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Alan Watts

Alan Wilson Watts was an English philosopher, writer, speaker, and expert in comparative religion.
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But my dear man, reality is only a Rorschach ink-blot, you know.

Alan Watts

I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.

Alan Watts

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

Alan Watts

Faith is, above all, openess; an act of trust in the unknown.

Alan Watts

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

Alan Watts

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

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

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

Alan Watts

Some believe all that parents, tutors, and kindred believe. They take their principles by inheritance, and defend them as they would their estates, because they are born heirs to them.

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

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

Alan Watts

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.

Alan Watts

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

Alan Watts

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

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

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

Faith is a state of openness or trust.

Alan Watts

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

Alan Watts

So the bodhisattva saves all beings, not by preaching sermons to them, but by showing them that they are delivered, they are liberated, by the act of not being able to stop changing.

Alan Watts

So then, the relationship of self to other is the complete realization that loving yourself is impossible without loving everything defined as other than yourself.

Alan Watts

The reason we have poverty is that we have no imagination. There are a great many people accumulating what they think is vast wealth, but it's only money... they don't know how to enjoy it, because they have no imagination.

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 Watts

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

Alan Watts

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

Alan Watts

And although our bodies are bounded with skin, and we can differentiate between outside and inside, they cannot exist except in a certain kind of natural environment.

Alan Watts
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