01387: Wisdom From the Desert

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[Dune Quoting Mode]

DUNE - 1965
Hope clouds observation
 - Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam

That which submits rules. ... 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.
 - Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam

The mystery of life isn't a problem to solve, but a reality to experience
- Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam

A process cannot be understood by stopping it. Understanding must move with the flow of the process, must join it and flow with it.
 - The First Law of Mentat

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 Muab'Dib: Family Commentaries 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 Muab'Dib by the Princess Irulan

What do you despise? By this you are truly known.
 - from Manual of Muad'Dib by the Princess Irulan.

The mind can go either direction under stress- toward positive or toward negative: on or off. Think of it as a spectrum whose extremes are unconsciousness at the negative end and hyperconsciousness at the positive end. The way the mind will lean under stress is strongly influenced by training.
 - Bene Gesserit Axiom

To save one from a mistake is a gift of paradise.
 - Stilgar

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

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

Do not be trapped by the need to achieve anything. This way, you achieve everything.
 - Hayt

I have said: "Blow out the lamp! Day is here!" And you keep saying: "Give me a lamp so I can find the day."
 - Bijaz

Often I must speak other than I think. That is called diplomacy.
 - Stilgar

You do not take from this universe. It grants you what it will.
 - Paul Muab'Dib

When a creature has developed into one thing, he will choose death rather than change into his opposite.
 - Scytale

Ahh, but the dice cannot read their own spots.
 - Bijaz

Cynicism! That, no doubt is a greater crime than heresy.
 - Excerpts from the Death Interview with Bronso of IX

Reason is the first victim of strong emotion.
 - Scytale

Belief can be manipulated. Only knowledge is dangerous.
 - Scytale

An offer is only as good as the real thing it buys.
 - Hayt

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 a 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

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 reconstruction by Harq al-Ada

Any path that 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 the sand.
 - The Spacing Guild Handbook

Some actions have an end but no beginning; some begin but do not end. It all depends upon where the observer is standing.
 - Leto

Not knowing what you said, you said it.
 - Leto

It is said that the only fear we cannot correct is the fear of our own mistakes.
 - Stilgar

Often there's no need to tear off an arm to remove a splinter.
 - Stilgar

All proofs inevitably lead to propositions which have no proof! All things are known because we want to believe in them.
 - The Lady Jessica

[End Dune Quoting Mode]

I'm on leave tonight.

Happy LGBT Pride.

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