Quotes by: H. P. Lovecraft
|H. P. Lovecraft
Lovecraft in 1934
||Howard Phillips Lovecraft
August 20, 1890
Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
||March 15, 1937
Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
||Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
||Short story writer, editor, novelist, poet
||Dark fantasy, gothic fiction, horror fiction, science fiction, weird fiction
"The Call of Cthulhu"
The Shadow Out of Time
At the Mountains of Madness
||Sonia Greene (1924–1937)
We must realise that man's nature will remain the same so long as he remains man; that civilisation is but a slight coverlet beneath which the dominant beast sleeps lightly and ever ready to awake. To preserve civilisation, we must deal scientifically with the brute element, using only genuine biological principles.
I am not very proud of being an human being; in fact, I distinctly dislike the species in many ways. I can readily conceive of beings vastly superior in every respect.
Ocean is more ancient than the mountains, and freighted with the memories and the dreams of Time.
I never ask a man what his business is, for it never interests me. What I ask him about are his thoughts and dreams.
Children, old crones, peasants, and dogs ramble; cats and philosophers stick to their point.
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.
One can never produce anything as terrible and impressive as one can awesomely hint about.
Bunch together a group of people deliberately chosen for strong religious feelings, and you have a practical guarantee of dark morbidities expressed in crime, perversion, and insanity.
Cats are the runes of beauty, invincibility, wonder, pride, freedom, coldness, self-sufficiency, and dainty individuality - the qualities of sensitive, enlightened, mentally developed, pagan, cynical, poetic, philosophic, dispassionate, reserved, independent, Nietzschean, unbroken, civilised, master-class men.
All of my tales are based on the fundamental premise that common human laws and emotions have no validity or significance in the cosmos-at-large.
Imagination is a very potent thing, and in the uneducated often usurps the place of genuine experience.
Truth is of no practical value to mankind save as it affects terrestrial phenomena, hence the discoveries of science should be concealed or glossed over wherever they conflict with orthodoxy.
The earliest English attempts at rhyming probably included words whose agreement is so slight that it deserves the name of mere 'assonance' rather than that of actual rhyme.
Unhappy is he to whom the memories of childhood bring only fear and sadness.
Throw a stick, and the servile dog wheezes and pants and shambles to bring it to you. Do the same before a cat, and he will eye you with coolly polite and somewhat bored amusement.
One cannot be too careful in the selection of adjectives for descriptions. Words or compounds which describe precisely, and which convey exactly the right suggestions to the mind of the reader, are essential.
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.
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.
The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.
No formal course in fiction-writing can equal a close and observant perusal of the stories of Edgar Allan Poe or Ambrose Bierce.
It is easy to remove the mind from harping on the lost illusion of immortality. The disciplined intellect fears nothing and craves no sugar-plum at the day's end, but is content to accept life and serve society as best it may.
One superlatively important effect of wide reading is the enlargement of vocabulary which always accompanies it.
The process of delving into the black abyss is to me the keenest form of fascination.