Frank Herbert Quotes



Best 24 Children of Dune Quotes by Frank Herbert

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“Ambitions tend to remain undisturbed by realities.”

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“Atrocity is recognized as such by victim and perpetrator alike, by all who learn about it at whatever remove.

Atrocity has no excuses, no mitigating argument. Atrocity never balances or rectifies the past. Atrocity merely arms the future for more atrocity.

It is self-perpetuating upon itself – a barbarous form of incest. Whoever commits atrocity also commits those future atrocities thus bred.”

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“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.”

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“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.”

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“Experts and specialists lead you quickly into chaos. They are a source of useless nit-picking, the ferocious quibble over a comma.”

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“Good governance never depends upon laws, but upon the personal qualities of those who govern. The machinery of government is always subordinate to the will of those who administer that machinery. The most important element of government, therefore, is the method of choosing leaders.”

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“Governments, if they endure, always tend increasingly toward aristocratic forms. No government in history has been known to evade this pattern. And as the aristocracy develops, government tends more and more to act exclusively in the interests of the ruling class – whether that class be hereditary royalty, oligarchs of financial empires, or entrenched bureaucracy.”

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“I do not have to be what my father was. I do not have to obey my father's rules or even believe everything he believed. It is my strength as a human that I can make my own choices of what to believe and what not to believe, of what to be and what not to be.”

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“It is said that the only fear we cannot correct is the fear of our own mistakes.”

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“Knowledge is an unending adventure at the edge of uncertainty.”

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“Most deadly errors arise from obsolete assumptions.”

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“Often there's no need to tear off an arm to remove a splinter.”

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“One learns from books and example only that certain things can be done. Actual learning requires that you do those things.”

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“One uses power by grasping it lightly. To grasp too strongly is to be taken over by power, and thus to become its victim.”

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“Some actions have an end but no beginning; some begin but do not end. It all depends upon where the observer is standing.”

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“The future remains uncertain and so it should, for it is the canvas upon which we paint our desires. Thus always the human condition faces a beautifully empty canvas.”

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“That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons history has to teach.”


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“The gift of words is the gift of deception and illusion.”

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“The joy of living, its beauty, is all bound up in the fact that life can surprise you.”

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“The purpose of argument is to change the nature of truth.”

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“To know a thing well, know its limits; Only when pushed beyond its tolerance will its true nature be seen.”

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“To stay awake all night adds a day to your life.”

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“Too much knowledge never makes for simple decisions.”

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“We never get far from wealth and all of its masks when we deal with power.”

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“When I am weaker than you, I ask you for freedom because that is according to your principles; when I am stronger than you, I take away your freedom because that is according to my principles.”

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“The Catholic and the Communist are alike in assuming that an opponent cannot be both honest and intelligent.”


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