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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1359
AUTHOR: Edgar Allan Poe (1809–49)
QUOTATION: 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.
ATTRIBUTION: EDGAR ALLAN POE, “The Black Cat,” Edgar Allan Poe, ed. Philip Van Doren Stern, p. 299 (1945). Originally published in 1843.
SUBJECTS: Perverseness