A Scanner Darkly Quotes.

1. "Everything in life is just for a while."
- Philip K. Dick, A Scanner Darkly

2. "What does a scanner see? he asked himself. I mean, really see? Into the head? Down into the heart? Does a passive infrared scanner like they used to use or a cube-type holo-scanner like they use these days, the latest thing, see into me - into us - clearly or darkly? I hope it does, he thought, see clearly, because I can't any longer these days see into myself. I see only murk. Murk outside; murk inside. I hope, for everyone's sake, the scanners do better. Because, he thought, if the scanner sees only darkly, the way I myself do, then we are cursed, cursed again and like we have been continually, and we'll wind up dead this way, knowing very little and getting that little fragment wrong too."
- Philip K. Dick, A Scanner Darkly

3. "If I'd known it was harmless, I'd have killed it myself!"
- Philip K. Dick, A Scanner Darkly

4. "But the actual touch of her lingered, inside his heart. That remained. In all the years of his life ahead, the long years without her, with never seeing her or hearing from her or knowing anything about her, if she was alive or happy or dead or what, that touch stayed locked within him, sealed in himself, and never went away. That one touch of her hand."
- Philip K. Dick, A Scanner Darkly

5. "Sometimes I wish I knew how to go crazy. I forget how."
- Philip K. Dick, A Scanner Darkly

6. "They wanted to have a good time, but they were like children playing in the street; they could see one after another of them being killed--run over, maimed, destroyed--but they continued to play anyhow."
- Philip K. Dick, A Scanner Darkly

7. "Imagine being sentient but not alive. Seeing and even knowing, but not alive. Just looking out. Recognizing but not being alive. A person can die and still go on. Sometimes what looks out at you from a person's eyes maybe died back in childhood."
- Philip K. Dick, A Scanner Darkly

8. "How'd you like to gaze at a beer can throughout eternity? It might not be so bad. There'd be nothing to fear."
- Philip K. Dick, A Scanner Darkly

9. "One of the most effective forms of industrial or military sabotage limits itself to damage that can never be thoroughly proven - or even proven at all - to be anything deliberate. It is like an invisible political movement; perhaps it isn't there at all. If a bomb is wired to a car's ignition, then obviously there is an enemy; if public building or a political headquarters is blown up, then there is a political enemy. But if an accident, or a series of accidents, occurs, if equipment merely fails to function, if it appears faulty, especially in a slow fashion, over a period of natural time, with numerous small failures and misfiring- then the victim, whether a person or a party or a country, can never marshal itself to defend itself."
- Philip K. Dick, A Scanner Darkly

10. "If the last to know he’s an addict is the addict, then maybe the last to know when a man means what he says is the man himself, he reflected."
- Philip K. Dick, A Scanner Darkly

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