Frank Herbert

(Franklin Patrick Herbert, Jr.)

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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. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
Bureaucracy destroys initiative. There is little that bureaucrats hate more than innovation, especially innovation that produces better results than the old routines. Improvements always make those at the top of the heap look inept.. Bureaucracy
Politics: the art of appearing candid and completely open while concealing as much as possible. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Secrecy & Transparency
The convoluted wording of legalisms grew up around the necessity to hide from ourselves the violence we do to each other. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
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.
Enemies make you stronger, allies make you weaker.
He who can destroy a thing, can control a thing.
How often it is that the angry man rages denial of what his inner self is telling him.
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. Government
It is a wise man that does know the contented man is never poor, whilst the discontented man is never rich.
Kindness is the beginning of cruelty.
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.
Religion often partakes of the myth of progress that shields us from the terrors of an uncertain future. Future ;Religion & God
Respect for the truth comes close to being the basis for all morality. Truth ;Respect
Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty. Freedom & Liberty
Something cannot emerge from nothing.
The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
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.
The people I distrust most are those who want to improve our lives but have only one course of action.
The proximity of a desirable thing tempts one to overindulgence. On that path lies danger.
The stakes in conflict do not change. Battle determines who will control the wealth or its equivalent.
There is no escape - we pay for the violence of our ancestors.
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?
To attempt seeing Truth without knowing Falsehood. It is the attempt to see the Light without knowing the Darkness. It cannot be. Truth
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.
Truth suffers from too much analysis. Truth
Wealth is a tool of freedom, but the pursuit of wealth is the way to slavery. Freedom & Liberty
What do you despise? By this are you truly known.
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. Religion & God
Without change, something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.