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15 pieces of wisdom from Edgar Allan Poe's work


Edgar Allan Poe is what you might refer to as an overachiever. As well as mastering poetry, fiction, non-fiction and literary criticism, he was also arguably the creator of detective fiction. Which is kind of a very big deal.

Poe was also able to craft a sentence that has the power to make you sit back and dissect it for its initial meaning and then how it might apply to your life and where you are at that very point.

We've assembled the 15 greatest pieces of wisdom from Poe's work right here. Let us know if we missed off your favourite.


"They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night."



"To observe attentively is to remember distinctly."

The Murders in the Rue Morgue


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



"Man is an animal that diddles, and there is no animal that diddles but man."

Diddling: Considered As One Of The Exact Sciences


"A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes its redresser. It is equally unredressed when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who has done the wrong."

The Cask of Amontillado


"Evil is a consequence of Good, so, in fact, out of Joy is sorrow born."



"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."

The Mystery Of Marie Rogêt


"To vilify a great man is the readiest way in which a little man can himself attain greatness"



"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."

The Black Cat


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

The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket


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

A Dream Within A Dream


"Never to suffer would never to have been blessed"

Mesmeric Revelation


"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"



"That which you mistake for madness is but an over acuteness of the senses"

The Tell-Tale Heart


"When a madman appears thoroughly sane, indeed, it is high time to put him in a straight jacket"

The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether


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