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

We never completely escape the teachers of our childhood nor any of the patterns that formed us.

What is important for a leader is that which makes him a leader. It is the needs of his people.

When you think you know something, that is a most perfect barrier against learning.

You are a child seeking to be a man. When you are a man, you will seek in vain for the child you were.

You see, gentlemen, they have something to die for. They've discovered they're a people. They're awakening.

Usul, you're crying. Usul, my strength, do you give moisture to the dead? To whose dead?

We never get far from wealth and all of its masks when we deal with power.

What is the son but an extension of the father?

When your opponent fears you, then's the moment when you give the fear its own rein, give it the time to work on him. Let it become terror. The terrified man fights himself. Eventually, he attacks in desperation. That is the most dangerous moment, but the terrified man can be trusted usually to make a fatal mistake. You are being trained here to detect these mistakes and use them.

You are about to witness a thing few have seen.

You should never be in the company of anyone with whom you would not want to die.

War is behavior with roots in the single cell of the primeval seas. Eat whatever you touch or it will eat you.

We pay for the violence of our ancestors.

What senses do we lack that we cannot see or hear another world all around us?

Where is the weapon with which I enforce your bondage? You give it to me every time you open your mouth.

You aren't thinking or really existing unless you're willing to risk even your own sanity in the judgment of your existence.

You understand? One uses power by grasping it lightly. To grasp too strongly is to be taken over by power, and thus to become its victim.

War is the most readily available form of chaos.

We say of Muad'dib that he has gone on a journey into that land where we walk without footprints.

What you of the CHOAM directorate seem unable to understand is that you seldom find real loyalties in commerce. When did you last hear of a clerk giving his life for the company? Perhaps your deficiency rests in the false assumption that you can order men to think and cooperate. This has been a failure of everything from religions to general staffs throughout history. General staffs have a long record of destroying their own nations. As to religions, I recommend a rereading of Thomas Aquinas.

Whether a thought is spoken or not it is a real thing and has powers of reality.

You can say things which cannot be done. This is elementary. The trick is to keep attention focused on what is said and not on what can be done.

You who have defeated us say to yourselves that Babylon is fallen and its works have been overturned. I say to you still that man remains on trial, each man in his own dock. Each man is a little war.

War is useful because it is effective in so many areas. It stimulates the metabolism. It enforces government. It diffuses genetic strains. It possesses a vitality such as nothing else in the universe.

We say, Well, the only answer is.... or, If you would just... Whatever follows these two statements narrows the choices right there. It gets the vision right down close to the ground so that you don't see anything happening outside. Humans tend not to see over a long range. Now we are required, in these generations, to have a longer range view of what we inflict on the world around us. This is where, I think, science fiction is helping. I don't think that the mere writing of such a book as Brave New World or 1984 prevents those things which are portrayed in those books from happening. But I do think they alert us to that possibility and make that possibility less likely. They make us aware that we may be going in that direction.

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