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Frank Herbert Quotes

Fire has no definite form, but clings to the burning object. The body, Li, stands for nature in its radiance. What is dark clings to what is light. A luminous thing must have within itself something that perseveres: fuel. Everything that gives light is dependent on something to which it clings in order that it may continue to shine.
- Frank Herbert

The less we know, the longer the explanation.
- Frank Herbert

Any training school for free citizens must begin by teaching distrust, not trust. It must teach questioning, not acceptance of stock answers.
- Frank Herbert

The unconscious mind (like the body) is a storehouse of relics and memories out of the past. There's nothing mystical about it. The brain has been built up in the course of millions of years and represents a history of which it is the result; it carries the traces of that history exactly as the body carries such traces (the appendix, thymus, gill structure in the embryo, etc.). When you grope into the basic structure of the mind, you find these traces of the archaic mind.
- Frank Herbert

The half-alive demand what is missing in them . . . but deny it when it is presented to them because they fear the proof of their own insufficiency.
- Frank Herbert

You cannot understand a process by stopping it
- Frank Herbert

The fundamental rule of the universe is that there is no neutrality, no pure objectivity, no absolute truth which is divorced from the pragmatic lessons gained in application. The old scientists hid their own prejudices behind a facade of objectivity and purity of search.
- Frank Herbert

The senses of any creature, no matter how sophisticated and sensitive and intelligent, ingite internal responses to surrounding rhythms.
- Frank Herbert

The matter of speed in a technological culture may be taken as an attempt to go faster into the future, rushing to make known the unknown.
- Frank Herbert

The logic which is sound for a finite system is not necessarily sound for an infinite universe.
- Frank Herbert

The cultural borrowings and interminglings which have brought us to this present moment cover such vast distances and enormous span of time that they present us with an awesome panoply from which we can derive only a sense of great movement and powerful currents.
- Frank Herbert

A wise man depends upon his friends for information and upon himself for decisions.
- Mundial Axiom from Direct Descent by Frank Herbert

When you feel the pressures of limitations, then you begin to die . . . and you die in a prison of your own choosing.
- Frank Herbert

INTUITION: A function by which we see around corners. People who live exposed to dangerous natural conditions use intuition to a great extent.
- Frank Herbert

A requirement of creativity is that it contributes to change. Creativity keeps the creator alive.
- Frank Herbert, unpublished notes

Presumably, we are dreaming all the time, but we do not see these dreams during the day because consciousness (like the sun obscuring stars during the day) is much too brilliant to allow the unconscious content that much definition.
- Frank Herbert

Simplicity is the most difficult of all things.
- Frank Herbert

We depend entirely upon the benevolent cooperation of the unconscious. The unconscious, in a sense, invents the next moment for us.
- Frank Herbert

When someone asks you if you are starting a new cult, do what I do, run like hell!
- Frank Herbert

The massive steadiness of Time's movement is everywhere complicated by shifting currents, waves, surges and countersurges like a surf against rocky cliffs.
- Frank Herbert

There is much of ruin in everyday life. We ought to see beyond the wreckage to the magnificence that once was.
- Frank Herbert

And night is a hole in yesterday, a tunnel into tomorrow.
- Frank Herbert

Is the subject or the observer the greater influence?
- Frank Herbert

Greed, anger, and ignorance poison life.
- Frank Herbert

An old Fremen drunk on spice liquor said, "I reminded him of his manhood and told him to go find it someplace else."
- Frank Herbert

Time depends on where you are standing and on how and where you are looking.
- Frank Herbert

The mind imposes an arbitrary framework called "reality," which is quite independent of what the senses report.
- Frank Herbert

The universe is a playground of improvisation it follows no eternal pattern.
- Frank Herbert

Science: The creation of dilemmas by the solution of mysteries.
- Frank Herbert

Talk: The theory that you can get somewhere if you keep putting one word in front of another.
- Frank Herbert

The answer is a mirror of the question.
- Frank Herbert

Conflict perpetuated over a long period tends to be self-perpetuating and can easily plunge beyond control.
- Frank Herbert

Learn from the pastódon't wear it around your neck.
- Frank Herbert

Evolution never ends short of death.
- Frank Herbert

No society is a pinnacle. All men are not created equal, and that is the root of many social problems.
- Frank Herbert

' Systematic' is a dangerous word, a dangerous concept. Systems originate with their human creators. Systems take over.
- Frank Herbert

Most traditional governments divide people, setting them against each other to weaken the society and make it governable.
- Frank Herbert

We have an appetite to encompass everything.
- Frank Herbert

Any human being is a time machine.
- Frank Herbert

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Dune Quotes by Frank Herber

There are problems in this universe for which there are no answers.
- Pual Muad'Dib

Here lies a toppled god, His fall was not a small one. We did but build his pedestal, a narrow and a tall one.
- Tleilaxu Epigram

A storm is coming - our storm. And when it comes it will shake the universe.
- Paul Muad'Dib

There is probably no more terrible instant of realization than the one in which you discover your father is a man - with human flesh.
- Muad'Dib

What has mood to do with it? You fight when the necessity arises-no matter the mood! Mood's a thing for cattle or making love or playing the baliset. It's not for fighting.
- Gurney Halleck

There exists no separation between gods and men; one blends softly casual into the other.
- Proverbs of Muad'dib

Empires do not suffer emptiness of purpose at the time of their creation. It is when they have become established that aims are lost and replaced by vagure ritual.
- Words of Muad'dib by Irulan

Truth suffers from too much analysis.
- Ancient Fremen Saying

Thou didst divide the sand by thy strenght; thou breakest the heads of the dragons in the desert. Yea, I behold thee as a beast coming up from the dunes; thou hast the two horns of the lamb, but thou speakest as the dragon.
- Revised OC bible Arran II:4

He (Muad'dib) Told you that completion equals death! Absolute prediction is completion . . . is death!
- The Preacher of Arrakeen

This is the fallacy of power: ultimately it is effective only in an absoulute universe. But the basic lesson of our relativeistic universe is that things change. Any power must always meet a greater power. Paul Muad'Dib taught this lesson to the Sardaukar on the Plains of Arrakeen. His descendants have yet to learn the lesson for themselves.
- The Preacher

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it is gone past me I will turn to see fear's path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
- Litany against Fear

Uproot your questions from their ground and the dangling roots will be seen. More questions!
- Mentat Zensufi

Ultimately, all things are known because you want to believe you know.
- Zensunni koan

Answers are a perilous grip on the universe. They can appear sensible yet explain nothing.
- The Zensunni Whip

Paired opposites define your longings and those longings imprison you.
- The Zensunni Whip

The true warrior often understands his enemy better than he understands his friends. A dangerous pitfall if you let understanding lead to sympathy as it will naturally do when left unguided.
- Miles Teg

What do Holy Accidents teach? Be resilient. Be strong. Be ready for change, for the new. Gather many experiences and judge them by the steadfast nature of our faith.
- Tleilaxu Doctrine

Many things we do naturally become difficult only when we try to make them intellectual subjects. It is possible to know so much about a subject that you become ignorant.
- Mentat Text Two (decto)

When I am weaker than you, I ask you for freedom because that is according to your principles; when I am stronger than you, I take away your freedom because that is according to my principles.
- Words of an ancient philosopher (Attributed by Harq al-Ada to one Louis Veuillot)

The one-eyed view of our universe says you must not look far afield for problems. Such problems may never arrive. Instead, tend to the wold within your fences. The packs ranging outside may not even exist.
- The Azhar Book; Shamra I:4

To know a thing well, know its limits. Only when pushed beyond its tolerances will true nature be seen.
- The Amtal Rule

Kralizec: the typhoon struggle, the battle at the end of the universe

Arafel: The cloud darkness at the end of the universe

Do not be traped by the need to achive anything. This way, you achive everything.
- Hayt quoting some Zensunni

A popular man arouses the jealousy of the powerful.
- Thufir Hawat

A process cannot be understood by stopping it. Understanding must move with the flow of the process, must join it and flow with it.
- First Law of Mentat

If wishes were fishes we'd all cast nets.
- Gurney Halleck

Polish comes from the cities; wisdom from the desert.
- saying from locals of Arakeen

Think you the fact that a deaf person cannot hear. Then, what deafness may we not all possess? What senses do we lack that we cannot see and cannot hear another world all around us?
- Orange Catholic bible

They shall come all for violence: their faces shall sup up as the east wind, and they shall gather the captivity of the sand.
- Gurney Halleck

And the water which thou takest out of the river shall become blood upon the dry land.
- Gurney Halleck

Behold as a wild ass in the desert, go I forth to my work.
- Gurney Halleck

For they shall suck of the abundance of the seas and of the treasure hid in the sand.
- Gurney Halleck

I have been a stranger in a strange land.
- Gurney quoting the Orange Catholic Bible

I shall go unto the rebellious that dwell in the dry land.
- Gurney

The gift is a blessing of the river.
- Paul Atreides quoting the Orange Catholic Bible

Arrakis teaches the attitude of the knife-chopping off what's incomplete and saying: "now, it's complete because it's ended here."
- "Collected sayings of Muad'Dib" by Princess Irulan

The mind goes on working no matter how we try to hold it back
- Lady Jessica Atreides

A time to get and time to lose; a time to keep and a time to cast away; a time for love and a time for hate; a time of war and a time of peace.
- The Orange Catholic bible

Be prepared to appreciate what you meet.
- Shai-hulud, Old Father Eternity

The mind can go either dirrection under stress- toward positive or toward negative: on or off. think of it as a spectrum whose extremes are unconsciousness at the negative end and hyperconsciousness at the positive end. the way the mind will lean under stress is strongly influenced by training.
- Bene Gesserit axiom

If you rely only on your eyes, your other senses weaken.
- Bene Gesserit axiom

Law is the ultimate science

Better a dry morsel and quietness therewith than a house full of sacrifice and strife.
- Gurney

And I will make the rivers dry, and sell the land into the hand of the wicked: and I will make the land waste and all that is therein, by the hand of strangers.
- Gurney

A stone is heavy and the sand is weighty; but a fool's wrath is heavier than both.
- Esmar Tuek

Paradice on my right, Hell on my left and the Angel of Death behind.
- Orange Catholic Bible

Survival is the ability to swim in strange water.
- Bene Gesserit axiom

Do not count a human dead untill you've seen his body. And even then you can make a mistake.
- Bene Gesserit

When religion and politics travel in the same cart, the riders belive nothing can stand in their way. Their movement becomes headlong-faster and faster and faster. They put aside all thoughts of obstacles and forget that a precipice does not show itself to the man in a blind rush until it's too late.
- Bene Gesserit proverb

All men beneath your position covet your station.
- Bene Gesserit

Prophets have a way of dying by violence.
- Bene Gesserit saying

How little the universe knows about the nature of real cruelty!
- Paul Muad'Dib

And the victory that day was turned into mourning unto all the people: for the people heard say that day how the king was grieved for his son.
- Gurney

I'm going to rub your faces in the things you try to avoid. I don't find it strange that all you want to believe is only that which comforts you. How else do humans invent the traps which betray us into mediocrity? How else do we define cowardice?
- The Preacher saying Maud'Dib's words

You aren't thinking or really existing unless you're willing to risk even your own sanity in the judgment of your existence.
- The Preacher

If you would possess your humanity, let go of the universe!
- The Preacher

Most lives are a flight from selfhood. Most prefer the truths of the stable. You stick your heads into the stanchions and much contentedly until you die. Others use you for their purposes. Not once do you live outside the stable to life your head and be your own creature.
- The Preacher

In human affairs, nothing remains enduring; all human affairs revolve in a helix, moving around and out.
- Bene Gesserit maxim.

To use raw power is to make yourself infinitely valnerable to greater powers
- Bene Gesserit axiom

The cleansed mind makes decisions in the presence of unknowns and without cause and effect.
- Hayt using a Zensunni Saying

The wise man molds himself-the fool lives only to die.
- Zensunni parable

I told him that to endure oneself may be the hardest task in the universe.
- Hayt refering to Maud'Dib

Men cannot separate means and enlightenment.
- Hayt

Can you collect chaos? We Zunsunni say: "not collecting, that is the ultimate gathering!"
- Hayt

Kralizec, the typhoon struggle, lives in our hearts.
- Muriz

Most deadly errors arise from obsolete assumptions.
- Lady Jessica quoting Bene Gesserit

To suspect your own mortality is to know the beginning of terror; to learn irrefutably that you are mortal is to know the end of terror.
- Bene Gesserit

All proofs inevitably lead to propositions which have no proof! All things are known because we want to believe in them.
- Bene Gesserit manuals

Coan-Teen: The female death-spirit who walks without feet

When God hath ordained a creature to die in a particular place, He causeth that creature's wants to direct him to that place.
- Ghadhean al-Fali

I was baptized in sand and it cost me the knack of believing. Who trades in faiths anymore? Who'll buy? Who'll sell?
- Paul Muad'Dib

Never to forgive-never to forget.
- Fremen Maxim

That there is nothing firm, nothing balanced, nothing durable in all the universe- That nothing remains in its state, that each day, sometimes each hour, brings change.
- Bijaz quoting Bene Gesserit

Surely, we have put on their necks fetters up to the chin, so their heads are raised; and we have put before them a barrier and behind them a barrier; and we have covered them, so they do not see.
- Stilgar quoting Fremen religion

The haughty do but build castle walls behind which they try to hide their doubts and fears.
- Bene Gesserit axoim

Leaving the ladder, one may fall upward!
- Choda's admonition to the Zensunni

The purpose of argument is to change the nature of truth.
- Bene Gesserit precept

Just as individuals are born, mature, breed, and die, so do societies and civilizations and governments.
- Paul Muad'Dib

If you focus your awareness only upon your own rightness, then you invite the forces of opposition to overwhelm you. This is a common error.
- Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam

One uses power by grasping it lightly. To grasp too strongly is to be taken over by power, and thus to become its victim.
- Duke Leto I

Each planet has its own period, and each life likewise.
- Bene Gesserit

Pain is a function of nerves, pain comes as light comes to the eyes. Effort comes from the muscles, not from nerves.
- Mentat Lession

The absence says more than the presence when it comes to desert survival.
- Fremen sence of caution

There's unknowns all around at every moment. That's where you seek knowledge.
- Paul Muad'Dib

Are you aware, that the hula preserves an ancient sign language which once belonged only to males? You've never heard of the hula? Of course. Who dances it anymore? Dancers have preserved many things, though. The translations have been lost, but I know them.
- Leto II

The Problem with leadership is inevitably: Who will play God?
- Maud'Dib, from the Oral History

Are these the meek who will outwait us all and inherit the universe?
- Duncan Idaho upon remembering a Orange Catholic Bible passage.

Kanawa: the iron ring of jealousy

You should never be in the company of anyone with whom you would not want to die.
- Fremen Saying

Madness in method, that is genius.
- Leto II

Only fools prefer the past!
- Leto II

If you want immortality, then deny form. Whatever has form has mortality. Beyond form is the formless, the immortal.
- Oral History (posibly Leto II)

Arafel: The cloud-darkness of holy judgment.

Arafel: The cloud darkness at the end of the universe.

Arafel: The Tyrant's holy judgment.

Spannungsbogen: the span of the bow! (how far back you draw the bow before releasing your arrow)

Has not religion claimed a patent on creation for all of these millennia?
- The tleilaxu Question from Muad'dib speaks.

"MY WORDS ARE YOUR PAST, MY QUESTIONS ARE SIMPLE: WITH WHOM DO YOU ALLY?"
- The God Emperor

Memory never recaptures reality. Memory reconstructs. All reconstructions change the original, becoming external frames of reference that inevitably fall short.
- Mentat Handbook

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Dune: House Atreides by Brian Herbert

Thou shalt not make a machine in the likeness of a human mind.
- Cheif commandment resulting from the Butlerian Jihad, found in the Orange Catholic Bible

One observes the survivors, and learns from them.
- Bene Gesserit Teaching

The populace must think their ruler is a greater man than they, else why should they follow him? Above all a leader must be a showman, giving his people the bread and circuses they require.
- Duke Paulus Atreides

Four things cannot be hidden-love, smoke, a pillar of fire, and a man striding across the open bled.
- Freman Wisdom

There are weapons you cannot hold in your hands. You can only hold them in your mind.
- Bene Gesserit Teaching

The basic rule is this: Never support weakness; always support strength.
- The Bene Gesserit Azhar Book, Compilation of Great Secrets

It's easier to be terrified by an enemy you admire.
- Thufir Hawat

Many invention have selectively improved particular skills or abilities, emphasizing one aspect or another. But no achievement has ever scratched the complexity or adaptability of the human mind.
- Ikbhan's Treatise on the Mind, Volume II

Blindness can take many forms other than the inability to see. Fanatics are often blinded in their thoughs. Leaders are often blinded in their hearts.
- The Orange Catholic Bible

History allows us to see the obvious-but unfortunately, not until it is too late.
- Prince Raphael Corrino

Like the knowlege of your own being, the sietch forms a firm base from which you move out into the world and into the universe.
- Freman Teaching

Like many culinary delicacies, revenge is a dish best savored slowly, after long and delicate preparations.
- Emeror Elrood IX

Only God can make living, sentient creatures.
- The Orange Catholic Bible

Without a goal, a life is nothing. Sometimes the goal becomes a man's entire life, an all-consuming passion. But once that goal is achieved, what then? Oh, poor man, what then?
- Lady Helena Atreides

History has seldom been good to those who must be punished. Bene Gesserit punishments cannot be forgotten.
- Bene Gesserit Dictum

How simple things were when our Messiah was only a dream.
- Stilgar, Niaib of Sietch Tabr

The Haughty do but build castle walls behind which they seek to hide their doubts and fears.
- Bene Gesserit Axiom

Any path that narrows future possibilities may become a lethal trap. Humans do not thread their way though a maze; they scan a vast horizon filled with unique opportunities.
- The Spacing Guild Handbook

Perceptions rule the universe.
- Bene Gesserit Saying

You of fearful heart, be strong and fear not. Behold, your God will come with a vengeance; He will come and save you from the worshipers of machines.
- The Orange Catholic Bible

Man is but a pebble dropped in a pool. And if man is but a pebble, then all his work can be no more.
- Zensunni Saying

Speak the truth. That is always much easier, and is often the most powerful argument.
- Bene Gesserit Axiom

One who rules assumes irrevocable responsiblity for the ruled. You are a husbandman. This demands, at times, a selfless act of love which may be amusing only to those you rule.
- Duke Paulus Atreides

The ultimate question: Why does life exist?
The ansewr: For life's sake.
- Anonymous, thought to be of Zensunni origin

The surest way to keep a secret is to make people belive they already know the answer.
- Ancient Freman Wisdom

Hatred is as dangerous an emotion as love. The capacity for either one is the capacity for its opposite.
- Bene Gesserit Archives, Wallach IX

I must rule with eye and claw-as the hawk among lesser birds.
- Duke Paulus Atreides

Memory and History are two sides of the same coin. In time, however, History tends to slant itself toward a favorable impresion of events, while Memory is doomed to preserve the worst aspect.
- Lady Helena Atreides

When the center of the storm does not move, you are in its path.
- Ancient Freman Wisdom

Storm beget Storms. Rage begets rage. Revenge begets revenge. War beget wars.
- Bene Gesserit Conundrum

Truth is a chameleon.
- Zensunni Aphorism

The worst sort of protection is confidence. The best defense is suspicion.
- Hasimir Fenring

When faced with necessary actions, there are always choices. So long as the job gets done.
- Count Hasimir Fenring

In plotting any course of revenge, one must savor the anticipation phase and all its moments, for the actual execution often differs widely from the original plan.
- Hasimir Fenring

All persons are contained within a single individual, just as all time is in a moment, and the entire universe is in a grain of sand.
- Freman Saying

The universe contains untapped and heretofore unimagined energy sources. They are before your very eyes, yet you cannot see them. They are in your mind, yet you cannot think them. But I can!
- Tio Holtzman

Only fools leave witnesses.
- Hasimir Fenring

Progress and profit require a substantial investment in personnel, equipment, and caital funding. However, the resource motst often overlooked, yet which can often provide the greatest payoff, is an investment in time.
- Dominic Vernius

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Dosadi Experiement & Whipping Star by Frank Herbert

Justice belongs to those who claim it, but let the claimant beware lest he create new injustice by his claim and thus set the bloody pendulum of revenge into its inexorable motion.
- Gowachin aphorism

All sentient beings are created unqual. The best society provides each with equal oportunity to float at his own level.
- The Gowachin Primary

No matter how painful, life must adapt or die.
- Dry Head Teacher

To believe that you are free is more important than being free
- Gowachin aphorism

No species is to be trusted farther than it is bound by its own interests
- Gowachin Maxim

Every government is run by liars and nothing they say should be believed.
- Attributed to an ancient Human journalist

When the means of great violence are widespread, nothing is more dangerous to the powerful than that they create outrage and injustice, for outrage and injustice will certainly ignite retaliation in kind.
- BuSab Manual

The attack by those who want to die-this is the attack against which you cannot prepare a perfect defense.
- Human Aphorism

The more control, the more that requires control. This is the road to chaos.
- PanSpechi aphorism

Question: who governs the governors?
Answer: Entropy
- Gowachin riddle

Guven the proper leverage at the proper point, any sentient awareness may be exploded into astonishing self-understanding.
- from an ancient Human mystic

There are some forms of insanity which, dirven to an ultimate expression, can become the new models of sanity.
- BuSab Manual

Where pain predominates, agony can be a valued teacher.
- Dosadi aphorism

There is no such thing as pure objectivity.
- Gowachin Aphorism

Where is the weapon with which I enforce your bondage? You give it to me every time you open your mouth.
- Laclac Riddle

All the wisdom of the universe cannot match the alert willingness to dodge a violent blow.
- Ancient folk saying

If your words are a symbols of reality , you live in a dream world.
- Wreave Saying

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