January 6, 1915 - November 16, 1973


77 Greatest Quotes By 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
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 style of God venerated in the church, mosque, or synagogue seems completely different from the style of the natural universe. Alan Watts
The 'you' who you think you are does not exist. Alan Watts
The source of all light is in the eye. Alan Watts
If we are unduly absorbed in improving our lives we may forget altogether to live them. Alan Watts
Reality is only a Rorschach ink-blot, you know. 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
All that you see out in front of you is how you feel inside your head. Alan Watts
When you look out of your eyes at nature happening out there...You're looking at you. Alan Watts
No amount of anxiety makes any difference to anything that is going to happen. Alan Watts
People become concerned with being more humble than other people. Alan Watts
You don't look out there for God, something in the sky, you look in you. 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
Life is not a problem to be solved, but an experience to be had. Alan Watts
Do you see yourself as a victim of the world, or do you see yourself as the world? Alan Watts
Insecurity is the result of trying to be secure. Alan Watts
No valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now. Alan Watts
Stay in the center, and you will be ready to move in any direction. Alan Watts
A myth is an image in terms of which we try to make sense of the world. Alan Watts
You must not be afraid of playing wrong notes. Just forget it, play it wrong! But play! Alan Watts
The destination of life is this eternal moment. Alan Watts
Taoism is a way of liberation, which never comes by means of revolution, since it is notorious that most revolutions establish worse tyrannies than they destroy. Alan Watts
Stop measuring days by degree of productivity and start experiencing them by degree of presence. Alan Watts
Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way. Alan Watts
Waking up to who you are requires letting go of who you imagine yourself to be. Alan Watts
Religion is not a department of life; it is something that enters into the whole of it. Alan Watts
But at any rate, the point is that God is what nobody admits to being, and everybody really is. Alan Watts
I owe my solitude to other people. Alan Watts
A person who thinks all the time has nothing to think about except thoughts. So he loses touch with Reality, and lives in a world of illusion. 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
We cannot be more sensitive to pleasure without being more sensitive to pain. Alan Watts
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. 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
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
Don't hurry anything. Don't worry about the future. Don't worry about what progress you're making. Just be entirely content to be aware of what is. Alan Watts
A person who thinks too much only ever thinks about his thoughts. Alan Watts
Like love, the light or guidance of truth that influences us exists only in living form, not in principles or rules or expectations or advice, however widely circulated. Alan Watts
If you are ready to wake up, you are going to wake up. If you're not you are going to stay pretending that you are just a poor little me. Alan Watts
Real religion is the transformation of anxiety into laughter. Alan Watts
Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth. 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
What keeps us from happiness is our inability to fully inhabit the present. Alan Watts
Faith is a state of openness or trust. Alan Watts
The reason we want to go on and on is because we live in an impoverished present. 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
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
At times almost all of us envy the animals. They suffer and die, but do not seem to make a "problem" of it. Alan Watts
Enlightenment or awakening is not the creation of a new state of affairs but the recognition of what already is. Alan Watts
Omnipotence is not knowing how everything is done; it's just doing it. 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