Frank Herbert Quotes

We witness a passing phase of eternity. Important things happen but some people never notice. Accidents interfere. You are not present at episodes. You depend on reports. And people shutter their minds. What good are reports? History in a news account? Preselected at an editorial conference, digested and excreted by prejudice? Accounts you need seldom […]

Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.

What do you despise? By this are you truly known.

Do you know what guerrillas often say? They claim that their rebellions are invulnerable to economic warfare because they have no economy, that they are parasitic on those they would overthrow. The fools merely fail to assess the coin they must inevitably pay. The pattern is inexorable in its degenerative failures. You see it repeated […]

The more control, the more that requires control. This is the road to chaos.

There are limits to power, as those who put their hopes in a constitution always discover.

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

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.

Souvenirs of memory must be only that. Things to be taken up and fondled occasionally for evocation of past joys. No joy can be permanent. All is transient. “This, too, shall pass away” applies to all of our living universe.

Most civilization is based on cowardice. It’s so easy to civilize by teaching cowardice. You water down the standards which would lead to bravery. You restrain the will. You regulate the appetites. You fence in the horizons. You make a law for every moment. You deny the existence of chaos. You teach even the children […]