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Chapterhouse: Dune Literary Quotes(1985) - Frank HerbertRating Mail
Confine yourself to observing and you always miss the point of your own life. The object can be stated this way: Live the best life you can. Life is a game whose rules you learn if you leap into it and play it to the hilt. Otherwise, you are caught off balance, continually surprised by the shifting play. Non-players often whine and complain that luck always passes them by. They refuse to see that they can create some of their own luck.
[- Darwi Odrade.]
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Laws to suppress tend to strengthen what they would prohibit. This is the fine point on which all the legal professions of history have based their job security.
[- Bene Gesserit Coda.]
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Show me a completely smooth operation and I'll show you a cover up. Real boats rock.
[- Darwi Odrade.]
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The person who takes the banal and ordinary and illuminates it in a new way can terrify. We do not want our ideas changed. We feel threatened by such demands. "I already know the important things!" we say. Then Changer comes and throws our old ideas away.
[- The Zensufi Master.]
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All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible. Such people have a tendency to become drunk on violence, a condition to which they are quickly addicted.
[- Missionaria Protectiva, Text QIV (decto).]
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Education is no substitute for intelligence. That elusive quality is defined only in part by puzzle-solving ability. It is in the creation of new puzzles reflecting what your senses report that you round out the definitions.
[- Mentat Text One (decto).]
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All states are abstractions.
[- Octun Politicus, Bene Gesserit Archives.]
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To know a thing well, know it limits. Only when pushed beyond its tolerances will true nature be seen. Do not depend only on theory if your life is at stake.
[- Bene Gesserit Commentary.]
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Ready comprehension is often a knee-jerk response and the most dangerous form of understanding. It blinks an opaque screen over your ability to learn. The judgmental precedents of law function that way, littering your path with dead ends. Be warned. Understand nothing. All comprehension is temporary.
[- Mentat Fixe (adacto).]
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Give me the judgment of balanced minds in preference to laws every time. Codes and manuals create patterned behavior. All patterned behavior tends to go unquestioned, gathering destructive momentum.
[- Darwi Odrade.]
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No sweeteners will cloak some forms of bitterness. If it tastes bitter, spit it out. That's what our earliest ancestors did.
[- The Coda.]
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Enter no conflict against fanatics unless you can defuse them. Oppose a religion with another religion only if your proofs (miracles) are irrefutable or if you can mesh in a way that the fanatics accept you as god-inspired.
[- Missionaria Protectiva, Primary Teaching.]
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We witness a passing phase of eternity. Important things happen but some people never notice. Accidents intervene. You are not present at episodes. You depend on reports. And people shutter their minds. What good are reports? History in a news account? Preselected at an editorial conference, digested and excreted by prejudice? Accounts you need seldom come from those who make history. Diaries, memoirs and autobiographies are subjective forms of special pleading. Archives are crammed with such suspect stuff.
[- Darwi Odrade.]
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Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.
[- The Coda.]
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Ultimately all things are known because you want to believe you know.
[- Zensunni koan.]
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Intelligence takes chance with limited data in an arena where mistakes are not only possible but also necessary.
[- Darwi Odrade.]
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When you think to take determination of your fate into your own hands, that is the moment you can be crushed. Be cautious. Allow for surprises. When we create, there are always other forces at work.
[- Darwi Odrade.]
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There's no secret to balance. You just have to feel the waves.
[- Darwi Odrade.]
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Thinking you know why you behave as you do gives you all sorts of excuses for extraordinary behavior.
[- Duncan Idaho.]
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And here lay the magical enticement of prescience, the lure to which Muad'Dib and his Tyrant son had succumbed. The oracle knows what is to come!
The horde of Lampadas had taught her not to seek oracles. The known could beleaguer her more than the unknown. The sweetness of the new lay in its surprises. Could the Rabbi see it? "Who will tell us what happens next?" he asks. Is that what you want, Rabbi? You will not like what you hear. I guarantee it. From the moment the oracle speaks your future becomes identical to your past. How you would wail in your boredom.
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