Frank Herbert was born 8 October 1920, and died 11 February 1986
- There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.
- The gift of words is the gift of deception and illusion.
- Absolute power does not corrupt absolutely, absolute power attracts the corruptible.
- It is impossible to live in the past, difficult to live in the present and a waste to live in the future.
- You don’t write for success. That takes part of your attention away from the writing. If you’re really doing it, that’s all you’re doing: writing.
- The truth always carries the ambiguity of the words used to express it.
- To endure oneself may be the hardest task in the universe.
- You aren’t thinking or really existing unless you’re willing to risk even your own sanity in the judgement of your existence.
- Hope clouds observation.
- All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities.
- Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic.
- There is no escape—we pay for the violence of our ancestors.
- The mystery of life isn't a problem to solve, but a reality to experience.
- The function of science fiction is not always to predict the future but sometimes to prevent it.
- What do you despise? By this are you truly known.
Herbert was a critically acclaimed and commercially successful American science fiction author. He is best known for his novel, Dune and its five sequels.
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