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“That which you believe becomes your world.”
Richard Matheson, What Dreams May Come
“Thank you...for gracing my life with your lovely presence, for adding the sweet measure of your soul to my existence.”
Richard Matheson, What Dreams May Come
“Full circle. A new terror born in death, a new superstition entering the unassailable fortress of forever. I am legend.”
Richard Matheson, I Am Legend
“Let this hell be our heaven.”
Richard Matheson, What Dreams May Come
“…They think of suicide as a quick route to oblivion, an escape. Far from it. It merely alters a person from one form to another. Nothing can destroy the spirit. Suicide only precipitates a darker continuation of the same conditions from which escape was sought. A condition under circumstances so much more painful.”
Richard Matheson, What Dreams May Come
“Heaven would never be heaven without you.”
Richard Matheson, What Dreams May Come
“What condemnation could possibly be more harsh than one’s own, when self-pretense is no longer possible?”
Richard Matheson, What Dreams May Come
“We've forgotten much. How to struggle, how to rise to dizzy heights and sink to unparalleled depths. We no longer aspire to anything. Even the finer shades of despair are lost to us. We've ceased to be runners. We plod from structure to conveyance to employment and back again. We live within the boundaries that science has determined for us. The measuring stick is short and sweet. The full gamut of life is a brief, shadowy continuum that runs from gray to more gray. The rainbow is bleached. We hardly know how to doubt anymore. (“The Thing”)”
Richard Matheson, Collected Stories, Vol. 1
“Chris Nielsen: Thank you for every kindness. Thank you for our children. For the first time I saw them. Thank you for being someone I was always proud to be with. For your guts, for your sweetness. For how you always looked, for how I always wanted to touch you. God, you were my life. I apologize for everytime I ever failed you. Especially this one... ”
Richard Matheson, What Dreams May Come
“All of us have a path to follow and the path begins on earth.”
Richard Matheson, What Dreams May Come
“After a while, though, even the deepest sorrow faltered, even the most penetrating despair lost its scalpel edge.”
Richard Matheson, I Am Legend and Other Stories
“If men only felt about death as they do about sleep, all terrors would cease. . . Men sleep contentedly, assured that they will wake the following morning. They should feel the same about their lives.”
Richard Matheson, What Dreams May Come
“Chris:I forgive you.
Annie: For killing my children and my sweet husband?
Chris: For being so wonderful a guy would choose hell over heaven just to be around you.

Richard Matheson, What Dreams May Come
“The man of my dreams is almost faded now. The one I have created in my mind. The sort of man each woman dreams of in her most secret and deepest part of her heart. I could almost see him now before me. What would I say to him if he were really here? Forgive me, I've never known this feeling. I've lived without it all my life. Is it any wonder that I fail to recognize it? You brought it to me for the first time. Is there any way I can tell you how my life has changed? Anyway at all, to let you know what sweetness you have given me? There's so much to say-- and I can't find the words-- except for these... I love you. That is what I would say to him if he were really here. ”
Richard Matheson
“That's what was wrong with drinking too much. You became immune to drunken delights. There was no solace in liquor. Before you got happy, you collapsed.”
Richard Matheson, I Am Legend and Other Stories
“But it was hard to keep his hands still. He could almost feel them twitching emphatically with his strong desire to reach out and stroke the dog's head. He had such a terrible yearning to love something again, and the dog was such a beautiful ugly dog.”
Richard Matheson, I Am Legend and Other Stories
“Failures plagued me. Things I had omitted or ignored, neglected. What I should have given and hadn’t. I felt the biting pang of every unfulfillment.”
Richard Matheson, What Dreams May Come
“In a world of monotonous horror
there could be no salvation in wild dreaming.”
Richard Matheson, I Am Legend
“Each memory was brought to life before me and within me. I could not avoid them. Neither could I rationalize, explain away. I could only re-experience with total cognizance, unprotected by pretense. Self delusion was impossible, truth exposed in this blinding light. Nothing as I thought it had been. Nothing as I hoped it had been. Only as it had been.”
Richard Matheson, What Dreams May Come
“As her analyst had told her: the deeper buried the distress, the further into the body it went. The digestive system was about as far as it could go to hide.”
Richard Matheson, What Dreams May Come
“There we will, I pray, remain and learn and grow until the time when we will rise together to the ultimate heights, changing in appearance but never in devotion, sharing the transcendent glory of our love through all eternity.”
Richard Matheson, What Dreams May Come
tags: love
“Robert Neville looked out over the new people of the earth. He knew he did not belong to them; he knew that, like the vampires, he was anathema and black terror to be destroyed. And, abruptly, the concept came, amusing to him even in his pain. ... Full circle. A new terror born in death, a new superstition entering the unassailable fortress of forever. I am legend.”
Richard Matheson, I Am Legend and Other Stories
“The vampire was real. It was only that his true story had never been told.”
Richard Matheson, I Am Legend and Other Stories
“But are his needs any more shocking than the needs of any other animals and men? Are his deeds more outrageous than the deeds of the parent who drained the spirit from his child? The vampire may foster quickened heartbeats and levitated hair. But is he worse than the parent who gave to society a neurotic child who became a politician? Is he worse than the manufacturer who set up belated foundations with the money he made by handing bombs and guns to suicidal nationalists? Is he worse than the distiller who gave bastardized grain juice to stultify further the brains of those who, sober, were incapable of progressive thought? (Nay, I apologize for this calumny; I nip the brew that feeds me.) Is he worse, then, than the publisher who filled ubiquitous racks with lust and death wishes? Really, no, search your soul, lovie--is the vampire so bad?”
Richard Matheson, I Am Legend and Other Stories
“When you sleep, your dream world is as real to you as life, isn’t it?”
Richard Matheson, What Dreams May Come
“Everyone has something to hide. And if they couldn't hide it the world would be in a lot worse mess than it is.”
Richard Matheson, A Stir of Echoes
“A man could get used to anything if he had to.”
Richard Matheson, I Am Legend and Other Stories
“Quiet is here and all in me. ("Dress of White Silk")”
Richard Matheson, Collected Stories, Vol. 1
“He stood there for a moment looking around the silent room, shaking his head slowly. All these books, he thought, the residue of a planet’s intellect, the scrapings of futile minds, the leftovers, the potpourri of artifacts that had no power to save men from perishing.”
Richard Matheson, I Am Legend

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