Alan Watts

1915 - 1973

A Quote by Alan Watts on knowing, self-knowledge, awareness, and consciousness

"It seems that I know that I know. What I would like to see is the 'I' that knows me when I know that I know that I know."

Alan Watts (1915 - 1973)

Source: Man and Nature Lecture, Part I

Contributed by: Darshan

A Quote by Alan Watts on knowledge and self

As the ocean "waves," the universe "peoples." Every individual is an expression of the whole realm of nature, a unique action of the total universe. This fact is rarely, if ever, experienced by most individuals. Even those who know it to be true in theory do not sense or feel it, but continue to be aware of themselves as isolated "egos" inside bags of skin.

Alan Watts (1915 - 1973)

Source: Jeff Albright's site: http://www.jefallbright.net/quotes?from=75

Contributed by: Ryan

A Quote by Alan Watts on sincerity, nerve, and truth

Perhaps there is no other knowing than the mere competence of the act. If at the heart of one's being, there is no self to which one ought to be true, then sincerity is simply nerve; it lies in the unabashed vigor of the pretense.

But pretense is only pretense when it is assumed that the act is not true to the agent. Find the agent.

Alan Watts (1915 - 1973)

Source: Joyous Cosmology

Contributed by: stumblinguponmoksha

A Quote by Alan Watts on religion, spirituality, and religious practice

The common error of ordinary religious practice is to mistake the symbol for the reality, to look at the finger pointing the way and then to suck it for comfort rather than follow it.

Alan Watts (1915 - 1973)

Contributed by: Allison

A Quote by Alan Watts on time and now

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We are seeing, then, that our experience is altogether momentary.
From one point of view, each moment is so
elusive and so brief that we cannot even
think about it before it has gone. From
another point of view, this moment is always
here, since we know no other moment than the
present moment. It is always dying, always
becoming past more rapidly than imagination
can conceive. Yet at the same time it is
always being born, always new, emerging just
as rapidly from that complete unknown we
call the future. Thinking about it almost
makes you breathless.

Alan Watts (1915 - 1973)

Source: The Wisdom of Insecurity (Vintage)

Contributed by: Ryan

A Quote by Alan Watts on imperfection

When your eyes are functioning well you don't see your eyes. If your eyes are imperfect you see spots in front of them. That means there are some lesions in the retina or wherever, and because your eyes aren't working properly, you feel them. In the same way, you don't hear your ears. If you have a ringing in your ears it means there's something wrong with your ears. Therefore, if you do feel yourself, there must be something wrong with you. Whatever you have, the sensation of I is like spots in front of your eyes - it means something's wrong with your functioning.

Alan Watts (1915 - 1973)

Source: Ego – from the Essential Alan Watts

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Alan Watts on mind

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The mind's the standard of the man.

Alan Watts (1915 - 1973)

Contributed by: Zaady

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)

Contributed by: Zaady

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)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Alan Watts on awareness, danger, environment, seriousness, and unity

Lack of awareness of the basic unity of organism and environment is a serious and dangerous hallucination.

Alan Watts (1915 - 1973)

Contributed by: Zaady

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