Memories rolled in his mind like the toothless mutterings of old women.

ready to expand any opportunity.

I must give her his message now while she has time for grief. Grief would inconvenience us later. And

My father 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.

How much is actual prediction of the “wave form” (as Muad’Dib referred to his vision-image) and how much is the prophet shaping the future to fit the prophecy?

Does the prophet see the future or does he see a line of weakness, a fault or cleavage that he may shatter with words or decisions as a diamond-cutter shatters his gem with a blow of a knife?

“When you imagine mistakes there can be no self-defense,” the Count said.

That which makes a man superhuman is terrifying.

The Guild navigators, gifted with limited prescience, had made the fatal decision: they’d chosen always the clear, safe course that leads ever downward into stagnation.