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By Anonym 15 Sep

Frank Herbert

Delay is as dangerous as the wrong answer.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Frank Herbert

I realize that humans cannot bear very much reality. Most lives are a flight from selfhood. Most prefer the truths of the stable. You stick your heads into the stanchions and munch contentedly until you die. Others use you for their purposes. Not once do you live outside the stable to lift your head and be your own creature. Muad'Dib came to tell you about that. Without understanding his message, you cannot revere him!

By Anonym 13 Sep

Frank Herbert

Historians exercise great power and some of them know it. They recreate the past, changing it to fit their own interpretations. Thus, they change the future as well.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Frank Herbert

Religion must remain an outlet for people who say to themselves, "I am not the kind of person I want to be." It must never sink into an assemblage of the self-satisfied.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Frank Herbert

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Frank Herbert

If enough of us believe, a new thing can be made to exist. Belief structure creates a filter through which chaos is sifted into order.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Frank Herbert

It's easier to be terrified by an enemy you admire.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Frank Herbert

Hayatın sırrının çözülecek bir problem değil, tecrübe edilecek bir gerçeklik olduğunu söyledi. Ben de Mentatlığın İlk Yasası'nı söyledim: 'Bir süreç onu durdurarak anlaşılamaz. İdrak sürecin akışıyla birlikte gerçekleşmeli, ona katılmalı ve onunla birlikte akmalıdır.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Frank Herbert

Leto turned a hard stare at Kynes. And Kynes, returning the stare, found himself troubled by a fact he had observed here: This Duke was concerned more over the men than he was over the spice. He risked his own life, and that of his son to save the men. He passed off the loss of a spice crawler with a gesture. The threat to men's lives had him in a rage. A leader such as that would command fanatic loyalty. He would be difficult to defeat. Against his own will and all previous judgements, Kynes admitted to himself: I like this Duke.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Frank Herbert

Question: Who governs the governors? Answer: Entropy

By Anonym 15 Sep

Frank Herbert

When strangers meet, great allowance should be made for differences of custom and training.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Frank Herbert

Sympathy for the enemy -- a weakness of police and armies alike. Most perilous are the unconscious sympathies directing you to preserve your enemy intact because the enemy is your justification for existence.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Frank Herbert

Regulile stricte înalţă fortificaţii la adăpostul cărora minţile înguste crează satrapii. Stare de lucruri periculoasă când totul merge bine, dezastruoasă în momente de criză.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Frank Herbert

Justice belongs to those who claim it, but let the claimant beware lest he create new injustice by his claim and thus set the bloody pendulum of revenge into its inexorable motion

By Anonym 15 Sep

Frank Herbert

We can say that Maud'Dib learned rapidly because his first training was in how to learn. And the first lesson of all was the basic trust that he could learn.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Frank Herbert

Bureaucracy destroys initiative. There is little that bureaucrats hate more than innovation, especially innovation that produces better results than the old routines. Improvements always make those at the top of the heap look inept. Who enjoys appearing inept?

By Anonym 19 Sep

Frank Herbert

The people who demand that the oracle predict for them really want to know next year’s price on whalefur or something equally mundane. None of them wants an instant-by-instant prediction of his personal life.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Frank Herbert

And the question of Wester religion,” Flattery said, “is: What lies beyond death? But the question of the Zen master is: What lies beyond waking?

By Anonym 19 Sep

Frank Herbert

Then she said a good ruler has to learn his world’s language, that it’s different for every world. And I thought she meant they didn’t speak Galach on Arrakis, but she said that wasn’t it at all. She said she meant the language of the rocks and growing things, the language you don’t hear just with your ears. And I said that’s what Dr. Yueh calls the Mystery of Life.” Hawat chuckled. “How’d that sit with her?” “I think she got mad. She said the mystery of life isn’t a problem to solve, but a reality to experience. So I quoted the First Law of Mentat at her: 'A process cannot be understood by stopping it. Understanding must move with the flow of the process, must join it and flow with it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Frank Herbert

Order generally was a product of human activity. Chaos existed as a raw material from which to create order.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Frank Herbert

The price we paid was the price men have always paid for achieving a paradise in this life--we went soft, we lost our edge.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Frank Herbert

We are plagued by a corrupt polity which promotes unlawful and/or immoral behaviour. Public interest has no practical significance in everyday behaviour among the ruling factions. The real problems of our world are not being confronted by those in power. In the guise of public service, they use whatever comes to hand for personal gain. They are insane with and for power.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Frank Herbert

I warn you that ignorance thrives on hysteria.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Frank Herbert

The people I distrust most are those who want to improve our lives but have only one course of action.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Frank Herbert

The child who refuses to travel in the father's harness, this is the symbol of man's most unique capability. "I do not have to be what my father was. I do not have to obey my father's rules or even believe everything he believed. It is my strength as a human that I can make my own choices of what to believe and what not to believe, of what to be and what not to be.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Frank Herbert

Words are such gross machinery, so primitive and ambiguous.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Frank Herbert

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Frank Herbert

Kindness is the beginning of cruelty.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Frank Herbert

There is only one true wealth in all the universe--living time.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Frank Herbert

The highest function of ecology is the understanding of consequences.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Frank Herbert

A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Frank Herbert

Educational bureaucracies dull a child's questing sensitivity.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Frank Herbert

There is only one true wealth in all the universe. I have given you some of it. I have given your father and your mate some of it. And your friends. This wealth is living time.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Frank Herbert

You must teach me the way you thrust your worries aside and turn to practical matters.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Frank Herbert

There are proven ways to win the loyalty of tough, strong, ferocious men: play on the certain knowledge of their superiority, the mystique of secret covenant, the esprit of shared suffering.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Frank Herbert

Ah, Hah! But you see, Baron, I know as a Mentat when you will send the executioner. You will hold back just so long as I am useful. To move sooner would be wasteful and I'm yet of much use. I know what it is you learned from that lovely Dune planet - waste not? True, Baron? -Piter De Vries

By Anonym 14 Sep

Frank Herbert

The gift of words is the gift of deception and illusion.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Frank Herbert

I never thought it would be easy to serve God," she said. "I just didn't think it would be this hard.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Frank Herbert

When he wanted, he could radiate charm and sincerity, but I often wonder in these later days if anything about him was as it seemed. I think now he was a man fighting constantly to escape the bars of an invisible cage.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Frank Herbert

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Frank Herbert

Justice required resort to law and that could be a fickle mistress, subject always to the whims and prejudices of those who administered the laws.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Frank Herbert

A person cries out in life because it's lonely and because life's been broken off from whatever created it. But no matter how much you hate life, you love it too. It's like a caldron boiling with everything you have to have, but very painful to the lips.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Frank Herbert

It is said that there is a principle of conflict which originated with the single cell and has never deteriorated.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Frank Herbert

Good governance never depends upon laws, but upon the personal qualities of those who govern. The machinery of government is always subordinate to the will of those who administer that machinery. The most important element of government, therefore, is the method of choosing leaders.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Frank Herbert

The vision of time is broad, but when you pass through it, time becomes a narrow door.' And always, he fought the temptation to choose a clear, safe course, warning, 'That path leads ever down into stagnation.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Frank Herbert

Reason is the first victim of strong emotion.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Frank Herbert

Police are inevitably corrupted. ... Police always observe that criminals prosper. It takes a pretty dull policeman to miss the fact that the position of authority is the most prosperous criminal position available.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Frank Herbert

Beyond a critical point within a finite space, freedom diminishes as numbers increase. This is as true of humans as it is of gas molecules in a sealed flask. The human question is not how many can possibly survive within the system, but what kind of existence is possible for those who so survive.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Frank Herbert

Confine yourself to observing and you always miss the point of your own life.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Frank Herbert

Scientists seek the lawfulness of events. It is the task of Religion to fit man into this lawfulness.