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