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Engrave this Quote I want to write about people I love, and put them into a fictional world spun out of my own mind, not the world we actually have, because the world we actually have does not meet my standards. Okay, so I should revise my standards; I'm out of step. I should yield to reality. I have never yielded to reality. That's what SF is all about. If you wish to yield to reality, go read Philip Roth; read the New York literary establishment mainstream bestselling writers
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-Philip K. Dick
Engrave this Quote I am a fictionalizing philosopher, not a novelist; my novel & story-writing ability is employed as a means to formulate my perception. The core of my writing is not art but truth. Thus what I tell is the truth, yet I can do nothing to alleviate it, either by deed or explanation. Yet this seems somehow to help a certain kind of sensitive troubled person, for whom I speak. I think I understand the common ingredient in those whom my writing helps: they cannot or will not blunt their own intimations about the irrational, mysterious nature of reality, &, for them, my corpus is one long ratiocination regarding this inexplicable reality, an integration & presentation, analysis & response & personal history.
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-Philip K. Dick, Exegesis Philip K. Dick's journal, 1981
Drugs
Engrave this Quote Drug misuse is not a disease, it is a decision, like the decision to step out in front of a moving car. You would call that not a disease but an error of judgment.
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-Philip K. Dick
Education
Engrave this Quote The trouble with being educated is that it takes a long time; it uses up the better part of your life and when you are finished what you know is that you would have benefited more by going into banking.
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-Philip K. Dick
Mankind, Man
Engrave this Quote I mean, after all; you have to consider we're only made out of dust. That's admittedly not much to go on and we shouldn't forget that. But even considering, I mean it's a sort of bad beginning, we're not doing too bad. So I personally have faith that even in this lousy situation we're faced with we can make it. You get me?
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-Philip K. Dick, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch character Leo Bulero, 1965
Reality
Engrave this Quote Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.
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-Philip K. Dick
Engrave this Quote Reality is whatever refuses to go away when I stop believing in it.
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-Philip K. Dick
Science Fiction
Engrave this Quote Science fiction writers, I am sorry to say, really do not know anything. We can't talk about science, because our knowledge of it is limited and unofficial, and usually our fiction is dreadful.
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Engrave this Quote I was twelve when I read my first sf magazine
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Vanity
Engrave this Quote And could I look upon her without compassion, seeing her punishment in the ruin she was, in her profound unfitness for this earth on which she was placed, in the vanity of sorrow which had become a master mania, like the vanity of penitence, the vanity of remorse, the vanity of unworthiness, and other monstrous vanities that have been curses in this world?
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-Philip K. Dick
Words
Engrave this Quote The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. I you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words.
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-Philip K. Dick

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