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Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there,
by Edgar Allan Poe

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there,
wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal
ever dared to dream before.
- Edgar Allan Poe

Related topics: Dreams

We loved with a love that was more than love.
- Edgar Allan Poe

Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.
- Edgar Allan Poe

I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.
- Edgar Allan Poe

 

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

The nose of a mob is its imagination.
By this, at any time, it can be quietly led.
- Edgar Allan Poe

The generous Critic fann'd the Poet's fire,
And taught the world with reason to admire.
- Edgar Allan Poe

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There are few cases in which mere popularity should
be considered a proper test of merit;
but the case of song-writing is,
I think, one of the few.
- Edgar Allan Poe

Stupidity is a talent for misconception.
- Edgar Allan Poe

The true genius shudders at incompleteness -
and usually prefers silence to saying something which
is not everything it should be.
- Edgar Allan Poe

Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development,
invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.
- Edgar Allan Poe

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

In one case out of a hundred a point is excessively
discussed because it is obscure;
in the ninety-nine remaining it is obscure because
it is excessively discussed.
- Edgar Allan Poe

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

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

I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it.
- Edgar Allan Poe

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary.
- Edgar Allan Poe

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.
- Edgar Allan Poe

It will be found, in fact, that the ingenious are always fanciful,
and the truly imaginative never otherwise than analytic.
- Edgar Allan Poe

The rudiment of verse may, possibly,
be found in the spondee.
- Edgar Allan Poe

That pleasure which is at once the most pure,
the most elevating and the most intense,
is derived, I maintain, from the contemplation of the beautiful.
- Edgar Allan Poe

The death of a beautiful woman, is unquestionably the
most poetical topic in the world.
- Edgar Allan Poe

With me poetry has not been a purpose,
but a passion.
- Edgar Allan Poe

All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.
- Edgar Allan Poe

In criticism I will be bold, and as sternly,
absolutely just with friend and foe.
From this purpose nothing shall turn me.
- Edgar Allan Poe

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

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

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

Man's real life is happy, chiefly because he is ever
expecting that it soon will be so.
- Edgar Allan Poe

It is the nature of truth in general,
as of some ores in particular, to be richest when most superficial.
- Edgar Allan Poe

I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.
- Edgar Allan Poe

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

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.
- Edgar Allan Poe

I have, indeed, no abhorrence of danger,
except in its absolute effect - in terror.
- Edgar Allan Poe

Science has not yet taught us if madness is or is not
the sublimity of the intelligence.
- Edgar Allan Poe

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

All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud,
fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.
- Edgar Allan Poe

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

There is an eloquence in true enthusiasm.
- Edgar Allan Poe

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

There is something in the unselfish and self-sacrificing love of a brute,
which goes directly to the heart of him who has had
frequent occasion to test the paltry friendship and
gossamer fidelity of mere Man.
- Edgar Allan Poe

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.'
- Edgar Allan Poe

I have no faith in human perfectability.
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.
- Edgar Allan Poe

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"Hurry up" ranks right up there with "you need to"
as a destroyer of our humanity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We occasionally stumble over the truth
but most of us pick ourselves up and
hurry off as if nothing had happened.
- Winston Churchill

The more I see, the less I know for sure.
- John Lennon

The farther backward you can look,
the farther forward you can see.
- Winston Churchill

To know everything is to know nothing,
but to know nothing is to know everything.
- Confucius

If an opinion contrary to your own makes you angry,
that is a sign that you are subconsciously aware
of having no good reason for thinking as you do.
- Bertrand Russell

Uncertainty that comes from knowledge
(knowing what you don't know)
is different from uncertainty coming from ignorance.
- Isaac Asimov

Ordinary people seem not to realize
that those who really apply themselves
in the right way to philosophy
are directly and of their own accord
preparing themselves for dying and death.
- Socrates

I was taught that the way of progress
is neither swift nor easy.
- Marie Curie

When you are impeccable, you take
responsibility for your actions,
but you do not judge or blame yourself.
- don Miguel Ruiz

The way is not in the sky.
The way is in the heart.
- The Buddha

We shall see but a little way if
we require to understand what we see.
- Henry David Thoreau

The key to growth is the introduction of
higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.
- Lao Tzu

The water in a vessel is sparkling;
the water in the sea is dark.
The small truth has words which are clear;
the great truth has great silence.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The final delusion is the belief
that one has lost all delusions.
- Maurice Chapelain

I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
- Anonymous

When you keep getting the wrong answers,
try asking better questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

All truth passes through three stages:
First, it is ridiculed;
Second, it is violently opposed;
Third, it is accepted as self-evident.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

The Lessons of the Book of Life are
Writ Small in its Margins.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When we have arrived at the question,
the answer is already near.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

To light a candle is to cast a shadow.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

"Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely,
"and go on till you come to the end: then stop."
- Lewis Carroll

The most important things in life
are seldom the most obvious.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I say beware of all enterprises that require new clothes,
and not rather a new wearer of clothes.
- Henry David Thoreau

All this worldly wisdom was once
the unamiable heresy of some wise man.
- Henry David Thoreau


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