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 more control, the more that requires control. This is the road to chaos.

The problem of leadership is inevitably: Who will play God?

The truth always carries the ambiguity of the words used to express it.

There are limits to power, as those who put their hopes in a constitution always discover.

There was a man so wise, he jumped into a sandy place

They (good administrators) never lie about what they've done if their verbal orders cause problems, and they surround themselves with people able to act wisely on the basis of verbal orders. Often, the most important piece of information is that something has gone wrong. Bad administrators hide their mistakes until it's too late to make corrections.

This wise man observed that wealth is a tool of freedom. But the pursuit of wealth is the way to slavery.

To the east, the night grew a faggot of luminous grey, then seashell opalescence that dimmed the stars. There came the long, bell-tolling movement of dawn striking across a broken horizon.

The act of saying that things exist that cannot be described in words shakes a universe where words are the supreme belief.

The Fremen were supreme in that quality the ancients called 'spannungsbogen', which is the self-imposed delay between desire for a thing and the act of reaching out to grasp that thing.

The most persistent principles in the universe are accident and error.

The proximity of a desirable thing tempts one to overindulgence. On that path lies danger.

The ultimate test ... to see the good in evil and the evil in good.

There are many degrees of sight and many degrees of blindness,

There was a man so wise, he jumped into a sandy place and burnt out both his eyes! And when he knew his eyes were gone, he offered no complaint. He summoned up a vision and made himself a saint.

They are a torture, my memories, a lovely torture.

Those who would repeat the past must control the teaching of history.

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.

Author Picture
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