Authentic Edgar Allan Poe Quotes Haunt You For Life

Here is my selection of authentic Edgar Allan Poe quotes that linked to credible sources.

He is best known for his poetry and short stories of horror and mystery, including “The Raven“, “The Fall of the House of Usher,” and “The Cask of Amontillado“.

In 1827, Poe published his first book titled, “Tamerlane and Other Poems“.

His second book “Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane, and Minor Poems” was published in 1829.

In 1841, Poe wrote detective fiction, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue“.

His poem “The Raven” was hailed as a literary sensation.

It is still considered one of the best of Poe’s writing career.

authentic Edgar Allan Poe quotesI have painstakingly selected out some of his many meaningful, thought-provoking quotes that you can use in your daily conversations or work.

Or share them with your Facebook friends or Twitter followers.

Not just any written work from his books. That’s the reason, why I do not include any line from his popular poem “The Raven“.

Beware: There are many quotes wrongly attributed to Edgar Allan Poe found in websites and also those published books.

There are even fake Poe quotes around.

The next time before you use or share any quote, make sure you get it from a reliable source, like this site.

Authentic Edgar Allan Poe Quotes

All the Edgar Allan Poe quotes below are verified authentic and they are all linked to all his works.


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

(The Narrative Of Arthur Gordon Pym Of Nantucket,Harper & Brothers, 1838, ch. XII, P. 109)

(The quote is also found here.)


“There is no exquisite beauty… without some strangeness in the proportion.”

Note: Poe paraphrased the above quote slightly from the essay “Of Beauty” by Francis Bacon, Lord Verulam, Viscount St. Albans. “There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.”

(The Works of the Late Edgar Allan Poe: With Notices of His Life And Genius bY N. P. Willis, J. R. Lowell, And R. W. Griswold, In Two Volumes, Vol. I, Tales, New York: J. S. Redfield, Clinton Hall, 1850, LIGEIA, P. 453)

(The quote is also found in: Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe, Simon and Schuster, 2007, Notes, 5, P. 347)


“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.” – Edgar Allan Poe

(The Complete Poetical Works of Edgar Allan Poe: With a Selection of His Sketches and Reviews by Edgar Allan Poe, Ward, Lock, and Tyler, Warwick House, Paternoster Row,A Dream within a Dream, P. 54)

(The quote is also found in: The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, Volume 2 by Edgar Allan Poe, Widdleton, 1871, A Dream Within A Dream, P. 40)


“Sound loves to revel in a summer night.” – Edgar Allan Poe

(The Complete Poetical Works of Edgar Allan Poe: With a Selection of His Sketches and Reviews by Edgar Allan Poe, Ward, Lock, and Tyler, Warwick House, Paternoster Row; Al Aaraaf Part II, P. 95)

(The quote is also found in: The Works of the Late Edgar Allan Poe: With Notices of His Life And Genius bY N. P. Willis, J. R. Lowell, And R. W. Griswold, In Two Volumes, Vol. II, Poems And Miscellanies, New York: J. S. Redfield, Clinton Hall, 1850, AL AARAAF, P. 78 )


“That years of love have been forgot in the hatred of a minute.” – Edgar Allan Poe

(The Complete Poetical Works of Edgar Allan Poe: With a Selection of His Sketches and Reviews by Edgar Allan Poe, Ward, Lock, and Tyler, Warwick House, Paternoster Row; To—, P. 67)

(The quote is also found in: The Works of the Late Edgar Allan Poe: With Notices of His Life And Genius bY N. P. Willis, J. R. Lowell, And R. W. Griswold, In Two Volumes, Vol. II, Poems And Miscellanies, New York: J. S. Redfield, Clinton Hall, 1850, TO—, P. 51 )


Believe nothing you hear, and only one half that you see.” – Edgar Allan Poe

(Graham’s Magazine, Vol.XXVIII, Philadelphia: November, 1845, No.5, The System Of Dr. Tarr And Prof. Fether)


“Never to suffer would have been never to have been blessed.”

(The Works of the Late Edgar Allan Poe: With Notices of His Life And Genius bY N. P. Willis, J. R. Lowell, And R. W. Griswold, In Two Volumes, Vol. I, Tales, New York: J. S. Redfield, Clinton Hall, 1850, Mesmeric Revelation, P. 110)

(The quote is also found in: The Complete Tales & Poems of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe, Race Point Publishing, 2014, Tales, Mesmeric Revelation, P. 49)


“All things are either good or bad by comparison.” – Edgar Allan Poe

(The Works of the Late Edgar Allan Poe: With Notices of His Life And Genius bY N. P. Willis, J. R. Lowell, And R. W. Griswold, In Two Volumes, Vol. I, Tales, New York: J. S. Redfield, Clinton Hall, 1850, Mesmeric Revelation, P. 110)

(The quote is also found in: Edgar Allan Poe Annotated and Illustrated Entire Stories and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe, edited by Andrew Barger, Bottletree Books LLC, 2008, Mesmeric Revelation, P. 329)


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

(The Works Of The Late Edgar Allan Poe, With A Memoir By Rufus Wilmot Griswold And Notices Of His Life And Genius By N. P. Wilis And J. R. Lowell, In Four Volumes, III. The literati, Redfield, 1857, Marginalia, P. 483)

(The quote is also found in: The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, Volume 3 By Edgar Allan Poe, Widdleton, 1849, Marginalia, P. 483)

(Another source of the quote is found here.)


“Unthought-like thoughts that are the souls of thought,…” – Edgar Allan Poe

(The Works of the Late Edgar Allan Poe: With Notices of His Life And Genius bY N. P. Willis, J. R. Lowell, And R. W. Griswold, In Two Volumes, Vol. II, Poems And Miscellanies, New York: J. S. Redfield, Clinton Hall, 1850, TO—, P. 19)

(The quote is also found in: Complete Poems by Edgar Allan Poe, edited by Thomas Ollive Mabbott, University of Illinois Press, 2000, To—[B], P. 407)


“How many good books suffer neglect through the inefficiency of their beginnings!” – Edgar Allan Poe

(The United States Democratic Review Volume 0015 Issue 77, November 1844, Marginalia, P. 490)

(The quote is also found here)


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

(The Litterati; Some Honest Opinions About Autorial Merits And Demerits, With Occasional Words of Personality, Together With Marginalia, Suggestions, And Essays, J. S. Redfield, Clinton Hall, Nassau-Street, Boston: B. B. Mussey & Co., 1850, “Marginalia” and “Fifty Suggestions”, Marginalia, items 51-100, LXXXVIII, P. 51)

(The quote is also found in: The Works of the Late Edgar Allan Poe: The literati by Edgar Allan Poe, Redfield, 1857, Marginalia, LXXXVIII, P. 525)


“That man is not truly brave who is afraid either to seem or to be, when it suits him, a coward.” – Edgar Allan Poe

(The Litterati; Some Honest Opinions About Autorial Merits And Demerits, With Occasional Words of Personality, Together With Marginalia, Suggestions, And Essays, J. S. Redfield, Clinton Hall, Nassau-Street, Boston: B. B. Mussey & Co., 1850, “Marginalia” and “Fifty Suggestions”, Marginalia, items 101-150, CXXXIII, P. 529)

(The quote is also found in: The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, Volume 3 by Edgar Allan Poe, Widdleton, 1849, Marginalia, CXXXIII, P. 542)


“Invisible things are the only realities.” – Edgar Allan Poe

(The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, edited by James A. Harrison (Professor In The University Of Virginia) With Textual Notes by R. A. Stewart, PH. D., Volume II, Tales — Volume I, New York, Thomas Y. Crowell & Company Publishers, 1902, Loss of Breath, A Tale neither in nor out of “Blackwood”, P. 151)

(You can also find this quote in: Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe, Ch.7, A Tale Neither In nor Out of “Blackwood” Loss Of Breath)


“I intend to put up with nothing that I can put down…” – Edgar Allan Poe

(The Letters of Edgar Allan Poe, edited by John Ward Ostrom, New York, The Gordian Press, 1966, III, Philadelphia, From Weissnichtwo To Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine, February 1837 – June 1840, 80 To J. Beauchamp Jones, Philadelphia, August 8, 1839, P. 109)

(The quote in is also found in: Delphi Complete Works Of Edgar Poe, Delphi  Classic, 2013, Edgar Allan Poe To J. Beauchamp Jones, Philadelphia, August 8, 1839)


“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?” – Edgar Allan Poe

(The Works of the Late Edgar Allan Poe: With Notices of His Life And Genius bY N. P. Willis, J. R. Lowell, And R. W. Griswold, In Two Volumes, Vol. I, Tales, New York: J. S. Redfield, Clinton Hall, 1850, The Premature Burial, P. 325)

(The quote is also found in: The Collected Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe, Wordsworth Editions, 2004, The Premature Burial, P. 252)


“There are chords in the hearts of the most reckless which cannot be touched without emotion.”

(The Works of the Late Edgar Allan Poe: With Notices of His Life And Genius bY N. P. Willis, J. R. Lowell, And R. W. Griswold, In Two Volumes, Vol. I, Tales, New York: J. S. Redfield, Clinton Hall, 1850, The Masque of the Red Death, P. 339)

(The quote is also found in: The Gold-Bug and Other Tales by Edgar Allan Poe, Courier Corporation, 2012, The Masque of the Red Death (1842), P. 60)


“They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.” – Edgar Allan Poe

(The Works of the Late Edgar Allan Poe: With Notices of His Life And Genius bY N. P. Willis, J. R. Lowell, And R. W. Griswold, In Two Volumes, Vol. I, Tales, New York: J. S. Redfield, Clinton Hall, 1850, Eleonora, P. 446)

(The quote is also found in: Poetry and Tales by Edgar Allan Poe, compiled and edited by Patrick Francis Quinn, Library of America, 1984, Eleonora, P. 468)


“I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of Beauty.” – Edgar Allan Poe

(The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, edited by John H. Ingram, Vol. III, Poems And Essays, Essays on Poetry, Including Eureka, Marginalia, etc. etc, Edinburgh, Adam And Charles 1875, The Poetic Principle, P. 197)

(The quote is also found in: Poems and Essays on Poetry by Edgar Allan Poe, edited by Charles Hubert Sisson, Taylor & Francis, 2003, Essays on Poetry, The Poetic Principle, P. 93)


“I am above the weakness of seeking to establish a sequence of cause and effect, between the disaster and the atrocity.” – Edgar Allan Poe

(The Works of the Late Edgar Allan Poe: With Notices of His Life And Genius bY N. P. Willis, J. R. Lowell, And R. W. Griswold, In Two Volumes, Vol. I, Tales, New York: J. S. Redfield, Clinton Hall, 1850, The Black Cat, P. 281)

(The quote is also found in: Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe, Harry Clarke, Courier Corporation, 2008, P. 93)


“To vilify a great man is the readiest way in which a little man can himself attain greatness.” – Edgar Allan Poe

(The Litterati; Some Honest Opinions About Autorial Merits And Demerits, With Occasional Words of Personality, Together With Marginalia, Suggestions, And Essays, J. S. Redfield, Clinton Hall, Nassau-Street, Boston: B. B. Mussey & Co., 1850, “Marginalia” and “Fifty Suggestions”, Marginalia, items 101-150, CXXXVII, P. 529)

(The quote is also found in: Poems and Essays, Including Eureka, Marginalia Etc. Etc, Black, 1875, Marginalia, C. Little Men, P. 397)


“Imitators are not necessarily unoriginal, except at the exact points of the imitation.” – Edgar Allan Poe

(The United States Democratic Review Volume 0018, Issue 94, Apr 1846, Marginlia, P. 270)

(The quote is also found in: The Works of the Late Edgar Allan Poe, Volume 3 by Edgar Allan Poe, Rufus Wilmot Griswold, Redfield, 1857, Marginalia, CXXII, P. 539)


Experience has shown, and a true philosophy will always show, that a vast, perhaps the larger, portion of truth arises from the seemingly irrelevant.” – Edgar Allan Poe

(The Works of the Late Edgar Allan Poe: With Notices of His Life And Genius bY N. P. Willis, J. R. Lowell, And R. W. Griswold, In Two Volumes, Vol. I, Tales, New York: J. S. Redfield, Clinton Hall, 1850, The Mystery of Maria Roget, A Sequel to “The Murders in The Rue Morgue”, P. 213)

(The quote is also found in: The Complete Tales & Poems of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe, Race Point Publishing, 2014, The Mystery of Marie Roget, P. 162)


“Of puns it has been said that those most dislike who are least able to utter them.” – Edgar Allan Poe

(The Litterati; Some Honest Opinions About Autorial Merits And Demerits, With Occasional Words of Personality, Together With Marginalia, Suggestions, And Essays, J. S. Redfield, Clinton Hall, Nassau-Street, Boston: B. B. Mussey & Co., 1850, “Marginalia” and “Fifty Suggestions”, Marginalia, items 151-200, CLXIX, P. 549)

(The quote is also found in: The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe, Cosimo, Inc., 2009, Marginalia, CLXIX, P. 307)

(Another source of this quote is: Edgar Allan Poe, The Brevities: Pinakidia, Marginalia, Fifty Suggestions and Other Works, edited with Introduction and Notes by Burton R. Pollin, The Gordian Press, New York 1985, Marginalia, Installment III: Godey’s Lady’s Book, Aug. 1845, Marginal Notes No. I, Marginalia 119, P. 222)