Frank Herbert Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Frank Herbert quotes, Frank Herbert sayings, and Frank Herbert proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

The future remains uncertain and so it should, for it is the canvas upon which we paint our desires. Thus always the human condition faces a beautifully empty canvas. Frank Herbert
Power attracts the corruptible. Suspect any who seek it. Frank Herbert
Producing perfection from imperfection is, after all, the highest of art forms. Frank Herbert
The concept of progress acts as a protective mechanism to shield us from the terrors of the future. Frank Herbert
Survival is the ability to swim in strange water. Frank Herbert
There has never been a truly selfless rebel, just hypocrites conscious hypocrites or unconscious hypocrites, it's all the same. Frank Herbert
The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand. Frank Herbert
Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty. Frank Herbert
When I need to identify rebels, I look for men with principles. Frank Herbert
No matter how much we ask after the truth, self awareness is often unpleasant. We do not feel kindly toward the Truthsayer. Frank Herbert
Polish comes from the cities; wisdom from the desert. Frank Herbert
There is no real ending. It's just the place where you stop the story. Frank Herbert
A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct. Frank Herbert
Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty. Frank Herbert
War is behavior with roots in the single cell of the primeval seas. Eat whatever you touch or it will eat you. Frank Herbert
There is no real ending. It's just the place where you stop the story. Frank Herbert
There is no real ending. It's just the place where you stop the story. Frank Herbert
It's easier to be terrified by an enemy you admire. Frank Herbert
Kindness is the beginning of cruelty. Frank Herbert
To suspect your own mortality is to know the beginning of terror, to learn irrefutably that you are mortal is to know the end of terror. Frank Herbert
There is only one true wealth in all the universe--living time. Frank Herbert
To see eternity was to be exposed to eternity's whims, oppressed by endless dimensions. Frank Herbert
If we define Futurism as an exploration beyond accepted limits, then the nature of limiting systems becomes the first object of exploration. Frank Herbert
The concept of progress acts as a protective mechanism to shield us from the terrors of the future. Frank Herbert
There is only one true wealth in all the universe–living time. Frank Herbert
Wealth is a tool of freedom, but the pursuit of wealth is the way to slavery. Frank Herbert
A good companion is one you wouldn't mind dying with. Frank Herbert
Every civilization depends on the quality of the individuals it produces. If you over-organize humans, over-legalize them, suppress their urge to greatness, they cannot work and their civilization collapses Frank Herbert
Memory never recaptures reality. Memory reconstructs. All reconstructions change the original, becoming external frames of reference that inevitably fall short. Frank Herbert
Do actions agree with words? There's your measure of reliability. Never confine yourself to the words. Frank Herbert