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Those who would repeat the past must control the teaching of history.
-- Bene Gesserit Coda
When I set out to lead humanity along my Golden Path I promised a lesson their
bones would remember. I know a profound pattern humans deny with words even
while their actions affirm it. They say they seek security and quiet,
conditions they call peace. Even as they speak, they create seeds of turmoil
and violence.
-- Leto II, the God Emperor
The person who takes the banal and ordinary and illuminates it in a new way can
terrify. We do not want our ideas changed. We feel threatened by such
demands. "I already know the important things!" we say. Then Changer comes
and throws our old ideas away.
-- The Zensufi Master
Rules build up fortifications behind which small minds create satrapies.
A perilous state of affairs in the best of times, disastrous during crises.
-- Bene Gesserit Coda
We tend to become like the worst in those we oppose.
-- Bene Gesserit Coda
You cannot know history unless you know how leaders move with its currents.
Every leader requires outsiders to perpetuate his leadership. Examine my
career: I was leader and outsider. Do not assume I merely created a
Church-State. That was my function as leader and I copied historical models.
Barbaric arts of my time reveal me as outsider. Favorite poetry: epics.
Popular dramatic ideal: heroism. Dances: wildly abandoned.
Stimulants to make people sense what I took from them. What did I take?
The right to choose a role in history.
-- Leto II (The Tyrant): Vether Bebe Translation
You cannot manipulate a marionette with only one string.
-- The Zensunni Whip
Confine yourself to observing and you always miss the point of your own life.
The object can be stated this way: Live the best life you can. Life is a game
whose rules you learn if you leap into it and play it to the hilt. Otherwise,
you are caught off balance, continually surprised by the shifting play.
Non-players often whine and complain that luck always passes them by. They
refuse to see that they can create some of their own luck.
-- Darwi Odrade
All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological
personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the
corruptible. Such people have a tendency to become drunk on violence, a
condition to which they are quickly addicted.
-- Missionaria Protectiva, Text QIV (decto)
The writing of history is largely a process of diversion. Most historical
accounts distract attention from the secret influences behind great events.
-- The Bashar Teg
Corruption wears infinite disguises.
-- Tleilaxu Thu-zen
Education is no substitute for intelligence. That elusive quality is defined
only in part by puzzle-solving ability. It is in the creation of new puzzles
reflecting what your senses report that you round out the definition.
-- Mentat Text One (decto)
Many things we do naturally become difficult only when we try to make them
intellectual subjects. It is possible to know so much about a subject that
you become totally ignorant.
-- Mentat Text Two (dicto)
Religion (emulation of adults by the child) encysts past mythologies: guesses,
hidden assumptions of trust in the universe, pronouncements made in search of
personal power, all mingled with shreds of enlightenment. And always an
unspoken commandment: Thou shalt not question! We break that commandment
daily in the harnessing of human imagination to our deepest creativity.
-- Bene Gesserit Credo
Laws to suppress tend to strengthen what they would prohibit. This is the fine
point on which all the legal professions of history have based their job
-- Bene Gesserit Coda
We do not teach history; we recreate the experience. We follow the chain of
consequences -- the tracks of the beast in its forest. Look behind our words
and you see the broad sweep of social behavior that no historian has ever
-- Bene Gesserit Panoplia Propheticus
They say Mother Superior can disregard nothing -- a meaningless aphorism
until you grasp its other significance: I am the servant of all my Sisters.
They watch their servant with critical eyes. I cannot spend too much time on
generalities nor on trivia. Mother Superior must display insightful action
else a sense of disquiet penetrates to the farthest corners of our order.
-- Darwi Odrade
All states are abstractions.
-- Octun Politicus, BG Archives
Some never participate. Life happens to them. They get by on little more than
dumb persistence and resist with anger or violence all things that might lift
them out of resentment-filled illusions of security.
-- Alma Mavis Taraza
To know a thing well, know its limits.
Only when pushed beyond its tolerances will true nature be seen.
-- The Amtal Rule
Do not depend only on theory if your life is at stake.
-- Bene Gesserit Commentary
Ready comprehension is often a knee-jerk response and the most dangerous
form of understanding. It blinks an opaque screen over your ability to learn.
The judgmental precedents of law function that way, littering your path with
dead ends. Be warned. Understand nothing. All comprehension is temporary.
-- Mentat Fixe (adacto)
Major flaws in government arise from a fear of making radical internal changes
even though a need is clearly seen.
-- Darwi Odrade
Time does not count itself. You have only to look at a circle and this is
-- Leto II (The Tyrant)
A major concept guides the Missionaria Protectiva: Purposeful
instruction of the masses. This is firmly seated in our belief
that the aim of argument should be to change the nature of truth.
In such matters, we prefer the use of power rather than force.
-- The Coda
The best art imitates life in a compelling way. If it imitates a dream, it
must be a dream of life. Otherwise, there is no place where we can connect.
Our plugs don't fit.
-- Darwi Odrade
Uproot your questions from their ground and the dangling roots will be seen.
More questions!
-- Mentat Zensufi
Humans are born with a susceptibility to that most persistent and debilitating
disease of intellect: self-deception. The best of all possible worlds and the
worst get their dramatic coloration from it. As nearly as we can determine,
there is no natural immunity. Constant alertness is required.
-- The Coda
Give me the judgment of balanced minds in preference to laws every time.
Codes and manuals create patterned behavior. All patterned behavior tends
to go unquestioned, gathering destructive momentum.
-- Darwi Odrade
No sweeteners will cloak some forms of bitterness.
If it tastes bitter, spit it out.
That's what our earliest ancestors did.
-- The Coda
Enter no conflict against fanatics unless you can defuse them.
Oppose a religion with another religion only if your proofs (miracles)
are irrefutable or if you can mesh in a way that the fanatics accept
you as god-inspired. This has long been the barrier to science assuming
a mantle of divine revelation. Science is so obviously manmade.
Fanatics (and many are fanatic on one subject or another) must know where
you stand, but more important, must recognize who whispers in your ear.
-- Missionaria Protectiva, Primary Teaching
We walk a delicate line, perpetuating Atreides (Siona) genes in our population
because that hides us from prescience. We carry the Kwisatz Haderach in that
bag! Willfulness created Muad'Dib. Prophets make predictions come true!
Will we ever again dare ignore our Tao sense and cater to a culture that hates
chance and begs for prophecy?
-- Archival Summary (adixto)
We witness a passing phase of eternity. Important things happen but some
people never notice. Accidents intervene. You are not present at episodes.
You depend on reports. And people shutter their minds. What good are reports?
History in a news account? Preselected at an editorial conference, digested
and excreted by prejudice? Accounts you need seldom come from those who make
history. Diaries, memoirs and autobiographies are subjective forms of special
pleading. Archives are crammed with such suspect stuff.
-- Darwi Odrade
Spend energies on those who make you strong. Energy spent on weaklings drags
you to doom. (HM rule) Bene Gesserit Commentary: Who judges?
-- The Dortujla Record
Ish yara al-ahdab hadbat-u.
(A hunchback does not see his own hunch. -- Folk Saying.)
Bene Gesserit Commentary: The hunch may be seen with
the aid of mirrors but mirrors may show the whole being.
-- The Bashar Teg
Religion must be accepted as a source of energy. It can be directed
for our purposes, but only within limits that experience reveals.
Here is the secret meaning of Free Will.
-- Missionaria Protectiva, Primary Teaching
Our household god is this thing we carry forward generation after generation:
our message for humankind if it matures. The closest thing we have to a
household goddess is a failed Reverend Mother -- Chenoeh there in her niche.
-- Darwi Odrade
When are the witches to be trusted? Never! The dark side of the magic
universe belongs to the Bene Gesserit and we must reject them.
-- Tylwyth Waff, Master of Masters
Seek freedom and become captive of your desires.
Seek discipline and find your liberty.
-- The Coda
Making workable choices occurs in a crucible of informative mistakes.
Thus Intelligence accepts fallibility. And when absolute (infallible)
choices are not known, Intelligence takes chances with limited data in
an arena where mistakes are not only possible but also necessary.
-- Darwi Odrade
Ultimately, all things are known because you want to believe you know.
-- Zensunni koan
Answers are a perilous grip on the universe. They can appear sensible yet
explain nothing.
-- The Zensunni Whip
Battle? There's always a desire for breathing space motivating it somewhere.
-- The Bashar Teg
Do not be quick to reveal judgment. Hidden judgment often is more potent.
It can guide reactions whose effects are felt only when too late to divert them.
-- Bene Gesserit Advice to Postulants
Looked at one way, the universe is Brownian movement, nothing predictable at
the elemental level. Muad'Dib and his Tyrant son closed the cloud chamber
where movement occurred.
-- Stories from Gammu
What do Holy Accidents teach? Be resilient. Be strong.
Be ready for change, for the new. Gather many experiences
and judge them by the steadfast nature of our faith.
-- Tleilaxu Doctrine
When you think to take determination of your fate into your own hands,
that is the moment you can be crushed. Be cautious. Allow for surprises.
When we create, there are always other forces at work.
-- Darwi Odrade
There's no secret to balance. You just have to feel the waves.
-- Darwi Odrade
Paired opposites define your longings and those longings imprison you.
-- The Zensunni Whip


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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 rim
Was Liet's, was Kynes's,
Was Stilgar's, was Muad'Dib's
And, once more, was Stilgar's.
The Naibs one by one sleep in the sand,
But the sietch endures.
-- from a Fremen song
melange (me'-lange also ma,lanj) n-s, origin uncertain (thought to derive from
ancient Terran Franzh): a. mixture of spices; b. spice of Arrakis (Dune) with
geriatric properties first noted by Yanshuph Ashkoko, royal chemist in reign of
Shakkad the Wise; Arrakeen melange, found only in deepest desert sands of
Arrakis, linked to prophetic visions of Paul Muad'Dib (Atreides), first Fremen
Mahdi; also employed by Spacing Guild Navigators and the Bene Gesserit.
-- Dictionary Royal fifth edition
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
I give you the desert chameleon, whose ability to blend itself into the
background tells you all you need to know about the roots of ecology
and the foundations of a personal identity.
-- Book of Diatribes from the Hayt Chronicle
The Universe is God's. It is one thing, a wholeness against which all
separations may be identified. Transient life, even that self-aware and
reasoning life which we call sentient, holds only fragile trusteeship on any
portion of the wholeness.
-- Commentaries from the C.E.T. (Commission of Ecumenical Translators)
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
It is commonly reported, my dear Georad, that there exists great natural
virtue in the melange experience. Perhaps this is true. There remain within
me, however, profound doubts that every use of melange always brings virtue.
Me seems that certain persons have corrupted the use of melange in defiance
of God. In the words of the Ecumenon, they have disfigured the soul.
They skim the surface of melange and believe thereby to attain grace.
They deride their fellows, do great harm to godliness, and they distort
the meaning of this abundant gift maliciously, surely a mutilation beyond
the power of man to restore. To be truly at one with the virtue of the spice,
uncorrupted in all ways, full of goodly honor, a man must permit his deeds and
his words to agree. When your actions describe a system of evil consequences,
you should be judged by those consequences and not by your explanations.
It is thus that we should judge Muad'Dib.
-- The Pedant Heresy
Either we abandon the long-honored Theory of Relativity, or we cease to
believe that we can engage in continued accurate prediction of the future.
Indeed, knowing the future raises a host of questions which cannot be answered
under conventional assumptions unless one first projects an Observer outside of
Time and, second, nullifies all movement. If you accept the Theory of Relativity,
it can be shown that Time and the Observer must stand still in relationship to
each or inaccuracies will intervene. This would seem to say that it is
impossible to engage in accurate prediction of the future. How, then, do we
explain the continued seeking after this visionary goal by respected scientists?
How, then, do we explain Muad'Dib?
-- Lectures on Prescience by Harq al-Ada
I hear the wind blowing across the desert and I see the moons of a winter night
rising tike great ships in the void. To them I make my vow: I will be resolute
and make an art of government; I will balance my inherited past and become a
perfect storehouse of my relic memories. And I will be known for kindliness
more than for knowledge. My face will shine down the corridors of time for as
long as humans exist.
-- Leto's Vow, After Harq al-Ada
These are illusions of popular history which a successful religion must
promote: Evil men never prosper; only the brave deserve the fair; honesty is
the best policy; actions speak louder than words; virtue always triumphs; a
good deed is its own reward; any bad human can be reformed; religious talismans
protect one from demon possession; only females understand the ancient
mysteries; the rich are doomed to unhappiness . . .
-- From the Instruction Manual: Missionaria Protectiva
A sophisticated human can become primitive. What this really means is that the
human's way of life changes. Old values change, become linked to the landscape
with its plants and animals. This new existence requires a working knowledge of
those multiplex and cross-linked events usually referred to as nature.
It requires a measure of respect for the inertial power within such natural
systems. When a human gains this working knowledge and respect, that is called
"being primitive." The converse, of course, is equally true: the primitive can
become sophisticated, but not without accepting dreadful psychological damage.
-- The Leto Commentary, After Harq al-Ada
This was Muad'Dib's achievement: He saw the subliminal reservoir of each
individual as an unconscious bank of memories going back to the primal cell of
our common genesis. Each of us, he said, can measure out his distance from that
common origin. Seeing this and telling of it, he made the audacious leap of
decision. Muad'Dib set himself the task of integrating genetic memory into
ongoing evaluation. Thus did he break through Time's veils, making a single
thing of the future and the past. That was Muad'Dib's creation embodied in his
son and his daughter.
-- Testament of Arrakis by Harq al-Ada
And he saw a vision of armor. The armor was not his own skin; it was stronger
than plasteel. Nothing penetrated his armor -- not knife or poison or sand, not
the dust of the desert or its desiccating heat. In his right hand he carried
the power to make the Coriolis storm, to shake the earth and erode it into
nothing. His eyes were fixed upon the Golden Path and in his left hand he
carried the scepter of absolute mastery. And beyond the Golden Path, his eyes
looked into eternity which he knew to be the food of his soul and of his
everlasting flesh.
-- Heighia, My Brother's Dream from The Book of Ghanima
Atrocity is recognized as such by victim and perpetrator alike, by all who
learn about it at whatever remove. Atrocity has no excuses, no mitigating
argument. Atrocity never balances or rectifies the past. Atrocity merely arms
the future for more atrocity. It is self-perpetuating upon itself -- a
barbarous form of incest. Whoever commits atrocity also commits those future
atrocities thus bred.
-- The Apocrypha of Muad'Dib
I will not argue with the Fremen claims that they are divinely inspired to
transmit a religious revelation, it is their concurrent claim to ideological
revelation which inspires me to shower them with derision. Of course, they make
the dual claim in the hope that it will strengthen their mandarinate and help
them to endure in a universe which finds them increasingly oppressive.
It is in the name of all those oppressed people that I warn the Fremen:
short-term expediency always fails in the long term.
-- The Preacher at Arrakeen
The life of a single human, as the life of a family or an entire people,
persists as memory. My people must come to see this as part of their maturing
process. They are people as organism, and in this persistent memory they store
more and more experiences in a subliminal reservoir. Humankind hopes to call
upon this material if it is needed for a changing universe. But much that is
stored can be lost in that chance play of accident which we call "fate."
Much may not be integrated into evolutionary relationships, and thus may not
be evaluated and keyed into activity by those ongoing environmental changes
which inflict themselves upon flesh. The species can forget! This is the
special value of the Kwisatz Haderach which the Bene Gesserits never suspected:
the Kwisatz Haderach cannot forget.
-- The Book of Leto, After Harq al-Ada
A Fremen dies when he is too long from the desert; this we call "the water
-- Stilgar, the Commentaries
You have loved Caladan
And lamented its lost host --
But pain discovers
New lovers cannot erase
Those forever ghost.
-- Refrain from The Habbanya Lament
The assumption that humans exist within an essentially impermanent universe,
taken as an operational precept, demands that the intellect become a totally
aware balancing instrument. But the intellect cannot react thus without
involving the entire organism. Such an organism may be recognized by its
burning, driving behavior. And thus it is with a society treated as organism.
But here we encounter an old inertia. Societies move to the goading of ancient,
reactive impulses. They demand permanence. Any attempt to display the universe
of impermanence arouses rejection patterns, fear, anger, and despair. Then how
do we explain the acceptance of prescience? Simply: the giver of prescient
visions, because he speaks of an absolute (permanent) realization, may be
greeted with joy by humankind even while predicting the most dire events.
-- The Book of Leto, After Harq al-Ada
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.
-- Law and Governance, The Spacing Guild Manual
This is the fallacy of power: ultimately it is effective only in an absolute,
a limited universe. But the basic lesson of our relativistic universe is that
things change. Any power must always meet a greater power. Paul Muad'Dib taught
this lesson to the Sardaukar on the Plains of Arrakeen. His descendants have
yet to learn the lesson for themselves.
-- The Preacher at Arrakeen
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.
-- Words of an ancient philosopher (Attributed by Harq al-Ada to one Louis
You Bene Gesserit call your activity of the Panoplia Prophetica a "Science of
Religion." Very well. I, a seeker after another kind of scientist, find this an
appropriate definition. You do, indeed, build your own myths, but so do all
societies. You I must warn, however. You are behaving as so many other
misguided scientists have behaved. Your actions reveal that you wish to take
something out of [away from] life. It is time you were reminded of that which
you so often profess: One cannot have a single thing without its opposite.
-- The Preacher at Arrakeen: A Message to the Sisterhood
The universe is just there; that's the only way a Fedaykin can view it and
remain the master of his senses. The universe neither threatens nor promises.
It holds things beyond our sway: the fall of a meteor, the eruption of a
spiceblow, growing old and dying. These are the realities of this universe and
they must be faced regardless of how you feel about them. You cannot fend off
such realities with words. They will come at you in their own wordless way and
then, then you will understand what is meant by "life and death."
Understanding this, you will be filled with joy.
-- Muad'Dib to his Fedaykin
It is said of Muad'Dib that once when he saw a weed trying to grow
between two rocks, he moved one of the rocks. Later, when the weed
was seen to be flourishing, he covered it with the remaining rock.
"That was its fate," he explained.
-- The Commentaries
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.
-- Politics as Repeat Phenomenon: Bene Gesserit Training Manual
In this age when the means of human transport include devices which can span
the deeps of space in transtime, and other devices which can carry men swiftly
over virtually impassable planetary surfaces, it seems odd to think of
attempting long journeys afoot. Yet this remains a primary means of travel on
Arrakis, a fact attributed partly to preference and partly to the brutal
treatment which this planet reserves for anything mechanical. In the strictures
of Arrakis, human flesh remains the most durable and reliable resource for the
Hajj. Perhaps it is the implicit awareness of this fact which makes Arrakis the
ultimate mirror of the soul.
-- Handbook of the Hajj
In all major socializing forces you will find an underlying movement to gain
and maintain power through the use of words. From witch doctor to priest to
bureaucrat it is all the same. A governed populace must be conditioned to
accept power-words as actual things, to confuse the symbolized system with the
tangible universe. In the maintenance of such a power structure, certain
symbols are kept out of the reach of common understanding -- symbols such as
those dealing with economic manipulation or those which define the local
interpretation of sanity. Symbol-secrecy of this form leads to the development
of fragmented sub-languages, each being a signal that its users are
accumulating some form of power. With this insight into a power process, our
Imperial Security Force must be ever alert to the formation of sub-languages.
-- Lecture to the Arrakeen War College by, The Princess Irulan
The password was given to me by a man who died in the dungeons of Arrakeen.
You see, that is where I got this ring in the shape of a tortoise.
It was in the suk outside the city where I was hidden by the rebels.
The password? Oh, that has been changed many times since then.
It was "Persistence." And the countersign was "Tortoise."
It got me out of there alive. That's why I bought this ring: a reminder.
-- Tagir Mohandis: Conversations with a Friend
I saw his blood and a piece of his robe which had been ripped by sharp claws.
His sister reports vividly of the tigers, the sureness of their attack.
We have questioned one of the plotters, and others are dead or in custody.
Everything points to a Corrino plot. A Truthsayer has attested to this testimony.
-- Stilgar's Report to the Landsraad Commission
Above all else, the mentat must be a generalist, not a specialist. It is
wise to have decisions of great moment monitored by generalists. Experts and
specialists lead you quickly into chaos. They are a source of useless nit
picking, the ferocious quibble over a comma. The mentat-generalist, on the
other hand, should bring to decision-making a healthy common sense. He must
not cut himself off from the broad sweep of what is happening in his universe.
He must remain capable of saying: "There's no real mystery about this at the
moment. This is what we want now. It may prove wrong later, but we'll correct
that when we come to it." The mentat-generalist must understand that anything
which we can identify as our universe is merely part of larger phenomena.
But the expert looks backward; he looks into the narrow standards of his own
specialty. The generalist looks outward; he looks for living principles,
knowing full well that such principles change, that they develop. It is to the
characteristics of change itself that the mentat-generalist must look.
There can be no permanent catalogue of such change, no handbook or manual.
You must look at it with as few preconceptions as possible, asking yourself:
"Now what is this thing doing?"
-- The Mentat Handbook
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.
-- The Azhar Book; Shamra I:4
Only in the realm of mathematics can you understand Muad'Dib's precise view of
the future. Thus: first, we postulate any number of point-dimensions in space.
(This is the classic n-fold extended aggregate of n dimensions.) With this
framework, Time as commonly understood becomes an aggregate of one-dimensional
properties. Applying this to the Muad'Dib phenomenon, we find that we either
are confronted by new properties of Time or (by reduction through the infinity
calculus) we are dealing with separate systems which contain n body properties.
For Muad'Dib, we assume the latter. As demonstrated by the reduction, the point
dimensions of the n-fold can only have separate existence within different
frameworks of Time. Separate dimensions of Time are thus demonstrated to
coexist. This being the inescapable case, Muad'Dib's predictions required that
he perceive the n-fold not as extended aggregate but as an operation within a
single framework. In effect, he froze his universe into that one framework
which was his view of Time.
-- Palimbasha: Lectures at Sietch Tabr
We can still remember the golden days before Heisenberg, who showed humans
the walls enclosing our predestined arguments. The lives within me find this
amusing. Knowledge, you see, has no uses without purpose, but purpose is what
builds enclosing walls.
-- Leto Atreides II, His Voice
If you believe certain words, you believe their hidden arguments. When you
believe something is right or wrong, true or false, you believe the assumptions
in the words which express the arguments. Such assumptions are often full of
holes, but remain most precious to the convinced.
-- The Open-Ended Proof from, The Panoplia Prophetica
Because of the one-pointed Time awareness in which the conventional mind
remains immersed, humans tend to think of everything in a sequential,
word-oriented framework. This mental trap produces very short-term concepts of
effectiveness and consequences, a condition of constant, unplanned response to
-- Liet-Kynes, The Arrakis Workbook
You will learn the integrated communication methods as you complete the next
step in your mentat education. This is a gestalten function which will overlay
data paths in your awareness, resolving complexities and masses of input from
the mentat index-catalogue techniques which you already have mastered. Your
initial problem will be the breaking tensions arising from the divergent
assembly of minutiae/data on specialized subjects. Be warned. Without mentat
overlay integration, you can be immersed in the Babel Problem, which is the
label we give to the omnipresent dangers of achieving wrong combinations from
accurate information.
-- The Mentat Handbook
O Paul, thou Muad'Dib,
Mahdi of all men,
Thy breath exhaled
Sent forth the hurricane.
-- Songs of Muad'Dib
Many forces sought control of the Atreides twins and, when the death of
Leto was announced, this movement of plot and counterplot was amplified.
Note the relative motivations: the Sisterhood feared Alia, an adult Abomination,
but still wanted those genetic characteristics carried by the Atreides.
The Church hierarchy of Auqaf and Hajj saw only the power implicit in control of
Muad'Dib's heir. CHOAM wanted a doorway to the wealth of Dune. Farad'n and his
Sardaukar sought a return to glory for House Corrino. The Spacing Guild feared
the equation Arrakis = melange; without the spice they could not navigate.
Jessica wished to repair what her disobedience to the Bene Gesserit had created.
few thought to ask the twins what their plans might be, until it was too late.
-- The Book of Kreos
There is no guilt or innocence in you. All of that is past. Guilt belabors the
dead and I am not the Iron Hammer. You multitude of the dead are merely people
who have done certain things, and the memory of those things illuminates my path.
-- Leto II to His Memory-Lives, After Harq al-Ada
Humankind periodically goes through a speedup of its affairs, thereby
experiencing the race between the renewable vitality of the living and the
beckoning vitiation of decadence. In this periodic race, any pause becomes
luxury. Only then can one reflect that all is permitted; all is possible.
-- The Apocrypha of Muad'Dib
Natural selection has been described as an environment selectively screening
for those who will have progeny. Where humans are concerned, though, this is an
extremely limiting viewpoint. Reproduction by sex tends toward experiment and
innovation. It raises many questions, including the ancient one about whether
environment is a selective agent after the variation occurs, or whether
environment plays a pre-selective role in determining the variations which it
screens. Dune did not realty answer those questions: it merely raised new
questions which Leto and the Sisterhood may attempt to answer over the next
five hundred generations.
-- The Dune Catastrophe, After Harq al-Ada
One small bird has called thee
From a beak streaked crimson.
It cried once over Sietch Tabr
And thou went forth unto Funeral Plain.
-- Lament for Leto II
Peace demands solutions, but we never reach living solutions; we only work
toward them. A fixed solution is, by definition, a dead solution. The trouble
with peace is that it tends to punish mistakes instead of rewarding brilliance.
-- The Words of My Father: an account of Muad'Dib reconstructed by Harq al-Ada
This rocky shrine to the skull of a ruler grants no prayers. It has become
the grave of lamentations. Only the wind hears the voice of this place.
The cries of night creatures and the passing wonder of two moons, all say his
day has ended. No more supplicants come. The visitors have gone from the feast.
How bare the pathway down this mountain.
-- Lines at the Shrine of an Atreides Duke, Anon.
There exist obvious higher-order influences in any planetary system. This is
often demonstrated by introducing terraform life onto newly discovered planets.
In all such cases, the life in similar zones develops striking similarities of
adaptive form. This form signifies much more than shape; it connotes a survival
organization and a relationship of such organizations. The human quest for this
interdependent order and our niche within it represents a profound necessity.
The quest can, however, be perverted into a conservative grip on sameness.
This has always proved deadly for the entire system.
-- The Dune Catastrophe, After Harq al-Ada
What you of the CHOAM directorate seem unable to understand is that you seldom
find real loyalties in commerce. When did you last hear of a clerk giving his
life for the company? Perhaps your deficiency rests in the false assumption
that you can order men to think and cooperate. This has been a failure of
everything from religions to general staffs throughout history. General staffs
have a long record of destroying their own nations. As to religions, I
recommend a rereading of Thomas Aquinas. As to you of CHOAM, what nonsense you
believe! Men must want to do things out of their own innermost drives. People,
not commercial organizations or chains of command, are what make great
civilizations work. Every civilization depends upon the quality of the
individuals it produces. If you over-organize humans, over-legalize them,
suppress their urge to greatness -- they cannot work and their civilization
-- A letter to CHOAM, Attributed to The Preacher
The future of prescience cannot always be locked into the rules of the past.
The threads of existence tangle according to many unknown laws. Prescient
future insists on its own rules. It will not conform to the ordering of the
Zensunni nor to the ordering of science. Prescience builds a relative
integrity. It demands the work of this instant, always warning that you
cannot weave every thread into the fabric of the past.
-- Kalima: The Words of Muad'Dib, The Shuloch Commentary
Fremen speech implies great concision, a precise sense of expression. It is
immersed in the illusion of absolutes. Its assumptions are a fertile ground for
absolutist religions. Furthermore, Fremen are fond of moralizing. They confront
the terrifying instability of all things with institutionalized statements.
They say: "We know there is no summa of all attainable knowledge; that is the
preserve of God. But whatever men can learn, men can contain." Out of this
knife-edged approach to the universe they carve a fantastic belief in signs and
omens and in their own destiny. This is an origin of their Kralizec legend: the
war at the end of the universe.
-- Bene Gesserit Private Reports/folio 800881
The spirit of Muad'Dib is more than words, more than the letter of the Law
which arises in his name. Muad'Dib must always be that inner outrage against
the complacently powerful, against the charlatans and the dogmatic fanatics.
It is that inner outrage which must have its say because Muad'Dib taught us
one thing above all others: that humans can endure only in a fraternity of
social justice.
-- The Fedaykin Compact
Limits of survival are set by climate, those long drifts of change which a
generation may fail to notice. And it is the extremes of climate which set the
pattern. Lonely, finite humans may observe climatic provinces, fluctuations of
annual weather and, occasionally may observe such things as "This is a colder
year than I've ever known. " Such things are sensible. But humans are seldom
alerted to the shifting average through a great span of years. And it is
precisely in this alerting that humans learn how to survive on any planet.
They must learn climate.
-- Arrakis, the Transformation, After Harq al-Ada
Thou didst divide the sand by thy strength; Thou breakest the heads of the
dragons in the desert. Yea, I behold thee as a beast coming up from the dunes;
thou hast the two horns of the lamb, but thou speakest as the dragon.
-- Revised Orange Catholic Bible Arran 11:4
Fremen were the first humans to develop a conscious/unconscious symbology
through which to experience the movements and relationships of their planetary
system. They were the first people anywhere to express climate in terms of a
semi-mathematic language whose written symbols embody (and internalize) the
external relationships. The language itself was part of the system it
described. Its written form carried the shape of what it described.
The intimate local knowledge of what was available to support life was implicit
in this development. One can measure the extent of this language/system
interaction by the fact that Fremen accepted themselves as foraging and
browsing animals.
-- The Story of Liet-Kynes by Harq al-Ada
After the Fremen, all Planetologists see life as expressions of energy and look
for the overriding relationships. In small pieces, bits and parcels which grow
into general understanding, the Fremen racial wisdom is translated into a new
certainty. The thing Fremen have as a people, any people can have. They need
but develop a sense for energy relationships. They need but observe that energy
soaks up the patterns of things and builds with those patterns.
-- The Arrakeen Catastrophe, After Harq al-Ada
Any path which narrows future possibilities may become a lethal trap. Humans
are not threading their way through a maze; they scan a vast horizon filled
with unique opportunities. The narrowing viewpoint of the maze should appeal
only to creatures with their noses buried in sand. Sexually produced uniqueness
and differences are the life-protection of the spices.
-- The Spacing Guild Handbook
By these acts Leto II removed himself from the evolutionary succession.
He did it with a deliberate cutting action, saying: "To be independent is to be
removed." Both twins saw beyond the needs of memory as a measuring process,
that is, a way of determining their distance from their human origins. But it
was left to Leto II to do the audacious thing, recognizing that a real creation
is independent of its creator. He refused to reenact the evolutionary sequence,
saying, "That, too, takes me farther and farther from humanity." He saw the
implications in this: that there can be no truly closed systems in life.
-- The Holy Metamorphosis, by Harq al-Ada
Muad'Dib was disinherited and he spoke for the disinherited of all time.
He cried out against that profound injustice which alienates the individual
from that which he was taught to believe, from that which seemed to come to
him as a right.
-- The Mahdinate, An Analysis by Harq al-Ada
Church and State, scientific reason and faith, the individual and his
community, even progress and tradition -- all of these can be reconciled in the
teachings of Muad'Dib. He taught us that there exist no intransigent opposites
except in the beliefs of men. Anyone can rip aside the veil of Time. You can
discover the future in the past or in your own imagination. Doing this, you win
back your consciousness in your inner being. You know then that the universe is
a coherent whole and you are indivisible from it.
-- The Preacher at Arrakeen, After Harq al-Ada
Muad'Dib gave us a particular kind of knowledge about prophetic insight, about
the behavior which surrounds such insight and its influence upon events which
are seen to be "on line." (That is, events which are set to occur in a related
system which the prophet reveals and interprets.) As has been noted elsewhere,
such insight operates as a peculiar trap for the prophet himself. He can become
the victim of what he knows -- which is a relatively common human failing. The
danger is that those who predict real events may overtook the polarizing effect
brought about by overindulgence in their own truth. They tend to forget that
nothing in a polarized universe can exist without its opposite being present.
-- The Prescient Vision, by Harq al-Ada
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."
-- Leto Atreides II, The Harq al-Ada Biography
The assumption that a whole system can be made to work better through
an assault on its conscious elements betrays a dangerous ignorance.
This has often been the ignorant approach of those who call themselves
scientists and technologists.
-- The Butlerian Jihad, by Harq al-Ada
As with so many other religions, Muad'Dib's Golden Elixir of Life degenerated
into external wizardry. Its mystical signs became mere symbols for deeper
psychological processes, and those processes, of course, ran wild. What they
needed was a living god, and they didn't have one, a situation which Muad'Dib's
son has corrected.
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A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are
correct. This every sister of the Bene Gesserit knows. To begin your study of
the life of Muad'Dib, then, take care that you first place him in his time:
born in the 57th year of the Padishah Emperor, Shaddam IV. And take the most
special care that you locate Muad'Dib in his place: the planet Arrakis. Do not
be deceived by the fact that he was born on Caladan and lived his first fifteen
years there. Arrakis, the planet known as Dune, is forever his place.
-- from "Manual of Muad'Dib" by the Princess Irulan
To attempt an understanding of Muad'Dib without understanding his mortal
enemies, the Harkonnens, is to attempt seeing Truth without knowing Falsehood.
It is the attempt to see the Light without knowing Darkness. It cannot be.
-- from "Manual of Muad'Dib" by the Princess Irulan
Thus spoke St. Alia-of-the-Knife: "The Reverend Mother must combine the
seductive wiles of a courtesan with the untouchable majesty of a virgin
goddess, holding these attributes in tension so long as the powers of her
youth endure. For when youth and beauty have gone, she will find that the
place-between, once occupied by tension, has become a wellspring of cunning
and resourcefulness."
-- from "Muad'Dib, Family Commentaries" by the Princess Irulan
You have read that Muad'Dib had no playmates his own age on Caladan. The
dangers were too great. But Muad'Dib did have wonderful companion-teachers.
There was Gurney Halleck, the troubadour-warrior. You will sing some of
Gurney's songs, as you read along in this book. There was Thufir Hawat, the old
Mentat Master of Assassins, who struck fear even into the heart of the Padishah
Emperor. There were Duncan Idaho, the Swordmaster of the Ginaz; Dr. Wellington
Yueh, a name black in treachery but bright in knowledge; the Lady Jessica, who
guided her son in the Bene Gesserit Way, and -- of course -- the Duke Leto,
whose qualities as a father have long been overlooked.
-- from "A Child's History of Muad'Dib" by the Princess Irulan
YUEH (yu'e), Wellington (weling-tun), Stdrd 10,082-10,191; medical doctor of
the Suk School (grd Stdrd 10,112); md: Wanna Marcus, B.G. (Stdrd
10,092-10,186?); chiefly noted as betrayer of Duke Leto Atreides. (Cf:
Bibliography, Appendix VII [Imperial Conditioning] and Betrayal, The.)
-- from "Dictionary of Muad'Dib" by the Princess Irulan
How do we approach the study of Muad'Dib's father? A man of surpassing warmth
and surprising coldness was the Duke Leto Atreides. Yet, many facts open the
way to this Duke: his abiding love for his Bene Gesserit lady; the dreams he
held for his son; the devotion with which men served him. You see him there --
a man snared by Destiny, a lonely figure with his light dimmed behind the glory
of his son. Still, one must ask: What is the son but an extension of the father?
-- from "Muad'Dib, Family Commentaries" by the Princess Irulan
With the Lady Jessica and Arrakis, the Bene Gesserit system of sowing
implant-legends through the Missionaria Protectiva came to its full fruition.
The wisdom of seeding the known universe with a prophecy pattern for the
protection of B.G. personnel has long been appreciated, but never have we seen
a condition-ut-extremis with more ideal mating of person and preparation. The
prophetic legends had taken on Arrakis even to the extent of adopted labels
(including Reverend Mother, canto and respondu, and most of the Shari-a
panoplia propheticus). And it is generally accepted now that the Lady Jessica's
latent abilities were grossly underestimated.
-- from "Analysis: The Arrakeen Crisis" by the Princess Irulan [Private
circulation: B.G. file number AR-81088587]
"Yueh! Yueh! Yueh!" goes the refrain. "A million deaths were not enough for
-- from "A Child's History of Muad'Dib" by the Princess Irulan
Many have marked the speed with which Muad'Dib learned the necessities of
Arrakis. The Bene Gesserit, of course, know the basis of this speed. For the
others, we can say that Muad'Dib learned rapidly because his first training was
in how to learn. And the first lesson of all was the basic trust that he could
learn. It is shocking to find how many people do not believe they can learn,
and how many more believe learning to be difficult. Muad'Dib knew that every
experience carries its lesson.
-- from "The Humanity of Muad'Dib" by the Princess Irulan
What had the Lady Jessica to sustain her in her time of trial? Think you
carefully on this Bene Gesserit proverb and perhaps you will see: "Any road
followed precisely to its end leads precisely nowhere. Climb the mountain just
a little bit to test that it's a mountain. From the top of the mountain, you
cannot see the mountain."
-- from "Muad'Dib: Family Commentaries" by the Princess Irulan
It is said that the Duke Leto blinded himself to the perils of Arrakis, that he
walked heedlessly into the pit. Would it not be more likely to suggest he had
lived so long in the presence of extreme danger he misjudged a change in its
intensity? Or is it possible he deliberately sacrificed himself that his son
might find a better life? All evidence indicates the Duke was a man not easily
-- from "Muad'Dib: Family Commentaries" by the Princess Irulan
Over the exit of the Arrakeen landing field, crudely carved as though with
a poor instrument, there was an inscription that Muad'Dib was to repeat many
times. He saw it that first night on Arrakis, having been brought to the ducal
command post to participate in his father's first full staff conference.
The words of the inscription were a plea to those leaving Arrakis, but they
fell with dark import on the eyes of a boy who had just escaped a close brush
with death. They said: "O you who know what we suffer here, do not forget us
in your prayers."
-- from "Manual of Muad'Dib" by the Princess Irulan
On that first day when Muad'Dib rode through the streets of Arrakeen with his
family, some of the people along the way recalled the legends and the prophecy
and they ventured to shout: "Mahdi!" But their shout was more a question than a
statement, for as yet they could only hope he was the one foretold as the Lisan
al-Gaib, the Voice from the Outer World. Their attention was focused, too, on
the mother, because they had heard she was a Bene Gesserit and it was obvious
to them that she was like the other Lisan al-Gaib.
-- from "Manual of Muad'Dib" by the Princess Irulan
"There is probably no more terrible instant of enlightenment than the
one in which you discover your father is a man--with human flesh."
-- from "Collected Sayings of Muad'Dib" by the Princess Irulan
My father, the Padishah Emperor, took me by the hand one day and I sensed in
the ways my mother had taught me that he was disturbed. He led me down the Hall
of Portraits to the ego-likeness of the Duke Leto Atreides. I marked the strong
resemblance between them--my father and this man in the portrait--both with
thin, elegant faces and sharp features dominated by cold eyes.
"Princess-daughter," my father said, "I would that you'd been older when it
came time for this man to choose a woman." My father was 71 at the time and
looking no older than the man in the portrait, and I was but 14, yet I remember
deducing in that instant that my father secretly wished the Duke had been his
son, and disliked the political necessities that made them enemies.
-- "In My Father's House" by the Princess Irulan
Greatness is a transitory experience. It is never consistent. It depends in
part upon the myth-making imagination of humankind. The person who experiences
greatness must have a feeling for the myth he is in. He must reflect what is
projected upon him. And he must have a strong sense of the sardonic. This is
what uncouples him from belief in his own pretensions. The sardonic is all that
permits him to move within himself. Without this quality, even occasional
greatness will destroy a man.
-- from "Collected Sayings of Muad'Dib" by the Princess Irulan
"There is no escape--we pay for the violence of our ancestors. "
-- from "The Collected Sayings of Muad'Dib" by the Princess Irulan
Do you wrestle with dreams?
Do you contend with shadows?
Do you move in a kind of sleep?
Time has slipped away.
Your life is stolen.
You tarried with trifles,
Victim of your folly.
-- Dirge for Jamis on the Funeral Plain,
from "Songs of Muad'Dib" by the Princess Irulan
There should be a science of discontent. People need hard times
and oppression to develop psychic muscles.
-- from "Collected Sayings of Muad'Dib" by the Princess Irulan
Arrakis teaches the attitude of the knife--chopping off what's
incomplete and saying: "Now, it's complete because it's ended here."
-- from "Collected Sayings of, Muad'Dib" by the Princess Irulan
There is a legend that the instant the Duke Leto Atreides died a meteor
streaked across the skies above his ancestral palace on Caladan.
-- the Princess Irulan: "Introduction to A Child's History of Muad'Dib"
O Seas of Caladan,
O people of Duke Leto--
Citadel of Leto fallen,
Fallen forever . . .
-- from "Songs of Muad'Dib" by the Princess Irulan
When my father, the Padishah Emperor, heard of Duke Leto's death and the
manner of it, he went into such a rage as we had never before seen. He blamed
my mother and the compact forced on him to place a Bene Gesserit on the throne.
He blamed the Guild and the evil old Baron. He blamed everyone in sight, not
excepting even me, for he said I was a witch like all the others. And when I
sought to comfort him, saying it was done according to an older law of
self-preservation to which even the most ancient rulers gave allegiance, he
sneered at me and asked if I thought him a weakling. I saw then that he had
been aroused to this passion not by concern over the dead Duke but by what
that death implied for all royalty. As I look back on it, I think there may
have been some prescience in my father, too, for it is certain that his line
and Muad'Dib's shared common ancestry.
-- "In My Father's House," by the Princess Irulan
My father once told me that respect for the truth comes close to being the
basis for all morality. "Something cannot emerge from nothing," he said.
This is profound thinking if you understand how unstable "the truth" can be.
-- from "Conversations with Muad'Dib" by the Princess Irulan
Muad'Dib could indeed, see the Future, but you must understand the limits
of this power. Think of sight. You have eyes, yet cannot see without light.
If you are on the floor of a valley, you cannot see beyond your valley.
Just so, Muad'Dib could not always choose to look across the mysterious
terrain. He tells us that a single obscure decision of prophecy, perhaps
the choice of one word over another, could change the entire aspect of the
future. He tells us "The vision of time is broad, but when you pass through
it, time becomes a narrow door." And always, he fought the temptation to
choose a clear, safe course, warning "That path leads ever down into
-- from "Arrakis Awakening" by the Princess Irulan
What do you despise? By this are you truly known.
-- from "Manual of Muad'Dib" by the Princess Irulan
At the age of fifteen, he had already learned silence.
-- from "A Child's History of Muad'Dib" by the Princess Irulan
We came from Caladan--a paradise world for our form of fife. There existed no
need on Caladan to build a physical paradise or a paradise of the mind--we
could see the actuality all around us. And the price we paid was the price men
have always paid for achieving a paradise in this life--we went soft, we lost
our edge.
-- from "Muad'Dib: Conversations" by the Princess Irulan
Family life of the Royal Creche is difficult for many people to understand,
but I shall try to give you a capsule view of it. My father had only one real
friend, I think. That was Count Hasimir Fenring, the genetic-eunuch and one of
the deadliest fighters in the Imperium. The Count, a dapper and ugly little
man, brought a new slave-concubine to my father one day and I was dispatched
by my mother to spy on the proceedings. All of us spied on my father as a matter
of self-protection. One of the slave-concubines permitted my father under the
Bene Gesserit-Guild agreement could not, of course, bear a Royal Successor,
but the intrigues were constant and oppressive in their similarity. We became
adept, my mother and sisters and I, at avoiding subtle instruments of death.
It may seem a dreadful thing to say, but I 'm not at all sure my father was
innocent in all these attempts. A Royal Family is not like other families.
Here was a new slave-concubine, then, red-haired like my father, willowy and
graceful. She had a dancer's muscles, and her training obviously had included
neuro-enticement. My father looked at her for a long time as she postured
unclothed before him. Finally he said: "She is too beautiful. We will save her
as a gift. " You have no idea how much consternation this restraint created in
the Royal Creche. Subtlety and self-control were, after all, the most deadly
threats to us all.
-- "In My Father's House" by the Princess Irulan
This Fremen religious adaptation, then, is the source of what we now
recognize as "The Pillars of the Universe," whose Qizara Tafwid are among us
all with signs and proofs and prophecy. They bring us the Arrakeen mystical
fusion whose profound beauty is typified by the stirring music built on the
old forms, but stamped with the new awakening. Who has not heard and been
deeply moved by "The Old Man's Hymn"?
I drove my feet through a desert
Whose mirage fluttered like a host.
Voracious for glory, greedy for danger,
I roamed the horizons of al-Kulab,
Watching time level mountains
In its search and its hunger for me.
And I saw the sparrows swiftly approach,
Bolder than the onrushing wolf.
They spread in the tree of my youth.
I heard the flock in my branches
And was caught on their beaks and claws!
-- from "Arrakis Awakening" by the Princess Irulan
Prophecy and prescience--How can they be put to the test in the face of the
unanswered questions? Consider: How much is actual prediction of the "waveform"
(as Muad'Dib referred to his vision-image) and how much is the prophet shaping
the future to fit the prophecy? What of the harmonics inherent in the act of
prophecy? Does the prophet see the future or does he see a line of weakness,
a fault or cleavage that he may shatter with words or decisions as a
diamond-cutter shatters his gem with a blow of a knife?
-- "Private Reflections on Muad'Dib" by the Princess Irulan
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.
-- from "The Wisdom of Muad'Dib" by the Princess Irulan
My father, the Padishah Emperor, was 72 yet looked no more than 35 the year
he encompassed the death of Duke Leto and gave Arrakis back to the Harkonnens.
He seldom appeared in public wearing other than a Sardaukar uniform and
a Burseg's black helmet with the imperial lion in gold upon its crest.
The uniform was an open reminder of where his power lay. He was not always
that blatant, though. When he wanted, he could radiate charm and sincerity,
but I often wonder in these later days if anything about him was as it seemed.
I think now he was a man fighting constantly to escape the bars of an invisible
cage. You must remember that he was an emperor, father-head of a dynasty that
reached back into the dimmest history. But we denied him a legal son.
Was this not the most terrible defeat a ruler ever suffered? My mother obeyed
her Sister Superiors where the Lady Jessica disobeyed. Which of them was the
stronger? History already has answered.
-- "In My Father's House" by the Princess Irulan
God created Arrakis to train the faithful.
-- from "The Wisdom of Muad'Dib" by the Princess Irulan
The concept of progress acts as a protective mechanism
to shield us from the terrors of the future.
-- from "Collected Sayings of Muad'Dib" by the Princess Irulan
Muad'Dib tells us in "A Time of Reflection" that his first collisions with
Arrakeen necessities were the true beginnings of his education. He learned then
how to pole the sand for its weather, learned the language of the wind's
needles stinging his skin, learned how the nose can buzz with sand-itch and how
to gather his body's precious moisture around him to guard it and preserve it.
As his eyes assumed the blue of the Ibad, he learned the Chakobsa way.
-- Stilgar's preface to "Muad'Dib, the Man" by the Princess Irulan
The hands move, the lips move --
Ideas gush from his words,
And his eyes devour!
He is an island of Selfdom.
-- description from "A Manual of Muad'Dib" by the Princess Irulan
No woman, no man, no child ever was deeply intimate with my father. The closest
anyone ever came to casual camaraderie with the Padishah Emperor was the
relationship offered by Count Hasimir Fenring, a companion from childhood. The
measure of Count Fenring's friendship may be seen first in a positive thing: he
allayed the Landsraad's suspicions after the Arrakis Affair. It cost more than
a billion solaris in spice bribes, so my mother said, and there were other
gifts as well: slave women, royal honors, and tokens of rank. The second major
evidence of the Count's friendship was negative. He refused to kill a man even
though it was within his capabilities and my father commanded it. I will relate
this presently.
-- "Count Fenring: A Profile" by the Princess Irulan
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.
-- from "The Sayings of Muad'Dib" by the Princess Irulan
There is in all things a pattern that is part of our universe. It has symmetry,
elegance, and grace -- those qualities you find always in that which the true
artist captures. You can find it in the turning of the seasons, in the way sand
trails along a ridge, in the branch clusters of the creosote bush or the
pattern of its leaves. We try to copy these patterns in our lives and our
society, seeking the rhythms, the dances, the forms that comfort. Yet, it is
possible to see peril in the finding of ultimate perfection. It is clear that
the ultimate pattern contains its own fixity. In such perfection, all things
move toward death.
-- from "The Collected Sayings of Muad'Dib" by the Princess Irulan
"Control the coinage and the courts -- let the rabble have the rest." Thus the
Padishah Emperor advises you. And he tells you: "If you want profits, you must
rule." There is truth in these words, but I ask myself: "Who are the rabble and
who are the ruled?"
-- Muad'Dib's Secret Message to the Landsraad from "Arrakis Awakening" by the
Princess Irulan
You cannot avoid the interplay of politics within an orthodox religion. This
power struggle permeates the training, educating and disciplining of the
orthodox community. Because of this pressure, the leaders of such a community
inevitably must face that ultimate internal question: to succumb to complete
opportunism as the price of maintaining their rule, or risk sacrificing
themselves for the sake of the orthodox ethic.
-- from "Muad'Dib: The Religious Issues" by the Princess Irulan
When law and duty are one, united by religion, you never become fully
conscious, fully aware of yourself. You are always a little less than an
-- from "Muad'Dib: The Ninety-Nine Wonders of the Universe" by Princess Irulan
How often it is that the angry man rages denial of what his inner self is
telling him.
-- "The Collected Sayings of Muad'Dib" by the Princess Irulan
And it came to pass in the third year of the Desert War that Paul-Muad'Dib lay
alone in the Cave of Birds beneath the kiswa hangings of an inner cell. And he
lay as one dead, caught up in the revelation of the Water of Life, his being
translated beyond the boundaries of time by the poison that gives life. Thus
was the prophecy made true that the Lisan al-Gaib might be both dead and alive.
-- "Collected Legends of Arrakis" by the Princess Irulan
And that day dawned when Arrakis lay at the hub of the
universe with the wheel poised to spin.
-- from "Arrakis Awakening" by the Princess Irulan
And Muad'Dib stood before them, and he said: "Though we deem the captive dead,
yet does she live. For her seed is my seed and her voice is my voice. And she
sees unto the farthest reaches of possibility. Yea, unto the vale of the
unknowable does she see because of me."
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Such a rich store of myths enfolds Paul Muad'dib, the Mentat Emperor, and his
sister, Alia, it is difficult to see the real persons behind these veils.
But there were, after all, a man born Paul Atreides and a woman born Alia.
Their flesh was subject to space and time. And even though their oracular
powers placed them beyond the usual limits of time and space, they came from
human stock. They experienced real events which left real traces upon a real
universe. To understand them, it must be seen that their catastrophe was the
catastrophe of all mankind. This work is dedicated, then, not to Muad'dib or
his sister, but to their heirs -- to all of us.
-- Dedication in the Muad'dib Concordance
as copied from The Tabla Memorium of the Mahdi Spirit Cult
There exists no separation between gods and men:
one blends softly casual into the other.
-- Proverbs of Muad'dib
Every civilization must contend with an unconscious force which can block,
betray or countermand almost any conscious intention of the collectivity.
-- Tleilaxu Theorem (unproven)
The advent of the Field Process shield and the lasgun with their explosive
interaction, deadly to attacker and attacked, placed the current
determinatives, on weapons technology. We need not go into the special role of
atomics. The fact that any Family in my Empire could so deploy its atomics as
to destroy the planetary bases of fifty or more other Families causes some
nervousness, true. But all of us possess precautionary plans for devastating
retaliation. Guild and Landsraad contain the keys which hold this force in
check, No, my concern goes to the development of humans as special weapons.
Here is a virtually unlimited field which a few powers are developing.
-- Muad'dib: Lecture to the War College from The Stilgar Chronicle
Empires do not suffer emptiness of purpose at the time of their creation. It is
when they have become established that aims are lost and replaced by vague
-- Words of Muad'dib by Princess Irulan.
"Once more the drama begins."
-- The Emperor Paul Muad'dib on his ascension to the Lion Throne
Truth suffers from too much analysis.
-- Ancient Fremen Saying
The Fremen see her as the Earth Figure, a demigoddess whose special charge is
to protect the tribes through her powers of violence. She is Reverend Mother to
their Reverend Mothers. To pilgrims who seek her out with demands that she
restore virility or make the barren fruitful, she is a form of antimentat.
She feeds on that proof that the "analytic" has limits. She represents ultimate
tension. She is the virgin-harlot -- witty, vulgar, cruel, as destructive in
her whims as a coriolis storm.
-- St. Alia of the Knife as taken from The Irulan Report
The most dangerous game in the universe is to govern from an oracular base.
We do not consider ourselves wise enough or brave enough to play that game.
The measures detailed here for regulation in lesser matters are as near as
we dare venture to the brink of government. For our purposes, we borrow a
definition from the Bene Gesserit and we consider the various worlds as gene
pools, sources of teachings and teachers, sources of the possible. Our goal
is not to rule, but to tap these gene pools, to learn, and to free ourselves
from all restraints imposed by dependency and government.
-- "The Orgy as a Tool of Statecraft," Chapter Three of The Steersman's Guild
Here lies a toppled god --
His fall was not a small one.
We did but build his pedestal,
A narrow and a tall one.
-- Tleilaxu Epigram
I think what a joy it is to be alive, and I wonder if I'll ever leap inward
to the root of this flesh and know myself as once I was. The root is there.
Whether any act of mine can find it, that remains tangled in the future.
But all things a man can do are mine. Any act of mine may do it.
-- The Ghola Speaks Alia's Commentary
"You do not beg the sun for mercy."
-- Maud'dib's Travail from The Stilgar Commentary
"I've had a bellyful of the god and priest business! You think I don't see my
own mythos? Consult your data once more, Hayt. I've insinuated my rites into
the most elementary human acts. The people eat in the name of Muad'dib! They
make love in my name, are born in my name -- cross the street in my name.
A roof beam cannot be raised in the lowliest hovel of far Gangishree
without invoking the blessing of Muad'dib!"
-- Book of Diatribes from The Hayt Chronicle
Oh, worm of many teeth,
Canst thou deny what has no cure?
The flesh and breath which lure thee
To the ground of all beginnings
Feed on monsters twisting in a door of fire!
Thou hast no robe in all thy attire
To cover intoxications of divinity
Or hide the burnings of desire!
-- Wormsong from the Dunebook
The audacious nature of Muad'dib's actions may be seen in the fact that He knew
from the beginning whither He was bound, yet not once did He step aside from
that path. He put it clearly when He said: "I tell you that I come now to my
time of testing when it will be shown that I am the Ultimate Servant."
Thus He weaves all into One, that both friend and foe may worship Him.
It is for this reason and this reason only that His Apostles prayed: "Lord,
save us from the other paths which Muad'dib covered with the Waters of His Life."
Those "other paths" may be imagined only with the deepest revulsion.
-- from The Yiam-el-Din (Book of Judgment)
No matter how exotic human civilization becomes, no matter the developments
of life and society nor the complexity of the machine / human interface, there
always come interludes of lonely power when the course of humankind, the very
future of humankind, depends upon the relatively simple actions of single
-- from The Tlielaxu Godbuk
Production growth and income growth must not get out of step in my Empire.
That is the substance of my command. There are to be no balance-of-payment
difficulties between the different spheres of influence. And the reason for
this is simply because I command it. I want to emphasize my authority in this
area. I am the supreme energy-eater of this domain, and will remain so, alive
or dead. My Government is the economy.
-- Order in Council The Emperor Paul Muad'dib
The convoluted wording of legalisms grew up around the necessity to hide from
ourselves the violence we intend toward each other. Between depriving a man of
one hour from his life and depriving him of his life there exists only a
difference of degree. You have done violence to him, consumed his energy.
Elaborate euphemisms may conceal your intent to kill, but behind any use of
power over another the ultimate assumption remains: "I feed on your energy."
-- Addenda to Orders in Council The Emperor Paul Muad'dib
He has gone from Alia,
The womb of heaven!
Holy, holy, holy!
Fire-sand leagues
Confront our Lord.
He can see
Without eyes!
A demon upon him!
Holy, holy, holy
He solved for
-- The Moon Falls Down Songs of Muad'dib
Tibana was an apologist for Socratic Christianity, probably a native of IV
Anbus who lived between the eight and ninth centuries before Corrino, likely in
the second reign of Dalamak. Of his writings, only a portion survives from
which this fragment is taken: "The hearts of all men dwell in the same
-- from The Dunebuk of Irulan
The sequential nature of actual events is not illuminated with lengthy
precision by the powers of prescience except under the most extraordinary
circumstances. The oracle grasps incidents cut out of the historic chain.
Eternity moves. It inflicts itself upon the oracle and the supplicant alike.
Let Muad'dib's subjects doubt his majesty and his oracular visions.
Let them deny his powers. Let them never doubt Eternity.
-- The Dune Gospels
There exists a limit to the force even the most powerful may apply without
destroying themselves. Judging this limit is the true artistry of government.
Misuse of power is the fatal sin. The law cannot be a tool of vengeance,
never a hostage, nor a fortification against the martyrs it has created.
You cannot threaten any individual and escape the consequences.
-- Muad'dib on Law, The Stilgar Commentary
There was a man so wise,
He jumped into
A sandy place
And burnt out both his eyes!
And when he knew his eyes were gone,
He offered no complaint.
He summoned up a vision
And made himself a saint.
-- Children's Verse from History of Muad'dib
We say of Muad'dib that he has gone on a journey
into that land where we walk without footprints.
-- Preamble to the Qizarate Creed
No bitter stench of funeral-still for Muad'dib.
No knell nor solemn rite to free the mind
From avaricious shadows.
He is the fool saint,
The golden stranger living forever
On the edge of reason.
Let your guard fall and he is there!
His crimson peace and sovereign pallor
Strike into our universe on prophetic webs
To the verge, of a quiet glance -- there!
Out of bristling star-jungles:
Mysterious, lethal, an oracle without eyes,
Catspaw of prophecy, whose voice never dies!
Shai-hulud, he awaits thee upon a strand
Where couples walk and fix, eye to eye,
The delicious ennui of love.
He strides through the long cavern of time,
Scattering the fool-self of his dream.
-- The Ghola's Hymn


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I am the most ardent people-watcher who ever lived. I watch them inside me and
outside. Past and present can mingle with odd impositions in me. And as the
metamorphosis continues in my flesh wonderful things happen to my senses.
It's as though I sensed everything in close-up. I have extremely acute hearing
and vision, plus a sense of smell extraordinarily discriminating. I can detect
and identify pheromones at three parts per million. I know. I have tested it.
You cannot hide very much from my senses. I think it would horrify you what
I can detect by smell alone. Your pheromones tell me what you are doing or are
prepared to do. And gesture and posture! I stared for half a day once at an old
man sitting on a bench in Arrakeen. He was a fifth-generation descendant of
Stilgar the Naib and did not even know it. I studied the angle of his neck,
the skin flaps below his chin, the cracked lips and moistness about his
nostrils, the pores behind his ears, the wisps of gray hair which crept from
beneath the hood of his antique stillsuit. Not once did he detect that he was
being watched. Hah! Stilgar would have known it in a second or two. But this
old man was just waiting for someone who never came. He got up finally and
tottered off. He was very stiff after all of that sitting. I knew I would
never see him in the flesh again. He was that near death and his water was
sure to be wasted. Well, that no longer mattered.
-- The Stolen Journals
Oh, the landscapes I have seen! And the people! The far wanderings of the
Fremen and all the rest of it. Even back through the myths to Terra. Oh, the
lessons in astronomy and intrigue, the migrations, the disheveled flights, the
leg aching and lung-aching runs through so many nights on all of those cosmic
specks where we have defended our transient possession. I tell you we are a
marvel and my memories leave no doubt of this.
-- The Stolen Journals
Sometimes I indulge myself in safaris which no other being may take. I strike
inward along the axis of my memories. Like a schoolchild reporting on a
vacation trip, I take up my subject. Let it be . . . female intellectuals!
I course backward into the ocean which is my ancestors. I am a great winged
fish in the depths. The mouth of my awareness opens and I scoop them up!
Sometimes... sometimes I hunt out specific persons recorded in our histories.
What a private joy to relive the life of such a one while I mock the academic
pretentions which supposedly formed a biography.
-- The Stolen Journals
You, the first person to encounter my chronicles for at least four thousand
years, beware. Do not feel honored by your primacy in reading the revelations
of my Ixian storehouse. You will find much pain in it. Other than the few
glimpses required to assure me that the Golden Path continued. I never wanted
to peer beyond those four millennia. Therefore, I am not sure what the events
in my journals may signify to your times. I only know that my journals have
suffered oblivion and that the events which I recount have undoubtedly been
submitted to historical distortion for eons. I assure you that the ability
to view our futures can become a bore. Even to be thought of as a god,
as I certainly was, can become ultimately boring. It has occurred to me
more than once that holy boredom is good and sufficient reason for the
invention of free will.
-- Inscription on the storehouse at bar-es-Balat
I tell you this in the hope that it will help you understand why I ad as I do
in the full knowledge that great forces accumulate in my Empire with but one
wish-the wish to destroy me. You who read these words may know full well what
actually happened, but I doubt that you understand it.
-- The Stolen Journals
Some say I have no conscience. How false they are, even to themselves.