Here is a collection of great quotes from Edgar Allan Poe's poems and short stories. You can learn more about the author on our Edgar Allan Poe page.
Edgar Allan Poe Quotes
"Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore." - "The Raven"
"Here I opened wide the door;-— Darkness there, and nothing more." - "The Raven"
"I had walled the monster up within the tomb!" - "The Black Cat"
"I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity." - quote from a Poe letter.
"For months I could not rid myself of the phantasm of the cat." - "The Black Cat"
"When it most closely allies itself to Beauty: the death, then, of a beautiful woman is, unquestionably, the most poetical topic in the world — and equally is it beyond doubt that the lips best suited for such topic are those of a bereaved lover." - The Philosophy of Composition"
"For the moon never beams, without bringing me dreams" - "Annabel Lee"
"I was never kinder to the old man than during the whole week before I killed him." - "The Tell-Tale Heart
"I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge." - quotes from a Poe letter.
"Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing, Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before;" - "The Raven"
"The nose of a mob is its imagination. By this, at any time, it can be quietly led." - "Marginalia"
"All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream." - "A Dream Within a Dream"
"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?" - "The Premature Burial"
"The bodiless airs, a wizard rout,
Flit through thy chamber in and out," - "The Sleeper"
"Oh, the bells, bells, bells!
What a tale their terror tells
How they clang, and clash, and roar!
What a horror they outpour" - "Bells"
"And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all" - "The Masque of the Red Death"
"One of his eyes resembled that of a vulture — a pale blue eye, with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees - very gradually - I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever." - "The Tell-Tale Heart"
"It writhes!-it writhes!-with mortal pangs
The mimes become its food,
And seraphs sob at vermin fangs
In human gore imbued. - "The Conqueror Worm"
"I was never really insane, except on occasions where my heart was touched." - quote from a Poe letter to Mrs. Maria Clemm
"These were days when my heart was volcanic
As the scoriac rivers that roll—
As the lavas that restlessly roll" - "Ulalume"