All Quotations / Quotations from Frank Herbert
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.
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.
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.
Respect for the truth comes close to being the basis for all morality.
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.
Ultimately, all things are known because you want to believe you know.
What do you despise By this are you truly known.
Without change, something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.