Talk:H. P. Lovecraft
I remembered reading, somewhere, this quote from Lovecraft: "Almost nobody dances sober, unless they happen to be insane".
A Google search reveals a similar quote from Marcus Tullius Cicero: "Nemo enim fere saltat sobrius, nisi forte insanit", which translates to "Almost nobody dances sober, unless he happens to be insane". Lovecraft's quotation is suspiciously similar.
Most likely, since Lovecraft was well versed in classical literature, he dropped a paraphrase of Cicero's statement in a letter somewhere, knowingly or not. Trouble is, I don't recall where Lovecraft's quote was transcribed—whether it was quoted from a letter of his, for example, and whether its exact source was cited. Does anyone know? Chris Roy 21:26, 11 Dec 2003 (UTC)
- When he was seven, his mother tried to get hom interested in dancing lessons; that is what he replied. 18.104.22.168 10:50, 15 March 2009 (UTC)
Where are all the quotes where he calls black people less than human? He wrote more than just fiction, you know.
- I added one from p. 102 of L. Sprague De Camp's biography of him Lovecraft: A Biography . . . he was quoting from The Conservative, Volume I, Number 2, published in July of 1915. 22.214.171.124 15:12, 13 March 2009 (UTC)
"I remembered reading, somewhere, this quote from Lovecraft: "Almost nobody dances sober, unless they happen to be insane"."
I searched through the collected works of Lovecraft, and this quote never appears.