H P Lovecraft

Literary Birthday – 20 August – H.P. Lovecraft

H.P. Lovecraft was born 20 August 1890, and died 15 March 1937.


  1. The world is indeed comic, but the joke is on mankind.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. I never ask a man what his business is, for it never interests me. What I ask him about are his thoughts and dreams.
  6. Creative minds are uneven, and the best of fabrics have their dull spots.
  7. The most merciful thing in the world… is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.
  8. Contrary to what you may assume, I am not a pessimist but an indifferentist- that is, I don’t make the mistake of thinking that the… cosmos… gives a damn one way or the the other about the especial wants and ultimate welfare of mosquitoes, rats, lice, dogs, men, horses, pterodactyls, trees, fungi, dodos, or other forms of biological energy.
  9. The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.
  10. Almost nobody dances sober, unless they happen to be insane.
  11. 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.
  12. 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 was an iconic American author who wrote in the horror genre. He achieved posthumous fame with his works of horror fiction that include The Call of CthulhuThe Shadow Out of Time, and At the Mountains of Madness. Lovecraft’s short novels and stories made him one of the 20th-century masters of the Gothic tale of terror.

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 20th August 2014