Alan Watts

1915 - 1973

A Quote by Alan Watts on fear, future, guilt, heart, justice, life, love, planning, and work

No work of 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.

Alan Watts (1915 - 1973)

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A Quote by Alan Watts on consequences, direction, experience, quality, work, and zen

Although profoundly "inconsequential," the Zen experience has consequences in the sense that it may be applied in any direction, to any conceivable human activity, and that wherever it is so applied it lends an unmistakable quality to the work.

Alan Watts (1915 - 1973)

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A Quote by Alan Watts on trying

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

Alan Watts (1915 - 1973)

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A Quote by Alan Watts on discovery, imagination, improvement, life, listening, music, and quality

No one imagines that a symphony is supposed to improve in quality as it goes along, or that the whole object of playing it 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.

Alan Watts (1915 - 1973)

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A Quote by Alan Watts on pain and pleasure

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

Alan Watts (1915 - 1973)

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A Quote by Alan Watts on reality

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

Alan Watts (1915 - 1973)

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A Quote by Alan Watts on needs and saints

Saints need sinners.

Alan Watts (1915 - 1973)

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A Quote by Alan Watts on duty, god, ideas, and religion

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

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A Quote by Alan Watts on soul

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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.

Alan Watts (1915 - 1973)

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A Quote by Alan Watts on desires, facts, nature, and war

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

Alan Watts (1915 - 1973)

Source: The Wisdom of Insecurity

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