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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They're trained to believe, not to know. Belief can be manipulated. Only knowledge is dangerous.

To come under siege ... was the inevitable fate of power.

Unceasing warfare gives rise to its own social conditions which have been similar in all epochs. People enter a permanent state of alertness to ward off attacks. You see the absolute rule of the autocrat. All new things become dangerous frontier districts--new planets, new economic areas to exploit, new ideas or new devices, visitors--everything suspect.

Survival is the ability to swim in strange currents.

The current utopian ideal being touted by people as politically diverse (on the surface, but not underneath) as President Richard M. Nixon and Senator Edward M. Kennedy goes as follows — no deeds of passion allowed, no geniuses, no criminals, no imaginative creators of the new.Satisfaction may be gained only in carefully limited social interactions, in living off the great works of the past. There must be limits to any excitement. Drug yourself into a placid norm. Moderation is the key word…

The meeting between ignorance and knowledge, between brutality and culture - it begins in the dignity with which we treat the dead

The past may show the right way to behave if you live in the past, Stil, but circumstances change.

The smoke! The golden smoke! His robe whipped upward, turning him until his face was directed downward into the abyss. With his gaze on the depths, he recognized a maelstrom of boiling rapids there, the mirror of his life-precipitous currents and plunges, all movement gathering up all substance. Leto’s words wound through his mind on a path of golden smoke: Caution is the path to mediocrity. Gliding, passionless mediocrity is all that most people think they can achieve. Moneo fell freely then in the ecstasy of awareness. The universe opened for him like clear glass, everything flowing in a no Time.

The waters which we spread upon the desert have become blood. Blood upon our land! Behold our desert which could

There is knowledge you can only gain by participating in it. There's no way to learn it by standing off and looking and talking.

There’s no mystery about a human life. It’s not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.

Things could not be forever ordered and formulated. He had to find the rhythm of change and see between the changes to the changing itself.

To create change you find leverage points and move them. Beware blind alleys. Offers of high positions are a common distraction paraded before marchers. Leverage points are not all in high office. They are often at economic or communications centers and unless you know this, high office is useless.

Understanding requires words. Some things cannot be reduced to words. There are things that can only be experienced wordlessly... The act of saying that things exist that cannot be described in words shakes a universe where words are supreme.

Survival is the ability to swim in strange water.

The day hums sweetly when you have enough bees working for you.

The mind can go either direction under stress—toward positive or toward negative: on or off. Think of it as a spectrum whose extremes are unconsciousness at the negative end and hyperconsciousness at the positive end. The way the mind will lean under stress is strongly influenced by training.

The people who can destroy a thing, they control it.

The stakes in conflict do not change. Battle determines who will control the wealth or its equivalent.

The way the mind will lean under stress is strongly influenced by training.

There is no escape - we pay for the violence of our ancestors.

There’s no secret to balance. You just have to feel the waves.

Think on it, Chani: the princess will have the name, yet she'll live as less than a concubine - never to know a moment of tenderness from the man to whom she's bound. While we, Chani, we who carry the name of concubine - history will call us wives.

To endure oneself may be the hardest task in the universe. You cannot hire a wise man or any other intellect to solve it for you. There's no writ of inquest or calling of witness to provide answers. No servant or disciple can dress the wound. You dress it yourself or continue bleeding for all to see.

Unused power was like a marionette with visible strings, nobody holding them. A compelling attraction: I could make it dance.

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