Alan Watts Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Alan Watts quotes and Alan Watts sayings, and Alan Watts proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

"There is a deep, peaceful calm in the dawning of a new day."

"Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment."

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

"Buddha’s doctrine: Man suffers because of his craving to possess and keep forever things which are essentially impermanent… this frustration of the desire to possess is the immediate cause of suffering."

"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."

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

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

"The difficulty for most of us in the modern world is that the old-fashioned idea of God has become incredible or implausible."

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

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

"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."

"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."

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

"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."

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

"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."

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

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

"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."

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

"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."

"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."

"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."

"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."

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

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