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Philip K. Dick Quotations

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Fans of sci-fi have certainly heard of Philip K. Dick, using non-conventional , often comical titles like “Dr.Bloodmoney” and “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” to mask the extreme philosophical content of his books.

So here goes, a tribute to the authour, some of his profound quotations :


“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? (1968)



“The realization of the Principle of Sufficient Irritation came to me. Here
was the origin of life. Eons ago, in the remote past, a bit of inanimate matter
had become so irritated by something that it crawled away, moved by

—Philip K. Dick, ‘‘The Short Happy Life of the Brown Oxford’ (1954)


‘‘Kipple is useless objects, like junk mail or match folders after you use the
last match or gum wrappers or yesterday’s homeopape.When nobody’s
around, kipple reproduces itself. For instance, if you go to bed leaving any
kipple around your apartment, when you wake up the next morning there’s
twice as much of it. It always gets more and more. [. . .]
‘‘No one can win against kipple,’’ he said, ‘‘except temporarily and maybe
in one spot, like in my apartment I’ve sort of created a stasis between the
pressure of kipple and nonkipple, for the time being. But eventually I’ll die
or go away, and then the kipple will again take over. It’s a universal principle
operating throughout the universe; the entire universe is moving toward a
final state of total, absolute kippleization.’’

—Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968)



“Man and the true God are identical—as the Logos and the true God are—
but a lunatic blind creator and his screwed-up world separate man from God.
That the blind creator sincerely imagines that he is the true God only reveals
the extent of his occlusion.”

—Philip K. Dick, Valis (1981)


“The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If
you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must
use the words.”

—Philip K. Dick, ‘‘How to Build a Universe That Doesn’t Fall Apart Two
Days Later’’ (1985)



Written by Nash

June 15, 2007 at 6:30 pm

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  1. Nice !


    June 17, 2007 at 6:13 pm

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