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Favorite Alan Watts Quotes

Some words of solace by a jazzy cool cat with legs that just won’t quit.

  1. Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.
  2. Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun.
  3. This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now.
  4. Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.
  5. The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.
  6. You are a function of what the whole universe is doing in the same way that a wave is a function of what the whole ocean is doing.
  7. 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.
  8. The more a thing tends to be permanent, the more it tends to be lifeless.
  9. 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.
  10. Never pretend to a love which you do not actually feel, for love is not ours to command.
  11. 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.
  12. One is a great deal less anxious if one feels perfectly free to be anxious, and the same may be said of guilt.
  13. You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean.
  14. 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.
  15. You’re under no obligation to be the same person you were 5 minutes ago.

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