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Quotes from the space opera sci-fi novel Dune

Updated on May 4, 2015

Quotes from the space opera science fiction novel dune

One of the best sci-fi books ever written is Dune. A novel that was a breakthrough in space-opera sci-fi. The book is famous for its quotes. The chapters of the novel Dune always start with a quote.

The first sentence in the epic sci-fi book is from the "Manual of Muad'Dib" written by Princess Irulan, Paul Atreides wife.

"A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct."

A great quote for a beginning of a book.

The book Dune and it's prequels and sequels describe a universe rich in detail. Frank Herbert the author of Dune was a wise man. He created with the world of dune a culture full of different powers, religions, cultures and ecological environments.

Dune is a special science fiction novel. It's an epic story that in a way reflects the powers that rule our own world.

- Religion in the form of the Bene Gesserit and the Bene Tleilax sects.

- Political powers in the form of the different royal houses, like House Atreides, House Harkonnen and House Corrino.

- Commercial power represented by the CHOAM (the Combine Honnete Ober Advancer Mercantiles) and there are much more powers and religious groups that make the dune series full of plots within plots and intriguing stories.

The Mentats, for instance, humans who use there brains like computers with the help of the juice of the Sapho plant.

Drugs in a way do have an important role in the novels.

The most powerful drug in the universe of Dune is called Spice.

And one of the most famous quotes of the book Dune is indeed "The Spice must flow"

The Spice Melange, the drug that can only be found on Arrakis, the planet known as Dune.

Spice, the drug that Space Navigators use to fold space and travel from one place to another.

Spice, the drug that the Bene Gesserit used it for altering there minds and perceptions.

The Dune series tell us a complex story and it of no surprise that the book Dune is full of quotes and sayings.

Dune; considered one of the best space sci-fi book - Dune an epic novel based set in a grand universe


The First book in the Dune saga, A epic science fiction novel that reflects humanity on a grand scale. The novel Dune won several prizes and is considered as one of the classics under the (space opera) science fiction.

Jodorowsky Dune Space Ship
Jodorowsky Dune Space Ship

Jodorowsky's Dune. is coming to the cinema.

Jodorowsky and Dune ; An epic story for an epic science fiction film.

In December 1974 Alejandro Jodorowsky was asked to direct the film of Frank Herbert's Dune.

Jodorowsky had great ideas about the film. His interpretation would be grand. He liked to have the surealist artist Salvador Dali (mind the mustache) as Emperor Shadam Corrino IV.(he would pay him $100.000 per hour..)

He also wanter Orson Welles as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen. Welles though only agreed when he could have his own gourmet chef to prepare his dinners during the time of shooting the film.

Paul Atreides, the hero of the novel Dune would be played by Jodorowsky's son, Brontis. Pink Floyd, Magma, Henry Cow and modern composer Karlheinz Stockhausen where asked to compose the music for the film.

Jodorowsky tried to find sponsors (he needed a min. of $2 million of the at least $9.5 million budget movie (yes today that's penuts, but we are talking about 1975). The original scrip (which was as thick as a phonebook) would result, if every thing went according to plan, in a 14 hor movie!!!

Strangly enough.....the whole project collapsed, but imagine what a great film it could have been!!!

Today Alejandro Jodorowsky has made a film about this episode in his life called : Jodorowsky's Dune

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The Bene Gesserit and the Emperor.

The Bene Gesserit and the Emperor.
The Bene Gesserit and the Emperor.

Words are magic

Zufa Cenva

Reflections on the Jihad.

Qutes and Information of the Dune characters by Frank Herbert - Information about the best sci-fi book ever : Dune

Dune the desert planet. Also called Arrakis. Dune is the home planet of the Fremen (Zensunni wanderers).

Dune is the planet of the sandworms, the worms that produce spice. Spice the drug that folds space. Spice also called Melange, the precious substance that is used for precognitive trances.

The books of Dune give us many factions and organizations. You can find quotes and sayings of the Ben Gesserit, the CHOAM, the Swordmasters of Ginaz and many more.

Quotes of Fremen of Dune
Quotes of Fremen of Dune

Quotes from Dune - The Fremen

Fremen of Dune - the sayings of the planet Dune

The Fremen; the inhabitants of the planet Dune, called by outworlders Arrakis. They where Zensunni Wanderers a small sect that fled for the great wars during the time of the Butlerian Jihad. The Fremen symbolizes man in distress. It's a group of people who learned to live in extreme conditions. A planet where water is rare and precious. So precious it is taken from the dead. When a Fremen dies, the tribe collect the water of the body and preserve it for the good of the tribe.

Dune is a special planet, it's not only extremely hot, it is also the only planet inn the universe where you can collect The Spice. A drug that folds time and gives the navigators of spaceships the possibility to travel between the stars. Without The Spice, the human universe would collapse and all planets will be isolated.

The Fremen are used to Spice, they all have blue eyes, a physical characteristic of the spice melange. The Melange is in there diet, bread, and cookies, all contain spice.

The quotes and sayings of the Fremen are connected with the will to survive in a desert planet. They are wise sayings, based upon experience in harsh conditions.

Fremen saying

  • The surest way to keep a secret is to make people believe they already know the answer.
  • All persons are contained within a single individual, just as all time is in a moment, and the entire universe is in a grain of sand.
  • Four things cannot be hidden - Love, smoke, a pillar of fire, and a man striding across the open bled.

Perceptions rule the universe.

Bene Gesserit Saying

Reverend Mother of Dune
Reverend Mother of Dune

Quotes from Dune - The Benne Gesserit

Dune Quotes

The Benne Gesserit

  • "A world is supported by four things ... 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 ... without a ruler who knows the art of ruling. Make that the science of your tradition!"

    - Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam

  • "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."

    - Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear.

  • "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 a threat to his kind."

    - Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam, testing Paul Atreides with the Gom Jabbar.

The best Dune movies - Dune a space opera at it's best

There's no secret to balance.

You just have to feel the waves.

- Darwi Odrade -

Who is your favorite character in the dune series. - The ultimate space opera

The universe of Dune is huge. Many players play there role in the world of Dune. All the characters have there own characteristics and sayings. They play there part as in a famous Shakespearean drama. Dune earned the name best sci-fi space opera book. It is a world on it's own A big world.

And who is your favorite character in the novel Dune ?

Let me know, I curious.

Who is your favorite character in the sci-fi book dune

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House Atreides - Prequel to the classic sci-fi saga Dune

“Like the knowledge of your own being, the sietch forms a firm base from which you move out into the world and into the universe.”

- Freeman Teaching

Hause Harkonnen - The prequel to Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson

“Some lies are easier to believe than the truth”

- Orange Catholic Bible

House Corrino - Prelude to Dune - a first rate adventure.

“Money can not purchase honor.”

- Freman Saying

The map of Dune

The map of Dune
The map of Dune

Abulurd Harkkonnen

There is a maddening equilibrium in the universe. Every moment of joy is balanced by an equal measure of tragedy.

Frank Herbert's Dune (part 1 of 2) - Dune the movie

“Each of us influences the actions of the people we know.”

- Xavier Harkonnen.

Bene Gesserit quote
Bene Gesserit quote

Quotes from Dune - the Bene Gesserit.

The witches of dune - Quotes of Dune

"Bureaucracy destroys initiative. There is little that bureaucrats hate more than innovation, especially innovation that produces better results than the old routines. Improvements always make those at the top Who of the heap look inept.Who enjoys? appearing inept ?"

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      I am fond of Dune. The movie and tv movie are also among my fave views. Enjoyed your lens.