Literary Birthday – 3 March – Arthur Machen

Arthur Machen was born 3 March 1863 and died 15 December 1947.


  1. Every branch of human knowledge, if traced up to its source and final principles, vanishes into mystery.
  2. For, contrary to the common opinion, it is the wealthy who are greedy of wealth; while the populace are to be gained by talking to them about liberty, their unknown god. And so much are they enchanted by the words liberty, freedom, and such like, that the wise can go to the poor, rob them of what little they have, dismiss them with a hearty kick, and win their hearts and their votes for ever, if only they will assure them that the treatment which they have received is called liberty.
  3. I dream in fire but work in clay.
  4. There are strange things lost and forgotten in obscure corners of the newspaper.
  5. It was better, he thought, to fail in attempting exquisite things than to succeed in the department of the utterly contemptible.
  6. In every grain of wheat there lies hidden the soul of a star.
  7. For, usually and fitly, the presence of an introduction is held to imply that there is something of consequence and importance to be introduced.

Arthur Machen was a Welsh author and mystic. He is best known for his influential supernatural, fantasy, and horror fiction. His novella The Great God Pan became a horror classic. Stephen King described it as ‘Maybe the best [horror story] in the English language.’

 by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 2nd March 2020