Frank Herbert Quotes (98 Quotes)


    Any man who retreats into a cave which has only one opening deserves to die.

    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.

    There was pain in him - like a blister, all that was left of some lost yesterday that Time had pruned off him.

    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.

    Riots and comedy are but symptoms of the times, profoundly revealing. They betray the psychological tone, the deep uncertainties....and the striving for something better, plus the fear that nothing would come of it all.


    Think on it, Chani: the princess will have the name, yet she'll live as less than a concubine - never to know a moment of tenderness from the man to whom she's bound. While we, Chani, we who carry the name of concubine - history will call us wives.


    Scientists seek the lawfulness of events. It is the task of Religion to fit man into this lawfulness.


    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.

    She looked at patches of blackness. Black is a blind remembering, she thought.

    To the east, the night grew a faggot of luminous grey, then seashell opalescence that dimmed the stars. There came the long, bell-tolling movement of dawn striking across a broken horizon.

    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.


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



    Use the first moments in study. You may miss many an opportunity for quick victory this way, but the moments of study are insurance of success. Take your time and be sure.


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

    We can say that Maud'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.


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

    We faced it and did not resist. The storm passed through us and around us. It's gone, but we remain.



    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.

    I have been a stranger in a strange land, Halleck quoted. Paul stared at him, recognizing the quotation from the O.C. Bible, wondering: Does Gurney, too, wish an end to devious plots?

    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.

    When he wanted, he could radiate charm and sincerity, but I often wonder in these later days if anything about him was as it seemed. I think now he was a man fighting constantly to escape the bars of an invisible cage.

    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.

    The real wealth of a planet is in its landscape, how we take part in that basic source of civilization- agriculture.


    I should like friendship with you ... and trust. I should like that respect for each other which grows in the breast without demand for the huddlings of sex.

    The vision of time is broad, but when you pass through it, time becomes a narrow door.

    Whether a thought is spoken or not it is a real thing and has powers of reality.

    A killer with the manners of a rabbit - this is the most dangerous kind.

    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.

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

    You see, gentlemen, they have something to die for. They've discovered they're a people. They're awakening.



    Then, as his planet killed him, it occurred to Kynes that his father and all the other scientists were wrong, that the most persistent principles of the universe were accident and error.



    There is in each of us an ancient force that takes and an ancient force that gives. A man finds little difficulty facing that place within himself where the taking force dwells, but it's almost impossible for him to see into the giving force without changing into something other than man. For a woman, the situation is reversed…These things are so ancient within us…that they're ground into each separate cell of our bodies…It's as easy to be overwhelmed by giving as by taking.

    A stone is heavy and the sand is weighty; but a fool's wrath is heavier than them both.

    O you who know what we suffer here, do not forget us in your prayers.

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

    You should never be in the company of anyone with whom you would not want to die


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