Frank Herbert Quotes

I know a profound pattern humans deny with words even while their actions affirm it. They say they seek security and quiet, conditions they call peace. Even as they speak, they create seeds of turmoil and violence.

Paired opposites define your longings and those longings imprison you.

People need hard times and oppression to develop psychic muscles.

Justice belongs to those who claim it, but let the claimant beware lest he create new injustice by his claim and thus set the bloody pendulum of revenge into its inexorable motion.

Remember your philosopher’s doubts, Miles. Beware! The mind of the believer stagnates. It fails to grow outward into an unlimited, infinite universe.

All sentient beings are created unequal. The best society provides each with equal opportunity to float at his own level.

Bureaucracy destroys initiative. There is little that bureaucrats hate worse than innovation, especially innovation that produces better results than the old routines. Improvements always make those at the top appear inept. Who enjoys appearing inept?

The people I distrust most are those who want to improve our lives but have only one course of action.

Hope clouds observation.

Historians exercise great power and some of them know it. They recreate the past, changing it to fit their own interpretations. Thus, they change the future as well.