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Here are the most popular lines from 'The Man in the High Castle' (the book)

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Amazon’s latest original series, The Man in the High Castle, launches in full today. The show takes viewers on a tour of 1950s America in a world where the Axis powers won World War II. Executive produced by Ridley Scott and overseen by The X-Files veteran Frank Spotniz, the series is based on a 1952 novel by iconic sci-fi author Philip K. Dick, whose stories have previously inspired Scott’s Blade Runner and scores of other movies. In case the series inspires you to check out Dick’s original novel, take a look at the most popular highlighted lines on the Kindle edition, and read our interview with Dick’s daughter about the adaptation.

  • “Whom the gods notice they destroy. Be small . . . and you will escape the jealousy of the great.”
  • “They want to be the agents, not the victims, of history. They identify with God’s power and believe they are godlike. That is their basic madness. They are overcome by some archetype; their egos have expanded psychotically so that they cannot tell where they begin and the godhead leaves off. It is not hubris, not pride; it is inflation of the ego to its ultimate—confusion between him who worships and that which is worshiped. Man has not eaten God; God has eaten man.”
  • “Perhaps if you know you are insane then you are not insane. Or you are becoming sane, finally. Waking up.” 
  • “We do not have the ideal world, such as we would like, where morality is easy because cognition is easy. Where one can do right with no effort because he can detect the obvious.”
  • “‘What profit it a man if he gain the whole world but in this enterprise lose his soul?'” 
  • “It will end, Childan thought. Someday. The very idea of place. Not governed and governing, but people.”
  • “Yes, the novelist knows humanity, how worthless they are, ruled by their testicles, swayed by cowardice, selling out every cause because of their greed—all he’s got to do is thump on the drum, and there’s his response. And he laughing, of course, behind his hand at the effect he gets.”
  • “Truth, she thought. As terrible as death. But harder to find. I’m lucky.”
  • “‘We are all insects,” he said to Miss Ephreikian. ‘Groping toward something terrible or divine. Do you not agree?'”
  • “From the wall he took the Smithsonian Institution’s framed certificate; the paper and the lighter had cost him a fortune, but they were worth it—because they enabled him to prove that he was right, that the word “fake” meant nothing really, since the word ‘authentic’ meant nothing really.”