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Alan Watts

Alan Wilson Watts was an English philosopher, writer, speaker, and expert in comparative religion.
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The style of God venerated in the church, mosque, or synagogue seems completely different from the style of the natural universe.

Alan Watts

You don't look out there for God, something in the sky, you look in you.

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

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

Alan Watts

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.

Alan Watts

We identify in our exerience a differentiation between what we do and what happens to us.

Alan Watts

But I'll tell you what hermits realize. If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you'll come to understand that you're connected with everything.

Alan Watts

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

Alan Watts

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

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

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

Alan Watts

Omnipotence is not knowing how everything is done; it's just doing it.

Alan Watts

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

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

And the attitude of faith is the very opposite of clinging to belief, of holding on.

Alan Watts

The religious idea of God cannot do full duty for the metaphysical infinity.

Alan Watts

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

Alan Watts

Buddhism has in it no idea of there being a moral law laid down by somekind of cosmic lawgiver.

Alan Watts

Wars based on principle are far more destructive... the attacker will not destroy that which he is after.

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 Watts

So what is discord at one level of your being is harmony at another level.

Alan Watts
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