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“No single thing abides; and all things are fucked up.”
Philip K. Dick, The Transmigration of Timothy Archer
“Just because something bears the aspect of the inevitable one should not, therefore, go along willingly with it.”
Philip K. Dick, The Transmigration of Timothy Archer
“So books are real to me, too; they link me not just with other minds but with the vision of other minds, what those minds understand and see. I see their worlds as well as I see my own.”
Philip K. Dick, The Transmigration of Timothy Archer
“There is a line somewhere in Wozzeck that translates out to, roughly, 'The world is awful.' Yes, I said to myself as I shot across the Bay Bridge not giving a fuck how fast I drove, that sums it up. That is high art: 'The world is awful.' That says it all. This is what we pay composers and painters and the great writers to do: tell us this; from figuring this out, they earn a living. What a masterful, incisive insight. What penetrating intelligence. A rat in a drain ditch could tell you the same thing, were it able to talk. If rats could talk, I'd do anything they said.”
Philip K. Dick, The Transmigration of Timothy Archer
“Madness, like small fish, runs in hosts....”
Philip K. Dick, The Transmigration of Timothy Archer
“That is not how you do it; you do not solve one problem with another, greater problem.”
Philip K. Dick, The Transmigration of Timothy Archer
“Sometimes, I guess, an over-valent idea enters the mind as a problem, or imaginary problem. This is not so rare. You are getting ready for bed, late at night, and all of a sudden the idea comes into your mind that you did not shut off your car lights. You look out the window at your car-which is parked in your driveway in plain sight-and you can see that it shows no lights. But then you think: Maybe I left the lights on and they stayed on so long that they ran the battery down. So to be sure, I must go out and check. You put on your robe and go out, unlock the car door, get in and pull on the headlight switch. The lights come on. You turn them off, get out, lock up the car and return to the house. What has happened is that you have gone crazy; you have become psychotic. Because you have discounted the testimony of your senses; you could see out the window that the car lights were not on, yet you went out to check anyhow. This is the cardinal factor: you saw but you did not believe. Or, conversely, you did not see something but you believed it anyhow. Theoretically, you could travel between your bedroom and the car forever, trapped in an eternal closed loop of unlocking the car, trying the light switch, returning to the house-in this regard you herewith are a machine. You are no longer human.”
Philip K. Dick, The Transmigration of Timothy Archer
“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.”
Philip K. Dick, The Transmigration of Timothy Archer
“Ecco il guaio della cultura: sei già stato dappertutto, hai visto tutto per interposta persona; ti è già successo tutto.”
Philip K. Dick, The Transmigration of Timothy Archer
“Jesus Christ!" I said. "You can't sleep with a bishop!" "I already have," Kirsten said.”
Philip K. Dick, The Transmigration of Timothy Archer
“I don’t know if you can call that thing around his neck a tie. They tried to hang him, perhaps, and he proved too heavy; he broke the rope and continued on about his business.”
Philip K. Dick, The Transmigration of Timothy Archer
“Remind me not to go to Mass, not that I ever do.”
Philip K. Dick, The Transmigration of Timothy Archer
“Emily Dickinson was full of shit when she prattled about “kindly Death”; that’s an abominable thought, that death is kind. She never saw a six-car pile-up on the Eastshore Freeway.”
Philip K. Dick, The Transmigration of Timothy Archer
“Kill the Spartan runners,” I said. Furiously, Kirsten lashed at me, “Is that one of your Berkeley educated remarks?”
Philip K. Dick, The Transmigration of Timothy Archer