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"Silly boy. You still think you can "see" me? Heh, heh, heh. You'll never see me. You'll see only what your little mind can allow. GO! NOW."
Pennywise, It (1990)

"...the Mildly Disturbing Halloween Hats—moldering, eldritch veils of such manifold depravity, the human eye will not process the sheer enormity of their malevolence, and out of self-preservation will merely show you paper bags with faces on them. These faces are still moderately scary, though, so brace yourselves for mild terror!"

"Human beings have neither the aural nor the psychological capacity to withstand the awesome power of God's true voice. Were you to hear it, your mind would cave in and your heart would explode within your chest. (We went through five Adams before we figured that one out.)"

"I am confident that if anyone actually penetrates our facades, even the most perceptive would still be fundamentally unprepared for the truth of House Dimir."
Szadek, flavor text for Magic: The Gathering card "Glimpse the Unthinkable"

"You don't perceive our true appearance. Your existence and ours are different. My form, and what you think you are seeing, are not necessarily the same."
Mokkurkalfi, Ah! My Goddess

Merlin: Shall I tell you what's out there?
Arthur: Yes, please.
Merlin: The Dragon. A beast of such power that if you were to see it whole and all complete in a single glance, it would burn you to cinders.

I wasn't about to open my inner eye and have an eyeball-to-eyeball look at the void by way of a third opinion, but I was pretty sure that if I did I'd see something so wrong that it wouldn't even be visible at all, except as a sucking blind-spot distortion in my visual field, dragging everything around it together at the edges like a detached retina.
Bob Howard, The Rhesus Chart

Kim: So, what's it like out there in Galactic Cluster III?
Seven: Beyond your comprehension.
Kim: Try me.
Seven: Galactic Cluster III is a transmaterial energy plane intersecting twenty two billion omnicordial lifeforms.
Kim: Ah...interesting.
Star Trek: Voyager, "The Gift"

The form of Giegue's attack was inexplicable!

?! ...What did Porky do?!

This is a response. Like a reaction. Nature doesn't abhor a vacuum, but people do. Your minds aren't made for this, right? You stare at the stars and see things, because that's what you do. Making sense of it. Order is a man-made concept.
D-124/unformed Pattern Screamer, SCP Foundation file for SCP-3930

A figure of white-hot fire sat on a throne at the center of the tower top. Blazing light sketched the shape of bare limbs and smooth muscle. Its left hand held a sceptre of black iron capped with a globe which swirled with blackness and starlight. A single blood-red eye sat at the center of its face beneath a crown of curled horns. It was a vision of the divine and the terrible, and it was a lie. Knekku knew that each of the sorcerers kneeling with him would be seeing a different vision, and that none of them were true.

Imagine that you’re in a boat and you see some fish in the water. You reach your hand into the water to grab one of the fish. From the fish’s point of view, this weird thing with a flat body and five tentacles and a weird thick tail that reaches out into nowhere, but no eyes, mouth or fins, just appeared in a shower of bubbles. It moves around in ways that have nothing to do with swishing its tail or moving fins in any way. Then this thing which shouldn’t be any stronger than the fish is, and has no eyes with which to see, wraps itself around one of the other fish, and suddenly that fish disappears from the first fish’s plane of reference. The hand is utterly alien to the fish, and it operates in ways that would seem magical to it, if fish had the brains to encompass the notion of magic. I think that your Headhunter is like that: it has much, but not all of the power of the demon at its disposal, and it has a perspective that most mortals can’t have, and it operates on very different principles and motives.
Nacht, Whateley Universe, "Silent Nacht"


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