Edgar Allan Poe

United States writer and poet (1809-1849)

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All that we see and seem is but a dream within a dream.
Children are never too tender to be whipped. Like tough beefsteaks, the more you beat them, the more tender they become.
Convinced myself, I seek not to convince.
Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.
I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity
I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.
I have great faith in fools -- self confidence my friends call it.
I have great faith in fools; self-confidence, my friends call it.
If you wish to forget anything on the spot, make a note that this thing is to be remembered.
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.
It may well be doubted whether human ingenuity can construct an enigma... which human ingenuity may not, by proper application, resolve.
Never to suffer would never to have been blessed.
Science has not yet taught us if madness is or is not the sublimity of the intelligence.
Sleep, those little slices of death, how I loathe them.
Sleep, those little slices of death; Oh how I loathe them.
Take this kiss upon the brow And, in parting from you now,Thus much let me avow--You are not wrong who deemThat my days have been a dreamYet if hope has flown awayIn a night, or in a day,In a vision, or in none,Is it therefore the less goneAll that we see or seemIs but a dream within a dream.
That man is not truly brave who is afraid either to seem or to be, when it suits him, a coward.
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.
The nose of a mob is its imagination. By this, at any time, it can be quietly led.
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.
They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. In their gray visions they obtain glimpses of eternity; and thrill; in waking; to find they have been upon the verge of the great secret.
Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night.
Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.

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