Books: Dune Chronicles Chapters/Quotes

ON THIS PAGE:

  • Introduction
  • Dune
  • Dune Messiah
  • Children of Dune
  • God Emperor of Dune
  • Heretics of Dune
  • Chapterhouse Dune

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Introduction

We have a problem. The chapters in the Dune Chronicles (i.e., the six books by Frank Herbert) are not numbered. It wouldn’t work to reference them by page number, since there are many different editions.

So, the most reasonable way for readers and researchers to access them is through the opening quotations, as they are consistently lead off each new chapter. What I’ve done here is number the chapters and supply the first part of the opening quote, along with the attributed source of individual, document, or artifact. I have also included any official table of contents from the books, with added comments in square brackets.

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14 Dune 40th Anniversary

Dune

Contents

  • Book I – Dune [Chapters 1-22]
  • Book II – Muad’Dib [Chapters 23-37]
  • Book III – The Prophet [Chapters 38-48]
  • Appendix I: The Ecology of Dune
  • Appendix II: The Religion of Dune
  • Appendix III: Report on Bene Gesserit Motives and Purposes
  • Appendix IV: The Almanac en-Ashraf (Selected Excerpts of the Noble Houses)
  • Terminology of the Imperium
  • Map
  • Afterword by Brian Herbert

Book I – Dune [Chapters 1-22]

  1. A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care / from “Manual of Muad’Dib” by the Princess Irulan
  2. To attempt an understanding of Muad’Dib without understanding his mortal enemies / from “Manual of Muad’Dib” by the Princess Irulan
  3. Thus spoke St. Alia-of-the-Knife / from “Muad’Dib, Family Commentaries” by the Princess Irulan
  4. You have read that Muad’Dib had no playmates his own age on Caladan. / from “A Child’s History of Muad’Dib” by the Princess Irulan
  5. YUEH (yü’ē), Wellington / from “Dictionary of Muad’Dib” by the Princess Irulan
  6. How do we approach the study of Muad’Dib’s father? / from “Muad’Dib, Family Commentaries” by the Princess Irulan
  7. With the Lady Jessica and Arrakis / from “Analysis: The Arrakeen Crisis” by Princess Irulan (private circulation: B.G. file number AR-81088587)
  8. “Yueh! Yueh! Yueh!” goes the refrain. / from “A Child’s history of Muad’Dib” by the Princess Irulan
  9. Many have marked the speed with which Muad’Dib learned the necessities of Arrakis. / from “The Humanity of Muad’Dib” by the Princess Irulan
  10. What had the Lady Jessica to sustain her in her time of trial? / from “Muad’Dib: Family Commentaries” by the Princess Irulan
  11. It is said that the Duke Leto blinded himself to the perils of Arrakis / from “Muad’Dib: Family Commentaries” by the Princess Irulan
  12. Over the exit of the Arrakeen landing field / from “Manual of Muad’Dib” by the Princess Irulan
  13. On that first day when Muad-Dib rode through the streets of Arrakeen with his family / from “Manual of Muad’Dib” by the Princess Irulan
  14. “There is probably no more terrible instant of enlightenment than the one in which you dicover your father is a man – with human flesh.” / from “Collected Sayings of Muad’Dib” by the Princess irulan
  15. My Father, the Padishah Emperor, took me by the hand one day and I sensed in the ways my mother had taught me that he was disturbed. / “In my Father’s House” by Princess Irulan
  16. Greatness is a transitory experience. / from “Collected Sayings of Muad’Dib” by the Princess Irulan
  17. “There is no escape – we pay for the violence of our ancestors.” / from “The Collected Sayings of Muad’Dib” by the Princess Irulan
  18. Do you wrestle with dreams? / Dirge for Jamis on the Funeral Plain, from “Songs of Muad’Dib” by the Princess Irulan
  19. There should be a science of discontent. / from “Collected Sayings of Muad’Dib” by the Princess Irulan
  20. Arrakis teaches the attitude of the knife / from “Collected Sayings of Muad’Dib” by the Princess Irulan
  21. There is a legend that the instant the duke Leo Atreides died a meteor streaked across the skies above his ancestral palace on Caladan. / the princess Irulan: “Introduction to a Child’s History of Muad’Dib”
  22. O Seas of Caladan / from “Songs of Muad’Dib” by the Princess Irulan

Book II – Muad’Dib [Chapters 23-37]

  1. When my father, the Padishah Emperor, head of Duke Leto’s death and the manner of it, he went into such a rage as we had never before seen. / “In My Father’s house,” by the Princess Irulan
  2. My father once told me that respect for the truth comes close to being the basis for all morality. / from “Conversations with Muad’Dib” by the Princess Irulan
  3. Muad’Dib could indeed see the Future / from “Arrakis Awakening” by the Princess Irulan
  4. What do you despise? By this are you truly known. / from “Manual of Muad-Dib” by the Princess Irulan
  5. At the age of fifteen, he had already learned silence. / from “A Child’s History of Muad’Dib” by the Princess Irulan
  6. We came from Caladan – a paradise world for our form of life. / from “Muad-Dib: Conversations” by the Princess Irulan
  7. Family life of the Royal Creche is difficult for many people to understand / “In My Father’s house” by the Princess Irulan
  8. This Fremen religious adaptation, then, is the source of what we now recognize as “The Pillars of the Universe” / from “Arrakis Awakening” by the Princess Irulan
  9. Prophecy and prescience – How can they be put to the test in the face of the unanswered question? / “Private Reflections on Muad’Dib” by the Princess Irulan
  10. The Fremen were supreme in that quality the ancients called “spannungsbogen” / from “The Wisdom of Muad’Dib” by the Princess Irulan
  11. My father, the Padishah Emperor, was 72 yet looked no more than 35 the year he encompassed the death of Duke Leto / “In My Father’s House” by the Princess Irulan
  12. God created Arrakis to train the faithful. / from “The Wisdom of Muad’Dib” by the Princess Irulan
  13. The concept of progress acts as a protective mechanism to shield us from the terrors of the future. / from “Collected Sayings of Muad-Dib” by the Princess Irulan
  14. Muad’Dib tells us in “A Time of Reflection” that his first collisions with Arrakeen necessities were the true beginnings of his education. / Stilgar’s preface to “Muad’Dib, the Man” by the Princess Irulan
  15. The hands move, the lips move / description from “A Manual of Muad’Dib” by the Princess Irulan

Book III – The Prophet [Chapters 38-48]

  1. No woman, no man, no child ever was deeply intimate with my father. / “Count Fenring: A Profile” by the Princess Irulan
  2. Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. / from “The Sayings of Muad’Dib” by the Princess Irulan
  3. There is in all things a pattern that is part of our universe. / from “The Collected Sayings of Muad’Dib” by the Princess Irulan
  4. “Control the coinage and the courts – let the rabble have the rest.” / Muad’Dib’s Secret Message to the Landsraad from “Arrakis Awakening” by the Princess Irulan
  5. You cannot avoid the interplay of politics within an orthodox religion. / from “Muad’Dib: The Religious Issues” by the Princess Irulan
  6. When law and duty are one, united by religion, you never become fully conscious, fully7 aware of yourself. / from “Muad-Dib: The Ninety-Nine Wonders of the Universe” by Princess Irulan
  7. How often it is that the angry man rages denial of what his inner self is telling him. / “The Collected Sayings of Muad’Dib” by the Princess Irulan
  8. And it came to pass in the third year of the Desert War that Paul-Muad’Dib lay alone in the Cave of birds / “Collected Legends of Arrakis” by the Princess Irulan
  9. And that day dawned when Arrakis lay at the hub of the universe with the wheel poised to spin. / from “Arrakis Awakening” by the Princess Irulan
  10. And Muad’Dib stood before them, and he said: Though we deem the captive dead, yet does she live.” / from “Arrakis Awakening” by the Princess Irulan
  11. He was warrior and mystic, ogre and saint, the fox and the innocent, chivalrous, ruthless, less than a god, more than a man. / from “Arrakis Awakening” by the Princess Irulan

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20 Dune Messiah

Dune Messiah

Notes: The spelling appears to have changed from Muad’Dib in Dune to Muad’dib in Dune Messiah, and back to the original spelling in Children of Dune.

Contents

  • Prologue: The Weird of Dune
  1. Such a rich store of myths enfolds Paul Muad’dib / Dedication in the Muad’dib Concordance as copied from The Tabla Memorium of the Mahdi Spirit Cult
  2. There exists no separation between gods and men; one blends softly casual into the other. / Proverbs of Muad’dib
  3. Every civilization must contend with an unconscious force which can block, betray or countermand almost any conscious intention of the collectivity. / Tleilaxu Theorem (unproven)
  4. The advent of the Field Process shield and the lasgun with their explosive interaction / Muad’dib: Lecture to the War College, from The Stilgar Chronicle
  5. Empires do not suffer emptiness of purpose at the time of their creation. / Words of Muad’dib, by Princess Irulan
  6. “Once more the drama begins.” / The Emperor Paul Muad’dib, on his ascension to the Lion Throne
  7. Truth suffers from too much analysis. / Ancient Fremen Saying
  8. The Fremen see her as the Earth Figure, a demigoddess whose special charge is to protect the tribes through her powers of violence. / St. Alia of the Knife, as taken from The Irulan Report
  9. The most dangerous game in the universe is to govern from an oracular base. / “The Orgy as a Tool of Statecraft,” Chapter Three of The Steersman’s Guide
  10. Here lies a toppled god– / Tleilaxu Epigram
  11. I think what a joy it is to be alive, and I wonder if I’ll ever leap inward to the root of this flesh and know myself as once I was. / The Ghola Speaks, Alia’s Commentary
  12. “You do not beg the sun for mercy.” / Muad’dib’s Travail, from The Stilgar Commentary
  13. “I’ve had a bellyful of the god and priest business!” / Book of Diatribes, from The Hayt Chronicle
  14. Oh, worm of many teeth, / Wormsong, from The Dunebook
  15. The audacious nature of Muad’dib’s actions may be seen in the fact that He knew from the beginning whither He was bound, / from The Yiam-el-Din (Book of Judgment)
  16. No matter how exotic human civilization becomes, / from The Tleilaxu Godbuk
  17. Production growth and income growth must not get out of step in my Empire. / Order in Council, The Emperor Paul Muad’dib
  18. The convoluted wording of legalisms grew up around the necessity to hide from ourselves the violence we intend toward each other. / Addenda to Orders in Council, The Emperor Paul Muad’dib
  19. He has gone from Alia, / The Moon Falls Down, Songs of Muad’dib
  20. Tibana was an apologist for Socratic Christianity, / from The Dunebuk of Irulan
  21. The sequential nature of actual events is not illuminated with lengthy precision by the powers of prescience except under the most extraordinary circumstances. / The Dune Gospels
  22. There exists a limit to the force even the most powerful may apply without destroying themselves. / Muad’dib on Law, The Stilgar Commentary
  23. There was a man so wise, / Children’s Verse, from History of Muad’dib
  24. We say of Muad’dib that he has gone on a journey into that land where we walk without footprints. / Preamble to the Qizarate Creed
  • Epilogue. No bitter stench of funeral-still for Muad’dib, / The Ghola’s Hymn

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23 Children of Dune

Children of Dune

Contents

  1. Muad’Dib’s teachings have become the playground of scholastics, of the superstitious and the corrupt. / Words of the Mentat Duncan Idaho
  2. CHALLENGE: “Have you seen The Preacher?” / Riddles of Arrakis, by Harq al-Ada
  3. The sietch at the desert’s rim / from a Fremen song
  4. melange (mé-lange also ma’lanj) n-s, / Dictionary Royal, fifth edition
  5. The Fremen must return to his original faith, to his genius in forming human communities; / The Preacher at Arrakeen
  6. I give you the desert chameleon, / Book of Diatribes, from the Hayt Chronicle
  7. The Universe is God’s. / Commentaries from the C.E.T. (Commission of Ecumenical Translators)
  8. And I beheld another beast coming up out of the sand; / Revised Orange Catholic Bible
  9. It is commonly reported, my dear Georad, that there exists great natural virtue in the melange experience. / The Pedant Heresy
  10. Either we abandon the long-honored Theory of Relativity, or we cease to believe that we can engage in continued accurate prediction of the future. / Lectures on Prescience, By Harq al-Ada
  11. I hear the wind blowing across the desert and I see the moons of a winter night rising like great ships in the void. / Leto’s Vow, After Harq al-Ada
  12. There are illusions of popular history which a successful religion must promote: / From the Instruction Manual: Missionaria Protectiva
  13. A sophisticated human can become primitive. / The Leto Commentary, After Harq al-Ada
  14. This was Muad’Dib’s achievement: / Testament of Arrakis, by Harq al-Ada
  15. And he saw a vision of armor. / Heighia, My Brother’s Dream, from The Book of Ghanima
  16. Atrocity is recognized as such by victim and perpetrator alike, by all who learn about it at whatever remove. / The Apocrypha of Muad’Dib
  17. I will not argue with the Fremen claims that they are divinely inspired to transmit a religious revelation. / The Preacher at Arrakeen
  18. The life of a single human, as the life of a family or an entire people, persists as memory. / The Book of Leto, After Harq al-Ada
  19. A Fremen dies when he is too long from the desert; this we call “the water sickness.” / Stilgar, the Commentaries
  20. You have loved Caladan / Refrain from The Habbanya Lament
  21. The assumption that humans exist within an essentially impermanent universe, / The Book of Leto, After Harq al-Ada
  22. Good government never depends upon laws, / Law and Governance, The Spacing Guild Manual
  23. This is the fallacy of power: ultimately it is effective only in an absolute, a limited universe. / The Preacher at Arrakeen
  24. When I am weaker than you, / Words of an ancient philosopher (Attributed by Harq al-Ada to one Louis Veuillot)
  25. You Bene Gesserit call your activity of the Panoplia Prophetica a “Science of Religion.” / The Preacher at Arrakeen: A Message to the Sisterhood
  26. The universe is just there; that’s the only way a Fedaykin can view it and remain the master of his senses. / Muad’Dib to his Fedaykin
  27. It is said of Muad’Dib that once when he saw a weed trying to grow between two rocks, / The Commentaries
  28. Governments, if they endure, always tend increasingly toward aristocratic forms. / Politics as Repeat Phenomenon: Bene Gesserit Training Manual
  29. In this age when the means of human transport include devices which can span the deeps of space in transtime, / Handbook of the Hajj
  30. In all major socializing forces you will find an underlying movement to gain and maintain power through the use of words. / Lecture to the Arrakeen War College, by The Princess Irulan
  31. The password was given to me by a man who died in the dungeons of Arrakeen. / Tagir Mohandis: Conversations with a Friend
  32. I saw his blood and a piece of his robe which had been ripped by sharp claws. / Stilgar’s Report to the Landsraad Commission
  33. Above all else, the mentat must be a generalist, not a specialist. / The Mentat Handbook
  34. The one-eyed view of our universe says you must not look far afield for problems. / The Azhar Book; Shamra I:4
  35. Only in the realm of methematics can you understand Muad’Dib’s precise view of the future. / Pallmbasha: Lectures at Sietch Tabr
  36. We can still remember the golden days before Heisenberg, who showed humans the walls enclosing our predestined arguments. / Leo Atreides II, His Voice
  37. If you believe certain words, you believe their hidden arguments. / The Open-Ended Proof, from The Panoplia Prophetica
  38. Because of the one-pointed Time awareness in which the conventional mind remains immersed, / Liet-Kynes, The Arrakis Workbook
  39. You will learn the integrated communication methods as you complete the next step in your mentat education. / The Mentat Handbook
  40. O Paul, thou Muad’Dib, / Songs of Muad’Dib
  41. Many forces sought control of the Atreides twins and, when the death of Leto was announced, this movement of plot and counterplot was amplified. / The Book of Kreos
  42. There is no guilt or innocence in you. / Leto II to His Memory-Lives, After Harq al-Ada
  43. Humankind periodically goes through a speedup of its affairs, / The Apocrypha of Muad’Dib
  44. Natural selection has been described as an environment selectively screening for those who will have progeny. / The Dune Catastrophe, After Harq al-Ada
  45. One small bird has called thee / Lament for Leto II
  46. Peace demands solutions, but we never reaching living solutions; / The Words of My Father: an account of Muad’Dib, reconstructed by Harq al-Ada
  47. This rocky shrine to the skull of a rule grants no prayers. / Lines at the Shrine of an Atreides Duke, Anon.
  48. There exists obvious higher-order influences in any planetary system. / The Dune Catastrophe, After Harq al-Ada
  49. What you of the CHOAM directorate seem unable to understand is that you seldom find real loyalties in commerce. / A letter to CHOAM, Attributed to The Preacher
  50. The future of prescience cannot always be locked into the rules of the past. / Kalima: The Words of Muad’Dib, The Shuloch Commentary
  51. Fremen speech implies great concision, a precise sense of expression. / Bene Gesserit Private Reports/folio 800881
  52. The spirit of Muad’Dib is more than words, more than the letter of the Law which arises in his name. / The Fedaykin Compact
  53. Limits of survival are set by climate, those long drifts of change which a generation may fail to notice. / Arrakis, the Transformation, After Harq al-Ada
  54. Thou didst divide the sand by thy strength; Thou breakest the heads of the dragons in the desert. / Revised Orange Catholic Bible, Arran II:4
  55. Fremen were the first humans to develop a conscious/unconscious symbology through which to experience the movements and relationships of their planetary system. / The Story of Liet-Kynes, by Harq al-Ada
  56. After the Fremen, all Planetologists see life as expressions of energy and look for the overriding relationships. / The Arrakeen Catastrophe, After Harq al-Ada
  57. Any path which narrows future possibilities may become a lethal trap. / The Spacing Guild Handbook
  58. By these acts Leto II removed himself from the evolutionary succession. / The Holy Metamorphosis, by Harq al-Ada
  59. Muad’Dib was disinherited and he spoke for the disinherited of all time. / The Mahdinate, An Analysis, by Harq al-Ada
  60. Church and State, scientific reason and faith, the individual and his community, even progress and tradition—all of these can be reconciled in the teachings of Muad’Dib. / The Preacher at Arrakeen, After Harq al-Ada
  61. Muad’Dib gave us a particular kind of knowledge about prophetic insight, / The Prescient Vision, by Harq al-Ada
  62. The child who refuses to travel in the father’s harness, this is the symbol of man’s most unique capability. / Leto Atreides II, The Harq al-Ada Biography
  63. The assumption that a whole system can be made to work better through an assault on its conscious elements betrays a dangerous ignorance. / The Butlerian Jihad, by Harq al-Ada
  64. As with so many other religions, Muad’Dib’s Golden Elixir of Life degenerated into external wizardry. / Saying attribute to Lu Tung-pin (Lu, The Guest of the Cavern)

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24 God Emperor of Dune

God Emperor of Dune

Contents

  1. Excerpt from the speech by Hadi Benotto announcing the discoveries at Dar-es-Balat on the planet of Rakis. From the reading by Rebeth Vreeb.
  2. This morning I was born in a yurt at the edge of horse-plain in a land of a planet which no longer exists … / The Stolen Journals
  3. The following is from the Hadi Benotto translation of the volumes discovered at Dar-es-Balat: I was born Leto Atreides II more than three thousand standard years ago …
  4. The following brief dialogue is credit to a manuscript source called “The Welbeck Fragment.” …
  5. I am the most ardent people-watcher who ever lived. … / The Stolen Journals
  6. Oh, the landscapes I have seen! And the people! … / The Stolen Journals
  7. Sometimes I indulge myself in safaris which no other being may take. … / The Stolen Journals
  8. You, the first person to encounter my chronicles for at least four thousand years, beware. … / Inscription on the storehouse at Dar-es-Balat
  9. Enemies strengthen you. Allies weaken. … / The Stolen Journals
  10. Some say I have no conscience. How false they are, even to themselves … / The Stolen Journals
  11. You must remember that I have at my internal demand every expertise known to our history. … / The Stolen Journals
  12. Your Lord knows very well what is in your heart. Your soul suffices this day at a reckoner against you. … / Lord Leto to a Penitent, From the Oral History
  13. Odd as it may seem, great struggles such as the one y7ou can see emerging from my journals are not always visible to the participants. … / The Stolen Journals
  14. The Duncans always think it odd that I choose women for combat forces, but my Fish Speakers are a temporary army in every sense. … / The Stolen Journals
  15. I know the evil of my ancestors because I am those people. The balance is delicate in the extreme. … / The Stolen Journals
  16. What is the most profound difference between us, between you and me? … / The Stolen Journals
  17. The female sense of sharing originated as familial sharing – care of the young, the gathering and preparation of food, sharing joys, love and sorrows. … / The Stolen Journals
  18. Unceasing warfare gives rise to its own social conditions which have been similar in all epochs. … / The Stolen Journals
  19. Over here sand blows; over there sand blows. Over there a rich man waits; over here I wait. / The Voice of Shai-Hulud, From the Oral History
  20. Our ancestor, Assur-nasir-apli, who was known as the cruelest of the cruel, seized the throne by slaying his own father and starting the reign of the sword. … / The Stolen Journals
  21. I am beginning to hate water. The sandtrout skin which impels my metamorphosis has learned the sensitivities of the worm. … / The Stolen Journals
  22. “Another Festival so soon?” the Lord Leto asked. “It has been ten years,” the majordomo said. Do you think by this exchange that the Lord Leto betrays an ignorance of time’s passage? / The Oral History
  23. From that welter of memories which I can tap at will, patterns emerge. They are like another language which I see so clearly. … / The Stolen Journals
  24. Safaris through ancestral memories teach me many things. The patterns, ahhh, the patterns. … / The Stolen Journals
  25. The trance-state of prophecy is like no other visionary experience. It is not a retreat from the raw exposure of the senses (as are many trance-states) but an immersion in a multitude of new movements. … / The Stolen Journals
  26. When I set out to lead humankind along my Golden Path, I promised them a lesson their bones would remember. … / The Stolen Journals
  27. As each day passes, you become increasingly unreal, more alien and remote from what I find myself to be on that new day. … / The Stolen Journals
  28. The problem of leadership is inevitably: Who will play God? / Muad’Dib, From the Oral History
  29. I am both father and mother to my people. I have known the ecstasy of birth and the ecstasy of death and I know the patterns that you must learn. … / The Stolen Journals
  30. I have isolated the city-experience within me and have examined it closely. The idea of a city fascinates me. … / The Stolen Journals
  31. The singular multiplicity of this universe draws my deepest attention. It is a thing of ultimate beauty. / The Stolen Journals
  32. Groups tend to condition their surroundings for group survival. When they deviate from this it may be taken as a sign of group sickness. … / The Stolen Journals
  33. If you know all of your ancestors, you were a personal witness to the events which created the myths and religions of our past. … / The Stolen Journals
  34. Let there be no doubt that I am the assemblage of our ancestors, the arena in which they exercise my moments. … / The Stolen Journals
  35. “Make no heroes,” my father said. / The voice of Ghanima, From the Oral History
  36. The prophet is not diverted by illusions of past, present and future. The fixity of language determines such linear distinctions. … / The Stolen Journals
  37. The pattern of monarchies and similar systems has a message of value for all political forms. My memories assure me that governments of any kind could profit from this message. … / The Stolen Journals
  38. You know the myth of the Great Spice Hoard? Yes, I know about that story, too. … / The Stolen Journals
  39. Memory has a curious meaning to me, a meaning I have hoped others might share. … / The Stolen Journals
  40. The realization of what I am occurs in the timeless awareness which does not accumulate nor discard, which does not stimulate nor delude. … / The Stolen journals
  41. One of the most terrible words in any language is Soldier. … / The Stolen Journals
  42. Do you know what guerrillas often say? They claim that their rebellions are invulnerable to economic warfare because they have no economy, that they are parasitic on those they would overthrow. … / The Stolen Journals
  43. In the cradle of our past, I lay upon my back in a cave so shallow I could penetrate it only by squirming, not by crawling. … / The Stolen Journals
  44. The Duncans sometimes ask if I understand the exotic ideas of our past? And if I understand them, why can’t I explain them? … / The Stolen Journals
  45. Given enough time for the generations to evolve, the predator produces particular survival adaptations in its prey which, through the circular operation of feedback, produce in changes in the prey … / The Stolen Journals
  46. It required almost a thousand years before the dust of Dune’s old planet-wide desert left the atmosphere to be bound up in soil and water. … / The Stolen Journals
  47. Most civilization is based on cowardice. It’s so easy to civilize by teaching cowardice. … / The Stolen Journals
  48. What is the most immediate danger to my stewardship? I will tell you … / The Stolen Journals
  49. You cannot understand history unless you understand its flowings, its currents and the ways leaders move within such forces. … / The Stolen Journals
  50. You think power may be the most unstable of all human achievements? Then what of the apparent exceptions to this inherent instability? … / The Stolen Journals
  51. Think of it as plastic memory, this force within you which trends you and your fellows toward tribal forms. … / The Stolen Journals
  52. What am I eliminating? The bourgeois infatuation with peaceful conservation of the past. … / The Stolen Journals
  53. In all of my universe I have seen no law of nature, unchanging and inexorable. … / The Stolen journals
  54. Excerpt from the Hadi Benotto secret summation on the discoveries at Dar-es-Balat. /

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25 Heretics of Dune

Heretics of Dune

Contents

  1. Most discipline is hidden discipline, designed not to liberate but to limit. … / The Apocrypha of Arrakis
  2. Explosions are also compressions of time. Observable changes in the natural universe all are explosive to some degree and from some point of view; otherwise you would not notice them. … / Leto II
  3. The existence of no-ships raises the possibility of destroying entire planets without retaliation. … / Bene Gesserit Analysis
  4. Humans live best when each has his place to stand, when each knows where he belongs in the scheme of things and what he may achieve. Destroy the place and you destroy the person. / Bene Gesserit Teaching
  5. Has not religion claimed a patent on creation for all of these millennia? / The Tleilaxu Question, from Muad’dib Speaks
  6. Some days it’s mélange; some days it’s bitter dirt. / Rakian Aphorism
  7. The trouble with some kinds of warfare (and be certain the Tyrant knew this, because it is implicit in his lesson) is that they destroy all moral decency in susceptible types. … / Teachings of the Golden Path, Bene Gesserit Archives
  8. Ten thousand years since Leto II began his metamorphosis from human into the sandworm of Rakis and historians still argue over his motives. … / The Metamorphosis of Leto II, 10,000 Anniversary Peroration by Gaus Andaud
  9. Technology, in common with many other activities, tends toward avoidance of risks by investors. … / Assessment of Ix, Bene Gesserit Archives.
  10. In my estimation, more misery has been created by reformers than by any other force in human history. … / The Reverend Mother Taraza, Conversational Record, GB File GSXXMAT9
  11. The Tleilaxu secret must be in their sperm. Our tests prove that their sperm does not carry forward in a straight genetic fashion. Gaps occur. … / Bene Gesserit Analysis, Archives Code: BTXX441 WOR
  12. The outer surface of a balloon is always larger than the center of the damned thing! That’s the whole point of the Scattering! / Bene Gesserit response to an Ixian suggestion that new investigative probes be sent out among the Lost Ones
  13. The failure of CHOAM? Quite simple: They ignore the fact that larger commercial powers wait at the edges of their activities, powers that could swallow them the way a slig swallows garbage. … / Bene Gesserit Council notes, Archives #SXX90CH
  14. At the quantum level our universe can be seen as an indeterminate place, predictable in a statistical way only when you employ large enough numbers. … / Analysis of the Tyrant, the Taraza File: GB Archives
  15. 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. / Chenoeh: “Conversations with Leto II”
  16. Law always chooses sides on the basis of enforcement power. … / Bene Gesserit Council Proceedings: Archives #XOX232
  17. The basic rule is this: Never support weakness; always support strength. / The Bene Gesserit Coda
  18. Nothing surpasses the complexity of the human mind. / Leto II: Dar-es-Balat Records
  19. The significant fact is this: No Bene Tleilax female has ever been seen away from the protection of their core planets. … / Bene Gesserit Analysis, Archives #XOXTM99 . . . . . 041
  20. What social inheritances went outward with the Scattering? We know those times intimately. … / The Scattering: Bene Gesserit Analysis (Archives)
  21. Liberty and Freedom are complex concepts. They go back to religious ideas of Free Will and are related to the Ruler Mystique implicit in absolute monarchs. … / Leto II, God Emperor of Dune: Dar-es-Balat Records
  22. Quite naturally, holders of power wish to suppress “wild” research. Unrestricted questing after knowledge has a long history of producing unwanted competition. … / Assessment of Ix, Bene Gesserit Archives
  23. Bureaucracy destroys initiative. There is little that bureaucrats hate more than innovation … / A Guide to Trial and Error in Government, Bene Gesserit Archives
  24. The long table on the right is set for a banquet of roast desert hare in sauce cepeda. … / Dar-es-Balat, Description at a Museum Display
  25. People always want something more than immediate joy or that deeper sense called happiness. … / Leadership Secrets of the Bene Gesserit
  26. There was this drylander who was asked which was more important, a literjon of water or a vast pool of water? … / The Jokes of Ancient Dune, Bene Gesserit Archives
  27. By your belief in singularities, in granular absolutes, you deny movement, even the movement of evolution! … / First Draft, Atreides Manifesto, Bene Gesserit Archives
  28. We have long known that the objects of our palpable sense experiences can be influenced by choice – both conscious choice and unconscious. … / Mother Superior Taraza: Argument in Council
  29. This is the awe-inspiring universe of magic: There are no atoms, only waves and motions all around. … / The Atreides Manifesto, Bene Gesserit Archives
  30. This room reconstructs a bit of the desert of Dune. … / Guide Announcement, Museum of Dar-es-Balat
  31. Our fathers ate manna in the desert, … / Songs of Gurney Halleck, Museum of Dar-es-Balat
  32. All organized religions face a common problem, a tender spot through which we may enter and shift them to our designs: How do they distinguish hubris from revelation? / Missionaria Protectiva, the Inner Teachings
  33. I remember friends from wars all but we forgot. … / Songs of the Scattering
  34. It is your fate, forgetfulness. All of the old lessons of life, you lose and gain and lose and gain again. / Leto II, the Voice of Dar-es-Balat
  35. Survival of self, of species, and of environment, these are what drive humans. … / Leto II to Hwi Noree, His Voice: Dar-es-Balat
  36. There was a man who sat each day looking out through a narrow vertical opening where a single board had been removed from a tall wooden fence. … / Stories of the Hidden Wisdom, from the Oral History of Rakis
  37. Historians exercise great power and some of them know it. They recreate the past, changing it to fit their own interpretations. Thus, they change the future as well. / Leto II, His Voice, from Dar-es-Balat
  38. “I must rule with eye and claw – as the hawk among lesser birds.” / Atreides assertion (Ref: GB Archives)
  39. Memory never recaptures reality. Memory reconstructs. All reconstructions change the original, becoming external frames of reference that inevitably fall short. / Mentat Handbook
  40. Concealed behind strong barriers the heart becomes ice. / Darwi Odrade, Argument in Council
  41. When strangers meet, great allowance should be made for differences of custom and training. / The Lady Jessica, from “Wisdom of Arrakis”
  42. May you die on Caladan! / Ancient Drinking Toast
  43. The worst potential competition for any organism can come from its own kind. The species consumes necessities. … / From “Lessons of Arrakis”
  44. O you who know what we suffer here, do not forget us in your prayers. / Sign over Arrakeen Landing Field (Historical Records: Dar-es-Balat)
  45. The world is for the living. Who are they? … / Theodore Roethke (Historical Quotations: Dar-es-Balat)
  46. Justice? Who asks for justice. We make our own justice. We make it here on Arrakis – win or die. … / Leto I: Bene Gesserit Archives
  47. We are not looking at a new state of matter but at a newly recognized relationship between consciousness and matter, which provides a more penetrating insight into the workings of prescience. … / Mother Superior Taraza, Argument in Council

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26 Chapterhouse Dune

Chapterhouse Dune

Contents

  1. Those who would repeat the past must control the teaching of history. / Bene Gesserit Coda
  2. When I set out of lead humanity along my Golden Path I promised a lesson their bones would remember. … / Leto II, the God Emperor
  3. The person who takes the banal and ordinary and illuminates it in a new way can terrify. / The Zensufi Master
  4. Rules build up fortifications behind which small minds create satrapies. A perilous state of affairs in the best of times, disastrous during crises. / Bene Gesserit Coda
  5. We tend to become like the worst in those we oppose. / Bene Gesserit Coda
  6. You cannot know history unless you know ho leaders move with its currents. / Leto II (The Tyrant), Vether Bebe Translation
  7. You cannot manipulate a marionette with only one string. / The Zensunni Whip
  8. Confine yourself to observing and you always miss the point of your own life. / Darwi Odrade
  9. 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. / Missionaria Protectiva, Text QIV (decto)
  10. The writing of history is largely a process of diversion. Most historical accounts distract attention from the secret influences behind great events. / The Basha Teg
  11. Corruption wears infinite disguises. / Tleilaxu Thu-zen
  12. Education is no substitute for intelligence. That elusive quality is defined only in part by puzzle-solving ability. It is in the creation of new puzzles reflecting what your senses report that you round out the definition. / Mentat Text One (decto)
  13. Many things we do naturally become difficult only when we try to make them intellectual subjects. It is possible to know so much about a subject that you become totally ignorant. / Mentat Text Two (dicto)
  14. Religion (emulation of adults by the child) encysts past mythologies: guesses, hidden assumptions of trust in the universe, pronouncements made in search of personal power, all mingled with shreds of enlightenment. … / Bene Gesserit Credo
  15. Laws to suppress tend to strengthen what they would prohibit. This is the fine point on which all the legal professions of history have based their job security. / Bene Gesserit Coda
  16. We do not teach history; we recreate the experience. We follow the chain of consequences – the tracks of the beast in its forest. … / Bene Gesserit Panoplia Propheticus
  17. They say Mother Superior can disregard nothing – a meaningless aphorism until you grasp its other significance: I am the servant of all my Sisters. … / Darwi Odrade
  18. All states are abstractions. / Octun Politicus, GB Archives
  19. Some never participate. Life happens to them. … / Alma Mavis Taraza
  20. To know a thing well, know its limits. Only when pushed beyond its tolerances will true nature be seen. … / (Bene Gesserit Commentary)
  21. Ready comprehension is often a knee-jerk response and the most dangerous form of understanding. … / Mentat Fixe (adacto)
  22. Major flaws in government arise from a fear of making radical internal changes even though a need is clearly seen. / Darwi Odrade
  23. Time does not count itself. You have only to look at a circle and this is apparent. / Leto II (The Tyrant)
  24. A major concept guides the Missionaria Protectiva: Purposeful instruction of the masses. This is firmly seated in our belief that the aim of argument should be to change the nature of truth. In such matters, we prefer the use of power rather than force. / The Coda
  25. The best art imitates life in a compelling way. If it imitates a dream, it must be a dream of life. Otherwise, there is no place where we can connect. Our plugs don’t fit. / Darwi Odrade
  26. Uproot your questions from their ground and the dangling roots will be seen. More questions! / Mentat Zensufi
  27. Humans are born with a susceptibility to that most persistent and debilitating disease of intellect: self-deception. … / The Coda
  28. Give me the judgment of balanced minds in preference to laws every time. Codes and manuals create patterned behavior. All patterned behavior tends to go unquestioned, gathering destructive momentum. / Darwi Odrade
  29. No sweeteners will cloak some forms of bitterness. If it tastes bitter, spit it out. That’s what our earliest ancestors did. / The Coda
  30. Enter no conflict against fanatics unless you can defuse them. Oppose a religion with another religion only if your proofs (miracles) are irrefutable or if you can mesh in a way that the fanatics accept you as god-inspired. … / Missionaria Protectiva, Primary Teaching
  31. We walk a delicate line, perpetuating Atreides (Siona) genes in our population because that hides us from prescience. … / Archival Summary (adixto)
  32. We witness a passing phase of eternity. Important things happen but some people never notice. … / Darwi Odrade
  33. Spend energies on those who make you strong. Energy spent on weaklings drags you to doom (HM rule) Bene Gesserit Commentary: Who judges? / The Dortujla Record
  34. Ish yara al-ahdab hadbat-u. (A hunchback does not see his own hunch. – Folk Saying.) … / The Bashar Teg
  35. Religion must be accepted as a source of energy. It can directed for our purposes, but only within limits that experience reveals. Here is the secret meaning of Free Will. / Missionaria Protectiva, Primary Teaching
  36. Our household god is this thing we carry forward generation after generation: our message for humankind if it matures. The closest thing we have to a household goddess is a failed Reverend Mother – Chenoeh there in her niche. / Darwi Odrade
  37. When are the witches to be trusted? Never! The dark side of the magic universe belongs to the Bene Gesserit and we must reject them. / Tylwyth Waff, Master of Masters
  38. Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty. / The Coda
  39. Making workable choices occurs in a crucible of informative mistakes. Thus Intelligence accepts fallibility. … / Darwi Odrade
  40. Ultimately, all things are known because you want to believe you know. / Zensunni koan
  41. Answers are a perilous grip on the universe. They can appear sensible yet explain nothing. / The Zensunni Whip
  42. Battle? There’s always a desire for breathing space motivating it somewhere. / The Bashar Teg
  43. Do not be quick to reveal judgment. Hidden judgment often is more potent. It can guide reactions whose effects are felt only when too late to divert them. / Bene Gesserit Advice to Postulants
  44. Looked at one way, the universe is Brownian movement, nothing predictable at the elemental level. Muad’Dib and his Tyrant son closed the cloud chamber where movement occurred. / Stories from Gammu
  45. What do Holy Accidents teach? Be resilient. Be strong. Be ready for change, for the new. Gather many experiences and judge them by the steadfast nature of our faith. / Tleilaxu Doctrine
  46. When you think to take determination of your fate into your own hands, that is the moment you can be crushed. Be cautious. Allow for surprises. When we create, there are always other forces at work. / Darwi Odrade
  47. There’s no secret to balance. You just have to feel the waves. / Darwi Odrade
  48. Paired opposites define your longings and those longings imprison you. / The Zensunni Whip
  • Dedication to Bev Herbert, written by Frank Herbert; Port Townsend, WA; April 6, 1984.

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