Inspiring quotes by Richard Matheson

The top 10 most inspiring quotes by Richard Matheson

  • Thank you for gracing my life with your lovely presence, for adding the sweet measure of your soul to my existence.
  • How quickly does one accept the incredible if only one sees it enough?
  • If you go too far in fantasy, break the string of logic, and become nonsensical, someone will surely remind you of your dereliction. Pound for pound, fantasy makes a tougher opponent for the creative person.
  • If men only felt about death as they do about sleep, all terrors would cease. . . Men sleep contentedly, assured that they will wake the following morning. They should feel the same about their lives.
  • In a world of monotonous horror, there could be no salvation in wild dreaming.
  • After a while, though, even the deepest sorrow faltered, and even the most penetrating despair lost its scalpel edge.
  • To me, there is nothing that goes against nature. If it seems incomprehensible, it is only because we haven’t been able to understand it yet.
  • Normalcy was a majority concept, the standard of many and not the standard of just one man.
  • I hope people will read my work in the future. I hope I have done more than frightened a couple of generations. I hope I’ve inspired a few people one way or another.
  • Everyone has something to hide. And if they couldn’t hide it, the world would be in a much worse mess than it is.

Richard Matheson (1926–2013) was an acclaimed American author and screenwriter known for his contributions to the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres. Born in Allendale, New Jersey, Matheson developed an early interest in writing and pursued his passion throughout his life. He attended the University of Missouri, where he majored in journalism.

Matheson’s career took off with the publication of his first short story, “Born of Man and Woman,” in 1950. He gained widespread recognition for his novel “I Am Legend” (1954), a groundbreaking work in the vampire genre that has inspired numerous adaptations in film, television, and literature.

Throughout his prolific career, Matheson wrote numerous novels, short stories, and screenplays, including “The Shrinking Man” (1956), “Hell House” (1971), and “What Dreams May Come” (1978). His work often explored themes of isolation, fear, and the supernatural, captivating readers and audiences with his imaginative storytelling and psychological depth.

Matheson’s influence extended beyond literature; he made significant contributions to film and television, penning screenplays for iconic projects such as “The Incredible Shrinking Man” (1957) and episodes of “The Twilight Zone.” His legacy continues to resonate in popular culture, as his works remain celebrated for their innovation, suspense, and enduring relevance.

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