I was going to name it “Favorite “Lo, I am Become Death, Destroyer of Worlds”/“Cry Havoc!”-type quotes?”, but that seemed a little oblique.
Anyway…for those moments in all our lives when we need something to say that’s either very gentle but very chilling (“Lo, I am Become Death, Destroyer of Worlds”); or something that’s sheer cultivated savagery. (i.e. something like “Cry havoc, and let slip the dogs of war!”)
Of course, for most of us, those moments won’t actually involve mass death, which isn’t always a bad thing. But that’s beside the point…
So, I ask you…what are your favorite scary, bloodcurdling quote? It can either be “chilling” scary, or “frothing bloodlust” scary.
My first picks:
“THROUGH me you pass into the city of woe:
Through me you pass into eternal pain:
Through me among the people lost for aye.
All hope abandon, ye who enter here.” -Dante’s Inferno
“We shall not capitulate… no never. We may be destroyed, but if we are, we shall drag a world with us… a world in flames.”—Adolf Hitler [How much friggin’ scarier can you get than that?]
“Ego non baptizo te in nomine patris, sed nomine diaboli” (“I baptize you not in the name of the father, but in the name of the devil”).—Captain Ahab, Moby Dick
And…most of Rilke’s Panther.