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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The Guild Navigators, gifted with limited prescience, had made the fatal decision: they'd chosen always the clear, safe course that leads ever downward to stagnation.

The night is a tunnel, a hole into tomorrow.

The real wealth of a planet is in its landscape, how we take part in that basic source of civilization- agriculture.

The universe does not work by our rules.

There exists no separation between gods and men: one blends softly casual into the other.

There was pain in him - like a blister, all that was left of some lost yesterday that Time had pruned off him.

They say they seek security and quiet, the condition they call peace. Even as they speak they create the seeds of turmoil and violence.

Time can also be a place.... Everything depends on where you are standing, on where you look or what you hear. The measure of it is found in consciousness itself.

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.

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