Quotes by Philip K. Dick

"It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane."

"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away."

"The true measure of a man is not his intelligence or how high he rises in this freak establishment. No, the true measure of a man is this: how quickly can he respond to the needs of others and how much of himself he can give."

"Maybe each human being lives in a unique world, a private world different from those inhabited and experienced by all other humans. . . If reality differs from person to person, can we speak of reality singular, or shouldn't we really be talking about plural realities? And if there are plural realities, are some more true (more real) than others? What about the world of a schizophrenic? Maybe it's as real as our world. Maybe we cannot say that we are in touch with reality and he is not, but should instead say, His reality is so different from ours that he can't explain his to us, and we can't explain ours to him. The problem, then, is that if subjective worlds are experienced too differently, there occurs a breakdown in communication ... and there is the real illness."

"I'm not much but I'm all I have."

Books by Philip K. Dick

  • A Scanner Darkly
  • 94,149 ratings
  • August 17th 2006 by Gollancz

    (first published January 1977)

  • Ubik
  • 92,013 ratings
  • May 1st 2006 by La factoría de ideas

    (first published May 1969)

  • Time Out of Joint
  • 11,423 ratings
  • May 14th 2002 by Vintage

    (first published April 22nd 1959)

  • Martian Time-Slip
  • 11,102 ratings
  • May 30th 1995 by Vintage

    (first published April 1964)

Philip K. Dick
  • Philip K. Dick

  • Date of birth: December 16, 1928
  • Died: March 02, 1982
  • Born: in Chicago, Illinois, The United States.

  • Description: Philip K. Dick was born in Chicago in 1928 and lived most of his life in California. In 1952, he began writing professionally and proceeded to write numerous novels and short-story collections. He won the Hugo Award for the best novel in 1962 for The Man in the High Castle and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel of the year in 1974 for Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said. Philip K. Dick died on March 2, 1982, in Santa Ana, California, of heart failure following a stroke.

    In addition to 44 published novels, Dick wrote approximately 121 short stories, most of which appeared in science fiction magazines during his lifetime. Although Dick spent most of his career as a writer in near-poverty, ten of his stories have been adapted into popular films since his death, including Blade Runner, Total Recall, A Scanner Darkly, Minority Report, Paycheck, Next, Screamers, and The Adjustment Bureau. In 2005, Time magazine named Ubik one of the one hundred greatest English-language novels published since 1923. In 2007, Dick became the first science fiction writer to be included in The Library of America series.