30 Best Alan Watts Quotes

Alan Watts Quotes

Alan Watts Quotes


“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” – Alan Watts


“We seldom realize, for example that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.” – Alan W. Watts


“We identify in our experience a differentiation between what we do and what happens to us.” – Alan Watts


“Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun.” – Alan W. Watts


“The ego is nothing other than the focus of conscious attention.” – Alan Watts


“This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.” – Alan W. Watts


“The style of God venerated in the church, mosque, or synagogue seems completely different from the style of the natural universe.” – Alan Watts


“Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.” – Alan W. Watts


“Never pretend to a love which you do not actually feel, for love is not ours to command.” – Alan Watts


“You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself.” – Alan W. Watts


“Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.” – Alan Watts


“You are a function of what the whole universe is doing in the same way that a wave is a function of what the whole ocean is doing.” – Alan W. Watts


“You are that vast thing that you see far, far off with great telescopes.” – Alan Watts


“The more a thing tends to be permanent, the more it tends to be lifeless.” – Alan W. Watts


“I owe my solitude to other people.” – Alan Watts


“Try to imagine what it will be like to go to sleep and never wake up… now try to imagine what it was like to wake up having never gone to sleep.” – Alan W. Watts


“Reality is only a Rorschach ink-blot, you know.” – Alan Watts


“A scholar tries to learn something everyday; a student of Buddhism tries to unlearn something daily.” – Alan W. Watts


“You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean.” – Alan Watts


“Problems that remain persistently insoluble should always be suspected as questions asked in the wrong way.” – Alan W. Watts


“But at any rate, the point is that God is what nobody admits to being, and everybody really is.” – Alan Watts


“When we attempt to exercise power or control over someone else, we cannot avoid giving that person the very same power or control over us.” – Alan W. Watts


“Wars based on principle are far more destructive… the attacker will not destroy that which he is after.” – Alan Watts


“Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.” – Alan W. Watts


“We cannot be more sensitive to pleasure without being more sensitive to pain.” – Alan Watts


“One is a great deal less anxious if one feels perfectly free to be anxious, and the same may be said of guilt.” – Alan W. Watts


“To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.” – Alan Watts


“The world is filled with love-play, from animal lust to sublime compassion.” – Alan W. Watts


“No valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.” – Alan Watts


“If we cling to belief in God, we cannot likewise have faith, since faith is not clinging but letting go.” – Alan W. Watts


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