The world is indeed comic, but the joke is on mankind.- H. P. Lovecraft. Here are 43 Best H. P. Lovecraft Quotes You Will Surely Enjoy Reading.

H. P. Lovecraft Quotes

1. “From even the greatest of horrors, irony is seldom absent.” - H. P. Lovecraft

2. “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, civilized, master-class men.” - H. P. Lovecraft

3. “Ocean is more ancient than the mountains and freighted with the memories and the dreams of Time.” - H. P. Lovecraft

4. “Heaven knows where I'll end up - but it's a safe bet that I'll never be at the top of anything! Nor do I particularly care to be.” - H. P. Lovecraft

5. “Blue, green, grey, white, or black; smooth, ruffled, or mountainous; that ocean is not silent.” -  H. P. Lovecraft

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

7. “It is a mistake to fancy that horror is associated inextricably with darkness, silence, and solitude.” - H. P. Lovecraft

8. “Searchers after horror haunt strange, far places.” - H. P. Lovecraft

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

10. “There are, I think, four distinct types of weird story: one expressing a mood or feeling, another expressing a pictorial conception, a third expressing a general situation, condition, legend, or intellectual conception, and a fourth explaining a definite tableau or specific dramatic situation or climax.” - H. P. Lovecraft

H. P. Lovecraft Quotes

11. “We shall see that at which dogs howl in the dark, and that at which cats prick up their ears after midnight.” -  H. P. Lovecraft

12. “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

13. “Toil without song is like a weary journey without an end.” - H. P. Lovecraft

14. “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

15. “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

16. “Plots may be simple or complex, but suspense, and climactic progress from one incident to another, are essential. Every incident in a fictional work should have some bearing on the climax or denouement, and any denouement which is not the inevitable result of the preceding incidents is awkward and unliterary.” - H. P. Lovecraft

17. “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

18. “Atmosphere, not action, is the great desideratum of weird fiction. Indeed, all that a wonder story can ever be is a vivid picture of a certain type of human mood.” - H. P. Lovecraft

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

20. “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

21. “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

22. “We must realize that man's nature will remain the same so long as he remains man; that civilization is but a slight coverlet beneath which the dominant beast sleeps lightly and ever ready to awake. To preserve civilization, we must deal scientifically with the brute element, using only genuine biological principles.” - H. P. Lovecraft

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H. P. Lovecraft Quotes

23.“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

24. “Horrors, I believe, should be original - the use of common myths and legends being a weakening influence.” - H. P. Lovecraft

25. “All rationalism tends to minimalize the value and the importance of life and to decrease the sum total of human happiness.” - H. P. Lovecraft

26. “Fear is our deepest and strongest emotion and the one which best lends itself to the creation of nature-defying illusions.” - H. P. Lovecraft

27. “In writing a weird story, I always try very carefully to achieve the right mood and atmosphere and place the emphasis where it belongs.” - H. P. Lovecraft

28. “Children, old crones, peasants, and dogs ramble; cats and philosophers stick to their point.” - H. P. Lovecraft

29. “My nervous system is a shattered wreck, and I am absolutely bored and listless save when I come upon something which peculiarly interests me.” - H. P. Lovecraft

30. “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

31. “It would not be amiss for the novice to write the last paragraph of his story first, once a synopsis of the plot has been carefully prepared - as it always should be.” - H. P. Lovecraft

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

H. P. Lovecraft Quotes

33. “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

34. “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

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

36. “Science, already oppressive with its shocking revelations, will perhaps be the ultimate exterminator of our human species - if separate species we be - for its reserve of unguessed horrors could never be borne by mortal brains if loosed upon the world.” - H. P. Lovecraft

37. “One can never produce anything as terrible and impressive as one can awesomely hint about.” - H. P. Lovecraft

38. “Life is a hideous thing, and from the background behind what we know of it peer demoniacal hints of truth which make it sometimes a thousand fold more hideous.” - H. P. Lovecraft

39. “I have concluded that Literature is no proper pursuit for a gentleman and that Writing ought never to be considered but as an elegant Accomplishment to be indulged in with infrequency and Discrimination.” - H. P. Lovecraft

40. “Even when the characters are supposed to be accustomed to the wonder, I try to weave an air of awe and impressiveness corresponding to what the reader should feel. A casual style ruins any serious fantasy.” - H. P. Lovecraft

41. “From my experience, I cannot doubt but that man, when lost to terrestrial consciousness, is indeed sojourning in another and uncorporeal life of far different nature from the life we know; and of which only the slightest and most indistinct memories linger after waking.” - H. P. Lovecraft

42. “I do not think that any realism is beautiful.” -  H. P. Lovecraft

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

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Never should an unfamiliar word be passed over without elucidation, for, with a little conscientious research, we may each day add to our conquests in the realm of philology and become more and more ready for graceful independent expression. - H. P. Lovecraft
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
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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