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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To the Lady Jessica: May this place give you as much pleasure as it has given me. Please permit the room to convey a lesson we learned from the same teachers: the proximity of a desirable thing tempts one to overindulgence. On that path lies danger. My kindest wishes, Margot Lady Fenring

Something flickered at the edges of conscious perception.

The assumption that a whole system can be made to work better through an assault on its conscious elements betrays a dangerous ignorance. This has often been the approach of those who call themselves scientists and technologists.

The function of science fiction is not always to predict the future but sometimes to prevent it.

The mystery of life isn't a problem to solve, but a reality to experience.

The purpose of argument is to change the nature of truth.

The unclouded eye was better, no matter what it saw.

There are problems in this universe for which there are no answers. Nothing. Nothing can be done.

There was a man who sat each day looking out through a narrow vertical opening where a single board had been removed from a tall wooden fence. Each day a wild ass of the desert passed outside the fence and across the narrow opening—first the nose, then the head, the forelegs, the long brown back, the hind-legs, and lastly the tail. One day, the man leaped to his feet with the light of discovery in his eyes and he shouted for all who could hear him: It is obvious! The nose causes the tail!

They are not mad. They're trained to believe, not to know. Belief can be manipulated. Only knowledge is dangerous.

Thou shalt not make a machine in the likeness of a human mind.

To use raw power is to make yourself infinitely vulnerable to greater power.

Sometimes I wonder about Piter, the Baron said. I cause pain out of necessity, but he...I swear he takes a positive delight in it.

The assumption that humans exist within an essentially impermanent universe, taken as an operational precept, demands that the intellect become a totally aware balancing instrument.

The gods do not limit men. Men limit men.

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.

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