Terrifying Quotes

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Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
“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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

Melanie A. Smith
“As I fall asleep in his arms, I wish I hadn’t resisted him all those weeks. Even though on some level I realize it’s because of exactly this; that I knew how much I could feel for this man. That our chemistry both inside the bedroom and out would be like nothing I’ve ever felt. It both excites me and terrifies me in equal measure. I close my eyes and hope for the best.”
Melanie A. Smith, Never Date a Doctor

Mwanandeke Kindembo
“It appears both amusing and terrifying at the same time,
that the majority of the women claim to be the victims of
narcissistic behaviours. I have no doubt that, this is something to
do with the newly introduced gender equality, I called it ‘new’
because it has been put into practice only in the past decades.”
Mwanandeke Kindembo, Treatise Upon The Misconceptions of Narcissism

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

“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

Dorothy Allison
“If it’s true, I have the absolute right to terrify you with it.”
Dorothy Allison

A.L. Kennedy
“The Doctor looked at her, completely serious, and said very kindly and softly, 'Oh, I'm incredibly scared most of the time, you know. No one with even a basic knowledge of the universe wouldn't be - it's a completely terrifying place. And enormous. But it's also wonderful and lovely and more interesting than you could possibly imagine. Even than I could possibly imagine. It never lets me down. And I get to be alive in it all and to be scared and amazed and delighted and... I wouldn't be without it.' Then he adjusted his hat and grinned, playing the fool again.”
A.L. Kennedy, Doctor Who: The Drosten's Curse

Neil Gaiman
“The thing looked around vacantly with its one eye, as if it had lost her. Finally it saw her, and, as if making a great effort, it opened its mouth once more and said in a wet, urgent voice, 'Run, child . . . She is pushing pushing me so hard to hurt you. I cannot fight her.'
'You can, said Coraline. 'Be brave.'

She looked around: the thing that had once been the other father was between her and the steps up and out of the cellar. She started edging along the wall, heading towards the steps. The thing twisted bonelessly until one eye was facing her. It seemed to be getting bigger now, and more awake. 'Alas,' it said. 'I cannot.'

Coraline had a single heartbeat in which to react. She could only think of two things to do. Either she could scream, and try to run away, and be chased around a badly lit cellar by the huge grub-thing - be chased until it caught her. Or she could do something else.

So she did something else.

As the thing reached her, Coraline put out her hand and closed it around the thing's remaining button-eye, and she tugged, as hard as she knew how.”
Neil Gaiman, Coraline

Warsan Shire
“You can’t make homes out of human beings. Someone should have already told you that. And if he wants to leave then let him leave. You are terrifying and strange and beautiful. Something not everyone knows how to love.”
Warsan Shire

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

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

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“To imagine oneself playing a role in an epic story is exhilarating, but to actually step into an epic story is terrifying. And the problem is that imagination might be safe, but being safe doesn’t write any stories worth reading.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Stewart Stafford
“Faith can be as terrifying as it is reassuring.”
Stewart Stafford

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“Maybe the thought of being found is far more terrifying than the reality of being lost. Therefore, we are quite adept at saying that we want the former, when in fact we’ve repeatedly chosen the latter.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Stewart Stafford
“It's fun searching for the supernatural. If the supernatural comes looking for you, it's anything but fun. It's terrifying and disturbing. Keep it out of your life at all costs.”
Stewart Stafford

Tatiana Maslany
“Sex isn’t hard, but intimacy is terrifying.”
Tatiana Maslany

Christine Feehan
“Dragomir knew he'd never given much thought to love. He'd thought about his lifemate often. He'd been obsessed with finding her for centuries, but he'd never considered what he would feel when he found her. Not love. Not this overwhelming, terrifying feeling that shook him to his core. He hadn't known love could be felt through one's entire body. That it could manifest itself physically.”
Christine Feehan, Dark Legacy

“Do you know how terrifying it is- waiting for something uncertain?”
Sajla Anees, Refuge

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