These Alan Watts Quotes Will Light A Fire Inside Of Your Soul

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Memorable Alan Watts Quotes

These famous quotes by Alan Watts will inspire you to explore your consciousness. During his lifetime, he helped popularize Zen Buddhism in the Western world. He still shows us how to live in the present moment through his teachings.

Alan Watts has written many popular books that spread his beliefs. In fact, we owe many ideas associated with modern yoga and and meditation to his influence. Many of his philosophies explore the mysteries of life and the universe, something we often find ourselves questioning.

If you're ready to open your mind to new possibilities, these enlightening quotes by Alan Watts will do the trick. Forget everything you thought you knew about your own existence, this wave of spiritual growth is exactly what you needed.

Enlightening Alan Watts Quotes

  • "Society is our extended mind and body."

  • "Problems that remain persistently insoluble should always be suspected as questions asked in the wrong way."

  • "Normally, we do not so much look at things as overlook them."

  • "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."

  • "Words can be communicative only between those who share similar experiences."

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

  • "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."

Eye-opening Alan Watts Quotes

  • "A scholar tries to learn something everyday; a student of Buddhism tries to unlearn something daily."

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

  • "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."

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

  • "No one is more dangerously insane than one who is sane all the time: he is like a steel bridge without flexibility, and the order of his life is rigid and brittle."

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

Inspiring Alan Watts Quotes

  • "You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean."

  • "You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself."

  • "Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes."

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

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

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

  • "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."

Top Alan Watts Quotes

  • "Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the Gods made for fun."

  • "What we have to discover is that there is no safety, that seeking is painful, and that when we imagine that we have found it, we don’t like it."

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

  • "Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone."

  • "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."

  • "The world is filled with love-play, from animal lust to sublime compassion."

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

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