Franklin Patrick Herbert, Jr, 1920 - 1986
Born: 8 October 1920, Tacoma, Washington
Died: 11 February 1986, Madison, Wisconsin
Herbert was a brilliant but restless child, following his curiosity and getting in the expected trouble as a result. After high school he lied about his age to get a job at a local newspaper, the Glendale Star. He spent six months as a photographer in the U.S. Navy's Seabees before he was given a medical discharge. After the war he attended the University of Washington, but didn't graduate because he refused to take any course that didn't interest him, and several required courses failed to hold his interest. He sold his first science fiction story in 1947 and his first novel was published in 1955. While researching an article on the Oregon coast sand dunes he got so caught up in the topic that he never wrote the article, after six years he wrote Dune. His second wife returned to full-time work as an ad writer to support the family during that time. The book sold slowly, so Herbert was the education writer at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and lectured at the University of Washington until 1972. He wrote several other books and finally achieved commercial success in 1984 when David Lynch's film version of Dune was released. He died from a massive pulmonary embolism while recovering from cancer surgery.
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- A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct. permalink
- A man is a fool not to put everything he has, at any given moment, into what he is creating. You're there now doing the thing on paper. You're not killing the goose, you're just producing an egg. permalink
- A process cannot be understood by stopping it. Understanding must move with the flow of the process, must join it and flow with it. permalink
- Absolute power does not corrupt absolutely, absolute power attracts the corruptible. permalink
- 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. permalink
- 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. permalink
- Anything less than abject submission has to have some attack in it. permalink
- Anything outside yourself, this you can see and apply your logic to it. But it's a human trait that when we encounter personal problems, these things most deeply personal are the most difficult to bring out for our logic to scan. permalink
- Beyond a critical point within a finite space, freedom diminishes as numbers increase.... The human question is not how many can possibly survive within the system, but what kind of existence is possible for those who do survive. permalink
- 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 of the heap look inept. Who enjoys appearing inept? permalink
- Confine yourself to observing and you always miss the point of your own life. permalink
- 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. permalink
- Did you build high walls around you only to sit within them and indulge in self-pity? permalink
- Education is no substitute for intelligence. permalink
- 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 definitions. permalink
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