Highlights from my reading of Dune

“It should be one of the tests,” the old woman said. “Humans are almost always lonely.” Highlighted on Friday, December 18, 2015 at 9:01 AM in Dune by Frank Herbert

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 are as nothing … ” She closed her fingers into a fist. “… without a ruler who knows the art of ruling. Make that the science of your tradition!” Highlighted on Friday, December 18, 2015 at 9:21 AM in Dune by Frank Herbert

This world has emptied me of all but the oldest purpose: tomorrow’s life. I live now for my young Duke and the daughter yet to be. Highlighted on Friday, December 18, 2015 at 9:01 AM in Dune by Frank Herbert

Then, as his planet killed him, it occurred to Kynes that his father and all the other scientists were wrong, that the most persistent principles of the universe were accident and error. Highlighted on Friday, December 18, 2015 at 10:09 AM in Dune by Frank Herbert

That girl! She was like a touch of destiny. He felt caught up on a wave, in tune with a motion that lifted all his spirits. Highlighted on Friday, December 18, 2015 at 11:03 AM in Dune by Frank Herbert

“I’ve been a long time waiting for you,” she said. “Here is my life.” Highlighted on Sunday, December 20, 2015 at 9:01 AM in Dune by Frank Herbert

knowledge about it, understand what it was doing to his mother, but the knowledge lacked a natural rhythm, lacked a system of mutual reflection. Highlighted on Sunday, December 20, 2015 at 9:07 AM in Dune by Frank Herbert

This drug–he could assemble knowledge about it, understand what it was doing to his mother, but the knowledge lacked a natural rhythm, lacked a system of mutual reflection Highlighted on Sunday, December 20, 2015 at 9:07 AM in Dune by Frank Herbert

Paul felt himself at the center, at the pivot where the whole structure turned, walking a thin wire of peace with a measure of happiness, Chani at his side. Highlighted on Sunday, December 20, 2015 at 9:12 AM in Dune by Frank Herbert

I am a theater of processes Highlighted on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 4:42 PM in Dune by Frank Herbert

When religion and politics travel in the same cart, the riders believe nothing can stand in their way. Highlighted on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 5:48 PM in Dune by Frank Herbert

She had quoted a Bene Gesserit proverb to him: “When religion and politics travel in the same cart, the riders believe nothing can stand in their way.

Their movement become headlong — faster and faster and faster. They put aside all thought of obstacles and forget that a precipice does not show itself to the man in a blind rush until it’s too late.” Highlighted on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 5:48 PM in Dune by Frank Herbert

I must not die. Then it will be only legend and nothing to stop the jihad. Highlighted on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 9:11 PM in Dune by Frank Herbert

I know the reasons for this, she thought. I shouldn’t let it stir me. Highlighted on Friday, December 25, 2015 at 11:48 PM in Dune by Frank Herbert

Expect only what happens in the fight. That way you’ll never be surprised. Highlighted on Monday, December 28, 2015 at 1:53 PM in Dune by Frank Herbert