H. P. Lovecraft is often referred to as the author that introduced an entirely new type of horror. Cosmic horror is this author’s trademark genre and it often relates humanity’s fear of the unknown to the endless and boundless cosmos. Lovecraft penned many horror stories while alive, yet received little recognition while in our mortal realm. In recognition of this interesting, polarizing, and cryptic writer and his past birthday, here are 20 quotes in his honor.
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1. It is a mistake to fancy that horror is associated inextricably with darkness, silence, and solitude.
2. The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.
3. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far.
4. Children will always be afraid of the dark, and men with minds sensitive to hereditary impulse will always tremble at the thought of the hidden and fathomless worlds of strange life which may pulsate in the gulfs beyond the stars, or press hideously upon our own globe in unholy dimensions which only the dead and the moonstruck can glimpse.
5. Ocean is more ancient than the mountains, and freighted with the memories and the dreams of Time.
6. The world is indeed comic, but the joke is on mankind.
7. It is absolutely necessary, for the peace and safety of mankind, that some of earth’s dark, dead corners and unplumbed depths be let alone; lest sleeping abnormalities wake to resurgent life, and blasphemously surviving nightmares squirm and splash out of their black lairs to newer and wider conquests.
8. Toil without song is like a weary journey without an end.
9. I could not write about ‘ordinary people’ because I am not in the least interested in them.
10. The most merciful thing in the world… is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.
11. The process of delving into the black abyss is to me the keenest form of fascination.
12. Cosmic terror appears as an ingredient of the earliest folklore of all races and is crystallised in the most archaic ballads, chronicles, and sacred writings.
13. What a man does for pay is of little significance. What he is, as a sensitive instrument responsive to the world’s beauty, is everything!
14. Of our relation to all creation we can never know anything whatsoever. All is immensity and chaos. But, since all this knowledge of our limitations cannot possibly be of any value to us, it is better to ignore it in our daily conduct of life.
15. Adulthood is hell.
16. I never ask a man what his business is, for it never interests me. What I ask him about are his thoughts and dreams.
17. One superlatively important effect of wide reading is the enlargement of vocabulary which always accompanies it.
18. Life is a hideous thing, and from the background behind what we know of it peer daemoniacal hints of truth which make it sometimes a thousandfold more hideous
19. From my experience, I cannot doubt but that man, when lost to terrestrial consciousness, is indeed sojourning in another and uncorporeal life of far different nature from the life we know; and of which only the slightest and most indistinct memories linger after waking.
20. Heaven knows where I’ll end up – but it’s a safe bet that I’ll never be at the top of anything! Nor do I particularly care to be
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