Quotes by: H. P. Lovecraft

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H. P. Lovecraft
Lovecraft in 1934
Born Howard Phillips Lovecraft
(1890-08-20)August 20, 1890
Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
Died March 15, 1937(1937-03-15) (aged 46)
Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
Resting place Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
Pen name Lewis Theobald
Humphrey Littlewit
Ward Phillips
Edward Softly
Occupation Short story writer, editor, novelist, poet
Period 1917–1937
Genre Dark fantasy, gothic fiction, horror fiction, science fiction, weird fiction
Literary movement Cosmicism
Notable works
"The Call of Cthulhu" The Shadow Out of Time At the Mountains of Madness
Spouse 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.
H. P. Lovecraft
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.
H. P. Lovecraft
Ocean is more ancient than the mountains, and freighted with the memories and the dreams of Time.
H. P. Lovecraft
I never ask a man what his business is, for it never interests me. What I ask him about are his thoughts and dreams.
H. P. Lovecraft
Children, old crones, peasants, and dogs ramble; cats and philosophers stick to their point.
H. P. Lovecraft
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.
H. P. Lovecraft
One can never produce anything as terrible and impressive as one can awesomely hint about.
H. P. Lovecraft
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.
H. P. Lovecraft
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.
H. P. Lovecraft
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.
H. P. Lovecraft
Imagination is a very potent thing, and in the uneducated often usurps the place of genuine experience.
H. P. Lovecraft
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.
H. P. Lovecraft
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.
H. P. Lovecraft
Unhappy is he to whom the memories of childhood bring only fear and sadness.
H. P. Lovecraft
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.
H. P. Lovecraft
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.
H. P. Lovecraft
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.
H. P. Lovecraft
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.
H. P. Lovecraft
The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.
H. P. Lovecraft
No formal course in fiction-writing can equal a close and observant perusal of the stories of Edgar Allan Poe or Ambrose Bierce.
H. P. Lovecraft
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.
H. P. Lovecraft
One superlatively important effect of wide reading is the enlargement of vocabulary which always accompanies it.
H. P. Lovecraft
The process of delving into the black abyss is to me the keenest form of fascination.
H. P. Lovecraft
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