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Philosophy of Frank Herbert

Philosophy of Frank Herbert

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Philosophy, quotes and proverbs of Frank Herbert from "Chaperhouse Dune"
Philosophy, quotes and proverbs of Frank Herbert from "Chaperhouse Dune"

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from CHAPTERHOUSE: DUNE pg 001: Those who would repeat the past must control the teaching of history

. Bene Gesserit Coda pg 012: The person who takes the banal and the ordinary and illuminates it in a new way can terrify. We do not want our ideas changed. We feel threatened by such demands. "I already know the important things!" we say. Then Changer comes and throws our old ideas away. - The Zensufi Master pg 023: We tend to become like the worst in those we oppose. - Bene Gesserit Coda pg 059: 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) pg 070: The writing of history is largely a process of diversion. Most historical accounts distract attention from the secret influences behind great events. - The Bashar Teg pg 094: Education is no substitute for intelligence. That elusive quality is defined only in part by your 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) pg 099: Never compliment the chef in a private establishment. Chefs can be replaced. Hostess is irreplaceable. pg 101: People who demand the oracle predict their lives really want to know where the treasure is hidden... Know your entire future and nothing will ever surprise you. pg 119: 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 pg 135: (They would be glittering words, filled with drama and the tensions of his testing.) History, after all, was always written by the victors. pg 138: "We should grant power over our affairs only to those who are reluctant to hold it and then only under conditions that increase the reluctance", Darwi Odrade pg 153: In each instance action is illusory. Like appointing a committee to study a problem. The more people on the committee, the more preconceptions are applied to the problem. pg 156: "Democracy is a stupid idea anyway!" "We agree. It's demagogue-prone. That's a disease to which electoral systems are vulnerable. Yet demagogues are easy to identify. They gesture a lot and speak with pulpit rhythms, using words that ring of religious fervour and god-fearing sincerety." pg 169: To know a thing well, know its limits. Only when pushed beyond its tolerances will the true nature be seen. - The Amtal Rule pg 169: Do not depend only on theory when your life is at stake. - Bene Gesserit Commentary

pg 169: Sympathy for the enemy - a weakness of police and armies alike. Most perilous are the unconscious sympathies directing you to preserve your enemy intact because the enemy is your justification for existence. pg 182: Major flaws in government arise from a fear of making radical changes even though a need is clearly seen. - Darwi Odrade pg 191: Time does not count itself. You have to look at a circle and this is apparent. - Leto II(The Tyrant) pg 194: "Who will tell us what happens next?", he asks. Is that what you want Rabbi? You will not like what you hear. I guarantee it. From the moment the oracle speaks your future becomes your past. How you would wail in your boredom. Nothing new, not ever. Everything old in that one instant of revelation. "But this is not what I wanted!" I can hear you saying it. No brutality, no savagery, no quiet happiness nor exploding joy can come upon you unexpectedly. Like a runaway tube train in its wormhole, your life will sped through to its final moment of confrontation. Like a moth in the car you will beat your wings against the sides and ask Fate to let you out. "Let the tube undergo a magical change of directions. Let something new happen! Don't let the terrible things I have seen come to pass!" pg 216: Truth is an empty cup pg 216: Some precious stones could be identified by their impurities. Experts mapped impurities within the stones. A secret fingerprint. People were like that. You often knew them by their defects. The glittering surface told you too little. Good identification required you look deep inside and see the impurities. There was the gem quality of a total being. What would Van Gogh have been without impurities? pg 237: Give me the judgement of balanced minds in preferrence to laws every time. Codecs and manuals create patterned behaviour. All patterned behaviour tends to go unquestioned, gathering destructive momentum. - Darwi Odrade pg 263: 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. This has long been the barrier to science assuming a mantle of divine revelation. Science is so obviously man-made. Fanatics (and many are fanatics on one subject or another) must know where you stand, but more important, must recognize who whispers in your ear. - Missionaria Protectiva, Primary Teaching pg 267: She paused where the edge of the building would cut off their view of the setting sun in the next steps and, still in the secret language of the Tleilaxu, said, "The sun is not God". pg 294: For every veteran who returns with a new sense of destiny ('I survived; that must be God's purpose') more come home with barely submerged bitterness, ready to take the easy way out because they saw so much of it in the stresses of war. (- Miles Teg's thoughts) pg 300: Spend energies on those who make you strong. Energy spent on weaklings drags you to doom (Honoured Matre rule). Bene Gesserit commentary: Who judges? The Dortujla Record pg 308: A hunchback does not see his own hunch. - Folk Saying pg 317: Religion must be accepted as a source of energy. It can be directed for

our purposes, but only within limits that experience reveals. Here is the secret meaning of Free Will. - Missionaria Protectiva, Primary Teaching pg 327: Avoid excesses. Overcorrect and you always have a fine mess on your hands, the necessity to make larger and larger corrections. Oscillation. Fanatics are marvelous creators of oscillation. pg 332: The tyranny of the minority cloaked in the mask of the majority. Downfall of democracy. Either overthrown by its own excesses or eaten away by bureaucracy. (- Odrade) pg 332: First, a Civil Service law masked in the lie that it was the only way to correct demagogic excesses and spoils systems. Then the accumulation of power in places voters cannot touch. And finally, aristocracy. (- the Tyrant, Leto II) pg 332: Evidence! What is evidence except those things you are allowed to perceive? That's what Law tries to control: carefully managed reality. (- Reverend Mother Murbella) pg 336: Absolute power attracts the absolutely corruptible. This is the danger of entrenched bureaucracy to its subject population. Even spoil systems are preferrable because levels of tolerance are lower and the corrupt can be thrown out periodically. Entrenched bureaucracy seldom can be touched short of violence. Beware when Civil Service and Military join hands! pg 342: Death makes a prophet's voice louder. Martyrs are truly dangerous. (- Bene Gesserit) pg 342: Don't march in the streets with others who share your prejudices. Loud shouts are often the easiest to ignore. "I mean, look at them out there shouting their heads off! You want to make common cause with them?" (- Odrade) pg 342: To create change, you find leverage points and move them. Beware blind alleys. Offers of high positions are a common distraction paraded before marchers. Leverage points are not all in high office. They are often at economic or communication centres and unless you know this, high office is useless. Even lieutenants can alter our course. Not by changing reports but by burying unwanted orders. (- Odrade) pg 344: Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty. - The Coda pg 349: Making workable choices occurs in a crucible of informative mistakes. Thus intelligence accepts fallibility. And when absolute (infallible) choices are not known, Intelligence takes chances with limited data in an arena where mistakes are not only possible but also necessary. - Darwi Odrade pg 359: "It is naïve to expect any bureaucracy to take brilliant innovations and put them to good use. Bureaucracies ask different questions... These are the typical questions, ... : Who gets the credit? Who will be blamed if it causes problems? Will it shift the power structure, costing jobs? Or will it make some subordinate department more important?", Darwi Odrade pg 361: Ultimately, all things are known because you want to believe you know. Zensunni koan pg 369: Answers are a perilous grip on the universe. They can appear sensible yet explain nothing. - The Zensunni Whip

pg 395: You expected battle casualties to show that ultimate evidence of common humanity - flowing red that darkened on exposure but always left its indelible mark in the memories of those who saw it. Lack of bloody carnage was an unknown and, in warfare, unknown had a history of bringing extreme peril. pg 416: Don't ask the oracle what you can gain. That's the trap. Beware the real fortune-teller! Would you like thirty-five hundred years of boredom?

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