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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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.

Survival is the ability to swim in strange water.

The day hums sweetly when you have enough bees working for you.

The mind can go either direction 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.

The people who can destroy a thing, they control it.

The stakes in conflict do not change. Battle determines who will control the wealth or its equivalent.

The way the mind will lean under stress is strongly influenced by training.

There is no escape - we pay for the violence of our ancestors.

There’s no secret to balance. You just have to feel the waves.

Think on it, Chani: the princess will have the name, yet she'll live as less than a concubine - never to know a moment of tenderness from the man to whom she's bound. While we, Chani, we who carry the name of concubine - history will call us wives.

To endure oneself may be the hardest task in the universe. You cannot hire a wise man or any other intellect to solve it for you. There's no writ of inquest or calling of witness to provide answers. No servant or disciple can dress the wound. You dress it yourself or continue bleeding for all to see.

Unused power was like a marionette with visible strings, nobody holding them. A compelling attraction: I could make it dance.

Sweet spring, full of sweet days and roses, a box where sweets compacted lie.

The dice cannot read their own spots.

The mind commands the body and it obeys. The mind orders itself and meets resistance.

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