"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."
What terrible things we do to those we love!
"How would you like to live billions upon billions of lives?" Paul asked. "There's a fabric of legends for you! Think of all those experiences, the wisdom they'd bring. But wisdom tempers love, doesn't it? And it puts a new shape on hate. How can you tell what's ruthless unless you've plumbed the depths of both cruelty and kindness? "
The past-within cannot be relegated to the unconscious.
To suspect your own mortality is to know the beginning of terror; to learn irrefutably that you are mortal is to know the end of terror.
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. -Law and Governance, The Spacing Guild Manual
How seductive it is to live in peace, she thought.
What might have been.
That no longer was important.
The things that are -- they matter.
Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.