You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.
The “punch” of a truly weird tale is simply some violation or transcending of fixed cosmic law — an imaginative escape from palling reality — hence phenomena rather than persons are the logical “heroes”.
Our existence is a half-dream and that it is difficult to know where the dream ends and reality begins.
One thing I have learned in a long life: that all our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike—and yet it is the most precious thing we have.
Non-Euclidean calculus and quantum physics are enough to stretch any brain; and when one mixes them with folklore, and tries to trace a strange background of multi-dimensional reality behind the ghoulish hints of the Gothic tales and the wild whispers of the chimney-corner, one can hardly expect to be wholly free from mental tension.