I’m Afraid They’re Both Right

“Everything unknown is assumed to be grand.”
“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.”
―H.P. Lovecraft

Publius Cornelius Tacitus (c.56–c.120 AD) was a senator and historian of the Roman Empire. He is considered to be one of the greatest Roman historians, and is known for the brevity and compactness of his Latin prose.

Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890–1937) was an American writer who achieved posthumous fame through his influential works of horror fiction. He was virtually unknown and published only in pulp magazines before he died in poverty, but he is now regarded as one of the most significant 20th-century authors in his genre.


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