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Alan Watts is an author, speaker and philosopher. He was born in England but spent most of his life in America where he taught at the University of California, Berkeley. His writings on Eastern religion and philosophy have been hugely influential for both scholars and laymen alike.
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About Alan Watts

birth of the author

Born:
6 January 1915

death of the author

Died:
16 November 1973

country of the author

Nationality:
British

college of the author

Alma Mater:
Seabury-Western Theological Seminary

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Era:
20Th-Century Philosophy

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School:
Zen, Perennialism

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Institutions:
American Academy Of Asian Studies, California Institute Of Integral Studies, San Jose State University

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Main Interests:
Aesthetics, Metaphysics, Mysticism, Philosophy Of Life, Philosophy Of Mind, Philosophy Of Religion And More.

ALAN WATTS QUOTES ON LIFE

The destination of life is this eternal moment. — Alan Watts

Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way. — Alan Watts

The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. — Alan Watts

Life is not a problem to be solved, but an experience to be had. — Alan Watts

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The real you is not a puppet that life pushes around, the real deep down you is the whole universe. — Alan Watts

What would you like to do if money were no object? How would you really enjoy spending your life? — Alan Watts

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

If we are unduly absorbed in improving our lives we may forget altogether to live them. — Alan Watts

In a certain sense, Zen is feeling life instead of feeling something about life. — Alan Watts

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No worthwhile life can be lived without risks, despite current American superstitions to the contrary. — Alan Watts

The morning glory which blooms for an hour differs not at heart from a giant pine that lives for a thousand years. — Alan Watts

Life seems to be a system that eats itself to death, and in which victory equals defeat. — Alan Watts

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

Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment. — Alan Watts

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

Just as money is not real, consumable wealth, books are not life. To idolize scriptures is like eating paper currency. — Alan Watts

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      Many people never grow up. They stay all their lives with a passionate need for external authority and guidance, pretending not to trust their own judgment. — Alan Watts

      Without birth and death, and without the perpetual transmutation of all the forms of life, the world would be static, rhythm–less, undancing, mummified. — Alan Watts

      A person who thinks all the time has nothing to think about except thoughts. So he loses touch with Reality, and lives in a world of illusion. — Alan Watts

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      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 Watts

      Most of us believe in order to feel secure, in order to make our individual lives seem valuable and meaningful. — Alan Watts

      In reality there are no separate events. Life moves along like water, it’s all connected to the source of the river is connected to the mouth and the ocean. — Alan Watts

      To resist change, to try to cling to life, is therefore like holding your breath: if you persist you kill yourself. — Alan Watts

      Duality is always secretly unity. — Alan Watts

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      ALAN WATTS QUOTES ABOUT THE MIND

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

      I would suggest that today, we know about as much concerning the human mind as we knew about the galaxy in 1300. — Alan Watts

      To go out of your mind at least once a day is tremendously important. By going out of your mind, you come to your senses. — Alan Watts

      Society is our extended mind and body. — Alan Watts

      If you want to get the plain truth, Be not concerned with right and wrong. The conflict between right and wrong Is the sickness of the mind. — Alan Watts

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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. — Alan Watts

      When one speaks of awakening, it means de–hypnotizatio n; coming to your senses. But of course to do that, you have to go out of your mind. — Alan Watts

      The best way to convince someone is by making him realize that what you speak came from his own mind. — Alan Watts

      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

      Once the mind has seen through all fear and all hope, it finds peace within itself, in a state of awareness beyond thought. — Alan Watts

      This present moment never comes to be and it never ceases to be, it is simply our minds that construct the continuity of thoughts we call time. In the present moment is nirvana. — Alan Watts

      Of course, you can’t force your mind to be silent. That would be like trying to smooth ripples in water with a flatiron. Water becomes clear and calm only when left alone. — Alan Watts

      ALAN WATTS QUOTES ABOUT THE UNIVERSE

      How could you say the best form of government is a republic if you think the universe is a monarchy? — Alan Watts

      You are the universe experiencing itself. — Alan Watts

      Basically, there is simply nothing to worry about, because you yourself are the eternal energy of the universe. — Alan Watts

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      The idea of the Universe being ruled by that marvelous old gentleman, is no longer plausible. It isn’t that anybody has disproved it, but it just somehow doesn’t go with the vast infinitude of the Universe. — Alan Watts

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

      You can’t figure out the Universe, especially if you’re using figures to figure it. — Alan Watts

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

      The style of God venerated in church, mosque, and synagogue seems completely different from the style of the natural universe. — Alan Watts

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      There is a peculiar contradiction in trying to be a member of a republic while believing that the universe is a monarchy. — 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 the big bang, the original force of the universe, coming on as whoever you are. — Alan Watts

      Technology is destructive only in the hands of people who do not realize that they are one and the same process as the universe. — Alan W. Watts

      Things are as they are. Looking out into the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations. — Alan Watts

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      You find out that the universe is a system that creeps up on itself and says ‘Boo’ and then laughs at itself for jumping. — Alan Watts

      You will begin to realize that if you contemplate long enough on the leaf of the flower, that it involves the whole universe. — Alan Watts

      This–the immediate, everyday, and present experience–is IT, the entire and ultimate point for the existence of a universe. — Alan Watts

      In other words, a person who is fanatic in matters of religion, and clings to certain ideas about the nature of God and the universe, becomes a person who has no faith at all. — Alan Watts

      The whole universe is through and through the playing of love in every shade of the word’s use, from animal lust to divine charity. — Alan Watts

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

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      Philosophers, for example, often fail to recognize that their remarks about the universe apply also to themselves and their remarks. If the universe is meaningless, so is the statement that it is so. — Alan Watts

      The myths underlying our culture and underlying our common sense have not taught us to feel identical with the universe, but only parts of it, only in it, only confronting it–aliens. — Alan Watts

      We’re living in a fluid universe, in which the art of faith is not in taking one’s stand, but in learning to swim. — Alan Watts

      In known history, nobody has had such capacity for altering the universe than the people of the United States of America. And nobody has gone about it in such an aggressive way. — Alan Watts

      The individual may be understood as one particular focal point at which the whole universe expresses itself–as an incarnation of the self, or of the Godhead, or whatever one may choose to call it. — Alan Watts

      ALAN WATTS QUOTES ABOUT THE WORLD

      Everything in the world is gloriously meaningless. — Alan Watts

      Do you see yourself as a victim of the world, or do you see yourself as the world? — Alan Watts

      But we try to pretend, you see, that the external world exists altogether independently of us. — Alan Watts

      The difficulty for most of us in the modern world is that the old–fashioned idea of God has become incredible or implausible. — Alan Watts

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

      In looking out upon the world, we forget that the world is looking at itself. — Alan Watts

      Increasingly, the world around us looks as if we hated it. — Alan Watts

      The world is a marvelous system of wiggles. — Alan Watts

      A myth is an image in terms of which we try to make sense of the world. — Alan Watts

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      You, yourself, are the eternal energy which appears as this Universe. You didn’t come into this world; you came out of it. Like a wave from the ocean. — Alan Watts

      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

      Western religions are more concerned with behavior, doctrine, and belief than with any transformation of the way in which we are aware of ourselves and our world. — Alan Watts

      Philosophy is man’s expression of curiosity about everything and his attempt to make sense of the world primarily through his intellect. — Alan Watts

      A world which increasingly consists of destinations without journeys between them, a world which values only ‘getting somewhere’ as fast as possible, becomes a world without substance. — Alan Watts

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      Your skin does not separate you from the world. It’s a bridge through which the external world flows into you. And you flow into it. — Alan Watts

      The world is in an extremely dangerous situation, and serious diseases often require the risk of a dangerous cure like the Pasteur serum for rabies. — Alan Watts

      When you get free from certain fixed concepts of the way the world is, you find it is far more subtle, and far more miraculous, than you thought it was. — Alan Watts

      If, then, my awareness of the past and future makes me less aware of the present, I must begin to wonder whether I am actually living in the real world. — Alan Watts

      If the universe is meaningless, so is the statement that it is so. If this world is a vicious trap, so is its accuser, and the pot is calling the kettle black. — Alan Watts

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      We do not ‘come into’ this world; we come out of it, as leaves from a tree. — Alan Watts

      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. — 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. — Alan Watts

      The anitya doctrine is, again, not quite the simple assertion that the world is impermanent, but rather that the more one grasps at the world, the more it changes. — Alan Watts

      The psychotherapist … tries to help the individual to be himself and to go it alone without giving unnecessary offense to his community, to be in the world (of social convention) but not of the world. — Alan Watts

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      ALAN WATTS QUOTES ON REALITY

      Everybody is fundamentally the ultimate reality. — Alan Watts

      Beyond positive and negative, what is Reality? — Alan Watts

      The past and the future are abstractions without any concrete reality. — Alan Watts

      But my dear man, reality is only a Rorschach ink–blot, you know. — Alan W. Watts

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

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      ALAN WATTS QUOTES ABOUT FEELINGS

      To know that you are God is another way of saying that you feel completely one with this universe. — Alan Watts

      Meditation is the way in which we come to feel our basic inseparability from the whole universe, and what that requires is that we shut up. — Alan Watts

      All that you see out in front of you is how you feel inside your head. — Alan Watts

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

      The moralist is the person who tells people that they ought to be unselfish, when they still feel like egos, and his efforts are always and invariably futile. — Alan Watts

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

      To feel that life is meaningless unless ‘I’ can be permanent is like having fallen desperately in love with an inch. — Alan Watts

      Billions of years ago, you were a big bang, but now you’re a complicated human being. And then we cut ourselves off, and don’t feel that we’re still the big bang. But you are. — Alan Watts

      Once you’ve learned to think you can’t stop. And an enormous number of people devote their lives to keeping their minds busy and feel extremely uncomfortable with silence. — Alan Watts

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