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A collection of thoughts and quotes by Edward Gorey on life, writing, poetry, cartoons, identity, smoking, death, happiness, humor and ageing.

45 Great Quotes By Edward Gorey, The Man Who Popularized Limericks

Quick Facts

Born On: February 22, 1925

Died On: April 15, 2000

Born In: Chicago

Died At Age: 75

Edward Gorey was a well-known English illustrator, writer, and poet. His most appreciated works were his cartoons, prose and literary nonsense in his poetry. He attended a number of local grade schools and was a part of the US army for a couple of years. He then joined the Harvard University to pursue graduation. Although he started drawing since the age of 18 months but his professional career as an illustrator started at Doubleday Anchor. Some of his most remarkable illustrations were for the covers of the book ‘Dracula’ by Bram Stoker and ‘The War of the Worlds’ by H.G. Wells. Gorey was passionate to get into writing and published his first independent work, ‘The Unstrung Harp’ which helped him gain local popularity. This encouraged him to write other books which added to his popularity and made him famous internationally. Here is a collection of thoughts and quotations which have been scanned from the vast sea of his work. Go through these inspiring quotes from the life and work of Edward Gorey which will help you look at life from a different perspective.

Books. Cats. Life is Good.

Edward Gorey

The helpful thought for which you look Is written somewhere in a book.

Edward Gorey

My mission in life is to make everybody as uneasy as possible. I think we should all be as uneasy as possible, because that's what the world is like.

Edward Gorey

When people are finding meaning in things -- beware.

Edward Gorey

I am a person before I am anything else. I never say I am a writer. I never say I am an artist...I am a person who does those things.

Edward Gorey

There are so many things we've been brought up to believe that it takes you an awfully long time to realize that they aren't you.

Edward Gorey

My favorite journey is looking out the window.

Edward Gorey

What is, is, and what might have been could never have existed.

Edward Gorey

Interviewer: What is your greatest regret? Gorey: That I don't have one

Edward Gorey

The Suicide, as she is falling, Illuminated by the moon, Regrets her act, and finds appalling The thought she will be dead so soon.

Edward Gorey

It's well we cannot hear the screams we make in other people's dreams.

Edward Gorey

If something doesn't creep into a drawing that you're not prepared for, you might as well not have drawn it.

Edward Gorey

There was a young lady named Mae Who smoked without stopping all day; As pack followed pack, Her lungs first turned black, And eventually rotted away.

Edward Gorey

I tend to be rather inconsequential and trail off.

Edward Gorey

I've never had any intentions about anything. That's why I am where I am today, which is neither here nor there, in a literal sense.

Edward Gorey

Explaining something makes it go away, so to speak; what's important is left after you have explained everything else.

Edward Gorey

Some tiny creature, mad with wrath, is coming nearer on the path.

Edward Gorey

I don't think anything might have been. What is, is.

Edward Gorey

To take my work seriously would be the height of folly.

Edward Gorey

I don't know what it is I'm doing. But it's not that. Despite all evidence to the contrary.

Edward Gorey

I have given up considering happiness as relevant.

Edward Gorey

Not everything in life can be interpreted metaphorically; that's because things fall out on the way.

Edward Gorey

Such excess of passion is quite out of fashion

Edward Gorey

More is happening out there than we are aware of. It is possibly due to some unknown direful circumstance.

Edward Gorey

All the things you can talk about in anyone's work are the things that are least important.

Edward Gorey

Z is for Zillah who drank too much gin.

Edward Gorey

The world may think it idiotic, Nor care at all we're symbiotic, But I will say at once and twice: I find it nice. I find it nice.

Edward Gorey

I should like a parsley sandwich. To the best of my knowledge they are not in season.

Edward Gorey

Vice is nice, but a little virtue won't hurt you.

Edward Gorey

The Baron told her that only art meant anything.

Edward Gorey

Life is intrinsically, well, boring and dangerous at the same time. At any given moment the floor may open up. Of course, it almost never does; that's what makes it so boring.

Edward Gorey

Each night Father fills me with dread When he sits on the foot of my bed; I'd not mind that he speaks In gibbers and squeaks, But for seventeen years he's been dead.

Edward Gorey

...my least favorite actress of all time, Helena Bonham Carter. I find her lack of a neck very off-putting and especially her acting.

Edward Gorey

He presented it with a length of string and passed on to the statue of Corrupted Endeavor to await the arrival of Autumn.

Edward Gorey

Where was I? in remarking that me is the envelopes and not nearly so much so, the often foolish letters inside.

Edward Gorey

I suppose it was obvious that The Loathsome Couple was based on the Moors Murders, which disturbed me very greatly for some reason.

Edward Gorey

I just kind of conjured them up out of my subconscious and put them in order of ascending peculiarity.

Edward Gorey

He wrote it all down Zealously.

Edward Gorey

On the way home I absently minded (you know what I mean) went through a stop sign in Hyannis so of course there was a police car to apprehend me. A soft answer turnethed away wrath, fortunately.

Edward Gorey

There was a young woman named Fleager Who was terribly, terribly eager To be all the rage On the tragedy stage, Though her talents were pitifully meagre.

Edward Gorey

There was a young woman whose stammer Was atrocious, and so was her grammar, But they were not improved When her husband was moved To knock out her teeth with a hammer.

Edward Gorey

Let's take the time that has been given to us and find that clock.

Edward Gorey

A lady both callous and brash Met a man with a vast black moustache; She cried, 'Shave it, O do! And I'll put it with glue On my hat as a sort of panache.

Edward Gorey

Mr Earbrass escaped from Messrs Scuffle and Dustcough, who were most anxious to go into all the ramifications of a scheme for having his novels translated into Urdu, and went to call on a distant cousin.

Edward Gorey

I thought it was going to be different; It turned out to be(,) just the same.

Edward Gorey