“The Black Cat” is a favorite for scary-storytelling and Halloween imaginings. The story centers around a cat, but the story becomes a psychological study, as we watch the owner become more and more erratic. It’s a first-person narrative, which makes the story all the more memorable. Here are a few quotes from the short story.

“The Black Cat” Quotes

  • “For the most wild, yet most homely narrative which I am about to pen, I neither expect nor solicit belief.”
    – Edgar Allan Poe, “The Black Cat”

 

  • “There is something in the unselfish and self-sacrificing love of a brute, which goes directly to the heart of him who has had frequent occasion to test the paltry friendship and gossamer fidelity of mere Man.”

– Edgar Allan Poe, “The Black Cat”

  • “In speaking of his intelligence, my wife, who at heart was not a little tinctured with superstition, made frequent allusion to the ancient popular notion, which regarded all black cats as witches in disguise.”
    – Edgar Allan Poe, “The Black Cat”

 

  • “Yet I am not more sure that my soul lives, than I am that perverseness is one of the primitive impulses of the human heart–one of the indivisible primary faculties, or sentiments, which give direction to the character of Man.”
    – Edgar Allan Poe, “The Black Cat”

 

  • “This spirit of perverseness, I say, came to my final overthrow. It was this unfathomable longing of the soul to vex itself–to offer violence to its own nature–to do wrong for the wrong’s sake only–that urged me to continue and finally to consummate the injury I had inflicted upon the unoffending brute.”
    – Edgar Allan Poe, “The Black Cat”

 

  • “…my disease grew upon me–for what disease is like Alcohol!–and at length even Pluto, who was now becoming old, and consequently somewhat peevish–even Pluto began to experience the effects of my ill temper.”
    – Edgar Allan Poe, “The Black Cat”

 

  • “I knew myself no longer. My original soul seemed, at once, to take its flight from my body; and a more than fiendish malevolence, gin-nurtured, thrilled every fiber of my frame.”
    – Edgar Allan Poe, “The Black Cat”