Terrifying Quotes

Quotes tagged as "terrifying" (showing 1-25 of 25)
Kurt Vonnegut
“Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith, I consider a capacity for it terrifying and absolutely vile.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night

Christian Baloga
“Minds that have withered into psychosis are far more terrifying than any character of fiction.”
Christian Baloga

Judith Lewis Herman
“...repeated trauma in childhood forms and deforms the personality. The child trapped in an abusive environment is faced with formidable tasks of adaptation. She must find a way to preserve a sense of trust in people who are untrustworthy, safety in a situation that is unsafe, control in a situation that is terrifyingly unpredictable, power in a situation of helplessness. Unable to care for or protect herself, she must compensate for the failures of adult care and protection with the only means at her disposal, an immature system of psychological defenses.”
Judith Lewis Herman, Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence - From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror

Judith Lewis Herman
“Psychological trauma is an affliction of the powerless. At the moment of trauma, the victim is rendered helpless by overwhelming force. When the force is that of nature, we speak of disasters. When the force is that of other human beings, we speak of atrocities. Traumatic events overwhelm the ordinary systems of care that give people a sense of control, connection, and meaning.… Traumatic events are extraordinary, not because they occur rarely, but rather because they overwhelm the ordinary human adaptations to life.… They confront human beings with the extremities of helplessness and terror, and evoke the responses of catastrophe.”
Judith Lewis Herman, Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence - From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror

C.L. Wilson
“If you wish to serve me, as you have bloodsworn yourself to do, you must do so with honor. And that does not include introducing yourself by name to people like my mother in order to terrify them into submission.”
"Kem'falla—" Gaelen protested.
"Don't bother to deny it," she snapped.”
C.L. Wilson, Lady of Light and Shadows

Anthony Liccione
“Nothing like being in a dream, then waking up to a nightmare.”
Anthony Liccione

Abigail Tarttelin
“So I got dressed up kind of Girl With The Dragon Tattoo-y goth. As I head out, I say bye to Mum and Dad, and Mum says, ‘You look cool’, just as Dad says, ‘You look terrifying.”
Abigail Tarttelin, Golden Boy

Roald Dahl
“If you can think of anything more terrifying than that happening to you in the middle of the night, then let's hear about it.”
Roald Dahl, The BFG

Simon R. Green
“They thought he was scared all the time because he was a coward. The truth was, only he could see the world clearly enough to know how truly scary it was.”
Simon R. Green, Ghost of a Chance

Neal Stephenson
“Seven billion who need to be kept happy, and docile, until the end. How do you do that? What's the best way to calm down a scared kid, get them to go back to sleep? Tell them a story. Some shit about Jesus or whatever.”
Neal Stephenson, Seveneves

“People love the facade of a perfection relationship because perfection seems alluring. What they don’t realize is perfection is terrifying.”
Dominic Riccitello

Michael Finkel
“Modern life seems set up so that we can avoid loneliness at all costs, but maybe it's worthwhile to face it occasionally. The further we push aloneness away, the less are we able to cope with it, and the more terrifying it gets. Some philosophers believe that loneliness is the only true feeling there is. We live orphaned on a tiny rock in the immense vastness of space, with no hint of even the simplest form of life anywhere around us for billions upon billions of miles, alone beyond all imagining. We live locked in our own heads and can never entirely know the experience of another person. Even if we're surrounded by family and friends, we journey into death completely alone.”
Michael Finkel, The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit

“I can't be light about [gun violence] anymore because it's terrifying to see my friends too scared to leave the house because of all the shootings.”
Rowan Blanchard

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“One of the most terrifying things I fear is not my potential, but how much regret I’ll die with should I never use it.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Nora Roberts
“When you wait all your life for something and then you find it, it's like a miracle. All the parts inside you that've been on hold, they open up and start beating. You were okay before, you were good. You had purpose and direction and everything was just fine. But now it's more. You can't explain what the more is, but you know, if you lose it, you'll never be able to fill those empty spaces in just the same way again. Not ever. That's terrifying. I'm afraid that what's inside me is just a trick. That I'll wake up tomorrow and what's beating in here will have stopped. It'll be quiet again. I won't feel this way. I won't feel the way I've waited all my life to feel.

I can stand you not loving me back. There's always hope that you will. But I don't know if I can stand not loving you. It would be like...like having something stolen from inside of me. I don't know if I can handle going back to the way I was.”
Nora Roberts, Key of Light

“There’s no arguing, no needling, no discussion. It is quiet and awkward and terrifying.”
Luchia Dertien, Gnomon

Leta Blake
“ 'Go back up.' The angel chuckled. 'Well, that would be easy enough if I wanted to go up, but I assure you that I've had quite enough of up to last forever.' The angel shook with mirth again. 'Or until tomorrow. Or whenever I'm overcome with the lust for it once more. It's quite delightful, except that it's terrifying. Which is, of course, how so many of the best things are.' ”
Leta Blake, Earthly Desires

Joseph Fink
“It didn't matter what he said. The world is terrifying. It always is. But Cecil reminded her that it was ok to relax in a terrifying world.”
Joseph Fink, Welcome to Night Vale

Italo Calvino
“If all material were transparent—the ground that supports us, the envelope that sheathes our body—everything would be seen not as a fluttering of impalpable wings but as an inferno of grinding and ingesting. Perhaps at this moment a god of the nether world situated in the center of the earth with his eye that can pierce granite is watching us from below, following the cycle of living and dying, the lacerated victims dissolving in the bellies of their devourers, until they, in their turn, are swallowed by another belly.”
Italo Calvino, Mr Palomar

“After reading Burgum, [Patricia Highsmith] wrote in her cahier that, like Kafka, she felt she was a pessimist, unable to formulate a system in which an individual could believe in God, government or self. Again like Kafka, she looked into the great abyss which separated the spiritual and the material and saw the terrifying emptiness, the hollowness, at the heart of every man, a sense of alienation she felt compelled to explore in her fiction. As her next hero, she would take an architect, 'a young man whose authority is art and therefore himself,' who when he murders, 'feels no guilt or even fear when he thinks of legal retribution'. The more she read of Kafka the more she felt afraid as she came to realise, 'I am so similar to him.”
Andrew Wilson, Patricia Highsmith, Ζωή στο σκοτάδι

Aaron Dries
“Yes, this was a haunted place. He had read
about certain materials absorbing the sounds of their surroundings like divots in a vinyl recording, and now, as the sun started to dip below the horizon, this concept chilled him more than the creeping cold. Put a needle to the mortar of these walls and listen to the screams. His own would be among them.”
Aaron Dries, The Fallen Boys

“Resistance is what makes fear so terrifying.

Fear is beautiful, embrace fear and it will change your life.”
John Maiorana (oohGiovanni)

“I could sit you down, f*** your mind for hours and I promise it would terrify you in ways you didn’t know existed.”
Dominic Riccitello

“Indeed, how small the world is can be really hopeful or very terrifying.”
Noha Alaa El-Din, Norina Luciano