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A popular man arouses the jealousy of the powerful.
Then, as his planet killed him, it occurred to Kynes that his father and all the other scientists were wrong, that the most persistent principles of the universe were accident and error.
To accept a little death is worse than death itself.
Democracy is susceptible to being led astray by having scapegoats paraded in front of the electorate. Get the rich, the greedy, the criminals, the stupid leader and so on ad nauseam.
There are many degrees of sight and many degrees of blindness. What senses do we lack that we cannot see another world all around us?
Use the first moments in study. You may miss many an opportunity for quick victory in this way, but the moment the study are in insurance of success. Take your time and be sure.
Power attracts the corruptible. Suspect any who seek it.
But it's well known that repression makes a religion flourish.
You do not beg the sun for mercy.-Maud'dib's Travail from The Stilgar Commentary
Does a population have informed consent when that population is not taught the inner workings of its monetary system, and then is drawn, all unknowing, into economic adventures?
The price we paid was the price men have always paid for achieving a paradise in this life--we went soft, we lost our edge.
But one learns from books and reels only that certain things can be done. Actual learning requires that you do those things.
Create or arouse such unbridled forces and you built carnal fantasies of enormous complexity. You could lead whole populations around by their desires, by their fantasy projections.
A process cannot be understood by stopping it. Understanding must move with the flow of the process, must join it and flow with it.
I must rule with eye and claw — as the hawk among lesser birds. - Duke Leto Atreides
The Atreides are known to start late getting there growth.
The hunter does not seek dead game.
He felt the inability to grieve as a terrible flaw.
The truth always carries the ambiguity of the words used to express it.
And loyalty is a valued commodity. It can be sold . . . not bought, but sold.
Irreverence is a most necessary ingredient of religion. Not to speak of its importance in philosophy. Irreverence is the only way left to us for testing our universe.
You have a nicety of awareness of the difference between a blade's edge and its tip.
How often it is that the angry man rages denial of what his inner self is telling him.
Delay is as dangerous as the wrong answer.
When we encounter personal problems, those things most deeply personal are the most difficult to bring out for our logic to scan.
To exist is to stand out, away from the background, " The Preacher said. "You aren't thinking or really existing unless you're willing to risk even your own sanity in the judgment of your existence.
The gift of words is the gift of deception and illusion.
When strangers meet, great allowances should be made for differences in custom and training.
It doesn't follow that the riots mean permanent hostility toward him.
My son will wear the title well, the Duke thought, and realized with a sudden chill that this was another death thought.
All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible.
As long as my Duke remains unmarried some of the Great Houses can still hope for alliance.
We accept too damned many things on the explanations of people who could have good reasons for lying.
If you focus your awareness only upon your own rightness, then you invite the forces of opposition to overwhelm you.
They compose poems to their knives.
It could be a work of art among vendettas
He uses the nice old words so rich in tradition to be sure I know he means it.
Wild Fremen said it well: "Four things cannot be hidden -- love, smoke, a pillar of fire and a man striding across the open bled.
Since every individual is accountable ultimately to the self, the formation of that self demands our utmost care and attention.
There are proven ways to win the loyalty of tough, strong, ferocious men: play on the certain knowledge of their superiority, the mystique of secret covenant, the esprit of shared suffering.
Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.
You see, gentlemen, they have something to die for. They've discovered they're a people. They're awakening.
One moment of incompetence can be fatal.
This wise man observed that wealth is a tool of freedom. But the pursuit of wealth is the way to slavery.
Dangers lurk in all systems. Systems incorporate the unexamined beliefs of their creators. Adopt a system, accept its beliefs, and you help strengthen the resistance to change
Life cannot find reasons to sustain it, cannot be a source of decent mutual regard, unless each of us resolves to breathe such qualities into it.
One uses power by grasping it lightly. To grasp too strongly is to be taken over by power, and thus to become its victim.
The people I distrust most are those who want to improve our lives but have only one course of action.
motivating people, forcing them to your will, gives you a cynical attitude toward humanity. It degrades everything it touches.
Written words, if carefully laid down, represent the civilized ideal of reason.