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Dune (Dune #1) Dune by 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.”
Frank Herbert, Dune
“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.”
Frank Herbert, Dune
“The mystery of life isn't a problem to solve, but a reality to experience.”
Frank Herbert, Dune
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“What do you despise? By this are you truly known.”
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“When religion and politics travel in the same cart, the riders believe nothing can stand in their way. Their movements become headlong - faster and faster and faster. They put aside all thoughts of obstacles and forget the precipice does not show itself to the man in a blind rush until it's too late.”
Frank Herbert, Dune
“There is no escape—we pay for the violence of our ancestors.”
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“Hope clouds observation.”
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“The mind can go either direction under stress—toward positive or toward negative: on or off. Think of it as a spectrum whose extremes are unconsciousness at the negative end and hyperconsciousness at the positive end. The way the mind will lean under stress is strongly influenced by training.”
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“He who controls the spice controls the universe.”
Frank Herbert, Dune
“It is so shocking to find out how many people do not believe that they can learn, and how many more believe learning to be difficult.”
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“Whether a thought is spoken or not it is a real thing and it has power," Tuek said. "You might find the line between life and death among the Fremen to be too sharp and quick.”
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“Without change something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.”
Frank Herbert, Dune
“The mind commands the body and it obeys. The mind orders itself and meets resistance.”
Frank Herbert, Dune
“Try looking into that place where you dare not look! You'll find me there, staring out at you!”
Frank Herbert, Dune
“Fear is the mind-killer.”
Frank Herbert, Dune
“The people who can destroy a thing, they control it.”
Frank Herbert, Dune
“It is impossible to live in the past, difficult to live in the present and a waste to live in the future.”
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“Greatness is a transitory experience. It is never consistent. It depends in part upon the myth-making imagination of humankind. The person who experiences greatness must have a feeling for the myth he is in. He must reflect what is projected upon him. And he must have a strong sense of the sardonic. This is what uncouples him from belief in his own pretensions. The sardonic is all that permits him to move within himself. Without this quality, even occasional greatness will destroy a man.”
Frank Herbert, Dune
“Survival is the ability to swim in strange water.”
Frank Herbert, Dune
“What has mood to do with it? You fight when the necessity arises—no matter the mood! Mood's a thing for cattle or making love or playing the baliset. It's not for fighting.”
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“The Fremen were supreme in that quality the ancients called "spannungsbogen" -- which is the self-imposed delay between desire for a thing and the act of reaching out to grasp that thing.”
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“Grave this on your memory, lad: A world is supported by four things..." she held up four big-knuckled fingers. "...the learning of the wise, the justice of the great, the prayers of the righteous and the valor of the brave. But all of these things are as nothing..." She closed her fingers into a fist. "...without a ruler who knows the art of ruling. Make that the science of your tradition!”
Frank Herbert, Dune
Arrakis teaches the attitude of the knife - chopping off what's incomplete and saying: 'Now, it's complete because it's ended here.'

- from "Collected Sayings of Maud'Dib'' by the Princess Irulan”
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“Highly organized research is guaranteed to produce nothing new.”
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“Proper teaching is recognized with ease. You can know it without fail because it awakens within you that sensation which tells you this is something you have always known.”
Frank Herbert, Dune
“The willow submits to the wind and prospers until one day it is many willows - a wall against the wind.”
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“Any road followed precisely to its end leads precisely nowhere. Climb the mountain just a little bit to test that it's a mountain. From the top of the mountain, you cannot see the mountain.”
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“There should be a science of discontent. People need hard times to develop psychic muscles. -- Muad'Dib”
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“My father once told me that respect for truth comes close to being the basis for all morality. 'Something cannot emerge from nothing,' he said. This is profound thinking if you understand how unstable 'the truth' can be.”
Frank Herbert, Dune
“Give as few orders as possible," his father had told him once long ago. "Once you've given orders on a subject, you must always give orders on that subject.”
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