62 HP Lovecraft Quotes from American Fiction Writer

Howard Phillips Lovecraft was a popular American writer known for his Gothic tales of terror such as the famous Cthulhu Mythos series which blended New England culture with original mythology.

Despite lifelong health issues and poverty Lovecraft’s posthumous fame grew significantly with works like “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward” and “At the Mountains of Madness” being considered his best.

HP Lovecraft Quotes

His stories often appeared in “Weird Tales” magazine starting from 1923.

Lovecraft’s poetic language and high literary standards in horror and fantasy made him a master of his genre.

Below you will find some of greatest quotes by HP Lovecraft.

Top 10 H P Lovecraft Quotes


Memories and possibilities are even more hideous than realities. ~ H.P. Lovecraft.


Memory sometimes makes merciful deletions. ~ H.P. Lovecraft.


Life is a hideous thing. ~ H.P. Lovecraft.


Unhappy is he to whom the memories of childhood bring only fear and sadness. ~ H.P. Lovecraft.


I could not write about ordinary people because I am not in the least interested in them. ~ H.P. Lovecraft.


Wise men have interpreted dreams, and the gods have laughed. ~ H.P. Lovecraft.


Race prejudice is a gift of nature, intended to preserve in purity the various divisions of mankind which the ages have evolved. ~ H.P. Lovecraft.


I am the more reluctant because my warning may be in vain. Doubt of the real facts, as I must reveal them, is inevitable. ~ H.P. Lovecraft.


Do not call up that which you cannot put down. ~ H.P. Lovecraft.


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.

Best HP Lovecraft Quotes

I could not help feeling that they were evil things – mountains of madness whose farther slopes looked out over some accursed ultimate abyss. ~ H.P. Lovecraft.

The moon is dark, and the gods dance in the night; there is terror in the sky, for upon the moon hath sunk an eclipse foretold in no books of men or of earth’s gods. ~ H.P. Lovecraft.


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

Men of broader intellect know that there is no sharp distinction betwixt the real and the unreal. ~ H.P. Lovecraft.

Pleasure to me is wonder – the unexplored, the unexpected, the thing that is hidden and the changeless thing that lurks behind superficial mutability. ~ H.P. Lovecraft.


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

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.


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.

There is no field other than the weird in which I have any aptitude or inclination for fictional composition. Life has never interested me so much as the escape from life. ~ H.P. Lovecraft.


I love to dream, but I never try to dream and think at the same time. ~ H.P. Lovecraft.

Famous H. P. Lovecraft Quotes


Ocean is more ancient than the mountains, and freighted with the memories and the dreams of Time. ~ H.P. Lovecraft.

If heaven ever wishes to grant me a boon, it will be a total effacing of the results of a mere change which fixed my eye on a certain stray piece of shelf-paper. ~ HP Lovecraft.


The world is indeed comic, but the joke is on mankind. ~ H.P. Lovecraft.

That which we call substance and reality is shadow and illusion, and that which we call shadow and illusion is substance and reality. ~ H.P. Lovecraft.


Nothing matters, but it’s perhaps more comfortable to keep calm and not interfere with other people. ~ H.P. Lovecraft.

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.


West of Arkham the hills rise wild, and there are valleys with deep woods that no axe has ever cut. ~ H.P. Lovecraft.

Powerful HP Lovecraft Quotes

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All my tales are based on the fundamental premise that common human laws and interests and emotions have no validity or significance in the vast cosmos-at-large. ~ H.P. Lovecraft.

Man’s relations to man do not captivate my fancy. It is man’s relation to the cosmos – to the unknown – which alone arouses in me the spark of creative imagination. ~ H.P. Lovecraft.


Never Explain Anything. ~ H.P. Lovecraft.

In my dreams I found a little of the beauty I had vainly sought in life, and wandered through old gardens and enchanted woods. ~ H.P. Lovecraft.

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.

From even the greatest of horrors irony is seldom absent. ~ H.P. Lovecraft.


Only poetry or madness could do justice to the noises… ~ H.P. Lovecraft.

And where Nyarlathotep went, rest vanished, for the small hours were rent with the screams of nightmare. ~ H.P. Lovecraft.

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. ~ H.P. Lovecraft.

Popular H P Lovecraft Quotes


The only saving grace of the present is that it’s too damned stupid to question the past very closely. ~ H.P. Lovecraft.

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.

I expect nothing of man, and disown the race. The only folly is expecting what is never attained; man is most contemptible when compared with his own pretensions. It is better to laugh at man from outside the universe, than to weep for him within. ~ H.P. Lovecraft.

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

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


It is good to be a cynic – it is better to be a contented cat – and it is best not to exist at all. ~ H.P. Lovecraft.

There are probably seven persons, in all, who really like my work; and they are enough. I should write even if I were the only patient reader, for my aim is merely self-expression. ~ H.P. Lovecraft.

Creative minds are uneven, and the best of fabrics have their dull spots. ~ H.P. Lovecraft.

Maybe, just maybe, I should not have used the word eldritch” so many times now that I think about it… ~ H.P. Lovecraft.

Insightful H P Lovecraft Quotes

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

Sometimes I believe that this less material life is our truer life, and that our vain presence on the terraqueous globe is itself the secondary or merely virtual phenomenon. ~ H.P. Lovecraft.


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

There are horrors beyond life’s edge that we do not suspect, and once in a while man’s evil prying calls them just within our range. ~ H.P. Lovecraft.

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.

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.

Life is not the unique property of Earth. Nor is life in the shape of human beings. Life takes many forms on other planets and far stars, forms that would seem bizarre to humans, as human life is bizarre to other life-forms. ~ H.P. Lovecraft.

Profound HP Lovecraft Quotes

To be bitter is to attribute intent and personality to the formless, infinite, unchanging and unchangeable void. We drift on a chartless, resistless sea. Let us sing when we can, and forget the rest. ~ H.P. Lovecraft.

The basis of all true cosmic horror is violation of the order of nature, and the profoundest violations are always the least concrete and describable. ~ H.P. Lovecraft.

The cat is cryptic, and close to strange things which men cannot see. ~ H.P. Lovecraft.

I have seen the dark universe yawning Where the black planets roll without aim, Where they roll in their horror unheeded, Without knowledge, or lustre, or name. ~ H.P. Lovecraft.

Mankind was not absolutely alone among the conscious things of earth, for shapes came out of the dark to visit the faithful few. ~ H.P. Lovecraft.

Our brains deliberately make us forget things, to prevent insanity. ~ H.P. Lovecraft.


The greatest human achievements have never been for profit. ~ H.P. Lovecraft.

Almost nobody dances sober, unless they happen to be insane. ~ H.P. Lovecraft.

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