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Happy 200th Birthday Edgar Allan Poe

Posted by Whitmore, January 19, 2009 08:11am | Post a Comment

Two hundred years
ago today, the greatest of early American writers was born in Boston, Massachusetts: Edgar Allan Poe. The master of the macabre, horror and one of the earliest practitioners of the short story is also considered by many to be the originator of the detective/crime fiction genre. In celebration I originally thought I’d blather on as if possessed by some dark unfathomable tide, revel in the sound that takes the form of a demon. But I convinced myself that I shall not seek to convince. Am I here to exorcise my own demons beyond some memory of my past bliss; deceits, they lie in the anguish of today. Would such blather hasten some clever paranormal patter? Alas, for you Poe, I recollect one vanquished thought, “Man is an animal that diddles, and there is no animal that diddles but man.” I won’t diddle. No one needs to read my diddle. Instead here are some of Edgar Allan Poe's greatest quotes:
 
“I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.”
 
“Stupidity is a talent for misconception.”
 
“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.”
 
“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.”
 
“All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.”

“The true genius shudders at incompleteness -- and usually prefers silence to saying something which is not everything it should be.”
 
“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night.”
 
“I am above the weakness of seeking to establish a sequence of cause and effect, between the disaster and the atrocity.”
 
“All that we see or seem, is but a dream within a dream”
 
“Of puns it has been said that those who most dislike them are those who are least able to utter them.”
 
“I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.”
 
“I have, indeed, no abhorrence of danger, except in its absolute effect -- in terror.”
 
“Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.”

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