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Alan Watts Quotes

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.
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#People #English Philosopher

Alan Watts
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.
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#Fear

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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.
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#English Philosopher #Night

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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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#English Philosopher

Alan Watts
Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.
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#God #American Philosopher

Alan Watts
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.
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#Buddhism

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I owe my solitude to other people.
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#People #American Philosopher

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

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The religious idea of God cannot do full duty for the metaphysical infinity.
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#English Philosopher #Duty

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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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#American Philosopher #Future

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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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#English Philosopher #Love

Alan Watts
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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#Life

Alan Watts
Reality is only a Rorschach ink-blot, you know.
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#American Philosopher #Reality

Alan Watts
To be angry about trifles is mean and childish; to rage and be furious is brutish; and to maintain perpetual wrath is akin to the practice and temper of devils; but to prevent and suppress rising resentment is wise and glorious, is manly and divine.
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#Anger

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We cannot be more sensitive to pleasure without being more sensitive to pain.
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#English Philosopher #Pain

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

Alan Watts
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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#English Philosopher #Eyes