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52 of the Best H.P. Lovecraft Quotes (WRITER)

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The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.
The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.
The world is indeed comic, but the joke is on mankind.
The world is indeed comic, but the joke is on mankind.
I felt myself on the edge of the world; peering over the rim into a fathomless chaos of eternal night.
I felt myself on the edge of the world; peering over the rim into a fathomless chaos of eternal night.
It is good to be a cynic - it is better to be a contented cat - and it is best not to exist at all.
It is good to be a cynic – it is better to be a contented cat – and it is best not to exist at all.
Creative minds are uneven, and the best of fabrics have their dull spots.
Creative minds are uneven, and the best of fabrics have their dull spots.
Almost nobody dances sober, unless they happen to be insane.
Almost nobody dances sober, unless they happen to be insane.
Ocean is more ancient than the mountains, and freighted with the memories and the dreams of Time.
Ocean is more ancient than the mountains, and freighted with the memories and the dreams of Time.
Pleasure to me is wonder - the unexplored, the unexpected, the thing that is hidden and the changeless thing that lurks behind superficial mutability.
Pleasure to me is wonder – the unexplored, the unexpected, the thing that is hidden and the changeless thing that lurks behind superficial mutability.
I couldn't live a week without a private library - indeed, I'd part with all my furniture and squat and sleep on the floor before I'd let go of the 1,500 or so books I possess.
I couldn’t live a week without a private library – indeed, I’d part with all my furniture and squat and sleep on the floor before I’d let go of the 1,500 or so books I possess.
Never Explain Anything.
Never Explain Anything.

8 H.P. Lovecraft Quotes on Writing and Work

Atmosphere, not action, is the great desideratum of weird fiction. Indeed, all that a wonder story can ever be is a vivid picture of a certain type of human mood.
Atmosphere, not action, is the great desideratum of weird fiction. Indeed, all that a wonder story can ever be is a vivid picture of a certain type of human mood.
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!
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!
I never ask a man what his business is, for it never interests me. What I ask him about are his thoughts and dreams.
I never ask a man what his business is, for it never interests me. What I ask him about are his thoughts and dreams.
I could not write about 'ordinary people' because I am not in the least interested in them.
I could not write about ‘ordinary people’ because I am not in the least interested in them.
I fear my enthusiasm flags when real work is demanded of me.
I fear my enthusiasm flags when real work is demanded of me.
One can never produce anything as terrible and impressive as one can awesomely hint about.
One can never produce anything as terrible and impressive as one can awesomely hint about.
No formal course in fiction writing can equal a close and observant perusal of the stories of Edgar Allan Poe or Ambrose Bierce.
No formal course in fiction writing can equal a close and observant perusal of the stories of Edgar Allan Poe or Ambrose Bierce.
One cannot be too careful in the selection of adjectives for descriptions.
One cannot be too careful in the selection of adjectives for descriptions.

6 H.P. Lovecraft Quotes on Dreams

I love to dream, but I never try to dream and think at the same time.
I love to dream, but I never try to dream and think at the same time.
In my dreams I found a little of the beauty I had vainly sought in life, and wandered through old gardens and enchanted woods.
In my dreams I found a little of the beauty I had vainly sought in life, and wandered through old gardens and enchanted woods.
Wise men have interpreted dreams, and the gods have laughed.
Wise men have interpreted dreams, and the gods have laughed.
Who knows the end? What has risen may sink, and what has sunk may rise. Loathsomeness waits and dreams in the deep, and decay spreads over the tottering cities of men.
Who knows the end? What has risen may sink, and what has sunk may rise. Loathsomeness waits and dreams in the deep, and decay spreads over the tottering cities of men.
Our brains deliberately make us forget things, to prevent insanity.
Our brains deliberately make us forget things, to prevent insanity.
For I have always been a seeker, a dreamer, and a ponderer on seeking and dreaming.
For I have always been a seeker, a dreamer, and a ponderer on seeking and dreaming.

10 H.P. Lovecraft Quotes About Life

“The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents… some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the light into the peace and safety of a new Dark Age.”

H.P. Lovecraft
Memories and possibilities are ever more hideous than realities.
Memories and possibilities are ever more hideous than realities.
I know always that I am an outsider; a stranger in this century and among those who are still men.
I know always that I am an outsider; a stranger in this century and among those who are still men.
To be bitter is to attribute intent and personality to the formless, infinite, unchanging and unchangeable void.
To be bitter is to attribute intent and personality to the formless, infinite, unchanging and unchangeable void.
Let us sing when we can, and forget the rest.
Let us sing when we can, and forget the rest.
If I am mad, it is mercy! May the gods pity the man who in his callousness can remain sane to the hideous end!
If I am mad, it is mercy! May the gods pity the man who in his callousness can remain sane to the hideous end!
I am not very proud of being a human being; in fact, I distinctly dislike the species in many ways. I can readily conceive of beings vastly superior in every respect.
I am not very proud of being a human being; in fact, I distinctly dislike the species in many ways. I can readily conceive of beings vastly superior in every respect.
All rationalism tends to minimalise the value and the importance of life and to decrease the sum total of human happiness.
All rationalism tends to minimalise the value and the importance of life and to decrease the sum total of human happiness.
The ignorant and the deluded are, I think, in a strange way to be envied.
The ignorant and the deluded are, I think, in a strange way to be envied.
To know the truths behind reality is a far greater burden.
To know the truths behind reality is a far greater burden.

6 H.P. Lovecraft Quotes on Ocean and Exploration

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.
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.
The process of delving into the black abyss is to me the keenest form of fascination.
The process of delving into the black abyss is to me the keenest form of fascination.
But more wonderful than the lore of old men and the lore of books is the secret lore of ocean.
But more wonderful than the lore of old men and the lore of books is the secret lore of ocean.
Blue, green, grey, white, or black; smooth, ruffled, or mountainous; that ocean is not silent.
Blue, green, grey, white, or black; smooth, ruffled, or mountainous; that ocean is not silent.
Toil without song is like a weary journey without an end.
Toil without song is like a weary journey without an end.
To the scientist, there is the joy in pursuing truth which nearly counteracts the depressing revelations of truth.
To the scientist, there is the joy in pursuing truth which nearly counteracts the depressing revelations of truth.

4 H.P. Lovecraft Quotes on Death

That is not dead which can eternal lie, and with strange aeons even death may die.
That is not dead which can eternal lie, and with strange aeons even death may die.
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.
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.
There be those who say that things and places have souls, and there be those who say they have not; I dare not say, myself, but I will tell of The Street.
There be those who say that things and places have souls, and there be those who say they have not; I dare not say, myself, but I will tell of The Street.
I have harnessed the shadows that stride from world to world to sow death and madness.
I have harnessed the shadows that stride from world to world to sow death and madness.

8 H.P. Lovecraft Quotes on Horror

“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.”

H.P. Lovecraft
Horrors, I believe, should be original - the use of common myths and legends being a weakening influence.
Horrors, I believe, should be original – the use of common myths and legends being a weakening influence.
From even the greatest of horrors irony is seldom absent.
From even the greatest of horrors irony is seldom absent.
No new horror can be more terrible than the daily torture of the commonplace.
No new horror can be more terrible than the daily torture of the commonplace.
It is a mistake to fancy that horror is associated inextricably with darkness, silence, and solitude.
It is a mistake to fancy that horror is associated inextricably with darkness, silence, and solitude.
Ultimate horror often paralyses memory in a merciful way.
Ultimate horror often paralyses memory in a merciful way.
We shall see that at which dogs howl in the dark, and that at which cats prick up their ears after midnight.
We shall see that at which dogs howl in the dark, and that at which cats prick up their ears after midnight.
Searchers after horror haunt strange, far places.
Searchers after horror haunt strange, far places.

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