18 Edgar Allan Poe Quotes about Madness

“That which you mistake for madness is but an overacuteness of the senses.”

“I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.”

“I remained too much inside my head and ended up losing my mind”

“I have great faith in fools – self-confidence my friends will call it.”

“I was never really insane except upon occasions when my heart was touched.”

“I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge. It has not been in the pursuit of pleasure that I have periled life and reputation and reason. It has been the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense of insupportable loneliness and a dread of some strange impending doom.”

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

“Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence– whether much that is glorious– whether all that is profound– does not spring from disease of thought– from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect.”

“And so being young and dipped in folly I fell in love with melancholy.”

“Yet mad I am not…and very surely do I not dream.”

“True, nervous, very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am, but why will say that I am mad?! The disease had sharpened my senses, not destroyed, not dulled them. Above all was the sense of hearing acute.”

“The fury of a demon instantly possessed me. I knew myself no longer. My original soul seemed, at once, to take its flight from my body; and a more than fiendish malevolence, gin-nurtured, thrilled every fibre of my frame.”

“The rain came down upon my head – Unshelter’d. And the wind rendered me mad and deaf and blind.”

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

“The scariest monsters are the ones that lurk within our souls…”

“True! – nervous – very, very nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad?”

“I call to mind flatness and dampness; and then all is madness – the madness of a memory which busies itself among forbidden things.”

“And now have I not told you that what you mistake for madness is but over-acuteness of the senses?”

15 Meaningful Quotes from Edgar Allan Poe

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