Archive for the ‘Edgar Allan Poe’ Category

The necessary knowledge is that of what to observe

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011
violence implied

But it is in matters beyond the limits of mere rule that the skill of the analyst is evinced. He makes, in silence, a host of observations and inferences. So, perhaps, do his companions; and the difference in the extent of the information obtained lies, not so much in the validity of the inference, as in the quality of the…

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The ingenious are always fanciful, and the truly imaginative never otherwise than analytic

Friday, March 19th, 2010
face in shadow

The analytical power should not be confounded with simple ingenuity; for while the analyst-is necessarily ingenious, the ingenious man is often remarkably incapable of analysis. The constructive or combining…

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To observe attentively is to remember distinctly

Sunday, November 1st, 2009
hands at chess

The best chess-player in Christendom may be little more than the best player of chess; but proficiency in whist implies capacity for success in all these more important undertakings where mind struggles with mind. When I say…

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They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009
dark clouds

I am come of a race noted for vigor of fancy and ardor of passion. 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

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