You're under no obligation to be the same person you were 5 minutes ago.

— Alan Watts

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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.

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Waking up to who you are requires letting go of who you imagine yourself to be

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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.

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Alan Watts quote Awakening is not to know what this reali

Awakening is not to know what this reality is. Awakening is to know what reality is not. It is to cease identifying oneself with any object of knowledge whatsoever.

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Life is not a problem to be solved, but an experience to be had.

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Choice is not a form of freedom in the sense of the word; choice is the act of hesitation that occurs before making a decision.

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No amount of anxiety makes any difference to anything that is going to happen.

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Alan Watts quote When a man no longer confuses himself wi

When a man no longer confuses himself with the definition of himself that others have given him, he is at once universal and unique.

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Through our eyes, the universe is perceiving itself.

Through our ears, the universe is listening to its harmonies. We are the witnesses through which the universe becomes conscious of its glory, of its magnificence.

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You are the universe experiencing itself.

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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.

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Alan Watts quote Never pretend to a love which you do not

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

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To come to your senses you have to go out of your mind.

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By replacing fear of the unknown with curiosity we open ourselves up to an infinite stream of possibility. We can let fear rule our lives or we can become childlike with curiosity, pushing our boundaries, leaping out of our comfort zones, and accepting what life puts before us.

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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.

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Alan Watts quote No valid plans for the future can be mad

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

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About Alan Watts

Quotes 468 sayings
Nationality English
Profession Philosopher
Birthday 6 January 1915

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.

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As muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone, it could be argued that those who sit quietly and do nothing are making one of the best possible contributions to a world in turmoil.

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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.

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We thought of life by analogy with a journey, a pilgrimage, which had a serious purpose at the end, and the thing was to get to that end, success or whatever it is, maybe heaven after you’re dead. But we missed the point the whole way along. It was a musical thing and you were supposed to sing or to dance while the music was being played.

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

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

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It is interesting that Hindus, when they speak of the creation of the universe do not call it the work of God, they call it the play of God, the Vishnu lila, lila meaning play. And they look upon the whole manifestation of all the universes as a play, as a sport, as a kind of dance — lila perhaps being somewhat related to our word lilt

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Everything in the world is gloriously meaningless.

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Take a deep breath and tell us your deepest, darkest secret, so we can wipe our brow and know that we're not alone.

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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.

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

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We do not "come into" this world; we come out of it, as leaves from a tree. As the ocean "waves," the universe "peoples." Every individual is an expression of the whole realm of nature, a unique action of the total universe.

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We have a strange anxiety in us; that if we don't interfere then it won't happen. Now that's the root of an enormous amount of trouble.

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The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple.

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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.

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I seem to be a brief light that flashes but once in all the aeons of time a rare, complicated, and all-too-delicate organism on the fringe of biological evolution , where the wave of life bursts into individual, sparkling, and multicolored drops that gleam for a moment... only to vanish forever.

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If you are afraid of death, be afraid.

The point is to get with it, to let it take over - fear, ghosts, pains, transience, dissolution, and all. And then comes the hitherto unbelievable surprise; you don't die because you were never born. You had just forgotten who you are.

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

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Wonder, and its expression in poetry and the arts, are among the most important things which seem to distinguish men from other animals, and intelligent and sensitive people from morons.

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Really, the fundamental, ultimate mystery -- the only thing you need to know to understand the deepest metaphysical secrets -- is this: that for every outside there is an inside and for every inside there is an outside, and although they are different, they go together.

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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.

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The mind's the standard of the man.

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To go out of your mind once a day is tremendously important, because by going out of your mind you come to your senses. And if you stay in your mind all of the time, you are over rational, in other words you are like a very rigid bridge which because it has no give; no craziness in it, is going to be blown down by the first hurricane.

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

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The most strongly enforced of all known taboos is the taboo against knowing who or what you really are behind the mask of your apparently separate, independent, and isolated ego.

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The destination of life is this eternal moment.

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Irrevocable commitment to any religion is not only intellectual suicide;

it is positive unfaith because it closes the mind to any new vision of the world. Faith is, above all, openness - an act of trust in the unknown.

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Ego is a social institution with no physical reality.

The ego is simply your symbol of yourself. Just as the word “water” is a noise that symbolizes a certain liquid without being it, so too the idea of ego symbolizes the role you play, who you are, but it is not the same as your living organism.

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The only serious side-effect of #‎ marijuana is that you might get arrested.

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Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.

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Enlightenment or awakening is not the creation of a new state of affairs but the recognition of what already is.

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It takes time for an acorn to turn into an oak, but the oak is already implied in the acorn.

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

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People sometimes fail to live because they are always preparing to live.

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Try to imagine what it will be like to go to sleep and never wake up.

.. now try to imagine what it was like to wake up having never gone to sleep.

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The fools standpoint is that all social institutions are games.

He sees the whole world as game playing. That's why, when people take their games seriously and take on stern and pious expressions, the fool gets the giggles because he knows that it is all a game.

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Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun.

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