Quotes / These Are Things Man Was Not Meant to Know

Airfare and hotel costs: $200
Bribing the museum guards to let you meet the curator: $150, and a little bit of sanity.
Purchasing scripts from the curator: $23.42 apiece, and probably permanent traumatization.
Suitcase with a secret compartment: $75.
Tricking the high school drama department into performing The King in Yellow: Priceless.
There are some things man was not meant to know.

From The Bible:

"And I know how such a man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, God knows—was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak."'

"When the seven thunders spoke, I was about to write. But I heard a voice from Heaven saying: Keep secret what the seven thunders said, and do not write it down."
Revelation 10:4 (NLT)

"Seek not the things that are too high for thee"
— Sirach 3:22

Fan Works
"As any science fiction movie will tell you, there are Some Things That Man Is Not Meant to Know. This weapon will help you kill those things."
Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space

Live-action TV
"They say he was always volunteering for deathbed scans. I guess he wanted to know what was on the other side. They say he was in there, in someone's mind, when they died. And he went too deep. Saw more than anyone should ever see. And when the door closed, the rest of him—maybe the best of him—never came back."
Lyta on Alfred Bester, Babylon 5 ("The Paragon of Animals")

"The Final Frontier has some boundaries that are not meant to be crossed."
Captain Janeway, Star Trek: Voyager, "The Omega Directive"

"Long life to the king! And enjoy him well
Who here breathes in the rosy light;
But under there it is terrible;
O tempt not the Gods, nor their warning slight,
And never, O never desire to see
What they've graciously hid in night from thee."
The Diver, "The Diver", by Friedrich Schiller (1797) (transl. John S. Dwight)

Tabletop Games
"Knowledge is cruel. It will break your heart and test your allegiances. Are you certain you want this curse?"
Kruphix, God of Horizons, Magic: The Gathering

Video Games
There are worlds beyond this one, worlds as we've never seen. Nor can we! Our eyes do not open far enough. Try it! Try holding your eyes open! You can try holding them open as much as you want, but you'll never see, never, ever see the world beyond the veil... the Veil of Reality. It's there to protect us from them... the Ancients... the Darkness... that which we cannot understand. Nor should we. Welcome the oblivion of ignorance! For to have knowledge... is to be damned!
Dr. Maximillian Roivas, Eternal Darkness

Web original
"Much of the brain is still mysterious to modern science, possibly because modern science itself is using brains to analyze it. There are probably secrets the brain simply doesn't want us to know."

"Human beings fill in blanks with imagination, and when faced with superior force those blanks are invariably painted black. As much as we want to believe in angels, I think most of us are afraid that those higher powers are exclusively demonic. This speaks to the fragility of the human condition. In the end, this world kills us all."

"The essential innovation of H.P. Lovecraft is to imagine the moment of religious ecstasy as a negative phenomenon. Paul, on the road to Damascus, is given a vision not of Christ's forgiveness, but of the opposite. Instead of knowing one's holy and sacred place in the universe, one is confronted by the supreme meaninglessness of one's own existence. Or worse, in the absolute darkest case, one is seen and recognized by God, but hated. Every narrow escape and lucky break you've ever had is a mere vagary of pure chance, while every harrowing experience and trial you've suffered is the active intervention of a universe that wants you to suffer... It's not safe to assume you're going to like the innermost secrets of the universe. In fact, if you were going to like them, the universe probably wouldn't go to such lengths to keep them from you. The fact that the universe has helpfully placed 'Danger: Beware of Shub-Niggrauth' signs throughout itself to aid people in this has had a remarkably minimal effect on actual human behavior with regards to this issue. "


Western Animation
Perhaps there are some things man was never meant to tamper with.
Arc Words, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003), Notes From The Underground

Real Life
Next letter, very different tack, no less sublime, it begins thusly: "Voodoo is very real! And very dangerous, often destroying those who practice it." Often. Not talking about freak occurrences, right? On the way here tonight, I see five people practising voodoo; three of them were destroyed by it! Look at the statistics!
"With any luck, Huntley will destroy himself by opening a doorway to a world beyond the knowledge of mere man!" ...That's a heavy thing to hope for, ain't it? And then to send it to The Sun? It is not a metaphysical newspaper! This is a proposition that, if it came from Dante, would confuse you.
"D'ya know what I hope happens to Ian Huntley, right?! I'll tell you what I hope happens! I hope he destroys himself -", "Oh, how?", "This is the good bit! - by opening a doorway to a world beyond the knowledge of mere man! A world so baffling and complex that whilst man and Huntley can percieve it - he has, after all, just opened a doorway to it - he can never know it! He can never integrate it into his understanding of what is, because he is a mere man! If he were a meerkat... better vantage point!"
Russell Brand, The Secret Policeman's Ball 2006

In the first class there was Robot-as-Menace. I don't have to explain that overmuch. Such stories were a mixture of "clank-clank" and "aarghh" and "There are some things man was not meant to know." After a while they palled dreadfully and I couldn't stand them.
Isaac Asimov, The Complete Robot