Quotes from “Dune” by Frank Herbert
Hope clouds observation.
Once men turned their thinking over to machines in the hope that this would set them free. But that only permitted other men with machines to enslave them.
The one who can be many places at once.
Humans are almost always lonely.
Parting with friends is a sadness. A place is only a place.
We can say that Muad’Dib learned rapidly because his first training was in how to learn. And the first lesson of all was the basic trust that he could learn. It is shocking to find how many people do not believe they can learn, and how many more believe learning to be difficult.
You are about to witness a thing few have seen.
People need hard times and oppression to develop psychic muscles.
Time became a sequence of layers.
He felt unable to stop the inflow of data or the cold precision with which each new item was added to his knowledge and the computation was centered in his awareness.
I’m something else … a freak.
Fear is the 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 has gone past me I will turn to see fear’s path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
A carnivore never stops. Show no mercy. Never stop. Mercy is a chimera. It can be defeated by the stomach rumbling its hunger, by the throat crying it’s thirst. You must be always hungry and thirsty.
The price we paid was the price men have always paid for achieving a paradise in this life – we went soft, we lost our edge.
The most persistent principles of the universe were accident and error.
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.
Wisdom tempers love, doesn’t it?
He was not naive, he merely permitted himself no distractions.
The myth of progress that shields us from the terrors of an uncertain future.
Thou shalt not make a machine in the likeness of a human mind.