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    American science fiction novelist

    Quotes by Frank Herbert

    • The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand.
    • The concept of progress acts as a protective mechanism to shield us from the terrors of the future.
    • The function of science fiction is not always to predict the future but sometimes to prevent it.
    • The people I distrust most are those who want to improve our lives but have only one course of action.
    • There is no escape - we pay for the violence of our ancestors.
    • 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.
      Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear, "Dune"
    • A human being can stand any amout of pain.
    • Beyond a critical point within a finite space, freedom diminishes as numbers increase. ...The human question is not how many can possibly survive within the system, but what kind of existence is possible for those who do survive.
    • 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.
    • Humans live best when each has his place, when each knows where he belongs in the scheme of things. Destroy the place and destroy the person.
    • Seek freedom and become captive of your desires, seek discipline and find your liberty.
    • There is probably no more terrible instant of enlightenment than the one in which you discover your father is a man--with human flesh.
    • Truth is subject to too much analysis.
    • A process cannot be understood by stopping it. Understanding must move with the flow of the process, must join it and flow with it.
      Dune (First Law of Mentat)
    • The mystery of life isn't a problem to solve, but a reality to experience.
      Dune (Reverend Mother Mohiam)
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