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22 Best Alan Watts Quotes

22 Best Alan Watts Quotes

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

2- What I am really saying is that you don’t need to do anything, because if you see yourself in the correct way, you are all as much extraordinary phenomenon of nature as trees, clouds, the patterns in running water, the flickering of fire, the arrangement of the stars, and the form of a galaxy. You are all just like that, and there is nothing wrong with you at all.” – Alan Watts

3- You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean.

4- 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.

5- The reason we want to go on and on is because we live in an impoverished present.

6- The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.

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

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

9- But the attitude of faith is to let go, and become open to truth, whatever it might turn out to be.

10- You are that vast thing that you see far, far off with great telescopes.

11- The ego is nothing other than the focus of conscious attention.

12- I owe my solitude to other people.

13- Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.

14- But we try to pretend, you see, that the external world exists altogether independently of us.

15- 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.

16- 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.”

18- “The menu is not the meal.”

19- 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.”

20- The more a thing tends to be permanent, the more it tends to be lifeless.

21- “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.”

22- Problems that remain persistently insoluble should always be suspected as questions asked in the wrong way.”


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