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Reading Notes from “VALIS” by Philip K. Dick

[p.65] Dr. Stone wasn’t insane; Stone was a healer. He held down the right job. Probably he healed many people and in many ways. He adapted his therapy to the individual, not the individual to the therapy.

I’ll be goddamned, Fat thought.

[p.72] The bedrock basic stratum of reality is irreality; the universe is irrational because it is built not on mere shifting sand – but on that which is not.

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[p.74] Fat had decided to bind himself to the Antichrist. And out of the highest possible motives: out of love, gratitude and the desire to help her.

Exactly what the powers of hell feed on: the best instincts of man.

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[p.77] Reality is that which when you stop believing in it, it doesn’t go away.

[p.179] You worship a god and then he pays you back by taking you over. This is called “enthousiasmos” in Greek, literally “to be possessed by the god.” Of all the Greek gods the one most likely to do this was Dionysos. And, unfortunately, Dionysos was insane.

[p.185] Too much medication, I said to myself, remembering Paracelsus, is a poison. This man has been healed to death.

[p.212] Certainly it constitutes bad news if the people who agree with you are buggier than batshit.

[p.218] “…It’s yourself. Don’t you recognize yourself? It’s you and only you, projecting your unanswered wishes out, unfulfilled desires left over after Gloria did herself in. You couldn’t take the vacuum of reality so you filled it with fantasy; it was psychological compensation for a fruitless, wasted, empty, pain-filled life and I don’t see why you don’t finally now fucking give up. You’re like Kevin’s cat: you’re stupid. That is the beginning and the end of it. Okay?”

“You rob me of hope.”

“I rob you of nothing because there is nothing.”

[p.220] “Sometimes I dream-”

“I’ll put that on your gravestone.”

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