Dune Reflections

Recently Ryan Hall gave a good interview about the value of competition.

He alluded to this quote:

“Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.”

Which is from this book:

The book above is the last of the series of all of the Dune series written by Frank Herbert. The quote is quite profound.

There are many quotes from the series that will make you ponder. I picked some out that I think will help in your grappling training.

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”

“The mystery of life isn't a problem to solve, but a reality to experience.”

“Hope clouds observation.”

“The mind can go either direction under stress—toward positive or toward negative: on or off. Think of it as a spectrum whose extremes are unconsciousness at the negative end and hyperconsciousness at the positive end. The way the mind will lean under stress is strongly influenced by training.”

“What has mood to do with it? You fight when the necessity arises—no matter the mood! Mood's a thing for cattle or making love or playing the baliset. It's not for fighting.”

“Proper teaching is recognized with ease. You can know it without fail because it awakens within you that sensation which tells you this is something you have always known.”

“The willow submits to the wind and prospers until one day it is many willows - a wall against the wind.”

“A killer with the manners of a rabbit - this is the most dangerous kind.”

“We faced it and did not resist. The storm passed through us and around us. It's gone, but we remain.”

“Knowing where the trap is-- that's the first step in evading it.”

“Any man who retreats into a cave which has only one opening deserves to die.”

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

“And always, he fought the temptation to choose a clear, safe course, warning 'That path leads ever down into stagnation.”

“its easier to be terrified by an enemy you admire.”

“A plan depends as much upon execution as it does upon concept.”