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10 Incredibly Powerful Edgar Allan Poe Quotes That Will Leave You Amazed

Notwithstanding his short and devastating life, Edgar Allan Poe left behind an extraordinary legacy embodying stories filled with horror and mind boggling conundrums.

Poe endured many tragedies, from losing his wife and mother and his father’s sudden departure to constantly battling depression and alcoholism. It seemed as if he had used writing as therapy, and his dark, innovative work is still talked about in classrooms all around to world to this day. He is considered to be a pioneer in the field of short stories as well as detective fiction, among many others. Poe’s works were far ahead of their time, and so it went on to influence the literary landscape for many years to come.

Poe was also known as a witty and intelligent man; with a profound way with words. Here are some of his quotes that may leave you confused, but deeply influenced nonetheless.

 

 

  1. “Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 4. “Experience has shown, and a true philosophy will always show, that a vast, perhaps the larger, portion of truth arises from the seemingly irrelevant.”

 

5. “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.”

 

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6. “All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.”

 

7. “I have no faith in human perfectibility. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active – not more happy – nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago.”

 

 

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8. “The true genius shudders at incompleteness — imperfection — and usually prefers silence to saying the something which is not everything that should be said.”

 

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

 

10. “There is no exquisite beauty… without some strangeness in the proportion.”

 

 

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First Official Look at Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’

If you’ve been counting down the days to Christmas not for Santa but for the latest Little Women adaptation, Vanity Fair has brought it to you early! Who said you can’t have a piece of Christmas joy in June, anyway? With exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes shoots, you can get your first look at Greta Gerwig’s Little Women.

 

Since Ladybird took everyone by storm with stars Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet, everyone has been asking what Gerwig would do to follow up that masterpiece. Well, she is once again taking Ronan and Chalamet on her journey into Louisa May Alcott’s 19th Century novel, Little Women as Jo and Laurie. Joining them are Emma Watson (Meg), Meryl Streep (Aunt Josephine), Laura Dern (Marmee), Eliza Scanlan (Beth), and Florence Pugh (Amy).

 

Cast of 'Little Women' Watson, Ronan, Scanlan, Pugh, Chalamet

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If you’re rolling your eyes and asking yourself if we need another 19th century take on the world, don’t fret. Gerwig, though keeping the adaption true to Alcott’s work, will be adding in modern twists. According to IndieWire, Gerwig is committed to shooting scenes in Massachusetts, not far from where the Alcott family lived, including scenes at the schoolhouse where her father taught.

 

Saoirse and Timothée as Jo and Laurie

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One major aspect that Gerwig is diving into is the relationship between Jo, a girl with a traditional boy’s name, and Laurie, a boy with a traditional girl’s name. According to Gerwig, “In some ways the two are each other’s twin.” To heighten that relationship, she worked closely with the costume’s department. Throughout the film the two will swap pieces of clothing or accessories. Gerwig explains:

They find each other before they’ve committed to a gender. It wouldn’t be wrong to call Saoirse handsome and Timothée beautiful. Both have a slightly androgynous quality that makes them perfect for these characters.

Seeing how Gerwig plans to approach this relationship, it makes me excited to think of all the other themes she will be modernizing in the film. If you’ve seen Ladybird, you know Gerwig has an eye for detail, an amazing one at that. Christmas can’t come soon enough.

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