->''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; [[CuriosityIsACrapshoot 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.''
-->-- '''Creator/HPLovecraft''', opening of ''Literature/TheCallOfCthulhu''

->''"You humans build little worlds, little stories, little shells around your minds and that keeps infinity at bay and allows you to wake up in the morning without screaming!"''
-->--'''The Hiver''', ''Discworld/AHatFullOfSky''

->''"Wisdom is but the beginning of fear."''
-->-- '''Inquisitorial Proverb''', ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''

->''"Cthulhu makes Gozer look like Little Mary Sunshine."''
-->-- '''Egon Spengler''', ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters''

->''"It came from beyond the extreme reaches of our reality,\\
It came to laugh at our naive existences.\\
I am puzzled by the truth that slips through my hands even as I cover my ears.\\
Where in this thin body do I find the strength to stand?"''
-->-- '''Partial translation of "Uninstall"''', opening theme for ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}''


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transcends your very understanding. We are each a nation; independent. Free of all weakness. ''[[PunyEarthlings You]]'' cannot even ''grasp'' the nature of our existence.]]"''
-->--'''Sovereign''', ''Franchise/MassEffect''

->''"For the fish, the lake in which he lives is the universe. What does the fish think when he is jerked up by the mouth through the silver limits of existence and into a new universe where the air drowns him and the light is blue madness? [[HumansAreCthulhu Where huge bipeds with no gills stuff it into a suffocating box and cover it with wet weeds to die?]]"''
-->-- '''The Man In Black''', ''Literature/TheGunslinger''

->''"Evil never dies. Darkness never retreats. In the cracks and the crevices of our society there are monsters undreamed of by the rank and file of humanity. I've been there. I've seen them. They exist in the spaces between things, in the folds of existence where we can't find them. Sometimes they cross over, sometimes they manifest, and all hell breaks loose. Only this is not Hell, nor Heaven. This is like nothing anyone has ever understood. This is pure evil, pure destruction. This is the Apocalypse."''
-->-- '''Maj. Gen. Reginald Fairfield, U.S. Army (Ret.)''', 25 FEB 1994 (''TabletopGame/DeltaGreen'' core book opening fiction piece)

->''"[[InAWorld In this world]], [[BecauseDestinySaysSo is the destiny of mankind controlled by some transcendental entity or law]]? Is it like the hand of God hovering above? At least it is true that man has no control, [[YouCantFightFate even over his own will.]]"''
-->-- '''OpeningScroll/[[OpeningNarration Narration]]''', ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''

->''"Everything dies. You. Me. Everyone on this planet. Our sun. Our galaxy. And, eventually, the universe itself. This is simply how things are. It's inevitable...and I accept it."''
-->-- '''Mr. Fantastic''', delivering the ArcWords for ''ComicBook/JonathanHickmansAvengers'', the cosmic horror story of [[spoiler: the end of Marvel's Multiverse.]]

->''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.''
-->-- "Nemesis", Creator/HPLovecraft (also {{epigraph}} to "The Haunter in the Dark")

->See, Lovecraft's stories haven't remained popular so long just because his monsters are scary. They endure because his monsters are metaphors for existential alienation. It's not the ''appearance'' of the monsters in his stories, it's the ''reality'' of them, the fact that they exist. Their existence alone proves that humanity is doomed and that all our hopes and dreams are stupid. Running into one of Lovecraft's Elder Gods is like finding a strange pair of underwear in your bed and realizing that your spouse is cheating on you. It's not the underwear itself that's stabbing you in the heart; it's the betrayal it represents. Lovecraft's monsters are proof to the protagonist that the universe is not benevolent. Finding strange underwear might mean that your spouse never loved you; stumbling upon a Lovecraft creature means that ''God'' never loved you.
-->--''Website/{{Cracked}}'', [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-types-movie-adaptations-that-must-be-stopped_p2/#ixzz2zAkuTjSn 5 Types of Movie Adaptations That Must Be Stopped]]

->''And crawling on the planet's face:\\
Some insects called 'the human race'.\\
Lost in time,\\
Lost in space,\\
...and meaning.''
-->-- [[GreekChorus The Criminologist's]] closing narration, ''Film/RockyHorrorPictureShow''