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Duke Leto Atreides (Character)
from Dune (1984)

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Dune (1984)
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.

Duke Leto Atreides: [responding to Thufir's resignation, after Paul narrowly cheats death via a "hunter-seeker," with which his chamber was boobytrapped] ... Enough of this, Thufir! *If* you made a mistake, it was in over-estimating 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.

Thufir Hawat: My lord?
Duke Leto Atreides: Thufir, haven't you heard from Duncan Idaho yet?
Thufir Hawat: No sire. I have, however, discovered what the city Freemen called out to Paul when we entered the city.
Duke Leto Atreides: Mahdi... And Lisan al Ghaeeb. Yes.
Thufir Hawat: It is a prophecy that a young leader will come to them with a Bene Gesserit mother. It follows the familiar messiah pattern.
Duke Leto Atreides: But Mahdi?
Thufir Hawat: Yes. It seems it is written that he will lead them to true freedom.

Lady Jessica: [Jessica and Leto are lying in bed together the night before the family's journey to Arrakis] I once told you a daughter would be conceived at a time of parting.
Duke Leto Atreides: I remember. Conceived in love, at a time of parting. Arrakis is a hostile world.
Lady Jessica: I must be sure you want this. It has to be tonight, under these influences. I could hear you with the wind.
Duke Leto Atreides: And I whispered 'Yes'.
Lady Jessica: And I whispered 'I love you'.

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

Spice Worker: Sire, we can't leave all this Spice.
Duke Leto Atreides: Damn the Spice!

Duke Leto Atreides: They have tried to take the life of my son!

Duke Leto Atreides: Oh Jessica, my beloved concubine. I should have married you.

Thufir Hawat: Sector six through eighty progress reports, Sire.
Duke Leto Atreides: Take it, Thufir.
Thufir Hawat: [speaking rapidly into a communications device] Sector six-eighty, copy the sixth the sum of the eighth quadrant of the ninth plus eight-four circles weave the eighth quarter the fourth, copy!
[the device hums briefly]
Thufir Hawat: [to the communication device] Eight! Thufir Hawat, Mentant, Master of Assassins.
Thufir Hawat: [to the Duke] The palace is now secure.

"Dune: Episode #1.1" (2000)
Duke Leto Atreides: On Caladan we ruled by air and sea. And here we need desert power. Desert Power. Remember that.