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 true warrior often understands his enemy better than he understands his friends. A dangerous pitfall if you let understanding lead to sympathy as it will naturally do when left unguided.

There are illusions of popular history which a successful religion must promote: Evil men never prosper; only the brave deserve the fair; honesty is the best policy; actions speak louder than words; virtue always triumphs; a good deed is its own reward; any bad human can be reformed; religious talismans protect one from demon possession; only females understand the ancient mysteries; the rich are doomed to unhappiness.

There should be a science of discontent. People need hard times to develop psychic muscles.

These are illusions of popular history which a successful religion must promote: Evil men never prosper; only the brave deserve the fair; honesty is the best policy; actions speak louder than words; virtue always triumphs; a good deed is its own reward; any bad human can be reformed; religious talismans protect one from demon possession; only females understand the ancient mysteries; the rich are doomed to unhappiness.

This myth he'd made out of intricate movements and imagination, out of moonlight and love, out of prayers older than Adam, and gray cliffs and crimson shadows, laments and rivers of martyrs - what had it come to at last? When the waves receded, the shores of Time would spread out there clean, empty, shining with infinite grains of memory and little else.

To see eternity was to be exposed to eternity's whims, oppressed by endless dimensions.

The abyss remains. It is pregnant with all the things yet to be. Ah, what gentle violence!

The flesh surrenders itself, he thought. Eternity takes back its own. Our bodies stirred these waters briefly, danced with a certain intoxication before the love of life and self, dealt with a few strange ideas, then submitted to the instruments of Time. What can we say of this? I occurred. I am not… yet, I occurred.

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.

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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