Quite open

". . . humour is itself but a superficial view of that which is in truth both tragic and terrible - the contrast between human pretence and cosmic mechanical reality. Humour is but the faint terrestrial echo of the hideous laughter of the blind mad gods that squat leeringly and sardonically in caverns beyond the Milky way. It is a hollow thing, sweet on the outside, but filled with the pathos of fruitless aspiration . . . I cannot help seeing beyond the tinsel of humour, and recognizing the pitiful basis of jest - the world is indeed comic, but the joke is on mankind."

in "The Defence Remain Open"

"Contrary to what you may assume, I am not a pessimist but an indifferentist - that is, I don't make the mistake of thinking that the . . . cosmos . . gives a damn one way or the other about the especial wants and ultimate welfare of mosquitoes, rats, lice, dogs, men, horses, pterodactyls, trees, fungi, dodos, or other forms of biological energy."

". . . religion itself is merely a pompous formalisation of fantastic art. Its disadvantage is that it demands an intellectual belief in the impossible, while fantastic art does not."

by Howard Philips Lovecraft

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