Quotes by Clifford D. Simak

"Here lies one from a distant star, but the soil is not alien to him, for in death he belongs to the universe."

"A religion is a system of symbols which acts to establish powerful, pervasive, and long-lasting moods in men by formulating conceptions of a general order of existence and clothing those conceptions with such an aura of factuality that the moods and motivations seem uniquely realistic."

"Once there had been joy, but now there was only sadness, and it was not, he knew, alone the sadness of an empty house; it was the sadness of all else, the sadness of the Earth, the sadness of the failures and the empty triumphs."

"I can't go back," said Towser.
"Nor I," said Fowler.
"They would turn me back into a dog," said Towser.
"And me," said Fowler, "back into a man."

"The need of one human being for the approval of his fellow humans, the need for a certain cult of fellowship - a psychological, almost physiological need for approval of one's thought and action. A force that kept men from going off at unsocial tangents, a force that made for social security and human solidarity, for the working together of the human family.

Men died for that approval, sacrificed for that approval, lived lives they loathed for that approval. For without it man was on his own, an outcast, an animal that had been driven from the pack.
It had led to terrible things, of course - to mob psychology, to racial persecution, to mass atrocities in the name of patriotism or religion. But likewise it had been the sizing that held the race together, the thing that from the very start had made human society possible.

And Joe didn't have it. Joe didn't give a damn. He didn't care what anyone thought of him. He didn't care whether anyone approved or not."

Books by Clifford D. Simak

  • Way Station
  • 24,372 ratings
  • 1992 by Collier Books

    (first published 1963)

  • City
  • 15,621 ratings
  • March 11th 2008 by Old Earth Books

    (first published 1952)

  • The Goblin Reservation
  • 3,314 ratings
  • February 1st 1993 by Carroll & Graf Publishers

    (first published October 1968)

  • Time and Again
  • 2,724 ratings
  • January 1st 1983 by Ace

    (first published December 1950)

  • Ring Around the Sun
  • 1,680 ratings
  • August 1st 1992 by Carroll & Graf Publishers

    (first published 1952)

Clifford D. Simak
  • Clifford D. Simak

  • Date of birth: August 03, 1904
  • Died: April 25, 1988
  • Born: in Millville, Wisconsin, The United States.

  • Description: "He was honored by fans with three Hugo awards and by colleagues with one Nebula award and was named the third Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) in 1977." (Wikipedia)

    See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clifford...