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Such a rich store of myths enfolds Paul Muad'dib, the Mentat Emperor, and his sister, Alia, it is difficult to see the real persons behind these veils. But there were, after all, a man born Paul Atreides and a woman born Alia. Their flesh was subject to space and time. And even though their oracular powers placed them beyond the usual limits of time and space, they came from human stock. They experienced real events which left real traces upon a real universe. To understand them, it must be seen that their catastrophe was the catastrophe of all mankind. This work is dedicated, then, not to Muad'dib or his sister, but to their heirs to all of us.
[- Dedication in the Muad'dib Concordance as copied from The Tabla Memorium of the Mahdi Spirit Cult.]
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Every civilization must contend with an unconscious force which can block, betray or countermand almost any conscious intention of the collectivity.
[- Tleilaxu Theorem (unproven).]
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No matter how exotic human civilization becomes, no matter the developments of life and society nor the complexity of the machine/human interface, there always come interludes of lonely power when the course of humankind, depends upon the relatively simple actions of single individuals.
[- from The Tleilaxu Godbuk.]
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The convoluted wording of legalisms grew up around the necessity to hide from ourselves the violence we intend toward each other. Between depriving a man of one hour from his life and depriving him of his life there exists only a difference of degree. You have done violence to him, consumed his energy. Elaborate euphemisms may conceal your intent to kill, but behind any use of power over another the ultimate assumption remains: "I feed on your energy."
[- Addenda to Orders in Council The Emperor Paul Muad'dib.]
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The sequential nature of actual events is not illuminated with lengthy precision by the powers of prescience except under the most extraordinary circumstances. The oracle grasps incidents cut out of the historic chain. Eternity moves. It inflicts itself upon the oracle and the supplicant alike. Let Muad'dib's subjects doubt his majesty and his oracular visions. Let them deny his powers. Let them never doubt Eternity.
[- The Dune Gospels.]
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Do not be trapped by the need to achieve anything. This way, you achieve everything.
[- Hayt, the ghola.]
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There exists a limit to the force even the most powerful may apply without destroying themselves. Judging this limit is the true artistry of government. Misuse of power is the fatal sin. The law cannot be a tool of vengeance, never a hostage, nor a fortification against the martyrs it has created. You cannot threaten any individual and escape the consequences.
[- Muad'Dib on Law The Stilgar Commentary.]
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He is the fool saint,
The golden stranger living forever
On the edge of reason.
Let your guard fall and he is there!
[- The Ghola's Hymn.]
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If you need something to worship, then worship life all life, every last crawling bit of it! We're all in this beauty together!
[- Paul Muad'Dib Atreides.]
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The flesh surrenders itself, he thought. Eternity takes back its own. Our bodies stirred these waters briefly, danced with a certain intoxication before the love of life and self, dealt with a few strange ideas, then submitted to the instruments of Time. What can we say of this? I occurred. I am not . . . yet, I occurred.
[- Paul Muad'Dib Atreides.]
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Here lies a toppled god
His fall was not a small one.
We did but build his pedestal,
A narrow and a tall one.
[- Tleilaxu Epigram.]
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I have said: "Blow out the lamp! Day is here!" And you keep saying: "Give me a lamp so I can find the day."
[- Bijaz to Hayt.]
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What is more ridiculous than a Death Commando transformed into a priest?
[- Paul Muad-Dib.]
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Four things cannot be hidden love, smoke, a pillar of fire and a man striding across the open bled.
[- Hayt.]
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Often I must speak other than I think. That is called diplomacy.
[- Stilgar.]
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Power tends to isolate those who hold too much of it. Eventually, they lose touch with reality... and fall.
[- Edric.]
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The greatest palatinate earl and the lowliest stipendiary serf share the same problem. You cannot hire a mentat or any other intellect to solve it for you. There's no writ of inquest or calling of witnesses to provide answers. No servant or disciple can dress the wound. You dress it yourself or continue bleeding for all to see.
[- Hayt, the ghola.]
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What is justice? Two forces collide. Each may have the right in his own sphere. And here's where an Emperor commands orderly solutions. Those collisions he cannot prevent he solves. [How?], in the simplest way: he decides.
[- Hayt, the ghola.]
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You do not take from this universe. It grants you what it will.
[- Paul Muad'dib.]
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When a creature has developed into one thing, he will choose death rather than change into his opposite.
[- Scytale.]
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Was it defeat to choose a lesser evil?
[- Paul Muad'dib.]
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What senses do we lack that we cannot see another world all around us?
[- Orange Catholic Bible.]
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Any delusions of Free Will he harbored now must be merely the prisoner rattling his cage. His curse lay in the fact that he saw the cage. He saw it!
[- Narration.]
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Ahh, but the dice cannot read their own spots.
[- Bijaz.]
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There was a man so wise
He jumped into
A sandy place
And burnt out both his eyes!
And when he knew his eyes were gone,
He offered no complaint.
He summoned up a vision
And made himself a saint.
[- Children's verse from History of Muad'dib.]
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