Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

L. Ron Hubbard, fully Lafayette Ron Hubbard

Author, Cult Leader, Founder of Dianetics and Scientology

"A man who is willing to accept restriction and barriers and is not afraid of them is free. A man who does nothing but fight restrictions and barriers will usually be trapped."

"Never regret yesterday. Life is in you today, and you make your tomorrow."

"Probably the most neglected friend you have is you."

"You don't get rich writing science fiction. If you want to get rich, you start a religion."

"There is no war not based on lies, there is no infamy alive without its kindred kin, deceit."

"There are conditions worse than being unable to see, and that is imagining one sees."

"Happiness and strength endure only in the absence of hate. To hate alone is the road to disaster. To love is the road to strength. To love in spite of all is the secret of greatness. And may very well be the greatest secret in this universe."

"To be happy, one only must be able to confront, which is to say, experience, those things that are. Unhappiness is only this: the inability to confront that which is."

"THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN CONTROL PEOPLE IS TO LIE TO THEM. You can write that down in your book in great big letters. The only way you can control anybody is to lie to them."

"Freedom is for honest people. No man who is not himself honest can be free— he is in his own trap."

"If attacked on some vulnerable point by anyone or anything or any organization, always find or manufacture enough threat against them to cause them to sue for peace."

"When somebody enrolls, consider he or she has joined up for the duration of the universe — never permit an "open-minded" approach... If they enrolled, they're aboard, and if they're aboard they're here on the same terms as the rest of us — win or die in the attempt. Never let them be half minded about being Scientologists. ... When Mrs. Pattycake comes to us to be taught, turn that wandering doubt in her eye into a fixed, dedicated glare. ... The proper instruction attitude is, "We'd rather have you dead than incapable.""