Edgar Allan Poe Loathed Misattributed Quotes To Him

As far as I know there is NO evidence or record to say that the quote: “Sleep. Those little slices of death. How I loathe them” is by Edgar Allan Poe.

Stop attributing this quote to Poe.

Poe aka ‘Tragic Poet and Master of Mystery’ is well known for his poetry and Gothic short stories, particularly his tales of horror, mystery and the macabre, which include “The Raven“, “The Tell-Tale Heart”, “The Cask of Amontillado” and “The Fall of the House of Usher”.

Edgar Allan Poe Loathed Misattributed QuotesFor your information, that line about sleep as little slices of death is not uttered or written by the American writer, critic and editor Edgar Allan Poe.

So, stop attributing this quotation to Edgar Allan Poe.

Edgar Allan Poe Loathed Misattributed Quotes

Here is a list of quotes which are wrongly attributed to Poe:

All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of chicanery, fear, greed, imagination and poetry!X

According to John Alexander Joyce’s biography Edgar Allan Poe (1901), this was said by Poe to William Barton who was a typo and foreman on the ‘Broadway Journal’ when Poe was editor of the paper.

“The pioneers and missionaries of religion have been the real cause of more trouble and war than all other classes of mankind.” X

Again this is said to be from John Alexander Joyce’s book. There is no proper knowledge of this quote to be by Poe.

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

This line is a adaptation from the famous line from his short story “Eleonora”: “Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence…

“Sometimes I’m afraid of my heart; of its constant hunger for whatever it is it wants. The way it stops and starts.” X

This line is from the song titled “Terrified Heart” by a female American singer-songwriter Anne Decatur Danielewski, who called herself Poe.

You can hear the 52-second audio track over at YouTube. It is from her album called “Haunted”.

“The past is a pebble in my shoe.” X

Again this line is actually from a song by the lady singer named Poe and not the famous writer.  The title of the song is “Today“. which is a soundtrack for the 1998 movie “Great Expectation“.

“No one should brave the underworld alone.” X

Goodness.  Here is another one which is from the rock musician Poe’s song lyrics “Hello“.

“The best things in life make you sweaty.” X

I have read that Poe drank heavily, but I don’t think he did sweat profusely to come up with this silly stinky quote.

“To elevate the soul, poetry is necessary.” X

It is a mashed-up line from Poe’s 1846 review of William Cullen Bryant’s poetry. “Poetry, in elevating, tranquilizes the soul,” together with “The Poetic Principle’s”.

I need scarcely observe that a poem deserves its title only inasmuch as it excites, by elevating the soul.”

“Stupidity is a talent for misconceptions.” X

In “The Rationale of Verse,” Poe wrote, “On account of the stupidity of some people, or, (if talent be a more respectable word,) on account of their talent for misconception…”

“If you run out of ideas follow the road; you’ll get there.” X

So far, I cannot find any proper source attributing this quote to Poe.

“A woman being never at a loss… the devil always sticks by them.” X

This quote is actually from a letter written by the flamboyant English Lord Byron.

“The ninety and nine are with dreams, content, but the hope of the world made new, is the hundredth man who is grimly bent on making those dreams come true.” X

The above stanza is from a verse from Ted Olsen’s poem called “Dreamer and Doer”, said to have published in Forbes Magazine.

You can see the line from the poem published in “The Seaman Journal, February 1927, Vol. 41; page 60.” Another link here.

“The idea of God, infinity, or spirit stands for the possible attempt at an impossible conception.” X

It is actually a paraphrase of a passage from Poe’s “Eureka”: An Essay on the Material and Spiritual Universe“.

Let us begin, then, at once, with that merest of words, ‘Infinity.’ This, like ‘God,’ ‘spirit,’ and some other expressions of which the equivalents exist in all languages, is by no means the expression of an idea, but of an effort at one. It stands for the possible attempt at an impossible conception.’

“A million candles have burned themselves out. Still I read on.” X

Many websites, including Goodreads, said it is from Poe’s story, “The Cask of Amontillado”.

But not surprisingly, I could not find that line in that story.

If you don’t believe me, here is Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado

“Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time.” X

These lines are from a poem title “A Psalm Of Life” by poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

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

Writer Poe died in 1849 and this expression only appeared in the twentieth century. So, it could not be by him.

“Come little children
I’ll take thee away, into a land of Enchantment
Come little children the time’s come to play
Here in my garden of Shadows
Follow sweet children I’ll show thee the way
Through all the pain and the Sorrows
Weep not poor children
For life is this way murdering beauty and Passions
Hush now dear children it must be this way
To weary of life and Deceptions
Rest now my children for soon we’ll away
Into the calm and the Quiet
Come little children
I’ll take thee away, into a land of Enchantment
Come little children the time’s come to play
Here in my garden of Shadows” X

This is a song from the 1993 Halloween movie, “Hocus Pocus”, which stars Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy.

The song is “Come, Little Children” composed by James Horner and lyrics by John Debney. Sung in the movie by Sarah Jessica Parker.

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

Poe did use this line in his short story “Ligeia“. Actually he was quoting Francis Bacon.

You can find this line “There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion” from Francis Bacon’s Essays, Civil and Moral, XLIII Of Beauty.

“I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.” X

You don’t need to be brainy to know that the above silly quip is definitely not by Poe.

As expected, you can find it in Brainy Quotes.

“I remained too much inside my head and ended up losing my mind.” X

Sorry, there is no evidence whatsoever that it is by Poe.

“If a poem hasn’t ripped apart your soul, you haven’t experienced poetry.” X

No, no. no this is a bogus Edgar Allan Poe quote. It needs to stop here. Stop using or sharing it online.

“The scariest monsters are the ones that lurk within our souls.” X

The is the scariest bogus Poe quote that lurks within the internet for some time now.

Take Note: Beware when using or sharing quotes from those popular established quotation websites.

There are many questionable Poe quotes found in Goodreads, which include “Art is to look at not criticize.”, “Every poem should remind the reader they are going to die.” and “If you are ever drowned or hung, be sure and make a note of your sensations.”.

Good grief, Goodreads!

By the way, here is a list of authentic Edgar Allan Poe quotes that linked to credible sources.