I love the opening paragraph of The Call of Cthulhu. the one that starts, "The most merciful thing in the world.."
Assuming I don't opt for one of his better known ones such as that or "The Mountains...", I'd pick"The Music of Erich Zann."
Although I'm getting ready to re-read much of Lovecraft, I wanted to suggest another author to those who like him: Thomas Ligotti. And, if you want to read something really interesting that is not fiction, try his "The Conspiracy Against The Human Race." Speaking of religious believers in it he states, "They trust in anything that authenticates their importance as persons, tribes, societies and particularly as a species that will endure in this world and perhaps in an afterlife that may be uncertain in its reality and unclear in its lay-out, but sates their craving for values not of this earth- that depressing, meaningless place their consciousness must sidestep every day."
I like that opening paragraph as well. Are you in the Lovecraft group here?
I think I've heard of Ligotti, but not read him. I like that quote you copied here. That is also an intriguing title. I'll add it to my list. Thanks.
I looked around for a Lovecraft group. do you have a link?