By Frank Herbert




145 Quotes    4.2 

Set in the distant future in the midst of a widespread feudal interstellar empire where planetary dynasties are controlled by noble houses owing loyalty to the imperial house of Corrino, Dune tells the story of young Paul Atreides (the apparent heir to Duke Leto Atreides and heir to House Atreides) ... as he and his family accept control over the desert planet Arrakis, the only source of the melange of 'spice,' The story explores the complex, multi-layered interactions between politics, religion, ecology, technology and human emotion as the empire forces confront each other for Arrakis' control. Published in 1965, it won the 1966 Hugo Award, and the inaugural Best Novel Nebula Award. Dune is often cited as the best-selling sf novel worldwide.



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Quotes from Dune

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.

There is no escape—we pay for the violence of our ancestors.

Death   Legacy   Life   Muad dib   Philosophy   Truth   Wisdom

There should be a science of discontent. People need hard times to develop psychic muscles. -- Muad'Dib

Grave this on your memory, lad: A world is supported by four things..." she held up four big-knuckled fingers. "...the learning of the wise, the justice of the great, the prayers of the righteous and the valor of the brave. But all of these things are as nothing..." She closed her fingers into a fist. "...without a ruler who knows the art of ruling. Make
the science of your tradition!

The Fremen were supreme in that quality the ancients called "spannungsbogen" -- which is the self-imposed delay between desire for a thing and the act of reaching out to grasp that thing.

When religion and politics travel in the same cart, the riders believe nothing can stand in their way. Their movements become headlong - faster and faster and faster. They put aside all thoughts of obstacles and forget the precipice does not show itself to the man in a blind rush until it's too late.

Reviews of Dune

I was happy to wind through Herbert's labyrinth of political intrigues, betrayals, deceptions, blood and fury. The complexity struck me as a strength rather than a failing.

I'd been slogging along, eyes on the ground, just trying to make it through another day of the relentless, petty slice and grind that is being a preteen girl. Herbert tilted my chin up so I could see the stars.

Dune opened up the possibility of other worlds for me in a way that no other book had done before it -- or since. It was impossible to have this moment of awakening twice in a lifetime. But Dune changed the way I looked at words...

Herbert seamlessly blends fantasy and sci-fi conventions in a way few franchises besides Star Wars have been successful at. Aristocrats playing politics, sword fights, space ships, and giant sandworm alien monsters punctuate a story that is full of rich lore rivaled only by books like the Lord of the Rings series...

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