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Frank Herbert Quotes About Dune, Power, Fear is the mind Killer, Freedom, Survival, Leadership, Religion, Success, Life,  Government & Politics! An American science fiction novelist Franklin Patrick Herbert Jr. was best known for his book Dune, published in 1965, and its five subsequent installments. However, he is most known for his novels. He also authored short stories and worked as a journalist for newspapers, photographer, book critic, ecological consultant, and speaker. Tacoma, Washington, is where he was born in 1920.

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Although he completed high school, he did not continue his education beyond that point since he preferred to focus only on the areas of study that intrigued him. Herbert got a job as a newspaper reporter by fibbing about his age and claiming to be nineteen at the time. For the Oregon Statesman, he worked as a journalist and photographer in 1940.

He spent six months in the Navy as a photographer before being honorably discharged during World War II. Herbert grew interested in the environment and Zen Buddhism in the 1950s. His religious convictions had a significant impact on his writings. Herbert’s approach to world-building and science fiction focused on environmental change was utterly new at the time. The Nebula and Hugo prizes, the greatest honors in science fiction literature, went to his work.

Furthermore, Herbert worked as a director and photographer for the 1973 television documentary The Tillers, which was broadcast in Pakistan and Vietnam. Herbert In Madison, Wisconsin, in 1986, Frank Herbert died away. When it comes to writing science fiction, he’s one of the best. His ability to create a fully realized universe in his writings was innovative.

Best Frank Herbert Quotes

  1. “The undeserving maintain power by promoting hysteria.” ~ Frank Herbert

2. “In my estimation, more misery has been created by reformers than by any other force in human history.” ~ Frank Herbert

3. “Never attempt to reason with people who know they are right!” ~ Frank Herbert

4. “Good governance never depends upon laws, but upon the personal qualities of those who govern. The machinery of government is always subordinate to the will of those who administer that machinery. The most important element of government, therefore, is the method of choosing leaders.” ~ Frank Herbert

5. “Governments, if they endure, always tend increasingly toward aristocratic forms. No government in history has been known to evade this pattern. And as the aristocracy develops, government tends more and more to act exclusively in the interests of the ruling class — whether that class be hereditary royalty, oligarchs of financial empires, or entrenched bureaucracy.” ~ Frank Herbert

6. “All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities.” ~ Frank Herbert

7. “All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible.” ~ Frank Herbert

8. “The mistakes (of leaders) are amplified by the numbers who follow them without question. Charismatic leaders tend to build up followings, power structures, and these power structures tend to be taken over by people who are corruptible. I don’t think that the old saw about ‘power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely’ is accurate: I think power attracts the corruptible.” ~ Frank Herbert

9. “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.” ~ Frank Herbert

10.“If you live in bad faith, lies will appear to you like the truth.” ~ Frank Herbert

11. “Most believe that a satisfactory future requires a return to an idealized past, a past which never in fact existed.” ~ Frank Herbert

12. “The best contribution one can make to humanity is to improve oneself.” ~ Frank Herbert

13. “Do actions agree with words? There’s your measure of reliability. Never confine yourself to the words.” ~ Frank Herbert

14. “Reason is the first victim of strong emotion.” ~ Frank Herbert

15. “The surest way to keep a secret is to make people believe they already know the answer.” ~ Frank Herbert

16. “Ideas are a dime a dozen. It’s execution that counts.” ~ Frank Herbert

17. “Without change, something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.” ~ Frank Herbert

18. “Belief can be manipulated. Only knowledge is dangerous.” ~ Frank Herbert

19. “Education is no substitute for intelligence.” ~ Frank Herbert

20. “Small souls who seek power over others first destroy the faith those others might have in themselves.” ~ Frank Herbert

21. “When a wise man does not understand, he says: “I do not understand.” The fool and the uncultured are ashamed of their ignorance. They remain silent when a question could bring them wisdom.” ~ Frank Herbert

22. “If I’d been born in my grandfather’s time, I’d have made my grandfather’s mistakes. There’s no doubt of it. I just don’t want to make my grandfather’s mistakes today.” ~ Frank Herbert

23. “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.” ~ Frank Herbert

24. “Governments can be useful to the governed only so long as inherent tendencies toward tyranny are restrained.” ~ Frank Herbert

25. “It is impossible to live in the past, difficult to live in the present and a waste to live in the future.” ~ Frank Herbert

26. “When politics and religion are intermingled, a people is suffused with a sense of invulnerability, and gathering speed in their forward charge, they fail to see the cliff ahead of them” ~ Frank Herbert

27. “Politics: the art of appearing candid and completely open while concealing as much as possible.” ~ Frank Herbert

28. “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.” ~ Frank Herbert

29. “Nature does not make mistakes. Right and wrong are human categories.” ~ Frank Herbert

30. “Bureaucracy destroys initiative. There is little that bureaucrats hate more than innovation, especially innovation that produces better results than the old routines. Improvements always make those at the top of the heap look inept. Who enjoys appearing inept?” ~ Frank Herbert

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