65 Werner Erhard Quotes from the Founder of est

Werner Erhard, an American author and lecturer, is recognized for establishing ‘est’, an influential personal development program that functioned from 1971 to 1984.

Initially named John Paul Rosenberg, he adopted the name Werner Hans Erhard in 1960, drawing inspiration from Ludwig Erhard, a West German economics minister and physicist Werner Heisenberg.

Erhard embarked on his business career in his teenage years, selling cars for Lee Iacocca at a Pennsylvania dealership.


Over four decades, he created transformational models and applications, writing, lecturing and teaching on self-improvement, for both individuals and organizations.

Despite making significant contributions to personal development, Erhard faced considerable controversy during his career.

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Let’s go through some of the quotes by Werner Erhard.

Best Werner Erhard Quotes


The Truth, believed, is a lie. ~ Werner Erhard.


Your life works to the degree you keep your agreements. ~ Werner Erhardt.


The reaction you got was the communication you intended. ~ Werner Erhard.


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


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


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


Create your future from your future, not your past. ~ Werner Erhard.

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. ~ Werner Erhard.


In life, understanding is the booby prize. ~ Werner Erhard.

Your power is a function of velocity, that is to say, your power is a function of the rate at which you translate intention into reality. Most of us disempower ourselves by finding a way to slow, impede, or make more complex than necessary the process of translating intention into reality. ~ Werner Erhard.


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

Famous Werner Erhard Quotes

What we create together is a relationship in which our work can show up as making a difference in people’s lives. I welcome the unprecedented opportunity for us to work globally on that which concerns us all as human beings. ~ Werner Erhard.

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 isn’t, is more important than what is. Let the good times roll. ~ Werner Erhard.


Live as if your life depends upon it. ~ Werner Erhard.

The world is perfect the way it is. ~ Werner Erhard.

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. ~ Werner Erhard.

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, complete, unbroken, unimpaired, sound, perfect condition. ~ Werner Erhard.


Whatever you are pushing against, you are stuck to. ~ Werner Erhard.

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 upset, your annoyance, your desire to punish. ~ Werner Erhard.

Top Werner Erhard Quotes


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. ~ Werner Erhard.

Individuals transform when there is a shift in the principle which orients their life from one of gaining satisfaction to one of expressing the satisfaction they’ve already got. ~ Werner Erhard.

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. ~ Werner Erhard.

I didn’t arrive at the opportunity to make the world work for everyone by figuring out how to do it. ~ Werner Erhard.


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

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. ~ Werner Erhard.

Until you know that who you are is empty and meaningless, you don’t know anything. ~ Werner Erhard.


Ride the horse in the direction that it’s going. ~ Werner Erhard.

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 now. ~ Werner Erhard.


This is it. There are no hidden meanings. All that mystical stuff is just what’s so. ~ Werner Erhard.

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. ~ Werner Erhard.


I have a lot of feeling for Ron Hubbard. His genius has not been sufficiently acknowledged. ~ Werner Erhard.

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

Inspiring Werner Erhard Quotes

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


If its comfort you want, life is not the place to be. ~ Werner Erhard.

The important question to ask is not ‘Will we survive?’ but ‘What if we survive?’ ~ Werner Erhard.

To take a stand for the future is to bring forth an opportunity not borne of the path we’ve taken in the past, but borne of a vision which we would create for ourselves. ~ Werner Erhard.

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


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

There is something I do not know, the knowing of which could change everything. ~ Werner Erhard.

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. ~ Werner Erhard.

Inspirational Werner Erhard Quotes

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. ~ Werner Erhard.


Don’t change beliefs. Transform the believer. ~ Werner Erhard.

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

Your life and my life have turned out, and once you get that, life goes on from a position of having turned out. That’s called playing the game from win. ~ Werner Erhard.

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. ~ Werner Erhard.


The essence of communication is intention. ~ Werner Erhard.

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

Motivational Werner Erhard Quotes

Until what is significant is created by you, you aren’t living your life, you are living some inherited life. ~ Werner Erhard.


I used to be different. Now I’m the same. ~ Werner Erhard.

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


If you keep saying it the way it really is, eventually your word is law in the universe. ~ Werner Erhard.

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. ~ Werner Erhard.

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


Begin building the future through conversation for possibility. ~ Werner Erhard.

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 keeps you from getting it together. ~ Werner Erhard.

Man keeps looking for a truth that fits his reality. Given our reality, the truth doesn’t fit. ~ Werner Erhard.

Positive Werner Erhard Quotes

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. ~ Werner Erhard.

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


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

You don’t have to go looking for love when it’s where you come from. ~ Werner Erhard.

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

Happiness is a function of accepting what is. ~ Werner Erhard.

So these were the 65 top Werner Erhard quotes and sayings.

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