Alan Watts Quotes: Random 50 Alan Watts Quotes to Ponder

But the disappearance of the effort to let go is precisely the disappearance of the separate thinker, of the ego trying to watch the mind without interfering.

- Alan Watts

By going out of your mind, you come to your senses

- Alan Watts

Inability to accept the mystic experience is more than an intellectual handicap.

- Alan Watts

Where-so-ever beings exist throughout all galaxies, it doesn't make any difference - you are all of them....and when they come into being, that's you coming into being.

- Alan Watts

...[W]ords can be communicative only between those who share similar experiences.

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No one's mouth is big enough to utter the whole thing.

- Alan Watts

If you love a person, you say to that person, "Look, I love you, whatever that may be. I've seen quite a bit of it and I know there's lots that I haven't seen, but still it's you and I want you to be what you want to be. And I won't be happy if I've got you in a cage. You'd be a bird without song."

- Alan Watts

In life as well as in art Zen never wastes energy in stopping to explain; it only indicates.

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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.

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How is it possible that a being with such sensitive jewels as the eyes, such enchanted musical instruments as the ears, and such fabulous arabesque of nerves as the brain can experience itself anything less than a god.

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We do not "come into" this world; we come out of it, as leaves from a tree. As the ocean "waves," the universe "peoples." Every individual is an expression of the whole realm of nature, a unique action of the total universe.

- Alan Watts

Religion is not a department of life; it is something that enters into the whole of it.

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I was talking to a Zen master the other day and he said, "You shall be my disciple."I looked at him and said, "Who was Buddha's teacher?" He looked at me in a very odd way for a moment and then he burst into laughter and handed me a piece of clover.

- Alan Watts

People become concerned with being more humble than other people.

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The role of the Guru is to show the person that he already has what he is looking for.

- Alan Watts

Thought is a means of concealing Truth.

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For when you see that the universe cannot be distinguished from how you act upon it, there is neither fate nor free will, self nor other. There is simply one all-inclusive Happening, in which your personal sensation of being alive occurs in just the same way as the river flowing and the stars shining far out in space. There is no question of submitting or accepting or going with it, for what happens in and as you is no different from what happens as it.

- Alan Watts

You are something that the whole world is doing just as when the sea has waves on it.

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We cannot be more sensitive to pleasure without being more sensitive to pain.

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To perceive that form reveals the void, and to see that the void reveals form, is the secret for the overcoming of death. To the extent that one is unaware of space, one is unaware of one's own eternity – it's the same thing!

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What the devil is the point of surviving, going on living, when it's a drag? But you see, that's what people do.

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If you want to stay in a state of illusion, stay in it. But you can always wake up.

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The mind's the standard of the man.

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When we look for things there is nothing but mind, and when we look for mind there is nothing but things.

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Of what use is the universe? What is the practical application of a million galaxies? Yet just because it has no use, it has a use - which may sound like a paradox, but is not. What, for instance, is the use of playing music? If you play to make money, to outdo some other artist, to be a person of culture, or to improve your mind, you are not really playing - for your mind is not on the music. You don't swing. When you come to think of it, playing or listening to music is a pure luxury, an addiction, a waste of valuable time and money for nothing more than making elaborate patterns of sound.

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The Art of Being: A state of wholeness in which the mind functions freely and easily, without the sensation of a second mind or ego standing over it with a club.

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Irrevocable commitment to any religion is not only intellectual suicide; it is positive unfaith because it closes the mind to any new vision of the world. Faith is, above all, openness - an act of trust in the unknown.

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What we have forgotten is that thoughts and words are conventions, and that it is fatal to take conventions too seriously. A convention is a social convenience, as, for example, money ... but it is absurd to take money too seriously, to confuse it with real wealth ... In somewhat the same way, thoughts, ideas and words are "coins" for real things.

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Psychedelic experience is only a glimpse of genuine mystical insight, but a glimpse which can be matured and deepened by the various ways of meditation in which drugs are no longer necessary or useful. If you get the message, hang up the phone. For psychedelic drugs are simply instruments, like microscopes, telescopes, and telephones. The biologist does not sit with eye permanently glued to the microscope, he goes away and works on what he has seen.

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Just as the ocean is waving so each one of us is a waving of the whole cosmos, the entire works, all there is.

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The only serious side-effect of marijuana is that you might get arrested.

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There is an ineffable mystery that underlies ourselves and the world. It is the darkness from which the light shines. When you recognize the integrity of the universe and that death is as certain as birth, then you can relax and accept that this is the way it is. There is nothing else to do.

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But at any rate, the point is that God is what nobody admits to being, and everybody really is.

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The clash between science and religion has not shown that religion is false and science is true. It has shown that all systems of definition are relative to various purposes, and that none of them actually “grasp” reality.

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Imagine a multidimensiona l spider's web in the early morning covered with dew drops. And every dew drop contains the reflection of all the other dew drops. And, in each reflected dew drop, the reflections of all the other dew drops in that reflection. And so ad infinitum. That is the Buddhist conception of the universe in an image.

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But to me nothing - the negative, the empty - is exceedingly powerful.

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Anxiety is the fear that one of a pair of opposites might cancel the other. Forever.

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But we must not suffer over the suffering.

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You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself.

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A scholar tries to learn something everyday; a student of Buddhism tries to unlearn something daily.

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We get such a kick out of looking forward to pleasures and rushing ahead to meet them that we can’t slow down enough to enjoy them when they come.

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If you study the writings of the mystics, you will always find things in them that appear to be paradoxes, as in Zen, particularly.

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You can't figure out the Universe, especially if you're using figures to figure it.

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If we cling to belief in God, we cannot likewise have faith, since faith is not clinging but letting go.

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...the habitual dualist's solution to the problem of dualism: to solve the dilemma by chopping off one of the horns.

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Our view of reality is like a chart of the sea - the truer it is, the less likely we will become lost.

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That society is strong and viable which recognizes its own provisionality.

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To be silent is not to lose your tongue. On the contrary, it is only through silence that one can discover something new to talk about. One who talked incessantly, without stopping to look and listen, would repeat himself ad nauseam.

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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.

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What we have to discover is that there is no safety, that seeking is painful, and that when we imagine that we have found it, we don’t like it.

- Alan Watts