Famous L Ron Hubbard Quotes by Topic
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"An individual who is bent mainly upon survival is intent, usually, upon changing things. An individual who is close to being destroyed is bent mainly upon stopping things. An individual who has a free heart and mind about life is bent upon creating things."
The Fundamentals of Thought, 1973 edition (unaltered from the original of 1956), chapter: The Parts of Man, page 68.
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seeking higher spiritual states[edit | edit source]
"For thousands of years men have sought the state of complete spiritual freedom from the endless cycle of birth and death and have sought personal immortality containing full awareness, memory and ability as a spirit independent of the flesh.
The dream of this in Buddha's time was called "Bodhi," being the name of the tree under which he attained such a state.
But due to the unknown presence of the reactive mind and its effect upon the spirit as well as the body, such periods of freedom were difficult to attain and were, as we have found, temporary.
Further, few could attain even this temporary state and those who did acquired it at the cost of decades of self-denial and personal discipline.
In Scientology this state has been attained. It has been achieved not on a temporary basis, subject to relapse, but on a stable plane of full awareness and ability, unqualified by accident or deterioration. And not limited to a few.
By eradicating the reactive mind we not only achieve in the state of Clear an erasure of the seeming evil in man, who is basically good, we have overcome the barriers which made it so difficult to attain total spiritual independence and serenity."
("The Auditor" #19, Dec. 1966)
Spirituality[edit | edit source]
"The only truly therapeutic agent in this universe is the spirit."
A Description of Scientology, Ability Magazine Major 1, 1955
warning about scientology monopoly[edit | edit source]
“As I look into the future, I see that we are handling here material of a potential control and command over mankind which must not be permitted at any time to become the monopoly or the tool of the few to the danger and disaster of the many…”
“And I believe the freedom of the material which we know and understand is guaranteed only by lightness of organization, a maximum of people, good training and good, reliable, sound relay of information. And if we can’t do these things, sooner or later the information which we hold will become the property of an untrustworthy few. This I am sure because it has always happened this way…”
Anatomy of the Spirit of Man Congress - Lecture #15 What is Scientology Doing? 6 June 1955
The work was free...[edit | edit source]
"And so the work has emerged free of taint and misguided slants. It is itself. It does what it says it does. It contains no adroit curves to make one open to better believing some “ism.” That makes it singular today in a world gone mad with nationalism. Buddhism, when it came to the millions, was no longer free of slant and prejudice. Taoism itself became a national jingoism far from any work of Lao-Tze. Even Christianity had its “pitch.” And if these great works became curved, with all the personal force of their creators, how is it that our little triumph here can still be found in a clear state?
Well, no diamonds and palaces have been accepted from rajahs, no gratuitous printing of results has been the gift of warlords, no testament had to be written 300 years after the fact.
For this we can thank Johann Gutenberg, and the invention of magnetic tape.
Therefore, although we have no such stature as the Great Philosophies, I charge you with this—look to source writings, not to interpretations. Look to the original work, not offshoots.
If I have fought for a quarter of a century, most of it alone, to keep this work from serving to uphold the enslavers of Man, to keep it free from some destructive “pitch” or slant, then you certainly can carry that motif a little further.
I’ll not always be here on guard. The stars twinkle in the Milky Way and the wind sighs for songs across the empty fields of a planet a Galaxy away.
You won’t always be here.
But before you go, whisper this to your sons and their sons - ”The work was free. Keep it so.”
L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology: Clear Procedure; December 1957
Black Dianetics[edit | edit source]
"Death, insanity, aberration, or merely a slavish obedience can be efficiently effected by the use of Black Dianetics. - Hypnotism is a rather old and untrustworthy method of influencing or enslaving others. However, hypnotism is very unreliable even when it can be effected upon an individual..."
"The charlatanism in this field is very great. Other methods of influencing and swaying minds are all about us. They range from the cold brutality of threatened death to the extensive practice of advertising. Each depends upon some natural phenomenon or phenomena, whether known or unknown."
Journal of Scientology Issue 3-G September 1952
Organization Senior Policies[edit | edit source]
service to the world[edit | edit source]
"We own a tremendous amount of property. We own a tremendous amount of material, and so forth. And it keeps growing. But that’s not important. When buildings get important to us, for God’s sake, some of you born revolutionists, will you please blow up central headquarters. If someone had put some HE under the Vatican long ago, Catholicism might still be going. Don’t get interested in real estate. Don’t get interested in the masses of buildings, because that’s not important.
What is important is how much service you can give the world and how much you can get done and how much better you can make things. These are important things. These are all that are important. A bank account never measured the worth of a man. His ability to help measured his worth and that is all. A bank account can assist one to help but where it ceases to do that it becomes useless."
- LRH - The Genus of Dianetics and Scientology
"HE" stands for High Explosives
Politics[edit | edit source]
economic systems[edit | edit source]
"Communism, far different from the hope of Marx, is the tool of the rich and powerful to seize everything in sight, and pay no wages. It is the final answer to capitalism, not its opponent.
Socialisms in different costumes all tend to the same end product --- total ownership by the state. And so is also the end product of capitalism: total ownership.
...Capitalism, communism and socialism all wind up with man in the same situation --- owned body and soul by the State."
LRH - Freedom Magazine - April 1966 issue "Economics"
purpose[edit | edit source]
1."As Man all too easily specializes in stops he tends to stress what SHOULDN'T be done. While this enters into it, remember that it's a STOP.
STOPS ALL OCCUR BECAUSE OF FAILED PURPOSES.
BEHIND EVERY STOP THERE IS A FAILED PURPOSE.
A stuck picture or a motionless org are similar. Each has behind it a failed purpose.
THERE IS A LAW ABOUT THIS-ALL YOU HAVE TO DO TO RESTORE LIFE AND ACTION IS TO REKINDLE THE FAILED PURPOSE. THE STOPS WILL AT ONCE BLOW."
HCO PL "OT Orgs"
2. "False purposes were instilled in a being in order to prevent him from REACHING. They subdued one's beingness. Thus, the False Purpose RD is a very powerful tech in that it recovers one's innate goodness, one's innate power and ability to reach.
That beings are basically good and are seeking to survive are two fundamental principles of Scientology.
A being's basic goodness can be made brightly evident or be heavily obscured, the quality of his life and survival potential can be enhanced or reduced, all through a factor fundamental to the thetan himself: PURPOSES.
Where a being has accumulated nonsurvival purposes and intentions, he will be found to be having, doing and being far below his potential. ... Achievement, stability, certainty, respect for self, and even the thetan's innate power can seem to deteriorate or disappear altogether.
And it can be found that many of these contrasurvival purposes have been fettering the being for a VERY long time. Recent upper-level research breakthroughs have led to the development of a new rundown designed to slash straight through to the root of such false purposes and unwanted intentions and BLOW them."
(HCOB False Purpose Rundown)
living life to the fullest[edit | edit source]
"Well, if you’re going to live life without feeling, without sensation, communication, ARC, understanding and a few other minor quantities, why live? Why live? Why not just be a — just take the cog out of the machinery that one is and just go out and lie down in a field someplace and expire, because there’s no point in it; because the things I’ve named are the pay you get for living; and there’s no other pay.
The pay is communication, sensation, ARC, understanding, cooperative endeavour, enthusiasm over goals, activity; the feeling one is going and doing something. These are the only payments that can be made to one for living. There are some things that try to substitute for them: mink coats, Cadillacs, and big bank accounts. Person says, “Well, if I could just make a couple of million, then I would’ve been paid for it.” Well, you and I know the answer to that. We see some of these follows that slaved through it for 20-25-30 years, let everything go by the boards but that first couple of million, or something like that, and there they sit in the preclear’s chair with ulcers. They were paid, apparently; they were apparently paid; paid in cash — but they weren’t paid in communication, sensation, understanding, feeling of a job well done, ARC. These payments they didn’t get, and it made them sick! So there is something real about living, and that something real is life."
L Ron Hubbard (from Ability Congress 29 December 1957, Experience – Randomity and Change of Pace)
getting advice[edit | edit source]
"Be your own advisor, keep your own counsel and select your own decisions.
And that is a heck of a thing, isn’t it? You are educated from childhood to listen to the opinions of others. To you they are worth nothing, because only you have data enough to evaluate you and your actions. Only you have data enough.
You can sit down and communicate for days, weeks, months, to a person and not even then give him all the data you have about you. So go around and get advice if you want to. It is not going to be good advice because it is not based on all the facts. Only you have those facts about you.
So you only get along well if you are your own advisor. If you take counsel with yourself about what is right and what is wrong, you can take counsel with others in order to find out if your data agrees with theirs, or what between you can you pool as data which makes a new conclusion."
LRH, Lecture "The Code of Honor", 18 Feb 1952
Mental Ability[edit | edit source]
"The intention of the physical universe (and those who have become degraded enough to further only its ends) is to make a thetan solid, immobile and decisionless.
The fight of the thetan is to remain unsolid, mobile or immobile at will, and capable of decision.
This in itself is the principal unresolved problem and it itself creates timeless mass which accomplishes the basic purpose of a trap.
The mechanism of the Time Track can then be said to be the primary action in making a thetan solid, immobile and decisionless. For without a record of the past accumulating and forming a gradient of solidification of the thetan, the entrapment potential of the physical universe would be negligible and the havingness which it offers might be quite therapeutic. It probably requires more than just living in the physical universe to become aberrated. The main method of causing aberration and entrapment is therefore found in actions which create or confuse the Time Track."
LRH (HCOB 15 May AD13, The time Track and Engram Running By Chains, Bulletin 1)
Freedom[edit | edit source]
- Price of Freedom:Constant alertness, constant willingness to fight back.
happiness[edit | edit source]
- "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."
What Is Greatness
- "How to be happy in this universe is a problem few prophets or sages have dared to contemplate directly. We find them “handling” the problem of happiness by assuring us that man is doomed to suffering. They seek not to tell us how to be happy, but how to endure being unhappy. Such casual assumption of the impossibility of happiness has led us to ignore any real examination of ways to be happy. Thus, we have floundered forward toward a negative goal - get rid of all the unhappiness on Earth and one would have a livable Earth. If one seeks to get rid of something continually, one admits continually that he cannot confront it—and thus everyone went down hill. Life became a dwindling spiral of more things we could not confront. And thus, we went toward blindness and unhappiness.
- To be happy, one 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."
A New Slant on Life
Unhappines[edit | edit source]
"The ruin of another's life can wreck one’s own. Society reacts —the prisons and the insane sylums are stuffed with people who harmed their fellows. But there are other penalties whether one is caught or not, committing harmful acts against others, particularly when hidden, can cause one to suffer severe changes in his attitudes toward others and himself, all of them unhappy ones. The happiness and joy of life depart."
The Way To Happiness
Moral Codes[edit | edit source]
"Happiness lies in engaging in worthwhile activities. But there is only one person who for certain can tell what will make one happy—oneself.
The precepts given in this book are really the edges of the road: violating them, one is like the motorist who plunges onto the verge—the result can be wreckage of the moment, the relationship, a life."
"Your own happiness can be turned to tragedy and sorrow by the dishonesty and misconduct of others."
The Way To Happiness
Love[edit | edit source]
"Most of the preclears you work on are loused up because of love. It is one of those things that happens in the best of lives. There are tornadoes, electrical storms, Democratic elections and love; these are major cataclysms that happen to man. There are the seven ages of man, and they are the seven ages of man’s trouble—and each age is named “love.”
First it is love for the parents, and then it is love for this and love for that, and then all of a sudden this individual, man or woman, meets another human being. He is feeling rather bored at the moment and says, “You know, I’m in love. I’ll be in love, that’s what. Yeah, that solves everything. I’m going to be in love. They say it’s great....
“By golly, it is great! Yes sir, I’m in love.... It’s getting worse! Much worse!”
He gets to a point finally where he is saying, “The whole world turns on the subject of love. You should try it sometime. It happens to you. You just never know when it’s going to happen next. You haven’t got anything to do about it. Most wonderful feeling in the world.” Then he goes home and finds out that his girl has run away with her old man’s chauffeur.
Unfortunately, if he has carried himself to that extreme and has gotten himself sold enough on this thing, then the sudden cessation of it is such a terrific personal invalidation of his own postulate, he not only doesn’t dare admit it was a postulate of his own at first but he has to validate himself by shooting his brains out or by dying of grief or by refusing to eat and going around worrying his friends by not shaving for days. You may think I am being sarcastic, but this happens to be, gruesomely enough, the cycle.
I guarantee, if you were merely to pick up, with the process I will give you later, all of your former emotional experiences with regard to this subject, that you would be able to go out on the street and fix your attention upon any human being and say “I’m in love with that human being,” convince yourself utterly and go home in the happy daze that you used to be in when you were sixteen or seventeen and were writing notes during class. That is right. Love makes the world go around, but, believe me, you make yourself go around."
(LRH, 5 November 1951)
affinity[edit | edit source]
“A child is full of affinity. Not only does he have affinity for his father, mother, brothers and sisters and his playmates but for his dogs, his cats and stray dogs that happen to come around. But affinity goes even beyond this. You can have a feeling of affinity for objects: ‘I love the way the grain stands out in that wood.’ There is a feeling of oneness with the earth, blue skies, rain, mill ponds, cartwheels and bullfrogs which is affinity."
“Affinity is never identification nor does it go quite so far as empathy. You remain very much yourself when you have affinity for something but you also feel the essence of the thing for which you have affinity. You remain yourself and, yet, you draw closer to the object for which you have affinity. It is not a binding quality. There are no strings attached when affinity is given. To the receiver it carries no duties and no responsibilities. It is pure, easy and natural and flows out from you as easily as sunlight flows from the sun." “Affinity begets affinity. A person who is filled with the quality will automatically find people anywhere near him also beginning to be filled with affinity. It is a calming, warming, heartening influence on all who are capable of receiving and giving it.”
L. Ron Hubbard, The Theory of Affinity, Reality and Communication, Dianetics Auditor’s Bulletin, February 1951
granting beingness[edit | edit source]
1."The ability to assume or grant (give, allow) beingness is probably the highest of human virtues. It is even more important to be able to permit (allow) other people to have beingness than to be able oneself to assume it.
(FOT, p. 27)"
2."A process has not been the correct process or has not been run correctly, or has not been run long enough if there has not been in the preclear an increase in his ability to grant life to others and to his environment."
(Ability Major 6; September, 1955)
study[edit | edit source]
1. "The only reason a person gives up a study or becomes confused or unable to learn is because he or she has gone past a word that was not understood."
- Note: see How to Study Dianetics and Scientology for more info and a free download of The Basic Study Manual - a more complete description of Scientology Study Tech.
auditors[edit | edit source]
1. "It is my opinion and knowledge that auditors are amongst the upper tenth of the upper twentieth of intelligent human beings. Their will to do, their motives, their ability to grasp and to use are superior to that of any other profession."
PAB 79, 10 April 1956 The Open Channel (Tech Vol 3 p 343)
2. "The best things a person can do are to (1) get trained and (2) get cleared. Auditors will always be senior to clears. Always. That became very obvious in the 19th ACC. People who weren’t clear created clears."
Ability - Issue 70 - [1958, ca. late March] Does Clearing Cancel the Need for Training?
auditing children[edit | edit source]
"Then the next important thing for a baby is to know he or she is winning. Don’t expect him or her to do more than a baby can do. Grant beingness to a baby. “You make that body lie in that cradle” is wonderful on babies up to six months."
(Processing A New Mother; 20 December 1958)
scientology training[edit | edit source]
1. "But how about getting clear and staying clear forever? The auditor alone with his data well learned could manage that.
Remember, you were clear once—trillions of years ago. Why didn’t you stay that way? Because the traps were well designed and you had no anatomy of traps."
Ability - Issue 70 - [1958, ca. late March] Does Clearing Cancel the Need for Training?
class VIII[edit | edit source]
1. "We're trying to get tech in on the planet. We're trying to audit out the 4th Dynamic engram and furnish an environment in which it can be done. And naturally, we have to make sure that it also gets audited."
"There has to be such a thing, somebody has to know there is such a thing, and he has to be able to demonstrate that that thing is beneficial and is something that should be preserved. Then he has to hold the fort long enough to get it in."
From Class VIII tape 13, "Ethics and Case Supervision"
2. "There is something here in Standard Tech. It is the exact Auditor’s Code, the exact TRs, the exact processes, the 100% result."
From HCOB 20 Oct 68, "The Purpose of Class VIII"
case supervision[edit | edit source]
!. "Cases progress in exact ratio to the amount of charge gotten off. They do not progress by magic buttons designed just for that case..."The “sudden” big wins are the result of the accumulated effect of getting charge off."
LRH (HCOB 29 JULY 1969, The "Art" of Case Supervision)
Valid Forms of Therapy[edit | edit source]
"An Auditor is not trying to cure anything. He is simply raising tone. Incidental to raising tone, psychosomatic ills commonly vanish and aberrations disappear. But this is incidental. The task is to make a human being happier, more effective, better able to accept responsibility and aid his fellow man. That the person being processed gets "well" is a bonus.
Anything which raises a person's tone can be considered legitimate processing.
This includes, of course, nutrition, environment, and education, as well as processing. Simply taking the person to see a movie he wants to see may raise his tone.
Processing achieves permanent raises in tone.
If it is illegal anywhere to process people, then it must also, sequitur, be illegal to make people happy. And if laws exist against making people happy, somebody had better overthrow that government, quick. For it is a death government, so entheta that it will bring about the death of the state and those within it."
~ L Ron Hubbard, Science of Survival, Chapter 1, The Tone Scale
responsibility[edit | edit source]
1. "In order to make up one's mind to be responsible for things, it is necessary to get over the idea that one is being forced into responsibility. The power of choice is still senior to responsibility."
HCOB 4 FEB 60 - THEORY OF RESPONSIBILITY PROCESSING (New Tech Vol V p296)
Exteriorization[edit | edit source]
1. the state of the thetan, the individual himself, being outside his body. When this is done, the person achieves a certainty that he is himself and not his body. (PXL Gloss) 2. the phenomenon of being in a position or space dependent upon only one's consideration, able to view from that space the body and the room as it is. That is exteriorization. One can view the body or control the body from a distance. (Tape - Body, Mind Spirit - 5702C28)
telekinesis[edit | edit source]
"Now it is TRUE that one can, theoretically, animate inanimate matter. IF one lifts a match without manual contact, by “force of will,” he MUST imbue it with some LIFE. If one cannot imbue with life he can’t handle objects or spaces. They DEFY him. Thus the Granting of Beingness."
(Ability Major 5; August, 1955)
past lives[edit | edit source]
- quotes needed...
"OT" Abilities[edit | edit source]
"If you think for a moment that it is the purpose of Scientology to produce something intensely spectacular like a ghost that can move cigarette papers or mountains, you have definitely gotten the wrong idea. We are interested in well men, we are interested in people with well bodies who think straight and who co-operate on optimum solutions. We are not making magicians. There are a great many things which a thetan or the analytical mind can do, but all these, until you are certain of them, belong in the field of para-Scientology and are only interesting data. We have no interest in their truth or untruth."
LRH (PAB No. 2 [1953, ca. end May] GENERAL COMMENTS SOP 8 and A SUMMARY OF SOP 8A)
Re: God[edit | edit source]
"....preclear who ceases to postulate time ceases to have time. And that’s the first thing you can learn about time. Unless you’re putting things on the future time track consistently and continually, you will not have any time track, because -- was there a Board of Directors or a single Director at the beginning of track of this universe who made all the postulates, then elected you to the Board afterwards? Or were you part of the Board?
Well, you could be running on this very well simply being recruited to this particular organization called Physical Universe. You could be -- and have been -- recruited to it afterwards, but the moment you were recruited to it you could only have been recruited to it if you had agreed to its time continuum. In other words, if you had agreed to a uniform rate of change, and had you agreed to this uniform rate of change you would then have a uniform rate of change. Otherwise you’d be in 1776, or 2060, while everybody else was in 1954. You see, you’d be somewhere, something, and sometime.
Well, in view of the fact that the particles themselves of this universe are a matter of consideration, stem from consideration, are themselves consideration -- the space in which those particles exist are themselves considerations -- we are not then at any time dealing with anything else but considerations."
The Phoenix Lectures
"There are gods above all other gods. Anything which has wide acceptance and has been successful, wherever suns shine and planets swing, is based upon some fundamental truth. There is no argument here against the existence of a Supreme Being or any devaluation intended. It is that amongst gods, there are many false gods elected to power and position for the benefit and use of those who would control and make into the basest slaves the most sublime beings. As an ancient Greek said, when one has examined the descriptions of God written by men, he finds in that Being at best a thirst for self-aggrandizement and adulation which would be disgusting in any man.
Man has sought to make his God a god of mud because the Early Greek and even more distant peoples, made idols in the form of men by which they thought to entrap the beingness of some local divinity who troubled them; more modern man has fallen into the error of making God into the body of a homo sapiens and posting him somewhere on high with a craving for vengeance and a pettiness in punishment matched only by the degradation of homo sapiens himself.
There are gods above all other gods, and gods beyond the gods of universes, but it were better, far better, to be a raving madman
in his cell than to be a thing with the ego, cruelty, and jealous lust that base religions have set up to make men grovel down."
"No culture in the history of the world, save the thoroughly depraved and expiring ones, has failed to affirm the existence of a Supreme Being. It is an empirical observation that men without a strong and lasting faith in a Supreme Being are less capable, less ethical, and less valuable to themselves and society. A government wishing to deprave its people to the point where they will accept the most perfidious and rotten acts abolishes first the concept of God; and in the wake of that destroys the family, with free love; the intellectual, with police-enforced idiocies; and so reduces a whole population to an estate somewhat below that of dogs. A man without an abiding faith is, by observation alone, more of a thing than a man. Modern science, producing weapons for the annihilation of men, women, and children in wholesale lots, has solidly run itself aground on the reef of Godlessness. Modern science has gone so far as to advocate the rise of man from mud and clay alone; has denied to him even a semblance of a soul; and so has not only solved none of the problems of the humanities, but has aided and abetted Godless totalitarian governments which seek nothing less than the engulfment and enslavement of all men and the extinguishment of every spark of decency in the breast of every human being. These two tracks which have led away from the affirmation of the existence of a Supreme Being -- modern science and totalitarianism -- are bringing man into a machine-like state of being where the ideal has become a lump of muscle, greasy with sweat, or a grimy mechanic serving a howling monster of steel. The arts, the humanities, and the decencies are fallen away from, until they are like tiny stars shining across a great, black void.
The abandonment of the admission of a Supreme Being as a reality, intimate to the life of man, makes prostitution the ideal conduct of a woman; perfidy and betrayal the highest ethic level attainable by a man; and obliteration by treachery, bomb, and gun the highest goal attainable by a culture. Thus, there is no great argument about the reality of a Supreme Being, since one sees, in the failure to countenance that reality, a slimy and loathsome trail, downward into the most vicious depths."
Science of Survival
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