quotations about monsters
Death is when the monsters get you.
STEPHEN KING, Salem's Lot
Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look long into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you.
FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE, Beyond Good and Evil
The monsters of the mind are far worse than those that actually exist. Fear, doubt, and hate have hamstrung more people than beasts ever have.
CHRISTOPHER PAOLINI, Brisingr
In a world of monsters, you had to be a ghost to survive.
A human being does not turn another human being over to the monsters. Not for any reason.
LAURELL K. HAMILTON, Guilty Pleasures
There are very few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them.
ANDRE GIDE, Autumn Leaves
Monsters exist because they are part of the divine plan, and in the horrible features of those same monsters the power of the creator is revealed.
UMBERTO ECO, The Name of the Rose
Calling someone a monster does not make him more guilty; it makes him less so by classing him with beasts and devils.
MARY MCCARTHY, "The Hue and Cry," The Writing on the Wall
Monsters die out when the collective imagination no longer needs them.
GLEN DUNCAN, The Last Werewolf
Some people are monsters, they're evil through and through; you tell yourself that so you can make sense of the world. It's like believing in a religion, a god and a devil, all good on one side, all bad on the other. But that's not how it is. Instead, you've got people who are capable of doing things that you can't even bear to think about; for bloody certain you can't ever forgive them. But they can still feel guilt and shame, they can still fall in love, try and do the right thing, appreciate what the right thing is--and then they cheerfully go and do the next unbelievably bad thing, and it all goes round again.
K. J. PARKER, Evil for Evil
We are a race prone to monsters ... and when we produce one we worship it.
IAIN M. BANKS, Against a Dark Background
When everyone is determined to present someone as a monster, there are two possibilities: either he’s a saint or they themselves are not telling the whole story.
CARLOS RUIZ ZAFON, The Shadow of the Wind
The monsters of our childhood do not fade away, neither are they ever wholly monstrous.
JOHN LE CARRÉ, attributed, Bright Words for Dark Days
A monster. You and your friends, all of you. Pretty monsters. It's a stage all girls go through. If you're lucky you get through it without doing any permanent damage to yourself or anyone else.
KELLY LINK, Pretty Monsters
It seemed to be a sort of monster, or symbol representing a monster, of a form which only a diseased fancy could conceive. If I say that my somewhat extravagant imagination yielded simultaneous pictures of an octopus, a dragon, and a human caricature, I shall not be unfaithful to the spirit of the thing. A pulpy, tentacled head surmounted a grotesque and scaly body with rudimentary wings; but it was the general outline of the whole which made it most shockingly frightful.
H. P. LOVECRAFT, "The Call of Cthulhu"
For the monster as for the earthworm as for the man the world hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light, nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain, and we are here as on a darkling plain ...
GLEN DUNCAN, By Blood We Live
Every monster was a man first.