Alan Watts Quotes

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

By: Alan Watts

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

By: 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... view

By: Alan Watts

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

By: Alan Watts

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

By: 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... view

By: Alan Watts

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

By: Alan Watts

We cannot be more sensitive to pleasure without being more sensitive to pain... view

By: Alan Watts

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

By: 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... view

By: Alan Watts

The style of God venerated in the church, mosque, or synagogue seems completely different from the style of the natural universe... view

By: Alan Watts

The religious idea of God cannot do full duty for the metaphysical infinity... view

By: Alan Watts

The reason we want to go on and on is because we live in an impoverished present... view

By: 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... view

By: Alan Watts

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

By: Alan Watts

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

By: Alan Watts

Saints need sinners... view

By: Alan Watts

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

By: Alan Watts

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

By: Alan Watts

No work or love will flourish out of guilt, fear, or hollowness of heart, just as no valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now... view

By: Alan Watts

Omnipotence is not knowing how everything is done.. view

By: Alan Watts

Reality is only a Rorschach ink-blot, you know... view

By: Alan Watts

Religion is not a department of life.. view

By: Alan Watts

So the bodhisattva saves all beings, not by preaching sermons to them, but by showing them that they are delivered, they are liberated, by the act of not being able to stop changing... view

By: 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... view

By: Alan Watts

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

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... view

By: 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... view

By: Alan Watts

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

By: 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... view

By: Alan Watts

The difficulty for most of us in the modern world is that the old-fashioned idea of God has become incredible or implausible... view

By: Alan Watts

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

By: 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... view

By: 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... view

By: 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... view

By: Alan Watts

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

By: Alan Watts

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

By: Alan Watts

Buddhism has in it no idea of there being a moral law laid down by somekind of cosmic lawgiver... view

By: 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... view

By: Alan Watts

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

By: Alan Watts

But we try to pretend, you see, that the external world exists altogether independently of us... view

By: Alan Watts

Faith is a state of openness or trust... view

By: Alan Watts