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Frank Herbert Quote: “Can you remember your first taste of spice?” “It tasted like cinnamon.” “But never twice the same,” he said. “It’s like life – it presents a different face each time you take it. Some hold that the spice produces a learned-flavor reaction. The body, learning a thing is good for it, interprets the flavor as pleasurable – slightly euphoric. And, like life, never to be truly synthesized.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “The future remains uncertain and so it should, for it is the canvas upon which we paint our desires.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “War is the most readily available form of chaos.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Greatness is a transitory experience. It is never consistent.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “The knife is more dangerous than the hand and the knife can be in either hand.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “To the soul’s desires The body listens What the flesh requires Keeps the heart imprisoned.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Seeing all the chattering faces, Paul was suddenly repelled by them. They were cheap masks locked on festering thoughts – voices gabbling to drown out the loud silence in every breast.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “What is justice? Two forces collide. Each may have the right in his own sphere. And here’s where an Emperor commands orderly solutions. Those collisions he cannot prevent – he solves.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Shield!” the old woman snapped. “You well know the weakness there! Shield your son too much, Jessica, and he’ll not grow strong enough to fulfill any destiny.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “All around the Lady Jessica – piled in corners of the Arrakeen great hall, mounded in the open spaces – stood the packaged freight of their lives: boxes, trunks, cartons, cases – some partly unpacked.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “But that’s the function I expect of you, cousin. It’s why I chose you. I’ll make it official. I will give you a new name. From this moment, you’ll be called Breaking of the Habit, which in our tongue is Harq al-Ada. Come, cousin, don’t be obtuse. My mother taught you well. Give me your Sardaukar.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “It’s an old, old trick of autocratic rule,” Idaho said. “Alia knows it well. 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: “What delicious abandon in the sleep of the child. Where do we lose it?”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Give me the judgment of balanced minds in preference to laws every time. Codes and manuals create patterned behavior. All patterned behavior tends to go unquestioned, gathering destructive momentum.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “That which submits rules.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Atrocity never balances or rectifies the past. Atrocity merely arms the future for more atrocity.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Unused power was like a marionette with visible strings, nobody holding them. A compelling attraction: I could make it dance.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “The greatest and most important problems of life cannot be solved. They can only be outgrown.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Life produces a different taste each time you take it.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “I have come to believe that holy boredom is good and sufficient reason for the invention of free will.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “War is behavior with roots in the single cell of the primeval seas. Eat whatever you touch or it will eat you.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “The people must learn how well I govern them. How would they know if we didn’t tell them?”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Nothing wins more loyalty for a leader than an air of bravura,” the Duke said. “I, therefore, cultivate an air of bravura.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Can you collect chaos? Not collecting, that is the ultimate gathering. What can you gather without gathering yourself.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “This is the perspective which you create with your own belief, and beliefs can be manipulated by imagination. You’ve learned only a limited way of looking at the universe. Now you must make the universe your own creation.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “The one-eyed view of our universe says you must not look far afield for problems. Such problems may never arrive. Instead, tend to the wolf within your fences. The packs ranging outside may not even exist. –.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “The abyss remains. It is pregnant with all the things yet to be. Ah, what gentle violence!”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Humans must never submit to animals.’ “A dry sob shook her. In a low voice, she said: “I’ve been so lonely.” “It should be one of the tests,” the old woman said. “Humans are almost always lonely.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “The test of a man isn’t what you think he’ll do. It’s what he actually does.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “She’s the One all right,” she muttered. “Poor thing.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “To endure oneself may be the hardest task in the universe. You cannot hire a wise man or any other intellect to solve it for you. There’s no writ of inquest or calling of witness to provide answers.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “A stone is heavy and the sand is weighty; but a fool’s wrath is heavier than them both.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “It is another kind of marriage – the marriage of privilege and duty. It is the aristocrat’s explanation and his excuse.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Journalism is the entertainment business.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “On Caladan, we ruled with sea and air power,” the Duke said. “Here, we must scrabble for desert power. This is your inheritance, Paul.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “The assumption that a whole system can be made to work better through an assault on its conscious elements betrays a dangerous ignorance. This has often been the approach of those who call themselves scientists and technologists.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “What religion and self-interest cannot hide, governments can,” Edric said.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “For now is my grief heavier than the sands of the seas, she thought. This world has emptied me of all but the oldest purpose: tomorrow’s life.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “One cannot have a single thing without its opposite.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Once more the drama begins.′ – The Emperor Paul Muad’dib on his ascension to the Lion Throne.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “The struggle between life elements is the struggle for the free energy of a system.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Religion began as a female monopoly, wrested from them only after its social power became too dominant. Women were the first medical researchers and practitioners. There has never been any clear balance between the sexes because power goes with certain roles as it certainly goes with knowledge.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Listening carefully to the teacher, one acquires an education.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Politics: the art of appearing candid and completely open while concealing as much as possible.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “The past is no farther away than your pillow.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Irreverence is a most necessary ingredient of religion. Not to speak of its importance in philosophy. Irreverence is the only way left to us for testing our universe.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “One of the best things to come out of the home computer revolution could be the general and widespread understanding of how severely limited logic really is.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Do not make the error of considering my son a child,” the Duke said. And he smiled.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Fragmentation is the natural destiny of all power.”
Frank Herbert Quote: “Dune was a world of paradox now – a world under siege, yet the center of power. To come under siege, he decided, was the inevitable fate of power.”
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