"One need not be a chamber to be haunted. One need not be a house. The brain has corridors surpassing material place."
- Emily Dickinson
"Monsters are real, ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win."
- Stephen King, "The Shining"
"Believe nothing you hear, and only one half that you see."
- Edgar Allan Poe
"It is only when a man feels himself face to face with such horrors that he can understand their true import."
- Thomas Harris, "The Silence of the Lambs"
"That cold ain't the weather. That's death approaching."
- The Stranger, "30 Days of Night"
"I don’t live in darkness, darkness lives in me."
"Stare at the dark too long and you will eventually see what isn’t there."
"We make our own monsters, then fear them for what they show us about ourselves."
- Mike Carey and Peter Gross
"Is evil something you are? Or is it something you do?"
- Bret Easton Ellis, "American Psycho"
"Maybe all the schemes of the devil were nothing compared to what man could think up."
- Joe Hill
"I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog too!"
- Wicked Witch of the West, "The Wizard of Oz"
"God isn't here. God doesn't even know about this place."
- Johan Harstad, "172 Hours on the Moon"
"For dreams, too, are ghosts, desires chased in sleep, gone by morning."
- Libba Bray, "Lair of Dreams"
Mark T Smith
"To die, to sleep –
To sleep, perchance to dream – ay, there’s the rub,
For in this sleep of death what dreams may come… "
- William Shakespeare, "Hamlet"
"Danger doesn’t lurk at every corner. It’s just hanging out, waiting for fear and horror to show up."
"Everyone is a moon and has a dark side, which he never shows to anybody."
- 'Mark Twain'
Lili des Bellons
"Sometimes the things in our heads are far worse than anything they could put in books or on film. "
- C.K. Webb
"We ask only to be reassured about the noises in the cellar and the window that should not have been open. "
- T.S. Eliot
"No one escapes from life alive."
- Michael Crichton
"Come ye viewless ministers of this dread hour! Come from the fenny lake, the hanging rock, and the midnight cave! The moon is red – the stars are out – the sky is burning – and all nature stands aghast at what we do!"
- William Mudford
"I wear the chain I forged in life," replied the Ghost. "I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free will, and of my own free will I wore it."
- Charles Dickens, "A Christmas Carol"
"[Horror fiction] shows us that the control we believe we have is purely illusory, and that every moment we teeter on chaos and oblivion."
- Clive Barker
"We'd stared into the face of Death, and Death blinked first. You'd think that would make us feel brave and invincible. It didn't."
- Rick Yancey, "The 5th Wave"
"I think perhaps all of us go a little crazy at times."
- Robert Bloch, Psycho
"When you light a candle, you also cast a shadow."
- Ursula K. Le Guin
"If you are reading this, then you are blissfully unaware what is creeping up behind you."
"Here then at long last is my darkness. No cry of light, no glimmer, not even the faintest shard of hope to break free across the hold."
- Mark Z. Danielewski, "House of Leaves"
"There are horrors beyond life’s edge that we do not suspect, and once in a while man’s evil prying calls them just within our range."
- H.P. Lovecraft
"When there’s no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth."
- George A. Romero, "Dawn of the Dead"
"There is something at work in my soul, which I do not understand."
- Mary Shelley, "Frankenstein"
"Walking out in the middle of a funeral would be, of course, bad form. So attempting to walk out on one's own was beyond the pale."
- Steve Hockensmith, "Dawn of the Dreadfuls"
"We stopped checking for monsters under our bed when we realized they were inside us."
- Charles Darwin
"In a fleshly Tomb, I am Buried above ground."
- William Cooper
"The Devil pulls the strings which make us dance;
We find delight in the most loathsome things;
Some furtherance of Hell each new day brings,
And yet we feel no horror in that rank advance."
- Charles Baudelaire
"Hell is empty and all the devils are here."
- William Shakespeare, "The Tempest"
"Normal is an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly."
- Charles Addams
"I have seen the dark universe yawning
Where the black planets roll without aim,
Where they roll in their horror unheeded,
Without knowledge, or lustre, or name.
- H. P. Lovecraft, "Nemesis"
"We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones."
"You couldn't have strength without weakness, you couldn't have light without dark, you couldn't have love without loss."
- Jodi Picoult
"Without birth and death, and without the perpetual transmutation of all the forms of life, the world would be static, rhythm-less, undancing, mummified."
- Alan Watts
"Action and reaction and equal and opposite."
- Gertrude Stein
"The most exciting attractions are between two opposites that never meet."
- Andy Warhol
"The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference. "
- Elie Wiesel
"In my experience, it's common that deep truths exist at both extremes of a dialectic, and the wisest stance on an issue will incorporate 'both of the opposites within itself.'
- Joe Lonsdale
"I pray that all polar opposites learn to agape love, live, and work together as brothers and sisters - or perish as fools."
- Alveda King
"Our mind is capable of passing beyond the dividing line we have drawn for it. Beyond the pairs of opposites of which the world consists, other, new insights begin."
- Hermann Hesse
"If you will look about you (which most people won't do)," says Sergeant Cuff, "you will see that the nature of a man's tastes is, most times, as opposite as possible to the nature of a man's business"
- Wilkie Collins
"What if opposites could be combined and transcended, paradox embraced, a whole life lived in contradictory case?"
- Rachel Hartman
"The reason as to why we are attracted to our opposites is because they are our salvation from the burden of being ourselves."
- Kamand Kojouri
"Opposites attract, and I think temperament is so fundamental that you end up craving someone of the opposite temperament to complete you."
- Susan Cain
"There is profound truth to being good and bad, positive and negative, powerful and vulnerable, masculine and feminine, light and dark, Not either/or, not neither/nor, but both, even all, and ending duality as we know it."
- J. Bruce Wilcox
"The ethic of conviction and the ethic of responsibility are not opposites. They are complementary to one another. "
- Max Weber
"All beauty is making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves."
- Eli Seigel
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"Light is meaningful only in relation to darkness, and truth presupposes error. It is these mingled opposites which people our life, which make it pungent, intoxicating. We only exist in terms of this conflict, in the zone where black and white clash."
- Louis Aragon
"It takes strength to move between opposites, between safety and danger, steeping and swimming, 'x' and 'y,' love and love."
- Randon Billings Noble
"What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness?"
- John Steinbeck
"God turns you from one feeling to another and teaches by means of opposites so that you will have two wings to fly, not one."
"Cold feet under a warm blanket, steam over an empty mug--rain splatters on dry window pane--open journals of closed memories... tears of laughter and joy of pain... schmaltz of diametric morning."
- Val Uchendu
"As contraries are known by contraries, so is the delights of presence best known by the torments of absence."
Ana Gomez Bernaus
"Good and evil, love and hate, night and day, sweet and bitter, man and woman, heaven above and the earth beneath--all those things are needful, one to the other, and who knows the end of each?"
- H. Rider Haggard
"Gloriousness and wretchedness need each other. One inspires us, the other softens us."
- Pema Chodron
for they make up
all of life:
You will eternally be
looking for yourself and
seeking ways to lose yourself."
- Kamand Kojouri
"I’m nothing more than what you actually see, but I am also the complete opposite."
- Keren Ann
"Together, we form a necessary paradox; not a senseless contradiction."
- Criss Jami
"Perceive the similarity between the unfamiliar and what is familiar, look for opposites, and change your frame of reference."