Terrifying Tales, a collection of short stories by Edgar Allen Poe, can be downloaded on iBooks. The majority of these stories convey a sense of haunting and gloom while keeping the reader very interested. Aside from the overall dark themes, there are lines from the scenes that, out of context, are intriguing. Here are the top 12 quotes from this collection of stories by Poe:
“…why will you say that I am mad?” Narrator, The Tell-Tale Heart
Are you mad? Do you often feel that you are a little bit off in the head? That’s okay.
“It was the beating of the old man’s heart. It increased my fury, as the beating of a drum stimulates the soldier into courage.” Narrator, The Tell-Tale Heart
Use fear and adrenaline as tools in trying situations. Let these stress hormones propel your mind and body through the arduous scenario and make you stronger. Use it to your advantage.
“I smiled, – for what had I to fear?” Narrator, The Tell-Tale Heart
Be confident, regardless of the situation. Know how amazing and capable you are.
“At length I would be avenged.” Narrator, The Cask of Amontillado
Know that your time will come. Be patient and prepare for the day that moment arrives.
“The external world could take care of itself. In the meantime it was folly to grieve, or to think.” Narrator, The Masque of the Red Death
Enjoy the now. Let the stressors of your everyday life be put to rest, if only for a couple hours of fun.
“…the Time that flies.” Narrator, The Masque of the Red Death
Think of time as a person that you can never seem to catch up with. Time is always on the move.
“There were much of the beautiful, much of the wanton, much of the bizarre, something of the terrible, and not a little of that which might have excited disgust.” Narrator, The Masque of the Red Death
All walks of life are beautiful in their own way. Diversity on every point on each spectrum has its own form of fascinating mystery.
“There are chords in the hearts of the most reckless which cannot be touched without emotion. Even with the utterly lost, to whom life and death are equally jests, there are matters of which no jest can be made.” Narrator, The Masque of the Red Death
Basically – some who think they are above the law, might be. They may never have to face adversity, but in the end, we are all the same.
“I dread the events of the future, not in themselves, but in their results.” Usher, The Fall of the House of Usher
Doing something might not be so bad, but what are the consequences of the actions you plan to do?
“Such opinions need no comment, and I will make none.” Narrator, The Fall of the House of Usher
It is often wise to stay quiet when another is vocal about his/her views on the world.
“His air appalled me – but any thing was preferable to the solitude which I had so long endured…” Narrator, The Fall of the House of Usher
A friend is a friend. No one is perfect.
“…I still retained sufficient presence of mind to avoid exciting, by any observation, the sensitive nervousness of my companion.” Narrator, The Fall of the House of Usher
Stay calm, never panic. Even if your partner in crime is freaking out. Don’t lose the sharpness of your mind.
Thank you for reading this post. Again, the stories themselves are haunting, but the lines are full of wisdom. Thank you much, and have a great day.
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