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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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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 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: “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: “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


Alan Watts Quote: “Real religion is the transformation of anxiety into laughter.”

Real religion is the transformation of anxiety into laughter.

— Alan Watts


Alan Watts Quote: “You can’t live at all unless you can live fully now.”

You can’t live at all unless you can live fully now.

— Alan Watts


Alan Watts Quote: “To go out of your mind at least once a day is tremendously important. By going out of your mind, you come to your senses.”

To go out of your mind at least once a day is tremendously important. By going out of your mind, you come to your senses.

— Alan Watts


Alan Watts Quote: “For there is never anything but the present, and if one cannot live there, one cannot live anywhere.”

For there is never anything but the present, and if one cannot live there, one cannot live anywhere.

— Alan Watts


Alan Watts Quote: “That’s a waste of time. If you really understand Zen. You can use any book. You could use the Bible. You could use Alice in Wonderland. You could use the dictionary, because... the sound of the rain needs no translation.”

That’s a waste of time. If you really understand Zen. You can use any book. You could use the Bible. You could use Alice in Wonderland. You could use the dictionary, because... the sound of the rain needs no translation.

— Alan Watts


Alan Watts Quote: “When you get free from certain fixed concepts of the way the world is, you find it is far more subtle, and far more miraculous, than you thought it was.”

When you get free from certain fixed concepts of the way the world is, you find it is far more subtle, and far more miraculous, than you thought it was.

— Alan Watts


Alan Watts Quote: “You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean.”

You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean.

— Alan Watts


Alan Watts Quote: “Things are as they are. Looking out into it the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations.”

Things are as they are. Looking out into it the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations.

— Alan Watts


Alan Watts Quote: “You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself.”

You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself.

— Alan Watts


Alan Watts Quote: “Zen is a way of liberation, concerned not with discovering what is good or bad or advantageous, but what is.”

Zen is a way of liberation, concerned not with discovering what is good or bad or advantageous, but what is.

— Alan Watts


Alan Watts Quote: “You are a function of what the whole universe is doing in the same way that a wave is a function of what the whole ocean is doing.”

You are a function of what the whole universe is doing in the same way that a wave is a function of what the whole ocean is doing.

— Alan Watts


Alan Watts Quote: “Try to imagine what it will be like to go to sleep and never wake up. Now try to imagine what it was like to wake up having never gone to sleep.”

Try to imagine what it will be like to go to sleep and never wake up. Now try to imagine what it was like to wake up having never gone to sleep.

— Alan Watts


Alan Watts Quote: “I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.”

I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.

— Alan Watts


Alan Watts Quote: “The ego is nothing other than the focus of conscious attention.”

The ego is nothing other than the focus of conscious attention.

— Alan Watts


Alan Watts Quote: “Nirvana is where you are, provided you don’t object to it.”

Nirvana is where you are, provided you don’t object to it.

— Alan Watts


Alan Watts Quote: “Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment.”

Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment.

— Alan Watts


Alan Watts Quote: “The truth is revealed by removing things that stand in its light, an art not unlike sculpture, in which the artist creates, not by building, but by hacking away.”

The truth is revealed by removing things that stand in its light, an art not unlike sculpture, in which the artist creates, not by building, but by hacking away.

— Alan Watts


Alan Watts Quote: “We cannot be more sensitive to pleasure without being more sensitive to pain.”

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

— Alan Watts


Alan Watts Quote: “We know that from time to time there arise among human beings people who seem to exude love as naturally as the sun gives out heat.”

We know that from time to time there arise among human beings people who seem to exude love as naturally as the sun gives out heat.

— Alan Watts


Alan Watts Quote: “The more a thing tends to be permanent, the more it tends to be lifeless.”

The more a thing tends to be permanent, the more it tends to be lifeless.

— Alan Watts


Alan Watts Quote: “Never pretend to a love which you do not actually feel, for love is not ours to command.”

Never pretend to a love which you do not actually feel, for love is not ours to command.

— Alan Watts


Alan Watts Quote: “We get such a kick out of looking forward to pleasures and rushing ahead to meet them that we can’t slow down enough to enjoy them when they come.”

We get such a kick out of looking forward to pleasures and rushing ahead to meet them that we can’t slow down enough to enjoy them when they come.

— Alan Watts


Alan Watts Quote: “Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.”

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

— Alan Watts


Alan Watts Quote: “When we attempt to exercise power or control over someone else, we cannot avoid giving that person the very same power or control over us.”

When we attempt to exercise power or control over someone else, we cannot avoid giving that person the very same power or control over us.

— Alan Watts


Alan Watts Quote: “Stay in the center, and you will be ready to move in any direction.”

Stay in the center, and you will be ready to move in any direction.

— Alan Watts


Alan Watts Quote: “We usually don’t look. We overlook.”

We usually don’t look. We overlook.

— Alan Watts


Alan Watts Quote: “Problems that remain persistently insoluble should always be suspected as questions asked in the wrong way.”

Problems that remain persistently insoluble should always be suspected as questions asked in the wrong way.

— Alan Watts


Alan Watts Quote: “You are the big bang, the original force of the universe, coming on as whoever you are.”

You are the big bang, the original force of the universe, coming on as whoever you are.

— Alan Watts


Alan Watts Quote: “If you can’t meditate in a boiler room, you can’t meditate.”

If you can’t meditate in a boiler room, you can’t meditate.

— Alan Watts


Alan Watts Quote: “It’s time to question a job or career move when it seems like most energy is devoted to making things appear other than what they really are.”

It’s time to question a job or career move when it seems like most energy is devoted to making things appear other than what they really are.

— Alan Watts

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