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22 Famous Quotes by Alan Watts
1/6/1915 - 11/16/1973
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Dr. Alan Watts     Watts, Alan
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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.

Illusion Quotes, by Alan Watts

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The size of the universe depresses many people, but not me, I'm delighted at it

Universe Quotes, by Alan Watts

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

Miscellaneous Quotes, by Alan Watts

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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.

Miscellaneous Quotes, by Alan Watts

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We could say that meditation doesn't have a reason or doesn't have a purpose. In this respect it's unlike almost all other things we do except perhaps making music and dancing. When we make music we don't do it in order to reach a certain point, such as the end of the composition. If that were the purpose of music then obviously the fastest players would be the best. Also, when we are dancing we are not aiming to arrive at a particular place on the floor as in a journey. When we dance, the journey itself is the point, as when we play music the playing itself is the point. And exactly the same thing is true in meditation. Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment.

Meditation Quotes, by Alan Watts

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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.

Inspirational Quotes, by Alan Watts

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I owe my solitude to other people.

Miscellaneous Quotes, by Alan Watts

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

Zen Quotes, by Alan Watts

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We could say that meditation doesn't have a reason or doesn't have a purpose. In this respect it's unlike almost all other things we do except perhaps making music and dancing. When we make music we don't do it in order to reach a certain point, such as the end of the composition. If that were the purpose of music then obviously the fastest players would be the best. Also, when we are dancing we are not aiming to arrive at a particular place on the floor as in a journey. When we dance, the journey itself is the point, as when we play music the playing itself is the point. And exactly the same thing is true in meditation. Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment.

Zen Quotes, by Alan Watts

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We could say that meditation doesn't have a reason or doesn't have a purpose. In this respect it's unlike almost all other things we do except perhaps making music and dancing. When we make music we don't do it in order to reach a certain point, such as the end of the composition. If that were the purpose of music then obviously the fastest players would be the best. Also, when we are dancing we are not aiming to arrive at a particular place on the floor as in a journey. When we dance, the journey itself is the point, as when we play music the playing itself is the point. And exactly the same thing is true in meditation. Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment.

Buddhism Quotes, by Alan Watts

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The more we try to catch hold of the present moment the more elusive it becomes. It is like trying to clutch water in ones hands. The harder we grip, the more it slips through our fingers.

Present Quotes, by Alan Watts

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We are at war between consciousness and nature, between the desire for permanence and the fact of flux. It is ourself against ourselves.

War Quotes, by Alan Watts

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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.

Principles Quotes, by Alan Watts

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

Computer / technology / science Quotes, by Alan Watts

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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.

Miscellaneous Quotes, by Alan Watts

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

Miscellaneous Quotes, by Alan Watts

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No work for 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.

Miscellaneous Quotes, by Alan Watts

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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.

Miscellaneous Quotes, by Alan Watts

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

Miscellaneous Quotes, by Alan Watts

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We could say that meditation doesn't have a reason or doesn't have a purpose. In this respect it's unlike almost all other things we do except perhaps making music and dancing. When we make music we don't do it in order to reach a certain point, such as the end of the composition. If that were the purpose of music then obviously the fastest players would be the best. Also, when we are dancing we are not aiming to arrive at a particular place on the floor as in a journey. When we dance, the journey itself is the point, as when we play music the playing itself is the point. And exactly the same thing is true in meditation. Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment.

Miscellaneous Quotes, by Alan Watts

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

Miscellaneous Quotes, by Alan Watts

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

Miscellaneous Quotes, by Alan Watts

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