The mystery of life isn't a problem to solve, but a reality to experience.

— Frank Herbert

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I must not fear. 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 I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

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

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Ready comprehension is often a knee-jerk response and the most dangerous form of understanding. It blinks an opaque screen over your ability to learn. The judgmental precedents of law function that way, littering your path with dead ends. Be warned. Understand nothing. All comprehension is temporary.

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Frank Herbert quote Respect for the truth comes close to bei

Respect for the truth comes close to being the basis for all morality.

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If we define Futurism as an exploration beyond accepted limits, then the nature of limiting systems becomes the first object of exploration.

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All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities.

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When politics and religion are intermingled, a people is suffused with a sense of invulnerability, and gathering speed in their forward charge, they fail to see the cliff ahead of them

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

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Do actions agree with words? There's your measure of reliability.

Never confine yourself to the words.

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All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible. Such people have a tendency to become drunk on violence, a condition to which they are quickly addicted.

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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

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The proximity of a desirable thing tempts one to overindulgence. On that path lies danger.

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Question: Who governs the governors? Answer: Entropy

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About Frank Herbert

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Nationality American
Profession Writer
Birthday October 16

Absolute power does not corrupt absolutely, absolute power attracts the corruptible.

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The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand.

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There is only one true wealth in all the universe.

I have given you some of it. I have given your father and your mate some of it. And your friends. This wealth is living time.

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Highly organized research is guaranteed to produce nothing new.

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How often it is that the angry man rages denial of what his inner self is telling him.

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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.

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Most civilisation 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 movement. You deny the existence of chaos. You teach even the children to breathe slowly. You tame.

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Most deadly errors arise from obsolete assumptions.

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Science fiction, because it ventures into no man's lands, tends to meet some of the requirements posed by Jung in his explorations of archetypes, myth structures and self-understanding. It may be that the primary attraction of science fiction is that it helps us understand what it means to be human.

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If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual.

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To suspect your own mortality is to know the beginning of terror, to learn irrefutably that you are mortal is to know the end of terror.

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Blood is thicker than water, but politics are thicker than blood.

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If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual.

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Does a population have informed consent when a ruling minority acts in secret to ignite a war, doing this to justify the existence of the minority's forces? ... Failure to provide full information for informed consent on such an issue represents an ultimate crime.

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The convoluted wording of legalisms grew up around the necessity to hide from ourselves the violence we intend toward each other. Between depriving a man of one hour from his life and depriving him of his life there exists only a difference of degree. You have done violence to him, consumed his energy.

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Life is a mask through which the universe expresses itself.

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Does a population have informed consent when that population is not taught the inner workings of its monetary system, and then is drawn, all unknowing, into economic adventures?

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Caution is the path to mediocrity. Gliding, passionless mediocrity is all that most people think they can achieve.

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When I need to identify rebels, I look for men with principles

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The undeserving maintain power by promoting hysteria.

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There is not secret to balance. You just have to feel the waves.

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A person needs new experiences. They jar something deep inside, allowing you to grow. Without them, it sleeps- seldom to awaken. The sleeper must awaken.

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Kindness is the beginning of cruelty.

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Face your fears or they will climb over your back.

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Politics: the art of appearing candid and completely open while concealing as much as possible.

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You know it's love when you want to give joy and damn the consequences.

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Beyond a critical point within a finite space, freedom diminishes as numbers increase. This is as true of humans as it is of gas molecules in a sealed flask. The human question is not how many can possibly survive within the system, but what kind of existence is possible for those who so survive.

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Reason is the first victim of strong emotion.

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No matter how much we ask after the truth, self-awareness is often unpleasant.

We do not feel kindly toward the Truthsayer.

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FEAR IS THE MIND-KILLER. FEAR IS THE LITTLE-DEATH THAT BRINGS TOTAL OBLITERATION.

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Beware of the truth, gentle Sister. Although much sought after, truth can be dangerous to the seeker. Myths and reassuring lies are much easier to find and believe. If you find a truth, even a temporary one, it can demand that you make painful changes. Conceal your truths within words. Natural ambiguity will protect you then.

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Belief can be manipulated. Only knowledge is dangerous.

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Power attracts the corruptible. Suspect any who seek it.

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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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Anything outside yourself, this you can see and apply your logic to it.

But it's a human trait that when we encounter personal problems, these things most deeply personal are the most difficult to bring out for our logic to scan. We tend to flounder around, blaming everything but the actual, deep-seated thing that's really chewing on us.

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Think you of the fact that a deaf person cannot hear.

Then, what deafness may we not all possess? What senses do we lack that we cannot see and cannot hear another world all around us?

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The person who experiences greatness must have a feeling for the myth he is in.

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