17 Hauntingly Beautiful Shirley Jackson Quotes That'll Give You Goosebumps

Carla Gugino as Olivia Crain in the Netflix TV adaptation of Shirley Jackson's, the haunting of hill house
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Shirley gets it.

Fans of The Haunting of Hill House Will Love 17 Shirley Jackson Quotes

Shirley Jackson knew how to write a scary story. Thanks to her many talents book lovers have a few scary stories to read of hers including, The Haunting of Hill House, The Lottery, and We Have Always Lived in the Castle to name a few.

If you're a fan of the talented author or are simply researching her work for a school project, let us introduce to you some of the best (and scariest!) Shirley Jackson quotes. Read some creepy quotes that any fan of the horror genre will go nuts over. Take a few Shirley Jackson quotes with you next time you want to scare a loved one. And if you're a fan of the Netflix adaptation of The Haunting of Hill House make sure to go back and read some quotes from the spooky book. Prepare yourself for season two by reading the great words of Shirley Jackson.

Shirley Jackson Quotes

  • "I delight in what I fear."

  • "I very much dislike writing about myself or my work, and when presses for autobiographical material can only give a bare chronological outline which contains no pertinent facts."

  • "I have always loved to use fear, to take it and comprehend it and make it work and consolidate a situation where I was afraid and take it whole and work from there."

  • Life Among the Savages is a disrespectful memoir for my children.

  • "February, when the days of winter seem endless and no amount of wistful recollecting can bring back any air of summer."

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson quotes

  • "No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality."

  • "Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone."

  • "Don't do it, Eleanor told the little girl; insist on your cup of stars; once they have trapped you into being like everyone else you will never see your cup of stars again; don't do it; and the little girl glanced at her, and smiled a little subtle, dimpling, wholly comprehending smile, and shook her head stubbornly at the glass. Brave girl, Eleanor thought; wise, brave girl."

  • "Journeys end in lovers meeting; I have spent an all but sleepless night, I have told lies and made a fool of myself, and the very air tastes like wine. I have been frightened half out of my foolish wits, but I have somehow earned this joy; I have been waiting for it for so long."

  • "All I could think of when I got a look at the place from the outside was what fun it would be to stand out there and watch it burn down."

  • "Fear is the relinquishment of logic, the willing relinquishing of reasonable patterns. We yield to it or we fight it, but we cannot meet it halfway."

  • "No, the menace of the supernatural is that it attacks where modern minds are weakest, where we have abandoned our protective armor of superstition and have no substitute defense."

  • "To learn what we fear is to learn who we are. Horror defies our boundaries and illuminates our souls."

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson Quotes

  • "Upstairs Margaret said abruptly, 'I suppose it starts to happen first in the suburbs,' and when Brad said, 'What starts to happen?' she said hysterically, 'People starting to come apart."

  • "It isn't fair, it isn't right," Mrs. Hutchinson screamed, and then they were upon her."

  • "Although the villagers had forgotten the ritual and lost the original black box, they still remembered to use stones."

  • "It's not the way it used to be... people ain't the way they used to be."

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