Paul Atreides

Paul Atreides

Frank Herbert’s Leto Atreides on “the basis for all morality”

My father [Duke Leto Atreides] 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.
Paul Atreides as recorded by Princess Irulan Corrino in Conversations with Muad’Dib. Cited by Frank Herbert in Dune, (New York: Ace Books, 2005), p. 204. First published (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Chilton Books, 1965). Cited in part by Craig Michoski in private email.

Frank Herbert’s Paul Atreides as The Preacher on human organization

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 makes 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 collapses.
Frank Herbert in “A letter to CHOAM Attributed to The Preacher” in Children of Dune, (New York: Ace Books, 2008), p. 304. First published (New York: Berkley Publishing Corporation, 1976).

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"What you of the CHOAM directorate seem unable to understand"

— “Dune: An Interview with Frank Herbert and David Lynch“, (Stamford, Connecticut: Waldentapes, 1983).