"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."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."Edgar Allan Poe on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."Edgar Allan Poe on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."Edgar Allan Poe on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."Edgar Allan Poe on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."Edgar Allan Poe on Mark Twain
"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.'"
"Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears."
"Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words."
"I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of Beauty."
"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?"