Fundamentals (Dune)

There exists no separation between gods and men; one blends softly casual to the other.

All states are abstractions.

Does knowledge increase a person's burden more, or ignorance? Every teacher must consider this question before beginning to alter a student.

Governments, if they endure, always tend increasingly toward aristocratic forms. No government in history has been known to evade this pattern. And as the aristocracy develops, government tends more and more to act exclusively in the interests of the ruling class -- whether that class be hereditary royalty, oligarchs of financial empires, or entrenched bureaucracy.

If you believe certain words, you believe their hidden arguments. When you believe something is right or wrong, true of false, you believe the assumptions in the words which express the arguments. Such assumptions are often full of holes, but remain most precious to the convinced