38 Famous Philip K Dick Quotes

38 Famous Philip K Dick Quotes

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Philip K. Dick was a writer and philosopher from Illinois. His writings are primarily in the science fiction genre. His most famous novels are A Scanner Darkly and VALIS. He was awarded a Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1963. He died on March 2, 1982 at the young age of 53.

“A human being without the proper empathy or feeling is the same as an android built so as to lack it, either by design or mistake. We mean, basically, someone who does not care about the
fate which his fellow living creatures fall victim to; he stands detached, a spectator, acting out by his indifference John Donne’s theorem that “No man is an island,” but giving that
theorem a twist: that which is a mental and a moral island is not a man.”

“An Irishman hears that the banks are failing. He runs into the bank where he keeps his money and demands every cent of it. ‘Yes sir,’ the teller says politely. ‘Do you want it in cash or in
the form of a check?’ The Irishman replies: ‘Well, if you have it, I don’t want it. But if you haven’t got it, I must have it immediately.’”

“Anyhow, even if they agreed to lead us, I felt uneasy as where we would wind up going. It might have something to do with buildings marked SHOWERS but which really weren’t.”

“Can any of us fix anything? No. None of us can do that. We’re specialized. ”

“Cats have no souls,” Hamilton said morbidly, watching his tomcat avidly feed. “The most majestic cat in the universe would balance a carrot on his head for a bite of pork liver.”

“Certainly it constitutes bad news when the people who agree with you are buggier than batshit.”

“Cris didn’t play fair. He had watched half an hour — then come out and thrown once. One perfect toss, one dead ringer.”

“Cris didn’t want to play. He never played. ”

“Dilemma of a civilized man; body mobilized but danger obscure.”

“Don’t try to solve serious matters in the middle of the night.”

“Even if all life on our planet is destroyed, there must be other life somewhere which we know nothing of. It is impossible that ours is the only world; there must be world after world
unseen by us, in some region or dimension that we simply do not perceive. Even though I can’t prove that, even though it isn’t logical – I believe it.”

“He was always moving, advancing into new regions he had never seen before. A constantly unfolding panorama of sights and scenes, frozen landscapes spread out ahead. All objects were fixed.
“Pieces on a vast chess board through which he moved, arms folded, face calm. A detached observer who saw objects that lay ahead of him as clearly as those under foot.”

“I feel the hot winds of karma driving me. Nevertheless I remain here. My training was correct: I must not shrink from the clear white light, for if I do, I will once more re-enter the cycle
of birth and death, never knowing freedom, never obtaining release. The veil of maya will fall once more.”

“I started reading SF when I was about twelve and I read all I could, so any author who was writing about that time, I read. But there’s no doubt who got me off originally and that was A. E.
van Vogt.”

“I think that, like in my writing, reality is always a soap bubble, Silly Putty thing anyway. In the universe people are in, people put their hands through the walls, and it turns out
they’re living in another century entirely. … I often have the feeling — and it does show up in my books — that this is all just a stage.”

“I, for one, bet on science as helping us. I have yet to see how it fundamentally endangers us, even with the H-bomb lurking about. Science has given us more lives than it has taken; we must
remember that.”

“If you think this Universe is bad, you should see some of the others.”

“I’m a sick man. And the more I see, the sicker I get. I’m so sick I think everybody else is sick and I’m the only healthy person. That’s bad off, isn’t it?”

“I’m a strange person. Sometimes I hardly know what I’m going to do or say next. Sometimes I seem a stranger to myself. Sometimes what I do surprises me and I can’t understand why I do it.”

“In one dim scene he saw himself lying charred and dead; he had tried to run through the line, out the exit.”

“It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane.”

“Little kids are that way; they feel if their parents aren’t watching what they do then what they do isn’t real.”

“My major preoccupation is the question, ‘What is reality?’”

“My schedule for today lists a six-hour self-accusatory depression.”

“No single thing abides; and all things are fucked up.”

“Odd that the brain could function on its own, without acquainting him with its purposes, its reasons. But the brain was an organ, like the spleen, heart, kidneys. And they went about their
private activities. So why not the brain?”

“Our methods may seem strange and indirect. Even incomprehensible. But I assure you we know what we’re doing.”

“Ramp hawkers were peddling “methods,” low priced sure-fire theories guaranteed to predict bottle twitches and beat the whole Minimax game. The hawkers were ignored by the hurrying throngs
of people; anybody with a genuine system of prediction would be using it, not selling it.”

“Reality denied comes back to haunt.”

“Skill is a function of chance. It’s an intuitive best-use of chance situations.”

“Somebody high up was toying with the idea of allowing them to breed. Some sort of industrial use. We withheld euth for years. But Cris Johnson stayed alive outside our control. Those things
at Denver were under constant scrutiny.”

“The problem with introspection is that it has no end.”

“The true measure of a man is not his intelligence or how high he rises in this freak establishment. No, the true measure of a man is this: how quickly can he respond to the needs of others
and how much of himself he can give.”

“We can only guess what’s going to happen. He knows.”

“We can travel anywhere we want, even to other planets. And for what? To sit day after day, declining in morale and hope. Falling into an interminable ennui.”

“We’ll know homo superior when he comes — by definition. He’ll be the one we won’t be able to euth.”

“You saw something you were not supposed to see — something few elements have been aware of, let alone witnessed.”