We recently celebrated my favorite author’s 207th birthday — Edgar Allan Poe, so I thought it might be fun to explore 10 Poe quotes to live by!
Most people see Poe as a crazy, dark and mysterious soul who was nothing more than a drunk and a recluse. While some of that is true, it’s not the entire story by any means. He wasn’t a recluse; he was actually quite the man’s man. He was a celebrity — and seemed to love that. He was, however, a drunk; he died at the ripe old age of 40 in a ditch in Baltimore. He is the only American writer to have an NFL team named for him, so I must not be the only one who appreciates his profound thoughts.
“I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.” – Letter from Edgar Allan Poe to George Washington Eveleth, 4 January 1848
I think everyone can relate to this one. I know that it makes me realize that I’m not alone.
“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.” – from Eleanora
This resonates so much with me because I do not often remember my dreams at night, but I’m most definitely a day dreamer.
“We loved with a love that was more than love.” – from Anabel Lee
We all deserve this type of love!
“Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.” – from The Philosophy of Composition
For me, this is about looking more on the inside, rather than the outside. Nothing is more exciting than a sensitive soul!
“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?” – from The Premature Burial
This reminds me that I should no be afraid of death. We really don’t know anything about it.
“Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.” – from The Narrative of Arthur Gordyn Pym
As a writer, there is nothing more important to me than words. Most people don’t take their own words as seriously as they should. I always mean what I say and say what I mean.
“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.” – from The Raven
With this one, I’m reminded to always pursue my dreams — no matter how out there they may seem to others.
“Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence.” – from Eleanora
Some may say I’m crazy, others say I’m just smart… I can’t wait for the scientific proof to the latter!