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Dune Literary Quotes(1965) - Frank HerbertRating Mail
A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct. This every sister of the Bene Gesserit knows. To begin your study of the life of Muad'Dib, then take care that you first place him in his time: born in the 57th year of the Padishah Emperor, Shaddam IV. And take the most special care that you locate Muad'Dib in his place: the planet Arrakis. Do not be deceived by the fact that he was born on Caladan and lived his first fifteen years there. Arrakis, the planet known as Dune, is forever his place.
[- Manual of Muad'Dib by the Princess Irulan. Book 1: Dune.]
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A popular man arouses the jealousy of the powerful.
[- Thufir Hawat. Book 1: Dune.]
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Parting with friends is a sadness. A place is only a place.
[- Thufir Hawat. Book 1: Dune.]
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In shield fighting, one moves fast on defense, slow on attack. Attack has the sole purpose of tricking the opponent into a misstep, setting him up for the attack sinister. The shield turns the fast blow, admits the slow kindjal!
[- Gurney Halleck, to Paul Atreides. Book 1: Dune.]
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Mood? What has mood to do with it? You fight when the necessity arises — no matter the mood! Mood's a thing for cattle or making love or playing the baliset. It's not for fighting.
[- Counsel of Gurney Halleck to young Paul Atreides when he declares he is not in the mood for training. Book 1: Dune.]
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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.
[- Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear. Book 1: Dune.]
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"You've heard of animals chewing off a leg to escape a trap? There's an animal kind of trick. A human would remain in the trap, endure the pain, feigning death that he might kill the trapper and remove a threat to his kind."
[- Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam, testing Paul Atreides with the Gom Jabbar. Book 1: Dune.]
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Hope clouds observation.
[- Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam. Book 1: Dune.]
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Once men turned their thinking over to machines in the hope that this would set them free. But that only permitted other men with machines to enslave them.
[- Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam. Book 1: Dune.]
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"The drug's dangerous," she said, "but it gives insight. When a Truthsayer's gifted by the drug, she can look many places in her memory — in her body's memory. We look down so many avenues of the past . . . but only feminine avenues." Her voice took on a note of sadness. "Yet, there's a place where no Truthsayer can see. We are repelled by it, terrorized. It is said a man will come one day and find in the gift of the drug his inward eye. He will look where we cannot — into both feminine and masculine pasts."
"Your Kwisatz Haderach?"
"Yes, the one who can be many places at once: the Kwisatz Haderach. Many men have tried the drug . . . so many, but none has succeeded."
"They tried and failed, all of them?"
"Oh, no." She shook her head. "They tried and died."
[- Paul Atreides and Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam, on the subject of men undergoing the spice trance. Book 1: Dune.]
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To attempt an understanding of Muad'Dib without understanding his mortal enemies, the Harkonnens, is to attempt seeing Truth without knowing Falsehood. It is the attempt to see the Light without knowing Darkness. It cannot be.
[- Manual of Muad'Dib by the Princess Irulan. Book 1: Dune.]
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The mystery of life isn't a problem to solve, but a reality to experience.
[- Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam to Paul Atreides. This statement is derived from one attributed to Søren Kierkegaard. Book 1: Dune.]
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A process cannot be understood by stopping it. Understanding must move with the flow of the process, must join it and flow with it.
[- The First Law of Mentat, quoted by Paul Atreides to Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam. Book 1: Dune.]
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If wishes were fishes, we'd all cast nets.
[- Gurney Halleck. Book 1: Dune.]
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Polish comes from the cities; wisdom from the desert.
[- Villager proverb. Book 1: Dune.]
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"Yueh! Yueh! Yueh!" goes the refrain. "A million deaths were not enough for Yueh!"
[- from A Child's History of Muad'Dib by the Princess Irulan. Book 1: Dune.]
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Muad'Dib learned rapidly because his first training was in how to learn. And the first lesson of all was the basic trust that he could learn. It's shocking to find how many people do not believe they can learn, and how many more believe learning to be difficult. Muad'Dib knew that every experience carries its lesson.
[- from The Humanity of Muad'Dib by the Princess Irulan. Book 1: Dune.]
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Any road followed precisely to its end leads precisely nowhere. Climb the mountain just a little bit to test that it's a mountain. From the top of the mountain, you cannot see the mountain.
[- from Muad'Dib: Family Commentaries by the Princess Irulan. Book 1: Dune.]
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O you who know what we suffer here, do not forget us in your prayers.
[- from Manual of Muad'Dib by the Princess Irulan. Book 1: Dune.]
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Let us not rail about justice as long as we have arms and the freedom to use them.
[- Duke Leto Atreides. Book 1: Dune.]
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I must rule with eye and claw — as the hawk among lesser birds.
[- Duke Leto Atreides. Book 1: Dune.]
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There is probably no more terrible instance of enlightenment than the one in which you discover your father is a man — with human flesh.
[- from Collected Sayings of Muad’Dib by the Princess Irulan. Book 1: Dune.]
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He shall know your ways as if born to them.
[- Liet-Kynes recalling the words of the prophecy of the Mahdi upon seeing Paul put on a Fremen suit without instruction. Book 1: Dune.]
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Bless the Maker and all His Water. Bless the coming and going of Him, May His passing cleanse the world. May He keep the world for his people.
[- Fremen saying, recited by Liet-Kynes, in the presence of Paul Atreides. Book 1: Dune.]
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When God hath ordained a creature to die in a particular place, He causeth that creature's wants to direct him to that place.
[- Liet-Kynes, quoting the Orange Catholic Bible. Book 1: Dune.]
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