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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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.

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.

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