half of anxiety.
For passionate love is still divine / I lov’d her as an angel might / With ray of the all living light / Which blazes upon Edis’ shrine.
The most natural, and, consequently, the truest and most intense of the human affections are those which arise in the heart as if by electric sympathy.
Love like mine can never be gotten over.
O, human love! thou spirit given, On Earth, of all we hope in Heaven!
I was never really insane except upon occasions where my heart was touched.
But we loved with a love that was more than love.

"Beauty is the sole legitimate province of the poem."

Edgar Allan Poe Quotes on Madness & More:

That which you mistake for madness is but an over acuteness of the senses

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.

I was never really insane, except on occasions where my heart was touched.

I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.

The customs of the world are so many conventional follies.

I have great faith in fools — self-confidence my friends will call it.

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

To observe attentively is to remember distinctly.

That man is not truly brave who is afraid either to seem or to be, when it suits him, a coward.

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



Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer, editor and poet. He is popular for his poetry and short stories, especially his tales of mystery and the macabre. He was one of the country’s first short story writers. He is credited as the inventor of the detective fiction genre and contributed to the emergence of the science fiction genre.

Poe, born in Boston, was the second child of actors David and Elizabeth “Eliza” Poe. His father abandoned the family in 1810. His mother died the following year. John and Frances Allan of Richmond, Virginia brought up an orphaned Poe. He enlisted for the United States Army in 1827. The same year, he published an anonymous collection Tamerlane and Other Poems, credited only to “a Bostonian”.

Poe and his works have been an influence for notable authors like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Jules Verne, H. P. Lovecraft, Henry James, and others. In his honour, the Mystery Writers of America have named their awards “Edgars” for excellence in the genre. In 2013, The Guardian called his novel Pym as one of the greatest novels ever written in the English language.