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  • I like her; I could watch her the rest of my life. She has breasts that smile.
    (Philip K. Dick, "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?")

  • I never felt like that before. Maybe it could be depression, like you get. I can understand how you suffer now when you're depressed; I always thought you liked it and I thought you could have snapped yourself out any time, if not alone then my means of the mood organ. But when you get that depressed you don't care. Apathy, because you've lose a sense of worth. It doesn't matter whether you feel better because you have no worth.
    (Philip K. Dick, "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?")

  • I'd like to see you move up to the goat class, where I think you belong.
    (Philip K. Dick, "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?")

  • Maybe I'll go where I can see stars, he said to himself as the car gained velocity and altitude; it headed away from San Francisco, toward the uninhabited desolation to the north. To the place where no living thing would go. Not unless it felt that the end had come.
    (Philip K. Dick, "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?")

  • My schedule for today lists a six-hour self-accusatory depression.
    (Philip K. Dick, "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?")


  • Upon him the contempt of three planets descended.
    (Philip K. Dick, "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?")

  • You will be required to do wrong no matter where you go. It is the basic condition of life, to be required to violate your own identity. At some time, every creature which lives must do so. It is the ultimate shadow, the defeat of creation; this is the curse at work, the curse that feeds on all life. Everywhere in the universe.
    (Philip K. Dick, "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?")

  • A weird time in which we are alive. We can travel anywhere we want, even to other planets. And for what? To sit day after day, declining in morale and hope.
    (Philip K. Dick, "The Man in the High Castle")

  • Am I the only one who knows? I'll bet I am; nobody else really understands Grasshopper but me - they just imagine they do.
    (Philip K. Dick, "The Man in the High Castle")

  • Can anyone alter fate? All of us combined... or one great figure... or someone strategically placed, who happens to be in the right spot. Chance. Accident. And our lives, our world, hanging on it.
    (Philip K. Dick, "The Man in the High Castle")

  • Eierkopf. Egghead. Because the big double-domed empty heads break so easily . . . in the street brawls.
    (Philip K. Dick, "The Man in the High Castle")

  • It goes on, he thought. The internecine hate. Perhaps the seeds are there, in that. They will eat one another at last, and leave the rest of us here and there in the world, still alive. Still enough of us once more to build and hope and make a few simple plans.
    (Philip K. Dick, "The Man in the High Castle")

  • On some other world, possibly it is different. Better. There are clear good and evil alternatives. Not these obscure admixtures, these blends, with no proper tool by which to untangle the components.
    (Philip K. Dick, "The Man in the High Castle")

  • They know a million tricks, those novelists. Take Doctor Goebbels; that's how he started out, writing fiction. Appeals to the base lusts that hide in everyone no matter how respectable on the surface. Yes, the novelist knows humanity, how worthless they are, ruled by their testicles, swayed by cowardice, selling out every cause because of their greed - all he's got to do is thump on the drum, and there's his response. And he's laughing, of course, behind his hand at the effect he gets.
    (Philip K. Dick, "The Man in the High Castle")

  • Damn her he said to himself. What good does it do my risking my life? She doesn't care whether we own an ostrich or not. Nothing penetrates.
    (Philip K. Dick, "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?")


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