“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.”

“The world is indeed comic, but the joke is on mankind.”

“The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.”

“I know always that I am an outsider; a stranger in this century and among those who are still men.”

“The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.”

“Theosophists have guessed at the awesome grandeur of the cosmic cycle wherein our world and human race form transient incidents. They have hinted at strange survivals in terms which would freeze the blood if not masked by a bland optimism.”

“The world is full of horrors, but they are benign compared to the horrors of the surface, as the tiger is to the dragon.”

“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.”

“But more wonderful than the lore of old men and the lore of books is the secret lore of ocean.”

“The human race will disappear. Other races will appear and disappear in turn. The sky will become icy and void, pierced by the feeble light of half-dead stars. Which will also disappear. Everything will disappear. And what human beings do is just as free of sense as the free motions of elementary particles.”

“Pleasure to me is wonder—the unexplored, the unexpected, the thing that is hidden and the changeless thing that lurks behind superficial mutability.”

“That is not dead which can eternal lie, and with strange aeons even death may die.”

“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!” QUOTES ABOUT SELF-LOVE AND GROWTH

“To achieve the essence of real externality, whether of time or space or dimension, one must push beyond oneself.”

“I never ask a man what his business is, for it never interests me. What I ask him about are his thoughts and dreams.”

“The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose.”

“We are all fools in love.”

“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.”

“Not to know is bad; not to wish to know is worse.”

“It is good to be a cynic—it is better to be a contented cat—and it is best not to exist at all.”

“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.”

“I fear my enthusiasm flags when real work is demanded of me.”

“Time, space, and natural law hold for me suggestions of intolerable bondage, and I can form no picture of emotional satisfaction which does not involve their defeat—especially the defeat of time, so that one may merge oneself with the whole historic stream and be wholly emancipated from the transient and the ephemeral.”

“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.”