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By Anonym 14 Sep

Frank Herbert

The act of saying that things exist that cannot be described in words shakes a universe where words are the supreme belief.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Frank Herbert

You do not take from this universe. It grants you what it will.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Frank Herbert

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Frank Herbert

Small souls who seek power over others first destroy the faith those others might have in themselves.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Frank Herbert

The only past which endures lies wordlessly within you.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Frank Herbert

There exists a limit to the force even the most powerful may apply without destroying themselves. Judging this limit is the true artistry of government. Misuse of power is the fatal sin.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Frank Herbert

Do you wrestle with dreams? Do you contend with shadows? Do you move in a kind of sleep? Time has slipped away. Your life is stolen. You tarried with trifles, Victim of your folly.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Frank Herbert

Growth is limited by the necessity which is present in the least amount. And naturally, the least favorable condition controls the growth rate

By Anonym 13 Sep

Frank Herbert

Ecology is a dirty seven-letter word to many people. They are like heavy sleepers refusing to be aroused. "Leave me alone! It's not time to get up yet!

By Anonym 13 Sep

Frank Herbert

I now believe that evolution, or deevolution, never ends short of death, that no society has ever achieved an absolute pinnacle, that all humans are not created equal. In fact, I believe attempts to create some abstract equalization create a morass of injustices that rebound on the equalizers. Equal justice and equal opportunity are ideals we should seek, but we should recognize that humans administer the ideals and that humans do not have equal ability.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Frank Herbert

What is the son but an extension of the father?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Frank Herbert

The most important survival ability for any life form is the ability to change.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Frank Herbert

Each of us comes into being knowing who he is and what he is supposed to do.' ... 'Small children know,' Leto said. 'It's only after adults have confused them that children hide this knowledge even from themselves.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Frank Herbert

Educational bureaucracies dull a child's questing sensitivity.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Frank Herbert

The clear and safe path leads evermore into stagnation

By Anonym 16 Sep

Frank Herbert

It could be a work of art among vendettas

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 13 Sep

Frank Herbert

If all those around you believe some particular thing, you will soon be tempted to share in that belief.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Frank Herbert

The writing of history is largely a process of diversion. Most historical accounts distract attention from the secret influences behind great events.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Frank Herbert

We sift reality through screens composed of ideas . (And such ideas have their roots in older ideas.) Such idea systems are necessarily limited by language , by the ways we can describe them. That is to say: language cuts the grooves in which our thoughts move. If we seek new validity forms (other laws and other orders) we must step outside language.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Frank Herbert

Killing with the point lacks artistry, but don't let that hold your hand when the opening presents itself.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Frank Herbert

The singular multiplicity of this universe draws my deepest attention. It is a thing of ultimate beauty. Leto II

By Anonym 15 Sep

Frank Herbert

Thou shalt not make a machine in the likeness of a human mind.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Frank Herbert

We are questioning more than the philosophy behind our dependence upon limited and limiting systems. We question the power structures that have grown up around such systems.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Frank Herbert

People always want something more than immediate joy or that deeper sense called happiness. This is one of the secrets by which we shape the fulfillment of our designs. The something more assumes amplified power with people who cannot give it a name or who (most often the case) do not even suspect its existence. Most people only react unconsciously to such hidden forces. Thus, we have only to call a calculated something more into existence, define it and give it shape, then people will follow.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Frank Herbert

I must rule with eye and claw — as the hawk among lesser birds. - Duke Leto Atreides

By Anonym 16 Sep

Frank Herbert

Enter no conflict against fanatics unless you can defuse them. Oppose a religion with another religion only if your proofs (miracles) are irrefutable or if you can mesh in a way that the fanatics accept you as god-inspired. This has long been the barrier to science assuming a mantle of divine revelation. Science is so obviously man-made. Fanatics (and many are fanatic on one subject or another) must know where you stand, but more important, must recognise who whispers in your ear." - Missionaria Protectiva, Primary Teaching.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Frank Herbert

The person who experiences greatness must have a feeling for the myth he is in. He must reflect what is projected upon him. And he must have a strong sense of the sardonic. This is what uncouples him from belief in his own pretensions. The sardonic is all that permits him to move within himself. Without this quality, even occasional greatness will destroy a man.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Frank Herbert

I should've suspected trouble when the coffee failed to arrive.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Frank Herbert

Mood’s a thing for cattle or for making love. You fight when the necessity arises, no matter your mood.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Frank Herbert

Memory never recaptures reality. Memory reconstructs. All reconstructions change the original, becoming external frames of reference that inevitably fall short.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Frank Herbert

The difference between sentiment and being sentimental is the following: Sentiment is when a driver swerves out of the way to avoid hitting a rabbit on the road. Being sentimental is when the same driver, when swerving away from the rabbit, hits a pedestrian.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Frank Herbert

One learns from books and example only that certain things can be done. Actual learning requires that you do those things.

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 20 Sep

Frank Herbert

You seldom learn the names of the truly wealthy and powerful. You see only their spokesmen. The political arena makes a few exceptions to this but does not reveal the full power structure.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Frank Herbert

Ultimately, all things are known because you want to believe you know.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Frank Herbert

The freman are civil, educated and ignorant. They are not mad. They are trained to believe not to know. Believe can be manipulated. Only knowledge is dangerous.

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

Government cannot be religious and self-assertive at the same time. Religious experience needs a spontaneity which laws inevitably suppress. And you cannot govern without laws. Your laws eventually must replace morality, replace conscience, replace even the religion by which you think to govern. Sacred ritual must spring from praise and holy yearnings which hammer out a significant morality. Government, on the other hand, is a cultural organism particularly attractive to doubts, questions and contentions. I see the day coming when ceremony must take the place of faith and symbolism replaces morality.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Frank Herbert

You may have eternity. I have only now.” “But this is eternity.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Frank Herbert

I have no fear, for fear is the little death that kills me over and over. Without fear, I die but once.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Frank Herbert

A duke's son MUST know about poisons. It's the way of our times.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Frank Herbert

If I'd been born in my grandfather's time, I'd have made my grandfather's mistakes. Theres no doubt of it. I just don't want to make my grandfather's mistakes today.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Frank Herbert

The concept of progress acts as a protective mechanism to shield us from the terrors of the future.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Frank Herbert

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Frank Herbert

A good ruler has to learn his world's language, and that's different for every world, the language you don't hear just with your ears.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Frank Herbert

What's law? Control? Law filters chaos and what drips through? Serenity? Law -- our highest ideal and our basest nature. Don't look too closely at the law. Do, and you'll find the rationalized interpretations, the legal casuistry, the precedents of convenience. You'll find the serenity, which is just another word for death.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Frank Herbert

There's coffee for those who want it,' the Duke said.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Frank Herbert

Since every individual is accountable ultimately to the self, the formation of that self demands our utmost care and attention.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Frank Herbert

She looked at patches of blackness. Black is a blind remembering, she thought.