Tuesday, January 28, 2014

#Quotes from Frank Herbert's Dune

A popular man arouses the jealousy of the powerful. [4]

Once men turned their thinking over to mechanics in the hope that this would set them free. But that only permitted other men with machines to enslave them. [11]

A world is supported by four things...the learning of the wise, the justice of the great, the prayers of the righteous and the valor of the brave. But all of these are as nothing...without a ruler who knows the art of ruling. [30]

A process cannot be understood by stopping it. Understanding must move with the flow of the process, must join and flow with it. [32]

The whole theory of warfare is calculated risk...but when it comes to risking your own family, the elements of calculation gets submerged in...other things. [82]

When strangers meet, great allowance should be made for differences of custom and training. [144]

Failure was, by definition, expendable. The whole universe sat there, open to the man who could make the right decisions. [175]

Mood is a thing for cattle or for making love. You fight when the necessity arises, no matter your mood. [188]

Parting with people is a sadness; a place is only a place. [189]

Be prepared to appreciate what you meet. [198]

If you rely only on your eyes, your other senses weaken. [227]

Fear is a 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 is gone past me I will turn to see fear's path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain. [230]

The absence of a thing,...,this can be as deadly as the presence. The absence of air, eh? The absence of water? The absence of anything else we're addicted to. [234]

Better a dry morsel and quietness therewith than a house full of sacrifice and strife. [246]

Whether a thought is spoken or not it is a real thing and it has power. [257]

[T]hree things there are that ease the heart - water, green grass, and the beauty of woman. [257]

The mind can go neither direction under stress - toward positive or toward negative: on or off. Think of it as a spectrum whose extremes are unconsciousness at the negative end and hyperconsciousness at the positive end. The way the mind will lean under stress is strongly influenced by training. [262]

The highest function of ecology is understanding consequences. [272]

The more life there is within a system, the more niches there are for life. [272]

Life improves the capacity of the environment to sustain life. [272]

To save one from a mistake is a gift of paradise. [286]

A leader, you see, is one of the things that distinguishes a mob from a people. He maintains the level of individuals. Too few individuals, and a people reverts to a mob. [292]

It is easier to be terrified by an enemy you admire. [334]

He realized suddenly that it was one thing to see the past occupying the present, but the true test of prescience was to see the past in the future. [360]

The man without emotions is the one to fear. But deep emotions... ah, now, those can be bent to your needs. [371]

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. [373]

When religion and politics travel in the same cart, the riders believe nothing can stand in their way. Their movement become headlong - faster and faster. They put aside all thought of obstacles and forget that a precipice does not show itself to the man in a blind rush until it's too late. [382]

The unknown brings its own worries. [387]

But wisdom tempers love, doesn't it? And it puts a new shape on hate. How can you tell what's kindness? [470]

The eye that looks ahead to safe course is closed forever. [476]

The power to destroy a thing is the absolute control over it. [476]

Much that was called religion has carried an unconscious attitude of hostility toward life. True religion must teach that life is filled with joys pleasing to the eye of God, that knowledge without action is empty. All men must see that the teaching of a religion by rules and rote is largely a hoax. The 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've always known. [505]

Religion must remain an outlet for people who say to themselves, 'I am not the kind of person I want to be.' It must never sink into an assemblage of the self-satisfied. [506]

When law and religious duty are one, your selfdom encloses the universe. [506]

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