Alan Watts

1915 - 1973

A Quote by Alan Watts

Only words and conventions can isolate us from the entirely undefinable something which is everything.

Alan Watts (1915 - 1973)

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A Quote by Alan Watts on liberation

so, the whole idea, you see, is that everything's falling apart, so don't try and stop it. when you're falling off a precipice, it doesn't do you any good to hang onto a rock that's falling with you. see? but everything is doing that. and so, again, this is another case of our completely wasting our energy in trying to prevent the world from falling apart. don't do it. and then you'll be able to do something interesting with the free energy.

Alan Watts (1915 - 1973)

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A Quote by Alan Watts on alan watts, meditation, dance, music, moment, now, journey, and life

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.

Alan Watts (1915 - 1973)

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A Quote by Alan Watts on alan watts, meditation, ideas, symbols, and thinking

We are sick with fascination for the useful tools of names and numbers, of symbols, signs, conceptions and ideas. Meditation is therefore the art of suspending verbal and symbolic thinking for a time, somewhat as a courteous audience will stop talking when a concert is about to begin.

Alan Watts (1915 - 1973)

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A Quote by Alan Watts on alan watts, does it matter, body, energy, thing, and event

A living body is not a fixed thing but a flowing event, like a flame or a whirlpool: the shape alone is stable, for the substance is a stream of energy going in at one end and out at the other. We are particularly and temporarily identifiable wiggles in a stream that enters us in the form of light, heat, air, water, milk, bread, fruit, beer, beef Stroganoff, caviar, and pate de foie gras. It goes out as gas and excrement - and also as semen, babies, talk, politics, commerce, war, poetry, and music. And philosophy.

Alan Watts (1915 - 1973)

Source: Does It Matter?: Essays on Man's Relation to Materiality, Pages: 23

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A Quote by Alan Watts on alan watts, philosophy, business, pragmatism, and positivism

The self-styled practical man of affairs who pooh-poohs philosophy as a lot of windy notions is himself a pragmatist or a positivist, and a bad one at that , since he has given no thought to his position.

Alan Watts (1915 - 1973)

Source: The Book:On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are

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A Quote by Alan Watts

But at any rate, the point is that God is what nobody admits to being, and everybody really is. If you awaken from this illusion, and you understand that black implies white, self implies other, life implies death - or shall I say, death implies life - you can conceive yourself.

Alan Watts (1915 - 1973)

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A Quote by Alan Watts

When I scan this view, I don't do it line by line, I see the whole thing at once

Alan Watts (1915 - 1973)

Source: Alan Watts: A Conversation With Myself

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A Quote by Alan Watts on soul, consciousness, galaxies, stars, and nervous system

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

The sense of wrong is simply failure to see where something fits into a pattern, to be confused as to the hierarchical level upon which an event belongs.

Alan Watts (1915 - 1973)

Source: Joyous Cosmology

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