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  • Our pleasures are not material pleasures, but symbols of pleasure – attractively packaged but inferior in content.

    Alan Watts (2011). “The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are”, p.59, Souvenir Press
  • To define is to limit, to set boundaries, to compare and to contrast, and for this reason, the universe, the all, seems to defy definition....Just as no one in his senses would look for the morning news in a dictionary, no one should use speaking and thinking to find out what cannot be spoken or thought.

  • If we cling to belief in God, we cannot likewise have faith, since faith is not clinging but letting go.

    Alan Watts (1951). “The Wisdom of Insecurity”, Vintage
  • Naturally, for a person who finds his identity in something other than his full organism is less than half a man. He is cut off from complete participation in nature. Instead of being a body, he 'has' a body. Instead of living and loving he 'has' instincts for survival and copulation.

    Alan W. Watts, Daniel Pinchbeck (2013). “The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness”, p.4, New World Library
  • Enjoyment is an art and a skill for which we have little talent or energy... your entire education has has deprived you of this capacity because it was preparing you for the future, instead of showing you how to be alive now.

  • The role of the Guru is to show the person that he already has what he is looking for.

  • But the disappearance of the effort to let go is precisely the disappearance of the separate thinker, of the ego trying to watch the mind without interfering.

    Alan Watts (1973). “This is It, and Other Essays on Zen and Spiritual Experience”, Vintage
  • Our view of reality is like a chart of the sea - the truer it is, the less likely we will become lost.

  • Without birth and death, and without the perpetual transmutation of all the forms of life, the world would be static, rhythm-less, undancing, mummified.

    Alan Watts (2011). “The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are”, p.61, Souvenir Press
  • Nothing is more creative than death, since it has the whole secret of life. It means that the past must be abandoned, that the unknown cannot be avoided, that 'I' cannot continue, and that nothing can be ultimately fixed. When a man knows this, he lives for the first time in his life. By holding his breath, he loses it. By letting go he finds it.

    Alan Watts (1951). “The Wisdom of Insecurity”, Vintage
  • Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way.

  • We are the eyes of the cosmos. So that in a way, when you look deeply into somebody's eyes, you're looking deep into yourself, and the other person is looking deeply into the same self.

    "The essence of Alan Watts".
  • Different Chinese philosophers, writing probably in 5-4 centuries B.C., presented some major ideas and a way of life that are nowadays known under the name of Taoism, the way of correspondence between man and the tendency or the course of natural world.

  • The whole process of nature is an integrated process of immense complexity and it is really impossible to tell whether something that happens in it is good or bad. Because you never know what will be the consequences of the misfortune. Or, you never know what will be the consequences of good fortune.

  • A priest once quoted to me the Roman saying that a religion is dead when the priests laugh at each other across the altar. I always laugh at the altar, be it Christian, Hindu, or Buddhist, because real religion is the transformation of anxiety into laughter.

    Alan Watts (2011). “In My Own Way: An Autobiography”, p.57, New World Library
  • We must see that consciousness is neither an isolated soul nor the mere function of a single nervous system, but of that totality of interrelated stars and galaxies which makes a nervous system possible.

  • There is nothing at all that can be talked about adequately, and the whole art of poetry is to say what can't be said.

  • You can't get wet from the word 'water.'

    Alan Watts (1977). “The essence of Alan Watts”, Celestial Arts Publishing Company
  • Just as the highest and the lowest notes are equally inaudible, so perhaps, is the greatest sense and the greatest nonsense equally unintelligible.

  • The Universe is the game of the self, which plays hide and seek forever and ever.

  • For the price of intelligence as we now know it is chronic anxiety, anxiety which appears to increase—oddly enough—to the very degree that human life is subjected to intelligent organization.

    Alan Watts (1973). “This is It, and Other Essays on Zen and Spiritual Experience”, Vintage
  • ...[W]ords can be communicative only between those who share similar experiences.

    Alan W. Watts (2011). “The Way of Zen”, p.19, Vintage
  • The style of God venerated in church, mosque, and synagogue seems completely different from the style of the natural universe.

    "The Essence of Alan Watts".
  • I find that the sensation of myself as an ego inside a bag of skin is really a hallucination.

  • It is a special kind of enlightenment to have this feeling that the usual, the way things normally are, is odduncanny and highly improbable. G.K.Chesterton once said that it is one thing to be amazed at gorgon or a griffin, creatures which do not exist; but it is quite another and much higher thing to be amazed at a rhinoceros or a giraffe, creatures which do exist and look as if they don't. This feeling of universal oddity includes a basic and intense wondering about the sense of things.

    Alan Watts (2011). “The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are”, p.7, Souvenir Press
  • You can make any human activity into meditation simply by being completely with it and doing it just to do it.

    Alan Watts (2010). “Still the Mind: An Introduction to Meditation”, p.67, New World Library
  • No one imagines that a symphony is supposed to improve as it goes along, or that the whole object of playing is to reach the finale. The point of music is discovered in every moment of playing and listening to it. It is the same, I feel, with the greater part of our lives, and if we are unduly absorbed in improving them we may forget altogether to live them.

  • If a flower had a God it would not be a transcendental flower but a field.

    Alan Watts (2011). “In My Own Way: An Autobiography”, p.169, New World Library
  • It is also in despair of being able to understand or make any productive contribution to the highly organised chaos of our politico-economic system that large numbers of people simply abandon political and social committments. They just let society be taken over by a pattern of organisation which is as self-proliferative as a weed, and whose ends and values are neither human nor instinctive but mechanical.

  • In life as well as in art Zen never wastes energy in stopping to explain; it only indicates.

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