37 Edgar Allan Poe Quotes about Life, Death, and Everything in Between

“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?”

Quotes about Life

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

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

“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.”

“I have no faith in human perfectibility. 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.”

“Invisible things are the only realities.”

“Either the memory of past bliss is the anguish of to-day; or the agonies which are have their origins in ecstasies which might have been. ”

Quotes about Death

“Sleep, those little slices of death — how I loathe them.”

“The death of a beautiful woman is, unquestionably, the most poetical topic in the world.”

“Even in the grave, all is not lost.”

“To die laughing must be the most glorious of all glorious deaths!”

“Every poem should remind the reader that they are going to die.”

"There are two bodies – the rudimental and the complete; corresponding with the two conditions of the worm and the butterfly. What we call 'death,' is but the painful metamorphosis. Our present incarnation is progressive, preparatory, temporary. Our future is perfected, ultimate, immortal. The ultimate life is the full design."

Quotes about Love

“I was never really insane except upon occasions when my heart was touched.”

“Years of love have been forgot, In the hatred of a minute.”

“Deep in earth my love is lying. And I must weep alone.”

“When I was young and filled with folly, I fell in love with melancholy”

“Because it was my crime to have no one on Earth who cared for me, or loved me.”

“Love like mine can never be gotten over.”

Quotes about Religion

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

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

“I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth.I heard many things in hell.”

“A strong argument for the religion of Christ is this - that offenses against Charity are about the only ones which men on their death-beds can be made - not to understand - but to feel - as crime.”

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

Quotes about Writing

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

“I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of beauty.”

“Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.”

“A short story must have a single mood and every sentence must build towards it.”

“Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.”

“A man's grammar, like Caesar's wife, should not only be pure, but above suspicion of impurity.”

“I am a writer. Therefore, I am not sane.”

Quotes about Art

“Art is to look at not to criticize.”

“Imperceptibly the love of these discords grew upon me as my love of music grew stronger.”

“When, indeed, men speak of Beauty, they mean, precisely, not a quality, as is supposed, but an effect - they refer, in short, just to that intense and pure elevation of soul - not of intellect, or of heart.”

“Music, when combined with a pleasurable idea, is poetry; music, without the idea, is simply music; the idea, without the music, is prose, from its very definitiveness.”

"Were I called on to define, very briefly, the term Art, I should call it 'the reproduction of what the Senses perceive in Nature through the veil of the soul.' The mere imitation, however accurate, of what is in Nature, entitles no man to the sacred name of 'Artist.'"

“Even for those to whom life and death are equal jests. There are some things that are still held in respect.”