Alan Watts

Alan Wilson Watts was an English philosopher, writer, speaker, and expert in comparative religion.
Found 26 thoughts of Alan Watts

But my dear man, reality is only a Rorschach ink-blot, you know.

Alan Watts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alan Watts

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

Alan Watts

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

Alan Watts

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

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

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

Alan Watts

Faith is, above all, openess; an act of trust in the unknown.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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