H. P. Lovecraft

Unhappy is he to whom the memories of childhood bring only fear and sadness.H. P. Lovecraft

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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.H. P. Lovecraft

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The cat is such a perfect symbol of beauty and superiority that it seems scarcely possible for any true aesthete and civilised cynic to do other than worship it.H. P. Lovecraft

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All rationalism tends to minimalise the value and the importance of life and to decrease the sum total of human happiness.H. P. Lovecraft

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If I could create an ideal world, it would be an England with the fire of the Elizabethans, the correct taste of the Georgians, and the refinement and pure ideals of the Victorians.H. P. Lovecraft

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But more wonderful than the lore of old men and the lore of books is the secret lore of ocean.H. P. Lovecraft

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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.H. P. Lovecraft

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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

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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

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Very few minds are strictly normal, and all religious fanatics are marked with abnormalities of various sorts.H. P. Lovecraft

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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

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No breed of cats in its proper condition can by any stretch of the imagination be thought of as even slightly ungraceful - a record against which must be pitted the depressing spectacle of impossibly flattened bulldogs, grotesquely elongated dachshunds, hideously shapeless and shaggy Airedales, and the like.H. P. Lovecraft

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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.H. P. Lovecraft

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But are not the dreams of poets and the tales of travellers notoriously false?H. P. Lovecraft

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I am disillusioned enough to know that no man's opinion on any subject is worth a damn unless backed up with enough genuine information to make him really know what he's talking about.H. P. Lovecraft

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To the scientist there is the joy in pursuing truth which nearly counteracts the depressing revelations of truth.H. P. Lovecraft

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Imagination is a very potent thing, and in the uneducated often usurps the place of genuine experience.H. P. Lovecraft

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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

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The most merciful thing in the world... is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.H. P. Lovecraft

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Toil without song is like a weary journey without an end.H. P. Lovecraft

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If religion were true, its followers would not try to bludgeon their young into an artificial conformity; but would merely insist on their unbending quest for truth, irrespective of artificial backgrounds or practical consequences.H. P. Lovecraft

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I fear my enthusiasm flags when real work is demanded of me.H. P. Lovecraft

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Personally, I would not care for immortality in the least. There is nothing better than oblivion, since in oblivion there is no wish unfulfilled. We had it before we were born yet did not complain. Shall we whine because we know it will return? It is Elysium enough for me, at any rate.H. P. Lovecraft

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I could not write about 'ordinary people' because I am not in the least interested in them.H. P. Lovecraft

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Searchers after horror haunt strange, far places.H. P. Lovecraft

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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!H. P. Lovecraft

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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

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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

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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 1500 or so books I possess.H. P. Lovecraft

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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

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