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 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.

We never completely escape the teachers of our childhood nor any of the patterns that formed us.

What is important for a leader is that which makes him a leader. It is the needs of his people.

When you think you know something, that is a most perfect barrier against learning.

You are a child seeking to be a man. When you are a man, you will seek in vain for the child you were.

You see, gentlemen, they have something to die for. They've discovered they're a people. They're awakening.

Usul, you're crying. Usul, my strength, do you give moisture to the dead? To whose dead?

We never get far from wealth and all of its masks when we deal with power.

What is the son but an extension of the father?

When your opponent fears you, then's the moment when you give the fear its own rein, give it the time to work on him. Let it become terror. The terrified man fights himself. Eventually, he attacks in desperation. That is the most dangerous moment, but the terrified man can be trusted usually to make a fatal mistake. You are being trained here to detect these mistakes and use them.

You are about to witness a thing few have seen.

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

War is behavior with roots in the single cell of the primeval seas. Eat whatever you touch or it will eat you.

We pay for the violence of our ancestors.

What senses do we lack that we cannot see or hear another world all around us?

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

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

You understand? One uses power by grasping it lightly. To grasp too strongly is to be taken over by power, and thus to become its victim.

War is the most readily available form of chaos.

We say of Muad'dib that he has gone on a journey into that land where we walk without footprints.

What you of the CHOAM directorate seem unable to understand is that you seldom find real loyalties in commerce. When did you last hear of a clerk giving his life for the company? Perhaps your deficiency rests in the false assumption that you can order men to think and cooperate. This has been a failure of everything from religions to general staffs throughout history. General staffs have a long record of destroying their own nations. As to religions, I recommend a rereading of Thomas Aquinas.

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