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20 of the most profound quotes from Alan Watts





1. “The more a thing tends to be permanent, the more it tends to be lifeless.”


2.  We seldom realize, for example that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.


3.  “The art of living... is neither careless drifting on the one hand nor fearful clinging to the past on the other. It consists in being sensitive to each moment, in regarding it as utterly new and unique, in having the mind open and wholly receptive.” 

4.  “Problems that remain persistently insoluble should always be suspected as questions asked in the wrong way.” 


5.  “A scholar tries to learn something everyday; a student of Buddhism tries to unlearn something daily.” 

6.  “When we attempt to exercise power or control over someone else, we cannot avoid giving that person the very same power or control over us.” 

7.  If you cannot trust yourself, you cannot even trust your mistrust of yourself – so that without this underlying trust in the whole system of nature you are simply paralyzed.

8.  It’s better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing, than a long life spent in a miserable way.

9.  Just as true humor is laughter at oneself, true humanity is knowledge of oneself.

10.  Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.


11.  Every intelligent individual wants to know what makes him tick, and yet is at once fascinated and frustrated by the fact that oneself is the most difficult of all things to know.


12.  One is a great deal less anxious if one feels perfectly free to be anxious, and the same may be said of guilt.

13.  “The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.”

14.  “To remain stable is to refrain from trying to separate yourself from a pain because you know that you cannot. Running away from fear is fear, fighting pain is pain, trying to be brave is being scared. If the mind is in pain, the mind is pain. The thinker has no other form than his thought. There is no escape.”


15.  “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.”


16.  “If you say that getting the money is the most important thing, you’ll spend your life completely wasting your time. You’ll be doing things you don’t like doing in order to go on living, that is to go on doing thing you don’t like doing, which is stupid.”


17.  “This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.”


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


19.  “Jesus Christ knew he was God. So wake up and find out eventually who you really are. In our culture, of course, they’ll say you’re crazy and you’re blasphemous, and they’ll either put you in jail or in a nut house (which is pretty much the same thing). However if you wake up in India and tell your friends and relations, ‘My goodness, I’ve just discovered that I’m God,’ they’ll laugh and say, ‘Oh, congratulations, at last you found out.”

20.  “The art of living… is neither careless drifting on the one hand nor fearful clinging to the past on the other. It consists in being sensitive to each moment, in regarding it as utterly new and unique, in having the mind open and wholly receptive.”

20 of the most profound quotes from Alan Watts 20 of the most profound quotes from Alan Watts Reviewed by BIg perspectives on October 21, 2018 Rating: 5

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