Alan Watts Quotes

45 Alan Watts quotes:

"But to me nothing - the negative, the empty - is exceedingly powerful."
"The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance."
"To the philosophers of India, however, Relativity is no new discovery, just as the concept of light years is no matter for astonishment to people used to thinking of time in millions of kalpas, (A kalpa is about 4,320,000 years). The fact that the wise men of India have not been concerned with technological applications of this knowledge arises from the circumstance that technology is but one of innumerable ways of applying it."
Author: Watts Quotes Category: Discovery Quotes
"Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes."
Author: Watts Quotes Category: God Quotes American Philosopher Quotes
"Reality is only a Rorschach ink-blot, you know."
Author: Watts Quotes Category: Reality Quotes American Philosopher Quotes
"No valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now."
Author: Watts Quotes Category: Future Quotes American Philosopher Quotes
"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."
Author: Watts Quotes Category: Belief Quotes American Philosopher Quotes
"Technology is destructive only in the hands of people who do not realize that they are one and the same process as the universe."
"Never pretend to a love which you do not actually feel, for love is not ours to command."
"We cannot be more sensitive to pleasure without being more sensitive to pain."
"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."
"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."
"Wars based on principle are far more destructive... the attacker will not destroy that which he is after."
"The reason we want to go on and on is because we live in an impoverished present."
Author: Watts Quotes Category: English Philosopher Quotes Present Quotes
"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."
"If you study the writings of the mystics, you will always find things in them that appear to be paradoxes, as in Zen, particularly."
"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."
"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."
"A myth is an image in terms of which we try to make sense of the world."
"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."

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