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

Lafayette Ronald Hubbard (13 March 1911 – 24 January 1986) was an American science fiction author. He developed Dianetics and founded Scientology. He was the father of Ron DeWolfe.

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Living is a pretty grim joke, but a joke just the same.

THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN CONTROL PEOPLE IS TO LIE TO THEM.

All we know of science or of religioncomes from philosophy. It lies behind and above all other knowledge we have or use.

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.

On the day when we can fully trusteach other, there will be peace on Earth.

  • Living is a pretty grim joke, but a joke just the same. The entire function of man is to survive. The outermost limit of endeavour is creative work. Anything less is too close to simple survival until death happens along. So I am engaged in striving to maintain equilibrium sufficient to at least realize survival in a way to astound the gods. I turned the thing up so it’s up to me to survive in a big way . . . Foolishly perhaps, but determined none the less, I have high hopes of smashing my name into history so violently that it will take a legendary form even if all books are destroyed.
  • God was feeling sardonic the day He created the Universe. So it’s rather up to at least one man every few centuries to pop up and come just as close to making him swallow his laughter as possible.
    • A letter to his wife Polly (October 1938), quoted in Bare-faced Messiah: The True Story of L. Ron Hubbard (1987), p. 81.
  • You don’t get rich writing science fiction. If you want to get rich, you start a religion.
    • Response to a question from the audience during a meeting of the Eastern Science Fiction Association on (7 November 1948), as quoted in a 1994 affidavit by Sam Moskowitz.
    • This statement is similar or identical to several statements Hubbard is reported to have made to various individuals or groups in the 1940s. Variants include:
      • The incident is stamped indelibly in my mind because of one statement that Ron Hubbard made. What led him to say what he did I can’t recall — but in so many words Hubbard said: “I’d like to start a religion. That’s where the money is!
        • L. Ron Hubbard to Lloyd A. Eshbach, in 1949; as quoted by Eshbach in his autobiography Over My Shoulder: Reflections On A Science Fiction Era (1983) ISBN 1-880418-11-8 .
      • Y’know, we’re all wasting our time writing this hack science fiction! You wanta make real money, you gotta start a religion!
        • As reported to Mike Jittlov by Theodore Sturgeon as a statement Hubbard made while at the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society clubhouse in the 1940s.
      • Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wanted to make a million dollars, the best way to do it would be start his own religion.
        • As quoted in the Los Angeles Times (27 August 1978)
      • Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion.
        • As quoted in the article “Scientology: Anatomy of a Frightening Cult” by Eugene H. Methvin. Reader’s Digest(May 1980).
      • I always knew he was exceedingly anxious to hit big money — he used to say he thought the best way to do it would be to start a cult.
        • Sam Merwin, Editor of Thrilling Science Fiction magazine Winter of 1946-47; quoted in Bare-Faced Messiah, The True Story of L. Ron Hubbard (1987) by Russell Miller
      • Whenever he was talking about being hard up he often used to say that he thought the easiest way to make money would be to start a religion.
        • Neison Himmel, briefly a roommate of Hubbard in Pasadena during the fall of 1945, in a 1986 interview, quoted in Bare-Faced Messiah, The True Story of L. Ron Hubbard (1987) by Russell Miller.
  • Benzedrine often helps a case run.
    • “The Intensive Processing Procedure” (1950); “Run a case” = administer Dianetics or Scientology procedures to someone.

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