Edgar Allan Poe

The Complete Stories of Edgar Allan Poe

    Geraldine Guarneroshas quoted3 years ago
    “There is no exquisite beauty,” says Bacon, Lord Verulam, speaking truly of all the forms and genera of beauty, “without some strangeness in the proportion.” Yet, 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.”
    Marie Shiriaevahas quoted3 days ago
    There are some secrets which do not permit themselves to be told. Men die nightly in their beds, wringing the hands of ghostly confessors, and looking them piteously in the eyes – die with despair of heart and convulsion of throat, on account of the hideousness of mysteries which will not suffer themselves to be revealed. Now and then, alas, the conscience of man takes up a burthen so heavy in horror that it can be thrown down only into the grave. And thus the essence of all crime is undivulged.
    Marie Shiriaevahas quoted24 days ago
    The moodiness of my usual temper increased to hatred of all things and of all mankind; while, from the sudden, frequent, and ungovernable outbursts of a fury to which I now blindly abandoned myself, my uncomplaining wife, alas! was the most usual and the most patient of sufferers.

    One day she accompanied me, upon some household errand, into the cellar of the old building which our poverty compelled us to inhabit. The cat followed me down the steep stairs, and, nearly throwing me headlong, exasperated me to madness. Uplifting an axe, and forgetting, in my wrath, the childish dread which had hitherto stayed my hand, I aimed a blow at the animal which, of course, would have proved instantly fatal had it descended as I wished. But this blow was arrested by the hand of my wife. Goaded, by the interference, into a rage more than demoniacal, I withdrew my arm from her grasp and buried the axe in her brain. She fell dead upon the spot, without a groan.
    Marie Shiriaevahas quoted24 days ago
    Yet I am not more sure that my soul lives, than I am that perverseness is one of the primitive impulses of the human heart – one of the indivisible primary faculties, or sentiments, which give direction to the character of Man. Who has not, a hundred times, found himself committing a vile or a silly action, for no other reason than because he knows he should not? Have we not a perpetual inclination, in the teeth of our best judgment, to violate that which is Law, merely because we understand it to be such? This spirit of perverseness, I say, came to my final overthrow. It was this unfathomable longing of the soul to vex itself – to offer violence to its own nature – to do wrong for the wrong’s sake only – that urged me to continue and finally to consummate the injury I had inflicted upon the unoffending brute. One morning, in cool blood, I slipped a noose about its neck and hung it to the limb of a tree; – hung it with the tears streaming from my eyes, and with the bitterest remorse at my heart; – hung it because I knew that it had loved me, and because I felt it had given me no reason of offence; – hung it because I knew that in so doing I was committing a sin – a deadly sin that would so jeopardize my immortal soul as to place it – if such a thing were possible – even beyond the reach of the infinite mercy of the Most Merciful and Most Terrible God
    Marie Shiriaevahas quoted25 days ago
    But to-morrow I die, and to-day I would unburthen my soul.
    Андрей Балтаевhas quotedlast month
    Brethren, I come from lands afar
    To show you all what fools you are.
    Soufiane Elberradhas quoted6 months ago
    “C’est à vous à faire,” said his Majesty, cutting. His Grace bowed, dealt, and arose from the table en presentant le Roi.
    Soufiane Elberradhas quoted6 months ago
    le Diable n’ose pas refuser un jeu d’écarté.
    Soufiane Elberradhas quoted6 months ago
    It was in the spirit of this wisdom that, among the ancient Hebrews, it was believed the gates of Heaven would be inevitably opened to that sinner, or saint, who, with good lungs and implicit confidence, should vociferate the word “Amen!”
    Soufiane Elberradhas quoted6 months ago
    Interruptions are annoying and should undoubtedly be abolished – don’t you think so? – no reply, I beg you, – one person is enough to be speaking at a time. – I shall be done by and by, and then you may begin.
    Soufiane Elberradhas quoted6 months ago
    it will be remembered, maintained that snow is black, and this I have since found to be the case.
    Soufiane Elberradhas quoted6 months ago
    Most philosophers, upon many points of philosophy, are still very unphilosophical. William Godwin, however, says in his “Man
    Soufiane Elberradhas quoted6 months ago
    Pray, sir, what is the soul?”
    “The soul,” replied Pedro, referring to his MSS., “is undoubtedly —”
    “No, sir!”
    “Indubitably —”
    “No, sir!”
    “Evidently —”
    “No, sir!”
    “And beyond all question —”
    “No, sir! – the soul is no such thing.”
    “Then what is it?”
    “That is neither here nor there, Signor Pedro,” replied the stranger, musing, “I have tasted – that is I mean I have known some very bad souls and some pretty good ones.”
    Soufiane Elberradhas quoted6 months ago
    the beautiful red leather of Morocco
    Теодор Димитровhas quoted8 months ago
    depended from the walls
    Теодор Димитровhas quoted8 months ago
    There are chords in the hearts of the most reckless which cannot be touched without emotion.
    Теодор Димитровhas quoted8 months ago
    harken

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    Теодор Димитровhas quoted8 months ago
    Evil thoughts became my sole intimates – the darkest and most evil of thoughts.
    Теодор Димитровhas quoted8 months ago
    than because he knows he should not? Have we not a perpetual inclination, in the teeth of our best judgment, to violate that which is Law, merely because we understand it to be such?
    Теодор Димитровhas quoted8 months ago
    Who has not, a hundred times, found himself committing a vile or a silly action, for no other reason
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