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40 Dune Quotes From the Book and Movie


Dune, the upcoming sci-fi film, based off of the novel by Frank Herbert, centers around the story of a desert planet and those fighting to protect it. Originally made in 1984, this 2020 remake is set to feature some of hollywood’s favorite stars including Timothée Chalamet as lead character, “Paul Atreides,” the heir of House Atreides whose family rules the planet Caladan. While there are certainly some awesome Dune quotes from the book and original film already, we can’t wait to see what new Dune movie quotes we’ll get to hear when the film hits screens on December 18th. Check our our roundup below.

Paul Atreides Quotes

Paul Atreides is the protagonist, an heir to an aristocratic dynasty, who find himself exiled into an inhospitable planet. His efforts to avenge his family leads the storyline.

  • “He who can destroy a thing, controls a thing.” -Paul Atreides
  • “All paths lead into darkness.” -Paul Atreides
  • “Law is the ultimate science. Thus it reads above the Emperor’s door. I propose to show him law.” -Paul Atreides
  • “My name is a killing word.” -Paul Atreides
  • “Remember: Walk without rhythm and we won’t attract the worm. It will go to the thumper.” -Paul Atreides
  • “I’m dead to everyone unless I try to become what I may be.” -Paul Atreides
  • “The eye that looks ahead to the safe course is closed forever.” -Paul Atreides
  • “Some thoughts have a certain sound, that being the equivalent to a form. Through sound and motion, you will be able to paralyze nerves, shatter bones, set fires, suffocate an enemy or burst his organs.” -Paul Atreides
  • “Each man is a little war.” -Paul Atreides

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Lady Jessica Quotes

Lady Jessica is the mother to Paul and a strong lead in the Dune universe.

  • “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. We tend to flounder around, blaming everything but the actual, deep-seated thing that’s really chewing on us.” -Lady Jessica
  • “Motivating people, forcing them to your will, gives you a cynical attitude towards humanity. It degrades everything it touches.” -Lady Jessica 
  • “The young reed dies so easily. Beginnings are times of such peril.”-Lady Jessica
  • “When we try to conceal our innermost drives, the entire being screams betrayal.” -Lady Jessica
  • “How seductive it is to live in peace.” -Lady Jessica
  • “There’s no need to fight over me.” -Lady Jessica

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Duke Leto Atreides Quotes

Duke is the father to Paul and head of House Atreides.

  • “A person needs new experiences. It jars something deep inside, allowing them to grow. Without change something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.” -Duke Leto Atreides
  • “Once you have explored a fear, it becomes less terrifying. Part of courage comes from extending our knowledge.” -Duke Leto Atreides
  • “Without change something sleeps inside of us, and seldom awakens. The Sleeper must awaken.”  -Duke Leto Atreides
  • “Respect for the truth is the basis for all morality. Something cannot emerge from nothing.” -Duke Leto Atreides
  • “It is human to have your soul brought to a crisis you did not anticipate.” – -Duke Leto Atreides 
  • “Sir, I honor and respect the personal dignity of any man who respects my dignity. I am indeed indebted to you. And I always pay my debts. If it is your custom that this knife remain sheathed here, then it is so ordered—by me. And if there is any other way we may honor the man who died in our service, you have but to name it.” -Duke Leto Atreides

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Other Dune Quotes

Still not enough Fremen quotes? We’ve got you covered with even more.

  • “I want to spit, once, on your head”.” -Baron Vladimir Harkonnen
  • “When religion and politics ride in the same cart, the whirlwind follows.” -Bene Gesserit Axiom
  • “Show me a completely smooth operation and I will show you someone who is covering mistakes… real boats rock.” -Darwi Odrade
  • “”We tend to become like the worst in those we oppose.” -Bene Gesserit 
  • “The slow blade penetrates the shield.” -Gurney Halleck
  • “Ambitions tend to remain undisturbed by realities.” -The Preacher
  • “I must not let my passion interfere with my reason. That is not good. That is bad.” -Piter De Vries
  • “The Spice must flow.” – Baron Harkonnen
  • Fear is the mind killer” -Bene Gesserit

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Frank Herbert Quotes From the Book

Frank Herbert, the author of the book series crafted some of the spiciest lines in all of the universe. Check out these Dune quotes below and see for yourself.

  • “What do you despise? By this are you truly known.” -Princess Irulan
  • “There is no escape—we pay for the violence of our ancestors.” -Paul Muad’Dib
  • “Survival is the ability to swim in strange water.” -Bene Gesserit
  • “Confine yourself to observing and you always miss the point of your 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
  • “Men always fear things which move by themselves.” -Hayt, the Ghola
  • “There should be a science of discontent. People need hard times to develop psychic muscles.” -Paul Muad’Dib
  • “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.” -Princess Irulan
  • “Truth suffers from too much analysis” – Ancient Fremen Saying
  • “Power tends to isolate those who hold too much of it. Eventually, they lose touch with reality … and fall.” -Edric, the Guild Steersman

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