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Frank Herbert

Frank Herbert 1984
Born Frank Patrick Herbert, Jr.
(1920-10-08)October 8, 1920
Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
Died February 11, 1986(1986-02-11) (aged 65)
Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.
Occupation Novelist
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Washington (no degree)
Period 1945–1986
Genre Science fiction
Literary movement New Wave

The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand.
Frank Herbert
When law and duty are one, united by religion, you never become fully conscious, fully aware of yourself. You are always a little less than an individual.
Frank Herbert
It is a wise man that does know the contented man is never poor, whilst the discontented man is never rich.
Frank Herbert
How often it is that the angry man rages denial of what his inner self is telling him.
Frank Herbert
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
Any road followed precisely to its end leads precisely nowhere. Climb the mountain just a little bit to test it's a mountain. From the top of the mountain, you cannot see the mountain.
Frank Herbert
The stakes in conflict do not change. Battle determines who will control the wealth or its equivalent.
Frank Herbert
Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.
Frank Herbert
Something cannot emerge from nothing.
The difference between sentiment and being sentimental is the following: Sentiment is when a driver swerves out of the way to avoid hitting a rabbit on the road. Being sentimental is when the same driver, when swerving away from the rabbit, hits a pedestrian.
Frank Herbert
Kindness is the beginning of cruelty.
Truth suffers from too much analysis.
The people I distrust most are those who want to improve our lives but have only one course of action.
Frank Herbert
To attempt seeing Truth without knowing Falsehood. It is the attempt to see the Light without knowing the Darkness. It cannot be.
Frank Herbert
Without change, something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.
Frank Herbert
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.
Frank Herbert
Wealth is a tool of freedom, but the pursuit of wealth is the way to slavery.
Frank Herbert
There is no escape - we pay for the violence of our ancestors.
Without change, something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.
Frank Herbert
Enemies make you stronger, allies make you weaker.
Respect for the truth comes close to being the basis for all morality.
Religion often partakes of the myth of progress that shields us from the terrors of an uncertain future.
Frank Herbert
What do you despise? By this are you truly known.
He who can destroy a thing, can control a thing.
One of the best things to come out of the home computer revolution could be the general and widespread understanding of how severely limited logic really is.
Frank Herbert
The proximity of a desirable thing tempts one to overindulgence. On that path lies danger.
Frank Herbert
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?
Frank Herbert
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.
Frank Herbert