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Frank Herbert Quote: “Every judgment teeters on the brink of error. To claim absolute knowledge is to become monstrous. Knowledge is an unending adventure at the edge of uncertainty.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “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.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “A ruler must learn to persuade and not to compel.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Ecology is often confused with environmentalism, while in fact, environmentalism often leaves out the fact that people, too, can be a legitimate part of an ecosystem.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “All proofs inevitably lead to propositions which have no proof! All things are known because we want to believe in them.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “The writing of history is largely a process of diversion. Most historical accounts distract attention from the secret influences behind great events.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Good subjects must feel guilty. The guilt begins as a feeling of failure. The good autocrat provides many opportunities for failure in the populace.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “The joy of living, its beauty, is all bound up in the fact that life can surprise you.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Who are the rabble and who are the ruled?”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Never attempt to reason with people who know they are right!”
Frank Herbert Quote: “To endure oneself may be the hardest task in the universe.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Most deadly errors arise from obsolete assumptions.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “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.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Think you of the fact that a deaf person cannot hear. Then, what deafness may we not all possess? What senses do we lack that we cannot see and cannot hear another world all around us?”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Since every individual is accountable ultimately to the self, the formation of that self demands our utmost care and attention.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Education is no substitute for intelligence. That elusive quality is defined only in part by puzzle-solving ability. It is in the creation of new puzzles reflecting what your senses report that you round out the definitions.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “A man is a fool not to put everything he has, at any given moment, into what he is creating.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “The most important survival ability for any life form is the ability to change.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Governments can be useful to the governed only so long as inherent tendencies toward tyranny are restrained.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “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 Quote: “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.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Ask what Infinity might produce and the only answer possible was, “Anything.” Any good, any evil; any god, any devil.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Logic is good for playing chess but is often too slow for the needs of survival.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Once human beings realize something can be done, they’re not satisfied until they’ve done it.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “The act of saying that things exist that cannot be described in words shakes a universe where words are the supreme belief.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “El misterio de la vida no es problema que hay que resolver, sino una realidad que hay que experimentar.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “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 Quote: “There should be a science of discontent. People need hard times to develop psychic muscles. – Muad’Dib.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “I must rule with eye and claw – as the hawk among lesser birds. – Duke Leto Atreides.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Every civilization must contend with an unconscious force which can block, betray, or countermand almost any conscious intention of the collectivity.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “What senses do we lack that we cannot see or hear another world all around us?”
Frank Herbert Quote: “A man’s flesh is his own; the water belongs to the tribe.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Science is made up of so many things that appear obvious after they are explained.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Humans have a tendency to complain whenever the old must give way to the new. But change is the natural way of the universe, and we must learn to embrace it rather than fear it. The very process of transformation and adaptation strengthens the species.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Religion, too, is a weapon. What manner of weapon is religion when it becomes the government?”
Frank Herbert Quote: “When a creature has developed into one thing, he will choose death rather than change into his opposite.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “The truth always carries the ambiguity of the words used to express it.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Paradox is a pointer telling you to look beyond it. If paradoxes bother you, that betrays your deep desire for absolutes. The relativist treats a paradox merely as interesting, perhaps amusing or even, dreadful thought, educational.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “There’s no mystery about a human life. It’s not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “The young reed dies so easily. Beginnings are times of great peril.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “You should never be in the company of anyone with whom you would not want to die.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “The best prophets lead you up to the curtain and let you peer through for yourself.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “We are generalists. You can’t draw neat lines around planet-wide problems. Planetology is a cut-and-fit science.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “You do not take from this universe. It grants you what it will.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Peace demands solutions, but we never reach living solutions; we only work toward them. A fixed solution is, by definition, a dead solution. The trouble with peace is that it tends to punish mistakes instead of rewarding brilliance. –.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “If we define Futurism as an exploration beyond accepted limits, then the nature of limiting systems becomes the first object of exploration.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “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 Quote: “Most believe that a satisfactory future requires a return to an idealized past, a past which never in fact existed.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Arrakis teaches the attitude of the knife – chopping off what’s incomplete and saying: “Now, it’s complete because it’s ended here.”
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