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Frank Herbert Quote: “The problem with leadership is that leaders are human beings. And when they make mistakes, their mistakes are amplified by the numbers who follow without question.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Words are such gross machinery, so primitive and ambiguous.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “The eye that looks ahead to the safe course is closed forever.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “A requirement of creativity is that it contributes to change. Creativity keeps the creator alive.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “There are problems in this universe for which there are no answers. Nothing. Nothing can be done.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “There are many degrees of sight and many degrees of blindness. What senses do we lack that we cannot see another world all around us?”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Silence is often the best thing to say.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “To use raw power is to make yourself infinitely vulnerable to greater powers.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “In my estimation, more misery has been created by reformers than by any other force in human history.”
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: “The gift of words is the gift of deception and illusion.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Paired opposites define your longings and those longings imprison you.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Most men go through life unchallenged, except at the final moment.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “But it’s well known that repression makes a religion flourish.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “In politics, the tripod is he most unstable of all structures. It’s be bad enough without the complication of a feudal trade culture which turns its back on most science.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Confine yourself to observing and you always miss the point of your own life.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Membership in a conspiracy, as in an army, frees people from the sense of personal responsibility.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “All men seek to be enlightened. Religion is but the most ancient and honorable way in which men have striven to make sense out of God’s universe. Scientists seek the lawfulness of events. It is the task of Religion to fit man into this lawfulness.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Guilt starts as a feeling of failure.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “There has never been a truly selfless rebel, just hypocrites – conscious hypocrites or unconscious hypocrites, it’s all the same.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Humans are almost always lonely.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “It is said of Muad’Dib that once when he saw a weed trying to grow between two rocks, he moved one of the rocks. Later, when the weed was seen to be flourishing, he covered it with the remaining rock. “That was its fate,” he explained.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Dune Messiah, Frank Herbert’s first sequel to Dune, was published in 1969. In that book, he flipped over what he called the “myth of the hero” and showed the dark side of Paul Atreides. Some readers didn’t understand it. Why would the author do that to his great hero? In interviews, Dad spent years afterward explaining why, and his reasons were sound. He believed that charismatic leaders could be dangerous because they could lead their followers off the edge of a cliff.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Power bases are very dangerous because they attract people who are truly insane, people who seek power only for the sake of power.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “I don’t worry about inspiration, or anything like that. It’s a matter of just sitting down and working.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “We tend to become like the worst in those we oppose.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “How easy it was to mistake clear reasoning for correct reasoning!”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Those who would repeat the past must control the teaching of history.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “It is said that there is a principle of conflict which originated with the single cell and has never deteriorated.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Argument closes off the doors of the senses. It always masks violence. Continued too long, argument always leads to violence.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Laws to suppress tend to strengthen what they would prohibit.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “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.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “There are limits to power, as those who put their hopes in a constitution always discover.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Governments do not know what they cannot do until after they cease to be governments. Each government carries the seeds of its own destruction.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Time is a measure of space, just as a range-finder is a measure of space, but measuring locks us into the place we measure.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Mood?” Halleck’s voice betrayed his outrage even through the shield’s filtering. “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.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Every civilization depends on the quality of the individuals it produces. If you over-organize humans, over-legalize them, suppress their urge to greatness-they cannot work and their civilization collapses.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “She felt that her body had walked into this place with her soul creeping behind.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Anything less than abject submission has to have some attack in it.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Men always fear things which move by themselves.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Words themselves were the ultimate barrier to revelation.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “A human being can stand any amount of pain.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “The thing about computers – it’s like training a dog. You have to be smarter than the dog. If you make a computer smarter than you are, that has to be accident, synergy, or divine intervention.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “What greater gift is there than to demonstrate you need not fear death?”
Frank Herbert Quote: “We never completely escape the teachers of our childhood nor any of the patterns that formed us.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Hittite law emphasized restitution rather than revenge. Humankind lost a certain useful practicality when it chose the other Semitic response – never to forgive and never to forget.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “In their passion for sameness, the tyrants made themselves more and more powerful. All others grew correspondingly weaker and weaker. New bureaus and directorates, odd ministries, leaped into existence for the most improbable purposes. These became the citadels of a new aristocracy, rulers who kept the giant wheel of government careening along, spreading destruction, violence, and chaos wherever they touched.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “When law and duty are one, united by religion, you never become fully conscious, fully aware of yourself. You are always a little less than an individual.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “If all those around you believe some particular thing, you will soon be tempted to share in that belief.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “At root, I am happy with myself. I do not mind being alone.”
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