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Above all else, the mentat must be a generalist, not a specialist.  It is wise to have decisions of great moment monitored by generalists.  Experts and specialists lead you quickly into chaos.  They are a source of useless nit-picking, the ferocious quibble over a comma.  The mentat-generalist, on the other hand, should bring to decision-making a healthy common sense.  He must not cut himself off from the broad sweep of what is happening in his universe.  He must remain capable of saying: “There’s no real mystery about this at the moment.  This is what we want now.  It may prove wrong later, but we’ll correct that when we come to it.”  The mentat-generalist must understand that anything which we can identify as our universe is merely a part of larger phenomena.  But the expert looks backward; he looks into the narrow standards of his own specialty.  The generalist looks outward; he looks for living principles, knowing full well that such principles change, that they develop.  It is to the characteristics of change itself that the mentat-generalist must look.  There can be no permanent catalogue of such change, no handbook or manual.  You must look at it with as few preconceptions as possible, asking yourself: “Now what is this thing doing?
    —    Frank Herbert
From his novel:  “Children of Dune
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Good government never depends upon laws, but upon the personal qualities of those who govern.  The machinery of government is always subordinate to the will of those who administer that machinery.  The most important element of government, therefore, is the method of choosing leaders.
   —    Frank Herbert
From his book: “Children Of Dune
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The joy of living, its beauty is all bound up in the fact that life can surprise you.
   —   Frank Herbert
From his novel: “Children of Dune
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