Frank Herbert, In Words



  1. “The truth always carries the ambiguity of the words used to express it.”
    ― Frank Herbert, God Emperor of Dune


  1. “They are not mad. They’re trained to believe, not to know. Belief can be manipulated. Only knowledge is dangerous.”
    ― Frank Herbert, Dune Messiah




  1. “The surest way to keep a secret is to make someone think they already know the answer.”
    ― Frank Herbert, Heretics of Dune



  1. “Knowing where the trap is—that’s the first step in evading it.”
    ― Frank Herbert, Dune



  1. “Anything outside yourself, this you can see and apply your logic to it. But it’s a human trait that when we encounter personal problems, these things most deeply personal are the most difficult to bring out for our logic to scan. We tend to flounder around, blaming everything but the actual, deep-seated thing that’s really chewing on us.”
    ― Frank Herbert, Dune




  1. “When I am Weaker Than You, I ask you for Freedom because that is according to your principles; when I am Stronger than you, I take away your Freedom Because that is according to my principles.”
    ― Frank Herbert, Children of Dune




  1. “All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible.”
    ― Frank Herbert, Chapterhouse: Dune



  1. “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.”
    ― Frank Herbert, Children of Dune
  2. “Governments, if they endure, always tend increasingly toward aristocratic forms. No government in history has been known to evade this pattern. And as the aristocracy develops, government tends more and more to act exclusively in the interests of the ruling class – whether that class be hereditary royalty, oligarchs of financial empires, or entrenched bureaucracy.
    – Politics as Repeat Phenomenon: Bene Gesserit Training Manual”
    ― Frank Herbert, Children of Dune




  1. “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?”
    ― Frank Herbert, Heretics of Dune




  1. “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.”
    ― Frank Herbert, God Emperor of Dune




  1. “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.”
    ― Frank Herbert, Children of Dune
  2. “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.”
    ― Frank Herbert, Dune




  1. “Any man who retreats into a cave which has only one opening deserves to die.”
    ― Frank Herbert, Dune
  2. “A process cannot be understood by stopping it. Understanding must move with the flow of the process, must join it and flow with it.”
    ― Frank Herbert, Dune




  1. “How often it is that the angry man rages denial of what his inner self is telling him.”
    ― Frank Herbert, Dune



  1. “This wise man observed that wealth is a tool of freedom. But the pursuit of wealth is the way to slavery.”
    ― Frank Herbert, God Emperor of Dune




  1. “What do such machines really do? They increase the number of things we can do without thinking. Things we do without thinking-there’s the real danger.”
    ― Frank Herbert




  1. “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. It’s shocking to find how many people do not believe they can learn, and how many more believe learning to be difficult. Muad’Dib knew that every experience carries its lesson.”
    ― Frank Herbert, Dune
  2. “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.”
    ― Frank Herbert, Dune




  1. “One learns from books and example only that certain things can be done. Actual learning requires that you do those things.”
    ― Frank Herbert, Children of Dune



  1. “The concept of progress acts as a protective mechanism to shield us from the terrors of the future.”
    ― Frank Herbert, Dune




  1. “We faced it and did not resist. The storm passed through us and around us. It’s gone, but we remain.”
    ― Frank Herbert, Dune




  1. “But it’s well known that repression makes a religion flourish.”


+Religion +Politics

  1. “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.”



  1. “When I need to identify rebels, I look for men with principles”
    ― Frank Herbert, God Emperor of Dune


Self Righteous

  1. “Never attempt to reason with people who know they are right!”
    ― Frank Herbert




  1. “A killer with the manners of a rabbit – this is the most dangerous kind.”
    ― Frank Herbert, Dune



  1. “When a wise man does not understand, he says: “I do not understand.” The fool and the uncultured are ashamed of their ignorance. They remain silent when a question could bring them wisdom.”
    ― Frank Herbert, The Godmakers



  1. “Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.”
    ― Frank Herbert, Chapterhouse: Dune



  1. “There is no escape—we pay for the violence of our ancestors.”
    ― Frank Herbert, Dune




  1. “Hope clouds observation.”
    ― Frank Herbert, Dune



  1. “Greatness is a transitory experience. It is never consistent. It depends in part upon the myth-making imagination of humankind. 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.”
    ― Frank Herbert, Dune



  1. “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.”
    ― Frank Herbert, Dune



“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.”
― Frank Herbert, Dune




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