27 Best Quotes From Dune: Frank Herbert's Epic Sci-Fi

'Dune' quotes are very interesting.

'Dune' was written by Frank Herbert and was published in 1965.

'Dune' is a futuristic novel which is all about Paul Atreides and his family who take over the planet of Arrakis. The movie 'Dune' which is based on this story from the novel was released in 1984.

'Dune' is widely regarded as among the finest science fiction books of all times and it is often described as the finest science fiction book in history, having won the Nebula Award and the Hugo Award for exceptional science fiction. 'Dune' was part of a series of five novels published by Herbert. It also has to its credit video games, two sci-fi channel limited series, and a collection of prequels, interquels, and sequels which are co-written by Kevin J. Anderson, and Brian Herbert who is the son of Frank Herbert.

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Famous Quotes From 'Dune'

These 'Dune' quotations are some of the most famous ones out there. These quotes are taken from both the book and the movie.

1. "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."

- Frank Herbert, 'Dune'.

2. “A beginning is a very delicate time.”

- Princess Irulan, 'Dune'.

3. “A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct. This every sister of the Bene Gesserit knows.”

- Frank Herbert, 'Dune'.

4. “It is by will alone I set my mind in motion.”

- Piter De Vries, 'Dune'.

5.  "Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic."

- Frank Herbert, 'Dune'.

6. "The spice extends life. The spice expands consciousness. The spice is vital to space travel."

- Princess Irulan, 'Dune'.

The Best Quotes From 'Dune'

The best 'Dune' sayings are taken from both the novel which is written by Frank Herbert and the 'Dune' movie as well. Keep reading to find out more!

7. "The concept of progress acts as a protective mechanism to shield us from the terrors of the future."

- Frank Herbert, 'Dune'.

8. "Just as individuals are born, mature, breed, and die, so do societies and civilizations and governments."

- Muad'Dib, 'Dune'.

9. "The person who experiences greatness must have a feeling for the myth he is in... And he must have a strong sense of the sardonic... The sardonic is all that permits him to move within himself. Without this quality, even occasional greatness will destroy a man.

- Frank Herbert, 'Dune'.

10. "Paul... whatever happens, I will love you forever. You are my life. You are my life."

- Chani, 'Dune'.

11. "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."

- Frank Herbert, 'Dune'.

12. “Irulan shall be my wife, opening the way for an Atreides to take the throne.”

- Paul Atreides, 'Dune'.

Quotes From 'Dune' The Book

'Dune' quotes are loved by every bookworm.

'Dune' is one of the most well-written science fiction novels of all time. Here are some of the famous book quotes from 'Dune'. Book lovers listen up!

13. “You’ve heard of animals chewing off a leg to escape a trap? There’s an animal kind of trick. A human would remain in the trap, endure the pain, feigning death that he might kill the trapper and remove the threat to his kind.”

- Frank Herbert, 'Dune'.

14. "A process cannot be understood by stopping it. Understanding must move with the flow of the process, must join it and flow with it."

- Frank Herbert, 'Dune'.

15. "He who controls the spice controls the universe."

- Frank Herbert, 'Dune'.

16. "The mystery of life isn't a problem to solve, but a reality to experience."

- Frank Herbert, 'Dune'.

17. "But all of a man’s water, ultimately, belongs to his people—to his tribe. It’s a necessity when you live near the Great Flat. All water’s precious there, and the human body is composed of some seventy percent water by weight. A dead man, surely, no longer requires that water."

- Frank Herbert, 'Dune'.

18. "It's shocking to find how many people do not believe they can learn, and how many more believe learning to be difficult."

- Frank Herbert, 'Dune'.

19. “The willow submits to the wind and prospers until one day it is many willows—a wall against the wind. This is the willow’s purpose.”

- Frank Herbert, 'Dune'.

20. "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."

- Frank Herbert, 'Dune'.

Quotes From 'Dune' The Movie

'Dune' dialogues are thrilling.

Read on to know what the characters from the movie 'Dune' had to say in these movie quotes from 'Dune'. Movie fans will love these!

21. "We Fremen have a saying: 'God created Arrakis to train the faithful.' One cannot go against the word of God."

- Paul, 'Dune'.

22. "The sleeper must awaken."

- Duke Leto Atreides, 'Dune'.

23. "I'll miss the sea, but a person needs new experiences. They jar something deep inside, allowing him to grow. Without change something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens."

- Duke Leto Atreides, 'Dune'.

24. "Usually, we have wormsigns the likes of which even God have never seen."

- Stilgar, 'Dune'.

25. "Let us say, I suggest you may be human. Your awareness may be powerful enough to control your instincts. Your instinct will be to remove your hand from the box. If you do so, you die."

- Reverend Mother Mohiam, 'Dune'.

26. "Remember: Walk without rhythm and we won't attract the worm. It will go to the thumper."

- Paul Atreides, 'Dune'.

27. “Oh Jessica, my beloved concubine. I should have married you.”

- Duke Leto Atreides, 'Dune'.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for 'Dune' quotes then why not take a look at [quotes from 'Frankenstein'] or [quotes from 'Gone With The Wind'] too?


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