Philip K. Dick, fully Philip Kindred Dick

Philip K.
Dick, fully Philip Kindred Dick
1928
1982

American Science Fiction Novelist, Short Story Writer, Essayist and Philosopher, Eleven popular films based on his works have been produced, including Blade Runner, Total Recall, A Scanner Darkly, Minority Report, Paycheck, Next, Screamers, The Adjustment Bureau and Impostor

Author Quotes

With him inside the elevator descended.

You mean old books? Stories written before space travel but about space travel. How could there have been stories about space travel before -- The writers, Pris said, made it up.

There seemed to be nothing that contributed more to squalor than a bunch of basalt-block structures designed to lift people out of squalor.

This is a mournful discovery. 1)Those who agree with you are insane 2)Those who do not agree with you are in power.

Time, he thought, is shutting down around us. It is as if the future is gone, for all of us.

Waiting for their time to come. For us to lose and go away again. Where we came from. Joe Rossi paced back and forth. Yeah, we?ll be retreating from now on. Giving ground, instead of taking it. It?ll be like this today?losing fights, draws. Stalemates and worse. He raised his feverish eyes toward the ceiling of the little metal housing unit, face wild with passion and misery. But, by God, we?ll give them a run for their money. All the way back! Every inch!

We really do see astigmatically, in fundamental sense: our space and time creations of our own psyche and when these momentarily falter - like acute disturbance of middle ear. Occasionally we list eccentrically, all sense of balance gone.

What about [my] books? How do I feel about them?

Whatever you fear will happen to you, booze will make it happen.

With their feelings is nothing you can do about it, but you are not able to commit the acts that are committed.

You must beware of seeing malice behind accidental injury.

There was a beauty in the trash of the alleys which I had never noticed before; my vision seemed sharpened, rather than impaired. As I walked along it seemed to me that the flattened beer cans and papers and weeds and junk mail had been arranged by the wind into patterns; these patterns, when I scrutinized them, lay distributed so as to comprise a visual language.

This is a universal gloom, the collapse of the universe; curse in action, the curse that lies on their lives. At any point in the universe.

To fight the Empire is to be infected by its derangement. This is a paradox; whoever defeats a segment of the Empire becomes the Empire; it proliferates like a virus, imposing its form on its enemies. Thereby it becomes its enemies.

We actually tried Free Will before. After taking you from hunting and gathering to the height of the Roman Empire we stepped back to see how you'd do on your own. You gave us the Dark Ages for five centuries... until finally we decided we should come back in. The Chairman thought maybe we just needed to do a better job of teaching you how to ride a bike before taking the training wheels off again. So we gave you the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, the Scientific Revolution. For six hundred years we taught you to control your impulses with reason, then in 1910 we stepped back. Within fifty years, you'd brought us World War I, the Depression, Fascism, the Holocaust and capped it off by bringing the entire planet to the brink of destruction in the Cuban Missile Crisis. At that point a decision was taken to step back in again before you did something that even we couldn't fix. You don't have free will, David. You have the appearance of free will. (Agent Thompson?s response to David Norris when asked What ever happened to free will?)

We should celebrate,? Rita said. ?Yes. I'm where I wanted to be.? Benteley sipped the remains of his drink. ?Working for the Directorate. Sworn in to the Quizmaster. That?s what I set out for, that day. It seems like a long time ago. Well, I've finally arrived.? He gazed down at his glass and was silent. ?How do you feel?? ?Not much different.?

What constitutes the authentic human being?

When do I see a photograph, when a reflection?

Worse still, he had failed to pass the minimum mental faculties test, which made him in popular parlance a chickenhead.

You of all people," the void communicated. "Out of everyone, it is you I love the most."

There will come a time when it isn't 'They're spying on me through my phone' anymore. Eventually, it will be 'My phone is spying on me.'

This is an artifact and that was a relic. This is alive in the now, whereas that merely remained.

To live is to be haunted.

We all lie to ourselves; we tell our own selves more lies than we ever do other people.

We should take mothers in high seas and drown them there, they are as poisonous as lead in the air.

First Name
Philip K.
Last Name
Dick, fully Philip Kindred Dick
Birth Date
1928
Death Date
1982
Bio

American Science Fiction Novelist, Short Story Writer, Essayist and Philosopher, Eleven popular films based on his works have been produced, including Blade Runner, Total Recall, A Scanner Darkly, Minority Report, Paycheck, Next, Screamers, The Adjustment Bureau and Impostor