Frank Herbert, formally Franklin Patrick Herbert, Jr.

Frank
Herbert, formally Franklin Patrick Herbert, Jr.
1920
1986

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

Author Quotes

The myth of progress that shields us from the terrors of an uncertain future.

The pursuit of unhappiness is an inalienable right of all humans.

The undeserving maintain power by promoting hysteria.

There exists a limit to the force even the most powerful may apply without destroying themselves. Judging this limit is the true artistry of government. Misuse of power is the fatal sin.

There was never a greater anti-Irish bigot than Shakespeare. He was the ultimate Elizabethan jackanapes, a perfect reflection of British bigotry. They justified themselves on the grounds of religion. The Reformation! That's where they began their policy of exterminating the Irish. Back then we learned the bitter truth: England's enemy is Ireland's friend.

They made the fatal decision: they'd chosen always the clear, safe course that leads ever downward into stagnation.

Time became a sequence of layers.

Too much knowledge never makes for simple decisions.

Sometimes, the supremely rich did become depraved. That came from believing that money (power) could buy anything and everything. And why shouldn't they believe this? They saw it happening every day. It was easy to believe in absolutes.

The basic rule is this: Never support weakness; always support strength.

The Guild Navigators, gifted with limited prescience, had made the fatal decision: they'd chosen always the clear, safe course that leads ever downward to stagnation.

The night is a tunnel, a hole into tomorrow.

The real wealth of a planet is in its landscape, how we take part in that basic source of civilization- agriculture.

The universe does not work by our rules.

There exists no separation between gods and men: one blends softly casual into the other.

There was pain in him - like a blister, all that was left of some lost yesterday that Time had pruned off him.

They say they seek security and quiet, the condition they call peace. Even as they speak they create the seeds of turmoil and violence.

Time can also be a place.... Everything depends on where you are standing, on where you look or what you hear. The measure of it is found in consciousness itself.

Try looking into that place where you dare not look! You'll find me there, staring out at you!

Spannungsbogen! Waff rolled the ancient word on his tongue: The span of the bow! How far back you draw the bow before releasing your arrow. This arrow would strike deep!

The best contribution one can make to humanity is to improve oneself.

The hearts of all men dwell in the same wilderness.

The one who can be many places at once.

The replacement of morality and conscience with law.

The universe is unfinished, you know.

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First Name
Frank
Last Name
Herbert, formally Franklin Patrick Herbert, Jr.
Birth Date
1920
Death Date
1986
Bio

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