Cthulhu Quotes

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H.P. Lovecraft
“Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn.

In his house at R'lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.
H.P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu

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

Robert E. Howard
“All fled—all done, so lift me on the pyre—

The Feast is over, and the lamps expire.”
Robert E. Howard

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

Felicia Day
“When we graduate from childhood into adulthood, we're thrown into this confusing, Cthulhu-like miasma of life, filled with social and career problems, all with branching choices and no correct answers.”
Felicia Day, You're Never Weird on the Internet

Charles Stross
“I wish I was still an atheist. Believing I was born into a harsh, uncaring cosmos – in which my existence was a random roll of the dice and I was destined to die and rot and then be gone forever – was infinitely more comforting than the truth. Because the truth is that my God is coming back. When he arrives I’ll be waiting for him with a shotgun. And I’m keeping the last shell for myself.”
Charles Stross, The Fuller Memorandum

H.P. Lovecraft
“The end is near. I hear a noise at the door, as of some immense slippery body lumbering against it. It shall not find me. God, that hand! The window! The window!”
H.P. Lovecraft, Dagon et autres nouvelles de terreur

Serra Elinsen
“How can this be real?” I whispered. “I mean you... you... where you come from. Your world. It is so beyond everything I've ever known. And you would... you would take me to the Pumpkin Ball?”

“Try and stop me.”
Serra Elinsen, Awoken

Serra Elinsen
“There was something very fishy about Riley Bay.”
Serra Elinsen, Awoken

H.P. Lovecraft
“Children will always be afraid of the dark, and men with minds sensitive to hereditary impulse will always tremble at the thought of the hidden and fathomless worlds of strange life which may pulsate in the gulfs beyond the stars, or press hideously upon our own globe in unholy dimensions which only the dead and the moonstruck can glimpse.”
— “Supernatural Horror in Literature”
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Kenneth Hite
“Cthulhu seems like kind of a wuss if he can be trapped by a sinking island or killed by a boat."

"That’s just because the stars aren’t right. When the stars are right, it don’t matter how many boats hit him. He’ll sink whole continents and lick off the people like salt off a pretzel."

"Says you."

"You keep talking smack like that, he’s gonna eat you first.”
Kenneth Hite, Cthulhu 101: A Beginner's Guide to the Dreamer in the Deep

H.P. Lovecraft
“On many occasions the curious atmospheric effects enchanted me vastly; these including a strikingly vivid mirage - the first I had ever seen - in which distant bergs became the battlements of unimaginable cosmic castles.”
H.P. Lovecraft, At the Mountains of Madness and Other Tales of Terror

Neil Gaiman
“You know what killed off the dinosaurs, Whateley? We did. In one barbecue.”
Neil Gaiman

Serra Elinsen
“Just kill me. My life is nothing without you. Drive me mad. Let me be your sustenance. Eat my soul. You’re… you’re tearing me apart!”
Serra Elinsen

Kenneth Hite
“[August] Derleth tried to prevent any other (non-Derleth-approved) writer from writing Cthulhu Mythos stories.If Lovecraft had wanted bad writers to avoid Cthulhu Mythos stories, he wouldn’t have written back to August Derleth.”
Kenneth Hite, Cthulhu 101: A Beginner's Guide to the Dreamer in the Deep

Christy Leigh Stewart
“Even Azathoth is bored of this tune.”
Christy Leigh Stewart

Friedrich Nietzsche
“Ah, I cast indeed my net into their sea, and meant to catch good fish; but always did I draw up the head of some ancient God.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Jonathan L. Howard
“As the barman’s hand rose from beneath the bar, Cabal was filled with a presentiment and a strange foreboding that he hadn’t felt since the last time he’d watched the nightmare corpse city of R’lyeh rise, effulgent with the ineffable and fetid with fish, rise from the depths of the Pacific.”
Jonathan L. Howard

John Llewellyn Probert
“The world is thinner in some places.”
John Llewellyn Probert, Cthulhu Cymraeg

H.P. Lovecraft
“They worshipped, so they said, the Great Old Ones who lived ages before there were any men, and who came to the young world out of the sky. Those Old Ones were gone now, inside the earth and under the sea; but their dead bodies had told their secrets in dreams to the first men, who formed a cult which had never died. This was that cult, and the prisoners said it had always existed and always would exist, hidden in distant wastes and dark places all over the world until the time when the great priest Cthulhu, from his dark house in the mighty city of R'lyeh under the waters, should rise and bring the earth again beneath his sway.”
H.P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu and Other Dark Tales

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 infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. 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.”
H.P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu

Austin Grossman
“I was thirty-five and I’d thought I was playing political poker and it turned out I’d been playing in some other game I didn’t even know about. Like I’d been holding a hand of kings and then the people around the table started putting down more kings, a king with a squid’s face, a naked king with goat’s horns holding up a bough of holly. A Russian king with an insect’s voice.”
Austin Grossman, Crooked

Jean Ray
“At first, I kept my eyes tightly shut, but then I dared. I dared to look.

Merciful God in heaven, grant that I am mistaken, that what I thought I saw was but the product of my shattered nerves. I would like to think it was a threatening cloud, a wisp of smoke or fog, or a vestige of darkness.

In the distance, close to a horizon which it obliterated in its entirety, a formidable mask leered. Its eyes were skimming the countryside, just as a nightmarish prowler would peer over the ridge of a wall. No, no, they must have been two aquamarine holes cut through the disappearing gloom in the east, and nothing more. What else could it have been? You know how clouds assume the most fantastic shapes... I shall always repeat that it cannot have been anything else. Indeed, I am certain a being of such magnitude would not allow itself to be glimpsed by terrestrial creature... Else it would continue to spy on us in the small hours, continue to peer at the insignificant insects we are, and its heavy tread would make the bottom of the ocean tremble.”
Jean Ray, My Own Private Spectres

Laurence Galian
“The name Cthulhu provides an important and fascinating parallel with pre-Islamic mystical Sufi practice. Cthulhu is very close to the Arabic world Khadhulu (also spelled al qhadhulu). Khadhulu is translated as 'Betrayer,' 'Forsaker,' or 'Abandoner.' Many Sufis and Muqarribun writings use this term 'Abandoner.' In Sufi and Muqarribun writings 'abandoner' refers to the power that fuels the practices of Tajrid 'outward detachment' and Tafrid 'interior solitude.”
Laurence Galian, The Sun At Midnight: The Revealed Mysteries Of The Ahlul Bayt Sufis

Terry Pratchett
“Hundert Meter entfernt tauchte der größte Tintenfisch auf, den Rincewind jemals gesehen hatte, schlug wild mit den Tentakeln und versank wieder in den reißenden Fluten ... Das Ende der Welt rückte näher.”
Terry Pratchett, The Science of Discworld

James S.A. Corey
“Fayez whistled low. “That is not dead which can eternal lie. Or, y’know, whatever.”
James S.A. Corey, Cibola Burn

Charles Stross
“There is probably no way of explaining Project Koschei, or XK-PLUTO, or MK-NIGHTMARE, or the gates, without watering them down into just another weapons system -- which they are not. Weapons may have deadly or hideous effects, but they acquire moral character from the actions of those who use them. Whereas these projects are indelibly stained by a patina of ancient evil ...”
Charles Stross, A Colder War

“If I say that my somewhat extravagant imagination yielded simultaneous pictures of an octopus, a dragon, and a human caricature, I shall not be unfaithful to the spirit of the thing. A pulpy, tentacled head surmounted a grotesque and scaly body with rudimentary wings; but it was the general outline of the whole which made it most shockingly frightful. Behind the figure was a vague suggestion of a Cyclopean architectural background.”
H. P. Lovecraft