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Emily Martin

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Emily has a PhD in English from the University of Southern Mississippi, MS, and she has an MFA in Creative Writing from GCSU in Milledgeville, GA, home of Flannery O’Connor. She spends her free time reading, watching horror movies and musicals, cuddling cats, Instagramming pictures of cats, and blogging/podcasting about books with the ladies over at #BookSquadGoals ( She can be reached at

Once again it’s the Holiday Season, a time of joy, cheer, presents, family gatherings, and so, so much food. This has oft been called the most wonderful time of the year. Many of us, however, are just counting down to when it will be Halloween again, wondering how October passed by so fast. To get you through your post-Halloween slump, I’m here to offer you a sampling of the best Edgar Allan Poe quotes from perhaps the Halloweeniest authors of all time.

May the thoughtful and often macabre insights into love, death, madness, and more from one of America’s most famous authors help get you through the holidays!

Edgar Allan Poe Quotes About Death

24 Edgar Allan Poe Quotes About Death, Love, Madness, and More |

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

“Deep in earth my love is lying/And I must weep alone.” —A couplet

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

“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?” —”The Premature Burial

“Come! let the burial rite be read–the funeral song be sung!—An anthem for the queenliest dead that ever died so young—A dirge for her the doubly dead in that she died so young.” —”Lenore

“Thank Heaven! the crisis—The danger is past, And the lingering illness, Is over at last—And the fever called “Living,” Is conquered at last.” —”For Annie

“I was never kinder to the old man than during the whole week before I killed him.” —”The Tell-Tale Heart

Edgar Allan Poe Quotes About Love

“We loved with a love that was more than love…With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven/Coveted her and me.” —”Annabel Lee

“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

“Because I feel that, in the Heavens above, The angels, whispering to one another, Can find, among their burning terms of love, None so devotional as that of ‘Mother.'” —”To My Mother

“Yes, I now feel that it was then on that evening of sweet dreams—that the very first dawn of human love burst upon the icy night of my spirit. Since that period I have never seen nor heard your name without a shiver half of delight half of anxiety.” —a letter to Sarah Helen Whitman

“For passionate love is still divine / I lov’d her as an angel might / With ray of the all living light / Which blazes upon Edis’ shrine.” —”Tamerlane

Edgar Allan Poe Quotes About Dreams

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

“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.” —“Marginalia

“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.” —”The Raven

“All that we see or seem / Is but a dream within a dream.” —”A Dream Within A Dream

“And all my days are trances / And all my nightly dreams / Are where thy grey eye glances / And where thy footstep gleams— / In what ethereal dances / By what eternal streams.” —”To One in Paradise

Edgar Allan Poe Quotes About Strangeness

“From childhood’s hour I have not been / As others were—I have not seen / As others saw—I could not bring / My passions from a common spring.” —”Alone

“Although I saw that the features of Ligeia were not of a classic regularity—although I perceived that her loveliness was indeed ‘exquisite,’ and felt that there was much of ‘strangeness’ pervading it, yet I have tried in vain to detect the irregularity and to trace home my own perception of ‘the strange.'” —”Ligeia

“It was a freak of fancy in my friend…to be enamored of the night for her own sake; and into this bizarrerie, as into all his others, I quietly fell; giving myself up to his wild whims with a perfect abandon.” —”The Murders in the Rue Morgue

Edgar Allan Poe Quotes About Madness

“That which you mistake for madness is but an over acuteness of the senses” —”The Tell-Tale Heart

“Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence…” —Eleanora

“I was never really insane, except on occasions where my heart was touched.” —a letter to Maria Clemm

“I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.” —a letter to George W. Eveleth

If you still need more Edgar Allan Poe to help you through the cold months ahead, behold these striking portraits of the author, or follow this guide to what of Edgar Allan Poe’s work you should pick up next. Or check out these interesting facts about one of Poe’s most famous poems “The Raven.”