The Children of Dune are twin siblings Leto and Ghanima Atreides, whose father, the Emperor Paul Muad’Dib, disappeared in the deserts of Arrakis. Like their father, they possess supernormal abilities—making them valuable to their aunt Alia, who rules the Empire. If Alia can obtain the secrets... read more
Muad’Dib has become an old man damaged by forced overdoses of spice essence and dependent on an assistant; he is rousing the populace against the priestly apparatus and its ruler — his sister Alia, who has since lost the battle with the memory personalities she contains, and is possessed by... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Muad’Dib has become an old man damaged by forced overdoses of spice essence and dependent on an assistant; he is rousing the populace against the priestly apparatus and its ruler — his sister Alia, who has since lost the battle with the memory personalities she contains, and is possessed by the persona of her grandfather and Atreides enemy, Baron Harkonnen.
Despite numerous enemies, Muad'Dib's children Leto and Ghanima survive concerted attempts to eliminate them. Leto undertakes a transformation by allowing sandtrout to bond to the surface of his body, making him immensely strong and fast and beginning his transformation into a human-sandworm hybrid. The subsequent deaths of Paul and Alia lead to the virtually immortal Leto grasping control of the Known Universe.
Over and over, Herbert shows how his characters' triumphs contain the seeds of their own destruction, and how their personalities and ideals keep them on the track of destruction, even if prescient vision proves to them how they are doomed. Frank Herbert said later in life that he conceived all three of the first Dune books as a single story from the start, and that he simply produced that one complete tale in three separate volumes.
“Muad'Dib's teachings have become the playground of scholastics, of the superstitious and the corrupt. He taught a balanced way of life, a philosophy with which a human can meet problems arising from an ever-changing universe. He said humankind is still evolving, in a process which will never end. He said this evolution moves on changing principles which are known only to eternity. How can corrupted reasoning play with such an essence?”Words of the Mentat Duncan Idaho
“CHALLENGE: "Have you seen The Preacher?"RESPONSE: "I have seen a sandworm."CHALLENGE: "What about that sandworm?"RESPONSE: "It gives us the air we breathe."CHALLENGE: "Then why do we destroy its land?"RESPONSE: "Because Shai-Hulud (sandworm deified) orders it."”Riddles of Arrakis by Harq al-Ada
“The sietch at the desert's rimWas Liet's, was Kynes's,Was Stilgar's, was Muad'Dib'sAnd once more, was Stilgar's.The Naibs one by one sleep in the sand,But the sietch endures.”from a Fremen song
“The Fremen must return to his original faith, to his genius in forming human communities; he must return to the past, where that lesson of survival was learned in the struggle with Arrakis. The only business of the Fremen should be that of opening his soul to the inner teachings. The worlds of the Imperium, the Landsraad and the CHOAM Confederacy have no message to give him. They will only rob him of his soul.”The Preacher at Arrakeen
“And I beheld another beast coming up out of the sand; and he had two horns like a lamb, but his mouth was fanged and fiery as the dragon and his body shimmered and burned with great heat while it did hiss like the serpent.”Revised Orange Catholic Bible
Governments, if they endure, always tend increasingly toward aristocratic forms. No government in history has been known to evade this pattern. And as the aristocracy develops, government tends more and more to act exclusively in the interests of the ruling class—whether that class be hereditary royalty, oligarchs of financial empires, or entrenched bureaucracy.Highlighted by 141 Kindle customers
There’s no mystery about a human life. It’s not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.”Highlighted by 108 Kindle customers
Good government never depends upon laws, but upon the personal qualities of those who govern. The machinery of government is always subordinate to the will of those who administer that machinery. The most important element of government, therefore, is the method of choosing leaders.Highlighted by 102 Kindle customers
“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.”Highlighted by 93 Kindle customers
When I am weaker than you, I ask you for freedom because that is according to your principles; when I am stronger than you, I take away your freedom because that is according to my principles.Highlighted by 80 Kindle customers
The child who refuses to travel in the father’s harness, this is the symbol of man’s most unique capability. “I do not have to be what my father was. I do not have to obey my father’s rules or even believe everything he believed. It is my strength as a human that I can make my own choices of what to believe and what not to believe, of what to be and what not to be.”Highlighted by 70 Kindle customers
“If you focus your awareness only upon your own rightness, then you invite the forces of opposition to overwhelm you. This is a common error.Highlighted by 68 Kindle customers
‘I’m going to rub your faces in things you try to avoid. I don’t find it strange that all you want to believe is only that which comforts you. How else do humans invent the traps which betray us into mediocrity? How else do we define cowardice?’Highlighted by 68 Kindle customers
The one-eyed view of our universe says you must not look far afield for problems. Such problems may never arrive. Instead, tend to the wolf within your fences. The packs ranging outside may not even exist.Highlighted by 68 Kindle customers
“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.”Highlighted by 65 Kindle customers
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