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Alan Watts Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Alan Watts.

Normally, we do not so much look at things as overlook them.
- Alan Watts

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

We cannot be more sensitive to pleasure without being more sensitive to pain.
- Alan Watts

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

 

I owe my solitude to other people.
- Alan Watts

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

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

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Reality is only a Rorschach ink-blot,
you know.
- Alan Watts

Faith is a state of openness or trust.
- Alan Watts

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

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

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

Saints need sinners.
- Alan Watts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about
God while one is peeling potatoes.
Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.
- Alan Watts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No valid plans for the future can be made by those
who have no capacity for living now.
- 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

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

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

The style of God venerated in the church,
mosque, or synagogue seems completely different from
the style of the natural universe.
- 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

You need to eat normally and healthfully,
and you need to exercise.
I'm so passionate about this because I think people
spend their lives not happy in their bodies.
- Courtney Thorne Smith

When I travel I normally eat club sandwiches or I bring my own food.
When you go into a new town, it's very had to find a good place to eat.
- Paul Prudhomme

A great tennis career is something that a 15-year-old normally doesn't have.
I hope my example helps other teens believe they can
accomplish things they never thought possible.
- Maria Sharapova

Normally, we are happy to find a fragment of jaw,
a few isolated teeth, a bit of an arm,
a bit of a skull.
But to find associated body parts is extremely rare.
- Donald Johanson

Meditation is such a more substantial reality than
what we normally take to be reality.
- Richard Gere

I normally keep a series of draft in a catalogue type
of book in which I scribble,
sketch and draw ideas.
- Jonathan Shapiro

I'm not the hottest tuner on the planet,
so I normally get someone to come out and do it for me.
- Caroline Corr

It was very unusual, because normally the producer
requests the test to determine whether they want to hire someone or not.
Olivia was concerned about playing a seventeen year old.
- Randal Kleiser

I don't normally look like a twig and I do eat like
a pig but the weight has just dropped off me.
- Sienna Miller

Martial arts just normally would not draw me to the box office.
- Mary Hart

In two days, it's hard to to get the quality you would
normally want for a design project.
- Douglas Wilson

I think video games are a great kind of entertainment.
They have replaced a lot of games people normally play
with their friends and neighbours,
like Monopoly.
- Uwe Boll

I'm not going to talk like I know about politics,
because I'm a total amateur, but maybe I can be a spokesperson
for people who aren't normally interested in politics.
- Bjork

I am not normally a betting person, but I say that
putting your money on the American people is about
as close to a sure bet as you are going to get.
- Blanche Lincoln

Today, the technology is there to give early and normally
ample warning when a powerful tornado approaches.
When a tornado strikes, all of us are at risk.
- Spencer Bachus

I normally live in Los Angeles, if you can call it normal living.
- Steven Morrissey

I have been doing 120 miles a week, when normally I would do about 140.
- Paula Radcliffe

Everyone knows how much Australia means to me.
I try to get back here as much as I can,
but normally it's for work, so I'm in and out and jetlagged and stressed.
- Kylie Minogue

To look is one thing, to see is another thing;
to see is very difficult,
normally; to look is to try to see.
I have looked and I hope I have seen.
- Eduardo Chillida

Normally, an actress has to work to bring out her male side.
In our case, the dynamic is reversed.
The actor playing her modelled himself on Sharon Stone.
- Edward Hall

Generally I don't like doing remakes,
but I think that's more in the cynical world of Hollywood
where normally remakes are purely for commercial reasons.
- Gerard Butler

Normally I make myself swim, do exercises.
For zest I like going to the cinema.
- Antonia Fraser


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