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Frank Herbert

The surest way to keep a secret is to make someone think they already know the answer.

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Frank Herbert

The future remains uncertain and so it should, for it is the canvas upon which we paint our desires. Thus always the human condition faces a beautifully empty canvas. We possess only this moment in which to dedicate ourselves continuously to the sacred presence which we share and create.

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Frank Herbert

The flesh surrenders itself. 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.

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Frank Herbert

The truth always carries the ambiguity of the words used to express it.

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Frank Herbert

My father once told me that respect for truth comes close to being the basis for all morality. 'Something cannot emerge from nothing,' he said. This is profound thinking if you understand how unstable 'the truth' can be.

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Frank Herbert

Show me a completely smooth operation and I'll show you someone who's covering mistakes. Real boats rock.

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Frank Herbert

Give as few orders as possible," his father had told him once long ago. "Once you've given orders on a subject, you must always give orders on that subject.

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Frank Herbert

If you need something to worship, then worship life - all life, every last crawling bit of it! We're all in this beauty together!

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Frank Herbert

The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand.

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Frank Herbert

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

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The willow submits to the wind and prospers until one day it is many willows - a wall against the wind.

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Frank Herbert

Empires do not suffer emptiness of purpose at the time of their creation. It is when they have become established that aims are lost and replaced by vague ritual. -Words of Muad'dib by Princess Irulan.

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Frank Herbert

Any road followed precisely to its end leads precisely nowhere. Climb the mountain just a little bit to test that it's a mountain. From the top of the mountain, you cannot see the mountain.

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Frank Herbert

Proper teaching is recognized with ease. You can know it without fail because it awakens within you that sensation which tells you this is something you have always known.

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Frank Herbert

A person needs new experiences. They jar something deep inside, allowing you to grow. Without them, it sleeps- seldom to awaken. The sleeper must awaken.

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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.

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Frank Herbert

The purpose of argument is to change the nature of truth.

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Frank Herbert

Highly organized research is guaranteed to produce nothing new.

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Frank Herbert

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

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Frank Herbert

We can say that Muad'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.

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Frank Herbert

What has mood to do with it? You fight when the necessity arises—no matter the mood! Mood's a thing for cattle or making love or playing the baliset. It's not for fighting.

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Frank Herbert

Once men turned their thinking over to machines in the hope that this would set them free. But that only permitted other men with machines to enslave them.

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Frank Herbert

Power attracts the corruptible. Suspect any who seek it.

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Frank Herbert

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.

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Frank Herbert

Most civilisation is based on cowardice. It's so easy to civilize by teaching cowardice. You water down the standards which would lead to bravery. You restrain the will. You regulate the appetites. You fence in the horizons. You make a law for every movement. You deny the existence of chaos. You teach even the children to breathe slowly. You tame.

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Frank Herbert

Arrakis teaches the attitude of the knife - chopping off what's incomplete and saying: 'Now, it's complete because it's ended here.' - from "Collected Sayings of Maud'Dib'' by the Princess Irulan

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Frank Herbert

Try looking into that place where you dare not look! You'll find me there, staring out at you!

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Frank Herbert

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

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Frank Herbert

Survival is the ability to swim in strange water.

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Frank Herbert

Whether a thought is spoken or not it is a real thing and it has power," Tuek said. "You might find the line between life and death among the Fremen to be too sharp and quick.

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Frank Herbert

Nature does not make mistakes. Right and wrong are human categories.

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Frank Herbert

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

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Frank Herbert

Do actions agree with words? There's your measure of reliability. Never confine yourself to the words.

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Frank Herbert

If wishes were fishes, we'd all cast nets.

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Frank Herbert

A process cannot be understood by stopping it. Understanding must move with the flow of the process, must join it and flow with it.

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Frank Herbert

Fear is the mind-killer.

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Frank Herbert

Truth suffers from too much analysis. -Ancient Fremen Saying

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Frank Herbert

It is impossible to live in the past, difficult to live in the present and a waste to live in the future.

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Frank Herbert

Belief can be manipulated. Only knowledge is dangerous.

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Frank Herbert

Without change something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.

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Frank Herbert

The mind commands the body and it obeys. The mind orders itself and meets resistance.

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Frank Herbert

He who controls the spice controls the universe.

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Frank Herbert

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.

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Frank Herbert

It is so shocking to find out how many people do not believe that they can learn, and how many more believe learning to be difficult.

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Frank Herbert

When religion and politics travel in the same cart, the riders believe nothing can stand in their way. Their movements become headlong - faster and faster and faster. They put aside all thoughts of obstacles and forget the precipice does not show itself to the man in a blind rush until it's too late.

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Frank Herbert

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

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Frank Herbert

Education is no substitute for intelligence.

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Frank Herbert

What do you despise? By this are you truly known.

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Frank Herbert

Absolute power does not corrupt absolutely, absolute power attracts the corruptible.

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Frank Herbert

The mystery of life isn't a problem to solve, but a reality to experience.

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Frank Herbert

Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic.

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Frank Herbert

Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.

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Frank Herbert

There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.

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Frank Herbert

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

— Frank Herbert