Dune (film)

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Quotes from Dune, the 1984 motion picture directed by David Lynch, based on the novel Dune by Frank Herbert. See also Dune (TV miniseries).

  • The beginning is a very delicate time. Know then that it is the year 10191. The Known Universe is ruled by the Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV, my father. In this time, the most precious substance in the universe is the spice Melange. The spice extends life, the spice expands consciousness, the spice is vital to space travel.
    • Introduction by Princess Irulan
  • It is by will alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the juice of Sapho that thoughts acquire speed, the lips acquire stains. The stains become a warning. It is by will alone I set my mind in motion.
    • The Mentat Mantra, Piter De Vries
  • Some thoughts have a certain sound...
    • Paul Atreides
  • CHAAA-AKSA!
    • Shouted by wielders of weirding modules
  • Send a third stage Guild Navigator to Kaitan to demand details from the Emperor. The spice must flow...
    • a member of the Spacing Guild, from a special report within the Guild
  • The Bene Gesserit witch must leave.
    • a Guildsman tells the Emperor that his Truthsayer has to leave the room

Dialogue

Muad'Dib: Gurney, when the storm hits... set off the atomics. I want an opening through the entire Shield Wall. Stilgar, do we have wormsign?
Stilgar: Usul, we have wormsign the likes of which even God has never seen.

Paul Atreides: You suggest the son of the Duke is an animal?
Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam: Let us say I suggest you may be human.

Muad'Dib: We Fremen have a saying: God created Arrakis to train the faithful. One cannot go against the word of God.

Paul Atreides: You have no need for your weapons with me, Gurney Halleck.
Gurney Halleck: Paul! Paul!
Paul Atreides: Don't trust your own eyes.
Gurney Halleck: They said you were dead. They said...
[Paul shows him the signet ring on his fingers. Gurney moves forward, his eyes tearing, and the two embrace each other and pound each other on the back.]
Gurney Halleck: You young pup! You young pup!

Gurney Halleck: Behold, as a wild ass in the desert, go I forth to my work.

Paul Atreides: Father... father, the sleeper has awakened!

Paul Atreides: Is this what you seek?
Gurney Halleck: Good... the slow blade penetrates the shield... but look down. We'd have joined each other in death. However, you did seem to finally get in the mood.

Paul Atreides: 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.

Paul Atreides: Walk without rhythm and you won't attract the worm.

Chani: Tell me of your homeworld, Usul.

Piter De Vries: It is by will alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the juice of Sapho that thoughts acquire speed, the lips acquire stains, stains become a warning. It is by will alone I set my mind in motion.

Paul Atreides: Shield practice? Gurney... we had practice -- this morning... I'm not in the mood.
Gurney Halleck: Not in the mood?! Mood's a thing for cattle and love play... not fighting.
Paul Atreides: I'm sorry Gurney.
Gurney Halleck: Not sorry enough.

Guildmaster: We foresee a slight problem. The Duke's son. We want him killed. I did not say this. I am not here.

Piter De Vries: I must not let my passion interfere with my reason. That is not good. That is bad.

Feyd-Rautha: Who is the little one, a pet perhaps? Will she deserve my special attentions?

Duke Leto Atreides: I'll miss the sea, but a person needs new experiences. They jar something deep inside, allowing him to grow. Without change something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.

Baron Vladimir Harkonnen: I will have Arrakis back for myself! He who controls the Spice controls the universe and what Piter did not tell you is we have control of someone who is very close, very close, to Duke Leto! This person, this traitor, will be worth more to us than ten legions of Sardaukar!
Feyd-Rautha: And who is this, traitor?
Baron Vladimir Harkonnen: I won't tell you who the traitor is, or when we'll attack. However, the Duke will die before these eyes and he'll know, he'll know, that it is I, Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, who encompasses his doom!

Baron Vladimir Harkonnen: He who controls the spice, controls the universe!

Baron Vladimir Harkonnen: The spice must flow.

Paul Atreides: What do you call the mouse shadow on the second moon?
Stilgar: We call that one, Muad'Dib.
Paul Atreides: Could I be known as Paul Muad'Dib?
Stilgar: You are Paul Muad'Dib, and your mother shall be a Sayyadina among us... We welcome you.
Paul Atreides: [thinks] The dream unfolds.

Paul Atreides: They tried and failed?
Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam: They tried and died.

Muad'Dib: [thinks] My own name is a killing word. Will it be a healing word as well?

Paul Atreides: Some thoughts have a certain sound, that being equivalent to a form. Through sound and motion, you will be able to paralyze nerves, shatter bones, set fires, suffocate an enemy or burst his organs. We will kill until no Harkonnen breathes Arrakeen air.

Muad'Dib: Gurney, now!
Gurney Halleck: Atomics!

Paul Atreides: Long live the fighters!

Paul Atreides: I'm dead to everyone unless I become what I may be.

Muad'Dib: He who can destroy a thing, controls a thing.

Feyd-Rautha: Why prolong the inevitable? I will kill you!

The Baron's Doctor: [treating Baron Harkonnen] Put the pick in there, Pete, and turn it round real neat.

The Baron's Doctor: You are so beautiful, my Baron. Your skin - love to me. Your diseases - lovingly cared for for all eternity!

Stilgar and the Fremen: Hmmm. Shai-hulud.

[repeated line]
Feyd-Rautha: I will kill him!

Feyd-Rautha: [whispers] You see... your death... my blade will finish you.
Paul Atreides: [thinks] I will bend like a reed in the wind.

Paul Atreides: What's in the box?
Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam: Pain.

Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV: Bring in that floating fat man, the Baron!

Alia: I am a messenger from Maud'Dib. Poor Emperor. I'm afraid my brother won't be very pleased with you.
Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV: Silence!
Reverand Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam: Kill this child. She's an abomination. Kill her! [groans then yells at Alia] Get out of my mind!
Alia: [using the Voice] Not until you tell them both who I really am!
Reverand Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam: [weakly] Alia, daughter of Duke Leto the Just and the royal lady Jessica. Sister... of Paul... Muad'Dib.
Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV: Paul's sister?! Paul is Muad'Dib?!

Paul Atreides: I will tell you how it will be. I will marry your daughter, the Princess Irulan. I will become the new Emperor of the Known Universe.
Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV: I am House Corrino. Only I sit on the throne!
Paul Atreides: You and your House shall have a throne on Salusa Secundus, your prison world, and the training ground for your accursed Sardaukar. [using the Voice] Either that, or you will die!

Paul Atreides: Don't try your powers on me, witch! Try looking into that place where you dare not look. You'll find me there, staring back at you.
Reverand Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam: Silence him, Jessica!
Lady Jessica: [like a robot] Silence him yourself, if your can.
Paul Atreides: For ninety generations, you and your Bene Geseerit have labored in secret to producing a living, breathing weapon... a weapon that would enable you to overthrow both the Guild and the Emperor. Indeed. This weapon, I am; and these goals, I have achieved. But I'll never be yours.
Reverand Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam: You mustn't speak of...
Paul Atreides: [also using the Voice, which overpowers her] Silence! I remember you Gom Jabbar, now you remember mine. I can kill with a word.

[Leto is responding to Thufir's resignation, after Paul narrowly cheats death via a "hunter-seeker", with which his chamber was boobytraped.]
Duke Leto Atrides: Enough of this, Thufir! If you make a mistake, it was in overestimating the Harkonnens. Their simple minds came up with a simple trick! Moreover, Paul survived this largely because of your training; you didn't fail there.

[first lines]
Princess Irulan: The beginning is a very delicate time. Know then that it is the year 10191. The Known Universe is ruled by the Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV, my father. In this time, the most precious substance in the universe is the spice Melange. The spice extends life. The spice expands consciousness. The spice is vital to space travel. The Spacing Guild and its navigators, who the spice has mutated over 4,000 years, use the orange spice gas, which gives them the ability to fold space. That is, travel to any part of universe without moving. Oh, yes. I forgot to tell you. The spice exists on only one planet in the entire universe. A desolate, dry planet with vast deserts. Hidden away within the rocks of these deserts are a people known as the Fremen, who have long held a prophecy that a man would come, a messiah who would lead them to true freedom. The planet is Arrakis, also known as Dune.

[last lines]
Alia Atreides: And how can this be? For he is the Kwisatz Haderach!

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