C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


The most terrible of all things is terror.

W. R. Alger.

By the Apostle Paul, shadows tonight have struck more terror to the soul of Richard than can the substance of ten thousand soldiers.


Terror itself, when once grown transcendental, becomes a kind of courage; as frost sufficiently intense, according to the poet Milton, will burn.


  • The bay-trees in our country are all wither’d,
  • And meteors fright the fixed stars of heaven;
  • The pale-fac’d moon looks bloody on the earth,
  • And lean-look’d prophets whisper fearful change.
  • Shakespeare.

    Most terrors are but spectral illusions. Only have the courage of the man who could walk up to his spectre seated in the chair before him, and sit down upon it; the horrid thing will not partake the chair with you.


    No divine terror will ever be found in the work of the man who wastes a colossal strength in elaborating toys; for the first lesson that terror is sent to teach us is, the value of the human soul, and the shortness of mortal time.