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Frank Herbert quotes (26)

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.
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Enemies make you stronger, allies make you weaker.
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He who can destroy a thing, can control a thing.
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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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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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It is a wise man that does know the contented man is never poor, whilst the discontented man is never rich.
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Kindness is the beginning of cruelty.
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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.
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Religion often partakes of the myth of progress that shields us from the terrors of an uncertain future.
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Respect for the truth comes close to being the basis for all morality.
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Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.
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Something cannot emerge from nothing.
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The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand.
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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.
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The people I distrust most are those who want to improve our lives but have only one course of action.
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The proximity of a desirable thing tempts one to overindulgence. On that path lies danger.
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The stakes in conflict do not change. Battle determines who will control the wealth or its equivalent.
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There is no escape - we pay for the violence of our ancestors.
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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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To attempt seeing Truth without knowing Falsehood. It is the attempt to see the Light without knowing the Darkness. It cannot be.
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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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Truth suffers from too much analysis.
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Wealth is a tool of freedom, but the pursuit of wealth is the way to slavery.
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What do you despise? By this are you truly known.
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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.
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Without change, something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.
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