35 Inspirational H. P. Lovecraft Quotes On Success

35 Inspirational H. P. Lovecraft Quotes On Success

Howard Phillips Lovecraft was an American writer of weird and horror fiction, who is known for his creation of what became the Cthulhu Mythos. Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Lovecraft spent most of his life in New England. He was born into affluence, but his family’s wealth dissipated soon after the death of his grandfather. In 1913, he wrote a critical letter to a pulp magazine that ultimately led to his involvement in pulp fiction. During the interwar period, he wrote and published stories that focused on his interpretation of humanity’s place in the universe. In his view, humanity was an unimportant part of an uncaring cosmos that could be swept away at any moment. These stories also included fantastic elements that represented the perceived fragility of anthropocentrism. Lovecraft was at the center of a wider body of authors known as “The Lovecraft Circle.” This group wrote stories that frequently shared details among them. He was also a prolific letter writer. He maintained a correspondence with several different authors and literary proteges. According to some estimates, he wrote approximately 100,000 letters over the course of his life.[n 2] In these letters, he discussed his worldview and his daily life, and tutored younger authors, such as August Derleth, Donald Wandrei, and Robert Bloch. Throughout his adult life, Lovecraft was never able to support himself from earnings as an author and editor. He was virtually unknown during his lifetime and was almost exclusively published in pulp magazines before he died in poverty at the age of 46, but is now regarded as one of the most significant 20th-century authors of supernatural horror fiction. Among his most celebrated tales are “The Call of Cthulhu”, “The Rats in the Walls”, At the Mountains of Madness, The Shadow over Innsmouth, and The Shadow Out of Time. His writings form the basis of the Cthulhu Mythos, which has inspired a large body of pastiches across several mediums drawing on Lovecraft’s characters, setting and themes, constituting a wider subgenre known as Lovecraftian horror. May these H. P. Lovecraft Quotes On Success inspire you to take action so that you may live your dreams.

1. “Almost nobody dances sober, unless they happen to be insane.” H. P. Lovecraft

2. “Memory sometimes makes merciful deletions.” H. P. Lovecraft

3. “The world is indeed comic, but the joke is on mankind.” H. P. Lovecraft

4. “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

5. “The process of delving into the black abyss is to me the keenest form of fascination.” H. P. Lovecraft

6. “Memories and possibilities are even more hideous than realities.” H. P. Lovecraft

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

8. “I have harnessed the shadows that stride from world to world to sow death and madness.” H. P. Lovecraft

9. “The Old Ones were, the Old Ones are, and the Old Ones shall be. Not in the spaces we know, but between them. They walk serene and primal, undimensioned and to us unseen.” H. P. Lovecraft

10. “The greatest human achievements have never been for profit.” H. P. Lovecraft

11. “Pleasure to me is wonder—the unexplored, the unexpected, the thing that is hidden and the changeless thing that lurks behind superficial mutability. To trace the remote in the immediate; the eternal in the ephemeral; the past in the present; the infinite in the finite; these are to me the springs of delight and beauty.” H. P. Lovecraft

12. “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

13. “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

14. “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

15. “Man is an essentially superstitious and fearful animal. Take away the herd’s Christian gods and saints and they will without failing come to worship, something else.” H. P. Lovecraft

16. “The ignorant and the deluded are, I think, in a strange way to be envied. That which is not known of does not trouble us, while an imagined but insubstantial peril does not harm us. To know the truths behind reality is a far greater burden.” H. P. Lovecraft

17. “If I am mad, it is mercy! May the gods pity the man who in his callousness can remain sane to the hideous end!” H. P. Lovecraft

18. “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

19. “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

20. “Who knows the end? What has risen may sink, and what has sunk may rise.” H. P. Lovecraft

21. “Life has never interested me so much as the escape from life.” H. P. Lovecraft

22. “No new horror can be more terrible than the daily torture of the commonplace.” H. P. Lovecraft

23. “As human beings, our only sensible scale of values is one based on lessening the agony of existence.” H. P. Lovecraft

24. “It is absolutely necessary, for the peace and safety of mankind, that some of earth’s dark, dead corners and unplumbed depths be left 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

25. “That is not dead which can eternal lie, And with strange aeons even death may die.” H. P. Lovecraft

26. “Some of us awake in the night with strange phantasms of enchanted hills and gardens, of fountains that sing in the sun, of golden cliffs overhanging murmuring seas, of plains that stretch down to sleeping cities of bronze andstone, and of shadowy companies of heroes that ride caparisoned white horsesalong the edges of thick forests, and then we know that we have looked backthrough the ivory gates into that world of wonder that was ours, before we were wise and unhappy.” H. P. Lovecraft

27. “I felt myself on the edge of the world; peering over the rim into a fathomless chaos of eternal night.” H. P. Lovecraft

28. “The very fact that religions are not content to stand on their own feet, but insist on crippling or warping the flexible minds of children in their favour, forms a sufficient proof that there is no truth in them. If there were any truth in religion, it would be even more acceptable to a mature mind than to an infant mind–yet no mature mind ever accepts religion unless it has been crippled in infancy.” H. P. Lovecraft

29. “I like coffee exceedingly.” H. P. Lovecraft

30. “Our brains deliberately make us forget things, to prevent insanity.” H. P. Lovecraft

31. “We love kitties, gawd bless their little whiskers, and we don’t give a damn whether they or we are superior or inferior! They’re confounded pretty, and that’s all we know and all we need to know!” H. P. Lovecraft

32. “As for the Republicans, how can one regard seriously a frightened, greedy, nostalgic huddle of tradesmen and lucky idlers who shut their eyes to history and science, [and] steel their emotions against decent human sympathy.” H. P. Lovecraft

33. “The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of the infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far.” H. P. Lovecraft

34. “For I have always been a seeker, a dreamer, and a ponderer on seeking and dreaming.” H. P. Lovecraft

35. “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.” H. P. Lovecraft

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