Alan Watts Quotes: Random 50 Alan Watts Quotes to Ponder

Everybody is I, you all know you are you. And wheresoever's beings exist throughout all galaxies it doesn't any difference. You are all of them, and when they come into being that's you coming into being, you know that very well. Only you don't have to remember the past in the same way you don't have to think about how you work your thyroid gland. You don't have to know how to shine the sun, you just do it, like you breathe. Doesn't it really astonish you that you are this fantastically complex thing, and that you're doing all of this and you never had any education on how to do it.

- Alan Watts

It is a special kind of enlightenment to have this feeling that the usual, the way things normally are, is odduncanny and highly improbable. G.K.Chesterton once said that it is one thing to be amazed at gorgon or a griffin, creatures which do not exist; but it is quite another and much higher thing to be amazed at a rhinoceros or a giraffe, creatures which do exist and look as if they don't. This feeling of universal oddity includes a basic and intense wondering about the sense of things.

- Alan Watts

The more we try to live in the world of words, the more we feel isolated and alone, the more all the joy and liveliness of things is exchanged for mere certainty and security. On the other hand, the more we are forced to admit that we actually live in the real world, the more we feel ignorant, uncertain, and insecure about everything.

- Alan Watts

It is hard indeed to notice anything for which the languages available to us have no description.

- Alan 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

No amount of anxiety makes any difference to anything that is going to happen.

- Alan Watts

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

- Alan Watts

Chaos is always losing, but never defeated

- Alan Watts

Never pretend to a love which you do not actually feel, for love is not ours to command.

- Alan Watts

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

- Alan Watts

We therefore work, not for the work's sake, but for money–and money is supposed to get us what we really want in our hours of leisure and play. In the United States even poor people have lots of money compared with the wretched and skinny millions of India, Africa, and China, while our middle andupper classes (or should we say "income groups") are as prosperous as princes. Yet, by and large, they have but slight taste for pleasure. Money alone cannot buy pleasure, though it can help. For enjoyment is an art and a skill for which we have little talent or energy.

- Alan Watts

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

- Alan Watts

Other people teach us who we are. Their attitudes to us are the mirror in which we learn to see ourselves, but the mirror is distorted. We are, perhaps, rather dimly aware of the immense power of our social enviornment.

- Alan Watts

Time is a social institution and not a physical reality. There is no such thing as time in the natural world - the world of stars and waters, clouds, mountains and living organisms. There is such a thing as rhythm - rhythm of tides, rhythm of biological processes... There is rhythm and there is motion. Time is a way of measuring motion.

- Alan Watts

I find that the sensation of myself as an ego inside a bag of skin is really a hallucination.

- Alan Watts

This-the immediate, everyday, and present experience-is IT, the entire and ultimate point for the existence of a universe.

- Alan Watts

The future is a concept, it doesn't exist. There is no such thing as tomorrow. There never will be, because time is always now. That's one of the things we discover when we stop talking to ourselves and stop thinking. We find there is only present, only an eternal now.

- Alan Watts

You can't make love without art.

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You can't live at all unless you can live fully now.

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A living body is not a fixed thing but a flowing event, like a flame or a whirlpool: the shape alone is stable, for the substance is a stream of energy going in at one end and out at the other. We are particularly and temporarily identifiable wiggles in a stream that enters us in the form of light, heat, air, water, milk, bread, fruit, beer, beef Stroganoff, caviar, and pate de foie gras. It goes out as gas and excrement - and also as semen, babies, talk, politics, commerce, war, poetry, and music. And philosophy.

- Alan Watts

When a man no longer confuses himself with the definition of himself that others have given him, he is at once universal and unique. He is universal by virtue of the inseparability of his organism from the cosmos. He is unique in that he is just this organism and not any stereotype of role, class, or identity assumed for the convenience of social communication.

- Alan Watts

There is a deep, peaceful calm in the dawning of a new day.

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... nets, grids, and other types of calculus.

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The Universe is the game of the self, which plays hide and seek forever and ever.

- Alan Watts

There is nothing wrong with meditating just to meditate, in the same way that you listen to music just for the music. If you go to concerts to "get culture" or to improve your mind, you will sit there as deaf as a doorpost.

- Alan Watts

As a human being it is just my nature to enjoy and share philosophy. I do this in the same way that some birds are eagles and some doves, some flowers lilies and some roses.

- Alan Watts

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

- Alan Watts

A living body is not a fixed thing, but a flowing event, like a flame or a whirlpool.

- Alan Watts

We know that from time to time there arise among human beings people who seem to exude love as naturally as the sun gives out heat.

- Alan Watts

But when no risk is taken there is no freedom. It is thus that, in an industrial society, the plethora of laws made for our personal safety convert the land into a nursery, and policemen hired to protect us become selfserving busybodies.

- Alan Watts

Real religion is the transformation of anxiety into laughter.

- Alan Watts

No work or love will flourish out of guilt, fear, or hollowness of heart, just as no valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.

- Alan Watts

Lack of awareness of the basic unity of organism and environment is a serious and dangerous hallucination.

- Alan Watts

The Greek word for sinning means to ‘miss the point;’ The point is eternal life which is here and now.

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The hallucination of separateness prevents one from seeing that to cherish the ego is to cherish misery. We do not realize that our so-called love and concern for the individual is simply the other face of our own fear of death or rejection. In his exaggerated valuation of separate identity, the personal ego is sawing off the branch on which he is sitting, and then getting more and more anxious about the coming crash!

- Alan Watts

Thought is a means of concealing Truth.

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Everybody is fundamentally the ultimate reality.

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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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Parts exist only for purposes of figuring and describing, and as we figure the world out we become confused if we do not remember this all the time.

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...mysticism and empiricism go together in opposition to scholasticism...they base themselves on the non-linear world of experience rather than the linear world of letters.

- Alan Watts

People become concerned with being more humble than other people.

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The Chinese word Li may therefore be understood as organic order, as distinct from mechanical or legal order, both of which go by the book. Li is the asymmetrical, nonrepetitive, and unregimented order which we find in the patterns of moving water, the form of trees and clouds, of frost crystals on the window, or the scattering of pebbles on beach sand.

- Alan Watts

I too realize that the less I preach the more likely I am to be heard.

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Lack of love for the vegetative, subtle, cthonic, pagan, and sexy aspect of the world means death.

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What are plants doing? What are plants all about? They serve human beings by being decorative, but what is it from its own point of view? It's using up air; it's using up energy. It's really not doing anything except being ornamental. And yet here's this whole vegetable world, cactus plants, trees, roses, tulips, and edible vegetables, like cabbages, celery, lettuce - they're all doing this dance.

- Alan Watts

The trouble with many religions, accused of wishful thinking, is that they are not wishful enough. They show a deplorable lack of imagination.

- Alan Watts

The point is seeing that THIS - the immediate, everyday and present experience - is IT, the entire and ultimate point for the existence of a universe. I believe that if this state of consciousness could become more universal, the pretentious nonsense which passes for the serious business of the world would dissolve in laughter.

- Alan Watts

As muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone, it could be argued that those who sit quietly and do nothing are making one of the best possible contributions to a world in turmoil.

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I seem to be a brief light that flashes but once in all the aeons of time a rare, complicated, and all-too-delicate organism on the fringe of biological evolution , where the wave of life bursts into individual, sparkling, and multicolored drops that gleam for a moment... only to vanish forever.

- Alan Watts

Your soul isn't in your body; your body is in your soul!

- Alan Watts