12 Insightful Quotes From Stories by Poe

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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Hard Truths from ‘Of Mice and Men’

Of Mice and Men is a novella by John Steinback and was released in 1937. It’s a story about a pair of men traveling and looking for work, dreaming of owning their own land. Here’s what this book taught me about life:

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If something goes wrong, move on and start over.

The main characters referred to an incident early on in the story. They tried to move on and begin anew in a fresh location where no one knew who they are.

Packing up and heading out to a new unknown is terrifying and extremely inconvenient, but sometimes it’s the exact situation we need in order to make a better life for ourselves.

I’m not saying we should all give up and leave the minute something goes wrong, but if you’re constantly trying for an extended period of time and just can’t be happy, maybe it’s time to move on. If you’ve given it your best shot and you’re only digging a deeper hole, pack it up and try something new. Life is too short to remain in an unhappy, miserable situation for too long.

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Know your own strength.

A major conflict in Of Mice and Men is that one of the main characters failed to realize how physically powerful he was.

A lot of issues for us today are that we don’t realize how strong we are. I’m not referring to physical strength, but to emotional strength and intelligence. We are resilient and capable human beings.

The main character had an issue with strength – he needed to back off. We have an issue with strength in the opposite way – we need to push harder. We need to understand how amazing we are and how sturdy our hearts can be. We can get through anything and can pursue our greatest dreams without fear because we are capable.

Know how strong you are. Be strong. Don’t let anyone bring you down.

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The right thing to do is often difficult.

I won’t spoil the story, but a tough decision had to be made at the end of the novel. Tough is a weak word, too. It’s not a choice anyone in the history of human kind would like to make. Regardless, the right choice was made and carried out.

Everyday we face choices that aren’t fun. It’s often easier to brush things off and ignore issues at hand. It’s much more fulfilling to just suck it up and make the right choice. It’s easier said than done, but we must have integrity and do the right thing.

Are mice and men really so different?

Both mice and men can be crushed in an instant by a powerful force. Both mice and men just want to live in peace and survive with enough food to eat and a safe place to sleep.

Are mice and men really much different in the big picture of the universe?

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Thanks for reading this post on Of Mice and Men. Know how strong you are, move on when it’s time, and always try to do the right thing.

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Invasion Tips from The War of the Worlds (H.G. Wells)

H.G. Wells released his novel, The War of the Worlds in 1897. This is a science fiction book exploring what might happen if Martians invaded the earth.

Over a hundred years after the publication of this novel, it still has the power to make readers wonder about life beyond our atmosphere. Would outsiders be friendly or deadly like the Martians in this version?

We may never know the answers, but for now we can enjoy the writings of creative minds that explore the topic of extraterrestrials.

Though the tale is far fetched, here are three life lessons from The War of the Worlds:

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1 – Don’t underestimate the outsider.

If an alien species came to our planet, the first mistake we could make would be to underestimate them. Humans have an issue with understanding that we are not perfect and we are not at the top of the food chain. There’s nothing more threatening to the ego of man than an alien race dropping from the sky with superior technology and intelligence.

Never assume that the outsider is weaker or less developed. Never underestimate those you don’t know.

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2 – Our rules of life and science might not equal outsider rules. (Law and Physics)

The narrator quickly assumes that our powerful gravity on Earth will be unbearable to those used to the lesser gravity of Mars. He also considers other things about the Martians in terms of human laws of physics and ethics.

Races that come from different places, especially different planets, likely won’t have the same rules of nature that we do. We can’t assume that others will think murder is wrong, we can’t assume that all lifeforms in the universe need oxygen to breath.

Everything we think we know about the universe would instantly go up in flames if a Martian landed on Earth. No assumptions, no rules.

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3 – When it’s all said and done, go back home.

The narrator’s fear and anxiety comes to a close at the end of the book when the Martians meet their demise. The first thing he does is go back home. Luckily, his wife is there, too, happy to see her husband survived the invasion.

Occasionally life sucks and it’s madness. We move so fast from one task to the next with a little sleep and food in between. On the go – always.

Every now and then it’s productive and wise to take a breather. Go home. Go sit and stare at the wall and relax. Slow down. Visit the place where you feel you most belong and give yourself time to enjoy it.

Take a moment to feel gratitude that your loved ones haven’t been vaporized by Martians.

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Hopefully if we ever make contact with life from other planets it will be a peaceful interaction, unlike the catastrophe in The War of the Worlds. We can hope for the best, but we should be cautious, not underestimate the others, and know their rules will differ from ours here on Earth.

On a survivalist note, if you’re trapped with a person who talks too much, it might be a good idea to ditch said person. Otherwise the guy who talks too much is going to get both of you killed.

Thanks for reading this post. Be grateful that we’ve not been invaded by malignant Martians…yet.

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3 Insights from Never Cry Wolf that will Make You Think

Farley Mowat wrote Never Cry Wolf in the mid 20th century about his experience studying a small wolf pack. He was able to learn much about this misunderstood species in a time when wolves were greatly feared and seen as devils.

This book opened up the idea that wolves were just trying to survive like everyone else in the harsh environment of the tundra/taiga. Mowat watches from a short distance and learns to love the creatures that others demonized at the time.

From this insightful book I learned much about wolves, but also three big lessons about life:

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1 – Don’t let common stereotypes and fables cloud rational judgement.

Mowat is told horror stories about wolves before flying into their territory. He still pursues his mission to study these animals better and goes into his exploration with an open, scientific mind.

There are stereotypes about every race, every religion, every country, etc. Stereotypes are impossible to avoid, but that doesn’t mean we have to let them keep us from getting to know people. Put all stereotypes you’ve heard in the back of your mind and meet everyone with fresh eyes.

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2 – Historically and currently, we fear what we don’t understand.

Humans have a tendency to assume anything unknown is naturally demonic and dangerous. It’s like being afraid of the dark – the dark isn’t scary, we feel fear because we don’t know what could be hiding it the dark.

With animals or different types of people, we might feel fear because we don’t know who they are.

Fear is natural, but we do have complete control over our actions. The people in this book feared wolves so they began killing them. Mowat, however, gets to know the unknown and learns just how humane these creatures are.

Even if you fear something or someone, get to know more about him/her or the situation. The more you learn, the less you fear. And the less we fear, the less we hate.

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This brings me to my final lesson:

3 – The more time we spend with others, the more human they become.

Once we get to know people, or animals, the more we learn and see their own unique personalities and characteristics. We stop seeing them as an object and start to see them as individual souls, wanting love just like we do.

Spend time listening, observing, and conversing with the unknown. You’ll begin to see the beautiful soul living inside every biological shell.

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In a world divided, the human race needs these life lessons more than ever. We’re more open nowadays, thankfully, but bias and hate still roam the earth. Never Cry Wolf teaches to push aside stereotypes and to seek understanding of the unknown out in the world.

On a cultural note, one story in the book taught me not to chase a wolf hunt while butt naked. The local eskimos might not appreciate this tactic.

Thanks for reading. I hope you have a great day free of hate and stereotyping. Go learn about something you currently fear. You just might end up loving it.

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Twelventures #1: At Home

ButterCup Alley:
Flowers are pretty. 
Some say flowers smell nice. 
Whatever natural beauty the flowers possess
is nothing compared to what they represent
What is a flower but a promise of Spring?
With warmer weather and dying disease
Upcoming storms followed by ease
Soon to see summer and a soul set free
What is a summer but time of freedom?
Soaking in a sun filled kingdom
People flocking to oceans and beaches
Vacations taken by those who need em
Rest is too often forgotten
In a world where lazy also means rotten
Overworked and much downtrodden
In desperate need of peace and calm concoctions
What is peace but a little silence?
Away from all our daily violence
Depressing news eagerly recited
Mute the sounds and rest the eyelids
The boisterous noise of normality 
Turns hidden anxieties into reality 
We put faith in all these fallacies
Artificial in upmost propriety
Conforming will keep us safe
From deviations leading to hate
We strive to make others think
That we’re the same in every way
What is unique is seen as bad
Differences aren’t to be had
They shun and shame the mad
ashamed when they should be glad
What varies is unstable and wise
Society needs us to be blind
It will quickly collapse otherwise
Filled full of those with free minds
Will a free mind not flourish?
Allowed the growth to adore it
Without the norm to destroy it
And the weeds to ignore it?
Leaving it be will allow for expanse
Letting a flower morph and advance
Rise up in the sun and progress
Do exactly what the others can’t
Each flower grows a unique design
None are the same, all are divine
Creating a blanket of beautiful life
Inspiration and leaving a sign
What is a flower but a sign of Spring?
A promise of the purity it brings
Rainwater falls, storms come and leave
Leftover is a colorful field of dreams
Flowers represent human growth and power
Human diversity, adversity with each shower
Flowers flourish and never cower
A sign of humanity is the pretty flower
 Whatever beauty the flower may possess
Is nothing to the power it of what it represents
Will Work For Pool:
Cleaning is hard labor
but it’s worth the swim later.
Cackle Laugh and Splash
Summer is best
because I get more time with you.
You are the sun
the earth
and the truth.
Your laugh is toxic
and comical to the point of tears.
Your wonder is peacefully indicative of your childhood years.
This is for you, all this work
just for you.
One day soon
hard work will be through.
Then all that’s left
will be me and you.
If Foundation is Truth
Is this our future? So bland and dry
More dull history to ruin the eyes
Millions of worlds, trillions of minds
Still not enough to truly know why?
What is the point of political lies?
The bigger picture is that we all die
Money and society to hide behind
Galactic wars and genocide
Nothing changes in this life
People are the same old kind
Add technology and new fights
A thousand years still dead inside
Empires and kings keep their rule 
No one is free, most are cruel
The poor and the rich, a constant duel
There’s just no hope for us fools
Hidden Agendas
Lawless Laws
No Redemption
Flawed Society
We are nothing more.
Lime Green Slender Snake:
Your firm form and stoic
I won’t get too close
To scare you away
I only want a glimpse
Of your mesmerizing face
What are you, little snake?
Something to be feared?
Or a momentary escape?
Come closer, little friend
I’ll soon go away
Your beauty is haunting
Our meeting is fate
So still and silent
With grace you stand
No need for violence
I’m an honest fan
Listening to Scared to Death:
Curse you
For being so intriguing
Curse me
For being so curious
I cannot sleep
The ghost
Might get me
Misfit Wolf Pack:
All of us have lost so much.
The first was a runt and chosen in pity. The second was dumped and pushed away.
The third had the most difficult past of all. She was thrown from a car and left for dead. She found the Misfit Wolf Pack and now she is one of us.
So is her newly born pup.
Join us. Or leave us to be.
We are one and we are free.
Snakes and Shadows:
Tree branches cast sleek shadows
 from the setting sun 
creating black masses 
like snakes all over the gravel road. 
Sometimes the shadows 
really are snakes, though. 
Who would have guessed? 
Am I a shadow 
or a snake? 
I’m just a passerby 
with too much experience 
with both. 
I stay on the go. 
I jog my pace 
and flaunt my flow. 
Everyone knows. 
They don’t wave anymore, 
like me, they just go. 
We’re all sick and tired 
of snakes and shadows. 
Cursed to Run:
Running on gravel and dirt
makes one’s bare feet hurt
Cursed to run.
Sometimes it’s fun.
It’s always refreshing to sweat
under the sun.
Run, run, run,
until I come undone.
When it rains
It Pours
When I’m down
It rains more
No sun
Lots of war
The next day
It might rain
But I’ll rise
Through my pain
The rain
leaves its mark
The roads are mud
My gloomy heart
But I walk
In the water
I won’t fall
I won’t falter
I’m down
But not out
The rainwater
Leaves no doubt
The Snail:
I delivered him
To an irreversible fate
Long overdue
He’s approaching that age
It broke my heart
To lead him astray
Until I saw the snail
Crossing in my way
Distraction? Perhaps
Unknown origin
First encounter, yes
Releasing endorphins
Swirly, soft shell
Slow moving, sluggish
Hide from these eyes
Your presence abundant
Adore it
Don’t touch it
Snap it
Observe it
Leave it
Sent it
Search it up
Never see it again
Goodbye, new friend
Be like the cats and do nothing but nap. Work and work, it’s all we know.
For if we fail to work our lack will show. What’s to do but never sleep, never rest? Humans cannot rest until death. Misconceptions are such beliefs.
We are only human
and we much need sleep
I Buried a Body:
I buried a body and unearthed a box
Drenched in mud inside and out
I sliced open the shell
Dumped out the past
Ripped it up
Sent it to the trash
That’s not me anymore
Thank the lord
I won’t go back
To that state of mind
To that life of mine
Cursed and despised
A different time
Darker days
Now I’m wise
Never the same
I’ve seen the light
I’ve seen the meaning
I destroyed the plight
Now I’m dreaming
Loving day and night
Now I live
Now I fight
Now I know
I am alive
A misguided soul six years ago
Much can change with time
Time passing is a heart healing
Time passing is eyes seeing the truth
Time passing is gaining wisdom
Time is always on the move
As is time, must so be the mind
Always moving, growing wise
Never die, soul of mine
You are indestructible 
You have survived
Who I was is always kind
Who I am is still divine
The universe so far and wide
There’s no place for wasted time
A buried box
A buried life 
An unhealthy way
That had to die
I was lost
I’m always lost
Lost is life
Lost is right
Now I know the truth
The search is ongoing
But I’ve learned my core
The knowledge is pouring
Values will persist
The basics are stone
My heart can resist
The lies that show
The girl who buried this box
She needed a guide 
I’m so very relieved 
I found my tribe
Some came and went
Others still here
All were years well spent
Through blood and tears
This box reminds me
Of what I left behind
I’m never going back
I’ve found new life
There will be no burning
No ceremony
Nothing significant about this old way
I’ve made peace 
I’ve moved on
I still struggle
But I have won 
That war is history
So very long ago
No pyres necessary
No burying of bones
Just thrown in the trash 
Where other forgotten stuff goes
Oh little twenty
A lifetime ago
If only you knew
How awesome you’d grow
I buried a body and threw out the past
I paid no mind to that ancient trash

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Dear Jane (Eyre)…Thank You

The story of your arduous life is beautiful. Even the darkest moments add vibrant colors to the portrait of your adventures. You are a prime example of how an unfortunate soul can endure through the hardships of life and find love and happiness. You’re a role model for anyone who has ever felt she doesn’t belong. You’re an inspiration for anyone who has ever felt outcasted and misunderstood.

Jane, your patience and ability to forgive are admirable. Your confidence and willingness to stand by your beliefs are traits defined perfectly by your courageous spirit and resilience.

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When you were hurting, readers were hurting. When you were hopeful, readers had hope. When your life grew more joyous, readers felt joy and comfort. We love you, Jane, because you make us feel. You show us the strong attributes hiding within us all. You shine light on truth and make us bold.

You, Jane, are us. All of us. We are you and we feel your pain because we’ve experienced emotions so very similar. We want to reach into your story and hold that crying child because that crying child represents us. We see ourselves in that little girl misunderstood, the adolescent forced to conform, and the young lady longing for more in life than the local normality. We are you when you feel inferior to your heart’s desire.

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Thank you, Jane, for being the unforgettable character you are. Thank you for showing us how to be strong and to keep going when life seemingly destroys all hope. Thank you for sharing you innermost thoughts. Through you, Jane, we can connect. We can have hope and know that others out there feel the way we feel.

Thank you, Jane. I am eternally grateful for you.


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P.S. – Obviously, thank you to Charlotte Bronte.

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