Fear is the mind-killer.

Literary Tattoos: Frank Herbert Dune

This belongs to AliciaJo.

Literary Tattoos: Frank Herbert Dune

This belongs to Gabriel.

It’s a bit of the litany against fear that is very close to my heart, due to the fact that I have panic attacks quite often. I just look to this when I get scared and feel week and it gives me power to overcome my fears.

Literary Tattoos: Frank Herbert Dune

This belongs to Shannan Lerch.

I got this tattoo after struggling through some personal decisions. I was always afraid of conflict; afraid to stand up for myself. This passage from “Dune” always stood out in my head. Tattooing it on my forearm has cemented my commitment to not letting fear rule my life.

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 Litany Against Fear from DuneLiterary Tattoos: Frank Herbert Dune by Frank Herbert

walk without rhythm

Literary Tattoos: Frank Herbert Dune

This is Rachel’s tattoo.

Walk without rhythm” is a reference to Dune by Frank Herbert.

On the desert planet Arrakis any type of rhythmic vibration in the deep desert will attract an immense sandworm which will destroy ie engulf anything it finds (person, spice mine, space ship) in an effort to protect its territory. The desert Fremen have developed a way to walk without any discernible rhythm, only calling the sandworms to them with ‘thumpers’ when they choose.
Dune is my favorite novel, hence the desire for a Dune tattoo, but choosing a quotation was too hard so I referenced the Fremen, who play a central role in the story arc.

Fear is the Mind-Killer

This is John’s tattoo.

Literary Tattoos: Frank Herbert Dune

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.

- From Dune by Frank Herbert