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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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.

There had to be a science of discontent. For people need hard times, hardship and oppression to develop their mental strength.

There was this dry-lander who was asked which was more important, a literjon of water or a vast pool of water? The dry-lander thought a moment and then said: "The literjon is more important. No single person could own a great pool of water. But a literjon you could hide under your cloak and run away with it. No one would know."

They were eye-minded creatures and soon it would be night, the time of the ear-minded.

Time is a measure of space, just as a range-finder is a measure of space, but measuring locks us into the place we measure.

Try to hold on to youth and it mocks you while it sprints away.

Spend energies on those who make you strong. Energy spent on weaklings drags you to doom.

The best prophets lead you up to the curtain and let you peer through for yourself.

The highest function of ecology is the understanding of consequences

The only past which endures lies wordlessly within you.

The scarce water of Dune is an exact analog of oil scarcity. CHOAM is OPEC.

The value of self-government at an individual level cannot be overestimated.

There has never been a truly selfless rebel, just hypocrites—conscious hypocrites or unconscious hypocrites, it’s all the same.

There were many paradise planets in the Old Empire, probably many more among the people of the Scattering. Humans always seemed capable of trying that foolish experiment. People in such places mostly lazed along. A quick-smart analyzis said this was because of the easy climates on such planets. He knew this for stupidity. It was because sexual energy was easily released in such places. Let the Missionaries of the Divided God or some denominational construct enter one of these paradises and you got outrageous violence.

They were such seriously futile people that she found herself wanting to cry out against their ready-made justifications for pointless lives.

To attempt an understanding of Maud'Dib without understanding his mortal enemies, the Harkonnens, is to attempt seeing Truth without knowing Falsehood. It is the attempt to see the Light without knowing Darkness. It cannot be.

Trying to find rules for creation is like trying to separate mind from body.

Success, that was the danger. It had cost them an empire. If you waved your success around like a banner someone always wanted to cut you down. Envy!

The Brain had begun its career in logics as a pragmatic atheist. Now doubts began to creep into its computations, and it classified doubt as an emotion.

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