Edgar Allan Poe
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"Edgar Allan Poe" was an American author, poet, editor, and Literary criticism/literary critic, considered part of the American Romanticism/Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of Mystery (fiction)/mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story, and is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre. He is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career.

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I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.

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

Coincidences, in general, are great stumbling-blocks in the way of that class of thinkers who have been educated to know nothing of the theory of probabilities.

Convinced myself, I seek not to convince.

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

Scorching my seared heart with a pain, not hell shall make me fear again.

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

There are certain themes of which the interest is all-absorbing, but which are too entirely horrible for the purposes of legitimate fiction.

I do not suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it.

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.

Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.

It may well be doubted whether human ingenuity can construct an enigma... which human ingenuity may not, by proper application, resolve.

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

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

I have great faith in fools; self-confidence, my friends call it.

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

I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.

In one case out of a hundred a point is excessively discussed because it is obscure; in the ninety-nine remaining it is obscure because it is excessively discussed.

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

Depend upon it, after all, Thomas, Literature is the most noble of professions. In fact, it is about the only one fit for a man. For my own part, there is no seducing me from the path.

Sleep, those little slices of death; Oh how I loathe them.

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

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.

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

Stupidity is a talent for misconception.

Never to suffer would never to have been blessed.

But in the expression of the countenance, which was beaming all over with smiles, there still lurked (incomprehensible anomaly!) that fitful stain of melancholy which will ever be found inseparable from the perfection of the beautiful.

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

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

But as in ethics, evil is a consequence of good, so, in fact, out of joy is sorrow born.