10 Quotes: H. P. Lovecraft

  1. “The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all of its contents.”
  1. “Almost nobody dances sober, unless they happen to be insane.”
  1. “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear. And the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.”
  1. “It is only the inferior thinker who hastens to explain the singular and the complex by the primitive shortcut of supernaturalism.”
  1. “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.”
  1. “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.”
  1. “Someday our piecing together of knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas we shall either go mad or flee into the safety of a new dark age.”
  1. “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.”
  1. “I am perfectly confident that I could never adequately convey to any other human being the precise reasons why I continue to refrain from suicide–the reasons, that is, why I still find existence enough of a compensation to atone for its dominantly burthensome quality.”
  1. “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.”

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