Werner Erhard

Born: September 5, 1935

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Werner Erhard

Pay no attention to critics. No one ever erected a statue to a critic

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While most managers spend their time attempting to predict the future accurately - and while that's valuable - the best managers are able to generate a future which was not going to happen otherwise -...

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All Knowledge is Divided into Three Domains: "What We Know", "What We Know That We Don't Know", and "What We Don't Know That We Don't Know."

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Life is a ripoff when you expect to get what you want. Life works when you choose what you got. Actually what you got is what you chose. To move on, choose it.

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Living is not the story of your life. Living is the process of experiencing right now.

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Happiness is a function of accepting what is.

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Integrity (in our model) is not about good or bad, or right or wrong, or what should or should not be.

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We distinguish integrity as a phenomenon of the objective state or condition of an object, system, person, group, or organizational entity, and define integrity as: a state or condition of being whole,...

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We assert that integrity (the condition of being whole and complete) is a necessary condition for workability, and that the resultant level of workability determines the available opportunity for performance....

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For an individual we distinguish integrity as a matter of that person's word being whole and complete, and for a group or organizational entity as what is said by or on behalf of the group or organization...

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Oversimplifying somewhat, honoring your word as we define it means you either keep your word (do what you said you would do and by the time you said you would do it), or as soon as you know that you will...

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Honoring your word is also the route to creating whole and complete social and working relationships. In addition, it provides an actionable pathway to earning the trust of others.

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There are all kinds of futures. There is a hoped-for future, there is a feared future, there is a predictable future, and there is an unimagined future.

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Who you know yourself to be” is simply one way of being that is available to you, and you are not stuck with that way of being.

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We can choose to make our love for each other what our lives are really about.

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You and I want our lives to matter. We want our lives to make a real difference - to be of genuine consequence in the world. We know that there is no satisfaction in merely going through the motions, even...

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It is important that you get clear for yourself that your only access to impacting life is action.

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Life is already together, and what you have to experience is experiencing it being together. The striving to put it together is a denial of the truth that it is actually already together and further striving...

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In this conversation we discover another possibility: living in a way, now, moment to moment, that makes a difference to life. We discover that as human beings we can live in a possibility instead of in...

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Just like the front and the back of the hand, being and action are distinct yet inseparable.

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Human beings did not have rights. Human beings created, from nothing, the domain of human rights. They called it up. They languaged it. They communicated it. Communication has that power. It has the...

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Participation: What I intend to create is the opportunity for people to participate in the transformation of people. For me it is the highest expression of humanity to contribute, to facilitate, to participate...

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The nature of a breakthrough is for you to stand on what you've gotten, what you've loved, what's been important to you, what's touched you, what's inspired you, what's turned your life on; to stand on...

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The Truth, believed, is a lie.

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All it takes to make a difference is the courage to stop proving I was right in being unable to make a difference ... to stop assigning cause for my inability to the circumstances outside of myself and...

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Love is granting another the space to be the way they are and the way they are not.

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Happiness is a function of accepting what is. Love is a function of communication. Health is a function of participation. Self expression is a function of responsibility.

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So long as you do not know who you really are, this will be difficult. You may have to give up a lot of things to which you may be attached. You may have to give up your resentments, your anger, your...

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Man keeps looking for a truth that fits his reality. Given our reality, the truth doesn't fit.

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The essence of communication is intention.

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There are only two things in the world: nothing and semantics.

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At all times and under all circumstances, we have the power to transform the quality of our lives.

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Even the truth, when believed, is a lie. You must experience the truth, not believe it.

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Until what is significant is created by you, you aren't living your life, you are living some inherited life.

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Here's my definition of a hero. A hero is an ordinary person given being and action by something bigger than themselves. One thing I'm sure about is I'm real ordinary. Yet I've had the chance to touch...

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If you stand in the rain, you get wet, whether you understand water or not.

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But that is like saying that the hole in the sand looks like the stick that you made the hole in the sand with. Holes in the sand and sticks are worlds apart. To put what happened into language would be...

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You will leave this course being a leader and exercising leadership effectively as your natural self-expression in any situation and no matter what the circumstances.

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I have a lot of respect for L. Ron Hubbard and I consider him to be a genius and perhaps less acknowledged than he ought to be.

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Self expression is a function of responsibility.

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Health is a function of participation.

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Whatever you are pushing against, you are stuck to.

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Until you've completed your relationship with your parents, all your relationships will be about your parents.

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Create your future from your future, not your past.

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Heroes are ordinary men and women who dare to see and meet the call of a possibility bigger than themselves. Breakthroughs are created by such heroes, by men and women who will stand for the result while...

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Maturity is doing whatever you want, even if your parents want the same thing.

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What gives people superiority at a task is true intention. That makes you attuned to everything.

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The quickest way to be happy is to choose what you already have.

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One creates from nothing. If you try to create from something you're just changing something. So in order to create something you first have to be able to create nothing.

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In every human being there is both garbage and gold, it is up to us to choose what we pay attention to.

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In life you wind up with one of two things - the results or the reason why you don’t have the results. Results don’t have to be explained. They just are.

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Your life works to the degree you keep your agreements.

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The problems we have now in communities and societies are going to be resolved only when we are brought together by a common sense that each of us is a visionary. Each of us must come to the realization...

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The world is perfect the way it is.

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The fastest way to destroy love is to make a goal out of it, because people who are trying to be loved come from a place that they're not loved.

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What I recognized is that you can't put it together. It's already together, and what you have to do is experience it being together.

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Consider that all accomplishment is constituted by a series of resolved breakdowns.

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Life is a game. In order to have a game, something has to be more important than something else. If what already is, is more important than what isn't, the game is over. So, life is a game in which what...

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Living is really pretty simple. Living happens right now; it doesn't happen back then, and it doesn't happen out there. Living is not the story of your life. Living is the process of experiencing right...

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It is important that you get clear for yourself that your only access to impacting life is action. The world does not care what you intend, how committed you are, how you feel or what you think, and certainly...

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What most people do is give space to people's quality and deal with their garbage. Actually, you should do it the other way around. Deal with who they are and give space to their garbage. Keep interacting...

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Happiness isn't at the end of the rainbow. Happiness is at the beginning of the rainbow. Following the rainbow is happiness, not getting to the end of it.

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You don't have to go looking for love when it's where you come from.

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Ride the horse in the direction that it's going.

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The only two things in our lives are aliveness and patterns that block our aliveness.

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Until you know that who you are is empty and meaningless, you don't know anything.

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In life, understanding is the booby prize.

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If you could really accept that you weren't ok, you could stop proving you were ok. If you could stop proving that you were ok, you could get that it was ok not to be ok. If you could get that it was...

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If God told you exactly what it was you were to do, you would be happy doing it no matter what it was. What you're doing is what God wants you to do. Be happy.

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Begin building the future through "conversation for possibility."

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When you've said all of the bad things and all of the good things you haven't been saying, you will find that what you've really been withholding is, "I love you." You don't have to go looking for love...

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