Frank Herbert Quotes

Any training school for free citizens must begin by teaching distrust, not trust. It must teach questioning, not acceptance of stock answers.

Without change, something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.

Power attracts the corruptible. Absolute power attracts the absolutely corruptible. This is the danger of entrenched bureaucracy to its subject population. Even spoils systems are preferable because the tolerance level is lower and the corrupt can be thrown out occasionally. Entrenched bureaucracy can seldom be touched short of violence. Beware when Civil Service and Military […]

Some actions have an end, but no beginning. Some begin, but do not end. It all depends on where the observer is standing.

A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct.

Anything less than abject submission has to have some attack in it.

The patterns, ahhh, the patterns. Liberal bigots are the ones who trouble me most. I distrust the extremes. Scratch a conservative and you find someone who prefers the past over any future. Scratch a liberal and find a closet aristocrat. It’s true! Liberal governments always develop into aristocracies. The bureaucracies betray the true intent of […]

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.

Answers are a perilous grip in the universe. They can appear sensible yet explain nothing.

I know the evil of my ancestors because I am those people. The balance is delicate in the extreme. I know that few of you who read my words have ever thought about your ancestors this way. It has not occurred to you that your ancestors were survivors and that the survival itself sometimes involved […]