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Alan Watts Quote: “This is the real secret of life – to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.”

This is the real secret of life – to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.

— Alan Watts



Alan Watts Quote: “You are the universe experiencing itself.”

You are the universe experiencing itself.

— Alan Watts


Alan Watts Quote: “Don’t hurry anything. Don’t worry about the future. Don’t worry about what progress you’re making. Just be entirely content to be aware of what is.”

Don’t hurry anything. Don’t worry about the future. Don’t worry about what progress you’re making. Just be entirely content to be aware of what is.

— Alan Watts


Alan Watts Quote: “No amount of anxiety makes any difference to anything that is going to happen.”

No amount of anxiety makes any difference to anything that is going to happen.

— Alan Watts


Alan Watts Quote: “Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way.”

Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way.

— Alan Watts


Alan Watts Quote: “The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.”

The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.

— Alan Watts


Alan Watts Quote: “Waking up to who you are requires letting go of who you imagine yourself to be.”

Waking up to who you are requires letting go of who you imagine yourself to be.

— Alan Watts


Alan Watts Quote: “When a man no longer confuses himself with the definition of himself that others have given him, he is at once universal and unique.”

When a man no longer confuses himself with the definition of himself that others have given him, he is at once universal and unique.

— Alan Watts


Alan Watts Quote: “Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.”

Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.

— Alan Watts


Alan Watts Quote: “All that you see out in front of you is how you feel inside your head.”

All that you see out in front of you is how you feel inside your head.

— Alan Watts



Alan Watts Quote: “A person who thinks all the time has nothing to think about except thoughts. So he loses touch with Reality, and lives in a world of illusion.”

A person who thinks all the time has nothing to think about except thoughts. So he loses touch with Reality, and lives in a world of illusion.

— Alan Watts


Alan Watts Quote: “Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun.”

Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun.

— Alan Watts


Alan Watts Quote: “Stop measuring days by degree of productivity and start experiencing them by degree of presence.”

Stop measuring days by degree of productivity and start experiencing them by degree of presence.

— Alan Watts


Alan Watts Quote: “The future is a concept, it doesn’t exist. There is no such thing as tomorrow. There never will be, because time is always now. That’s one of the things we discover when we stop talking to ourselves and stop thinking. We find there is only present, only an eternal now.”

The future is a concept, it doesn’t exist. There is no such thing as tomorrow. There never will be, because time is always now. That’s one of the things we discover when we stop talking to ourselves and stop thinking. We find there is only present, only an eternal now.

— Alan Watts


Alan Watts Quote: “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.

— Alan Watts


Alan Watts Quote: “To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.”

To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.

— Alan Watts


Alan Watts Quote: “Through our eyes, the universe is perceiving itself. Through our ears, the universe is listening to its harmonies. We are the witnesses through which the universe becomes conscious of its glory, of its magnificence.”

Through our eyes, the universe is perceiving itself. Through our ears, the universe is listening to its harmonies. We are the witnesses through which the universe becomes conscious of its glory, of its magnificence.

— Alan Watts


Alan Watts Quote: “So many people of wealth understand much more about making and saving money than about using and enjoying it. They fail to live because they are always preparing to live.”

So many people of wealth understand much more about making and saving money than about using and enjoying it. They fail to live because they are always preparing to live.

— Alan Watts


Alan Watts Quote: “Hurrying and delaying are alike ways of trying to resist the present.”

Hurrying and delaying are alike ways of trying to resist the present.

— Alan Watts


Alan Watts Quote: “Paradoxical as it may seem, the purposeful life has no content, no point. It hurries on and on, and misses everything. Not hurrying, the purposeless life misses nothing, for it is only when there is no goal and no rush that the human senses are fully open to receive the world.”

Paradoxical as it may seem, the purposeful life has no content, no point. It hurries on and on, and misses everything. Not hurrying, the purposeless life misses nothing, for it is only when there is no goal and no rush that the human senses are fully open to receive the world.

— Alan Watts


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