Frank Herbert, formally Franklin Patrick Herbert, Jr.

Herbert, formally Franklin Patrick Herbert, Jr.

American Science Fiction Writer, most notably the "Dune" series

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We faced it and did not resist. The storm passed through us and around us. It's gone, but we remain.

What do you despise? By this are you truly known.

When politics and religion are intermingled, a people is suffused with a sense of invulnerability, and gathering speed in their forward charge, they fail to see the cliff ahead of them.

Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken.

You don’t write for success. That takes part of your attention away from the writing. If you’re really doing it, that’s all you’re doing: writing.

We fear anything we do not control.

What does a mirror look at?

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

Words are such gross machinery, so primitive and ambiguous.

You have faith in life… I know that the courage of love can reside only in this faith.

We had something few experience. We were joined in our strengths rather than in our weaknesses.

What greater gift is there than to demonstrate you need not fear death?

When strangers meet, great allowances should be made for differences of custom and training.

Words can carry any burden we wish. All that's required is agreement and a tradition upon which to build.

You have the choice anyone has, die now or die later.

We have eternity, beloved. You may have eternity. I have only now. But this is eternity.

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.

When you imagine mistakes, there can be no self-defense.

Words themselves were the ultimate barrier to revelation.

You have to appreciate life before you want to preserve it, she said. And it's the survivors who maintain the most light and poignant hold upon the beauties of living. Women know this more often than men because birth is the reflection of death.

We know the major conditions wherein this large populace may turn upon its keepers - One: When they find a leader. This is the most volatile threat to the powerful; they must retain control of leaders. Two: When the populace recognizes its chains. Keep the populace blind and unquestioning. Three: When the populace perceives a hope of escape from bondage. They must never even believe that escape is possible!

What have we here—jinn or human?

When you think to take determination of your fate into your own hands; that is the moment you can be crushed. Be cautious. Allow for surprises. When we create, there are always other forces at work.

Worry is most often a prideful way of thinking that you have more control over life and its circumstances than you actually do.

You know it's love when you want to give joy and damn the consequences.

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American Science Fiction Writer, most notably the "Dune" series