Arthur Machen quotes

  • Every branch of human knowledge, if traced up to its source and final principles, vanishes into mystery.
    -- Arthur Machen

    #Branches #Principles #Finals

  • And there were other rocks that were like animals, creeping, horrible animals, putting out their tongues, and others were like words I could not say, and others like dead people lying on the grass. I went on among them, though they frightened me, and my heart was full of wicked song they put into it; and I wanted to make faces and twist myself about the way they did, and I went on and on a long way till at last I liked the rocks and they didn’t frighten me any more
    -- Arthur Machen

    #Song #Lying #Heart

  • If a man dreams that he has committed a sin before which the sun hid his face, it is often safe to conjecture that, in sheer forgetfulness, he wore a red tie, or brown boots with evening dress.
    -- Arthur Machen

    #Dream #Men #Ties

  • It is all nonsense, to be sure; and so much the greater nonsense inasmuch as the true interpretation of many dreams - not by any means of all dreams - moves, it may be said, in the opposite direction to the method of psycho-analysis.
    -- Arthur Machen

    #Dream #Moving #Mean

  • It appears to me that it [sin] is simply an attempt to penetrate into another and higher sphere in a forbidden manner. You can understand why it is so rare. There are few, indeed, who wish to penetrate into other spheres, higher or lower, in ways allowed or forbidden. Men, in the mass, are amply content with life as they find it. Therefore there are few saints, and sinners (in the proper sense) are fewer still.
    -- Arthur Machen

    #Men #Wish #Spheres

  • Now, everybody, I suppose, is aware that in recent years the silly business of divination by dreams has ceased to be a joke and has become a very serious science.
    -- Arthur Machen

    #Dream #Silly #Years

  • The saint endeavors to recover a gift which he has lost; the sinner tries to obtain something which was never his. In brief, he repeats the Fall.
    -- Arthur Machen

    #Fall #Trying #Saint

  • For, contrary to the common opinion, it is the wealthy who are greedy of wealth; while the populace are to be gained by talking to them about liberty, their unknown god. And so much are they enchanted by the words liberty, freedom, and such like, that the wise can go to the poor, rob them of what little they have, dismiss them with a hearty kick, and win their hearts and their votes for ever, if only they will assure them that the treatment which they have received is called liberty.
    -- Arthur Machen

    #Wise #Heart #Winning

  • It was better, he thought, to fail in attempting exquisite things than to succeed in the department of the utterly contemptible.
    -- Arthur Machen

    #Rehabilitation #Succeed #Failing

  • Here then is the pattern in my carpet, the sense of the eternal mysteries, the eternal beauty hidden beneath the crust of common and commonplace things; hidden and yet burning and glowing continually if you care to look with purged eyes.
    -- Arthur Machen

    #Eye #Glowing #Looks

  • For, usually and fitly, the presence of an introduction is held to imply that there is something of consequence and importance to be introduced.
    -- Arthur Machen

    #Importance #Introduction #Consequence

  • I dream in fire but work in clay.
    -- Arthur Machen

    #Dream #Fire #Clay

  • We both wondered whether these contradictions that one can't avoid if one begins to think of time and space may not really be proofs that the whole of life is a dream, and the moon and stars bits of nightmare.
    -- Arthur Machen

    #Dream #Stars #Moon

  • There are strange things lost and forgotten in obscure corners of the newspaper.
    -- Arthur Machen

    #Strange #Forgotten #Obscure

  • Old stories often turn out to be true.
    -- Arthur Machen

    #Stories #Being True #Turns

  • There are sacraments of evil as well as of good about us, and we live and move to my belief in an unknown world, a place where there are caves and shadows and dwellers in twilight. It is possible that man may sometimes return on the track of evolution, and it is my belief that an awful lore is not yet dead.
    -- Arthur Machen

    #Twilight #Moving #Men

  • silence is not weakness and decency is not pride
    -- Arthur Machen

    #Pride #Silence #Weakness

  • We lead two lives, and the half of our soul is madness, and half heaven is lit by a black sun. I say I am a man, is the other that hides in me?
    -- Arthur Machen

    #Men #Two #Heaven

  • Very softly, but very swiftly, Last, the man with the grey face and the staring eyes, bolted for his life, down and away from the White House. Once in the road, free from the fields and brakes, he changed his run into a walk, and he never paused or stopped, till he came with a gulp of relief into the ugly streets of the big industrial town. He made hi way to the station at once, and found that he was an hour too soon for the London express. So, there was plenty of time for breakfast; which consisted of brandy.
    -- Arthur Machen

    #Running #Eye #Men

  • In every grain of wheat there lies hidden the soul of a star.
    -- Arthur Machen

    #Stars #Lying #Soul