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

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

Normally, we do not so much look at things as overlook them.
- Alan Watts

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

But to me nothing - the negative, the empty -
is exceedingly powerful.
- Alan Watts

 

Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about
God while one is peeling potatoes.
Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.
- Alan Watts

You don't look out there for God, something in the sky,
you look in you.
- Alan Watts

A myth is an image in terms of which we try to make sense of the world.
- Alan Watts

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But the attitude of faith is to let go,
and become open to truth, whatever it might turn out to be.
- Alan Watts

No valid plans for the future can be made by those
who have no capacity for living now.
- Alan Watts

Wars based on principle are far more destructive...
the attacker will not destroy that which he is after.
- Alan Watts

So what is discord at one level of your being is harmony at another level.
- Alan Watts

Faith is a state of openness or trust.
- Alan Watts

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

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

The moralist is the person who tells people that they ought to be unselfish,
when they still feel like egos, and his efforts are
always and invariably futile.
- Alan Watts

The reason we want to go on and on is because we live
in an impoverished present.
- Alan Watts

You are that vast thing that you see far,
far off with great telescopes.
- Alan Watts

But I'll tell you what hermits realize.
If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet,
you'll come to understand that you're connected with everything.
- Alan Watts

In other words, a person who is fanatic in matters of religion,
and clings to certain ideas about the nature of God and the universe,
becomes a person who has no faith at all.
- Alan Watts

So the bodhisattva saves all beings,
not by preaching sermons to them,
but by showing them that they are delivered,
they are liberated, by the act of not being able to stop changing.
- Alan Watts

So then, the relationship of self to other is the complete
realization that loving yourself is impossible without
loving everything defined as other than yourself.
- Alan Watts

Technology is destructive only in the hands of people
who do not realize that they are one and the same process as the universe.
- Alan Watts

But we try to pretend, you see, that the external world
exists altogether independently of us.
- Alan Watts

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

No work or 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

The myths underlying our culture and underlying our
common sense have not taught us to feel identical with the universe,
but only parts of it, only in it, only confronting it -
aliens.
- Alan Watts

Some believe all that parents, tutors,
and kindred believe.
They take their principles by inheritance,
and defend them as they would their estates,
because they are born heirs to them.
- Alan Watts

We identify in our exerience a differentiation between
what we do and what happens to us.
- Alan Watts

The difficulty for most of us in the modern world is
that the old-fashioned idea of God has become incredible or implausible.
- Alan Watts

But at any rate, the point is that God is what nobody admits to being,
and everybody really is.
- Alan Watts

Saints need sinners.
- Alan Watts

Omnipotence is not knowing how everything is done;
it's just doing it.
- Alan Watts

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

The style of God venerated in the church,
mosque, or synagogue seems completely different from
the style of the natural universe.
- Alan Watts

And the attitude of faith is the very opposite of clinging to belief,
of holding on.
- Alan Watts

I owe my solitude to other people.
- Alan Watts

We cannot be more sensitive to pleasure without being more sensitive to pain.
- Alan Watts

If you study the writings of the mystics,
you will always find things in them that appear to be paradoxes,
as in Zen, particularly.
- Alan Watts

In known history, nobody has had such capacity for
altering the universe than the people of the United States of America.
And nobody has gone about it in such an aggressive way.
- Alan Watts

What the devil is the point of surviving,
going on living, when it's a drag? But you see,
that's what people do.
- Alan Watts

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

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

Religion is not a department of life;
it is something that enters into the whole of it.
- Alan Watts

And although our bodies are bounded with skin,
and we can differentiate between outside and inside,
they cannot exist except in a certain kind of natural environment.
- Alan Watts

Buddhism has in it no idea of there being a moral law
laid down by somekind of cosmic lawgiver.
- Alan Watts

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

Reality is only a Rorschach ink-blot,
you know.
- Alan Watts

The reason we have poverty is that we have no imagination.
There are a great many people accumulating what they think is vast wealth,
but it's only money...
they don't know how to enjoy it, because they have no imagination.
- Alan Watts

How is it possible that a being with such sensitive jewels as the eyes,
such enchanted musical instruments as the ears,
and such fabulous arabesque of nerves as the brain
can experience itself anything less than a god.
- Alan Watts

A great man is always willing to be little.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

You grow up the day you have
your first real laugh - at yourself.
- Ethel Barrymore

When you argue with reality,
you lose - but only always.
- Byron Katie

The higher the sun rises, the less shadow it casts;
even so, the greater is the goodness, the less it covets praise;
yet cannot avoid its rewards in honors.
- Lao Tzu

The presence of those seeking the truth
is infinitely to be preferred
to the presence of those who think they've found it.
- Terry Pratchett

With courage, you will dare to take risks,
have the strength to be compassionate,
and the wisdom to be humble.
Courage is the foundation of integrity.
- Keshavan Nair

Apology is only egotism wrong side out.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Happiness blooms
in the presence of self-respect
and the absence of ego.
Love yourself.
Love everyone around you.
Love everyone in the whole world.
Know that your own life is of infinite importance,
as is every other life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is impossible to begin to learn
that which one thinks one already knows.
- Epictetus

The Principal Causes of Our Suffering
are Our Expectations and Our Assumptions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The good news is that you aren't
as important as you thought you were.
Relax. The weight of the world
is not on your shoulders.
Take a day off.
Go for a long silent walk in the woods.
The world will still be there tomorrow -
as good and as bad as ever.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I'm so glad I never feel important, it does complicate life!
- Eleanor Roosevelt

The man who can't dance thinks the band is no good.
- Polish Proverb

Self denial is an indulgence to the ego.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The man who is awakened, lives in such a way
that he leaves no footprints.
- Osho quoting The Buddha

We have to stop and be humble enough to understand
that there is something called mystery.
- Paulo Coelho

If you have to have it, it's ego.
If you have to not have it, it's ego.
Hold life lightly and it will deliver what you need
and release what you don't.
- Alan Cohen

"Pride" is such a double-edged sword -
Self-Worth on one edge and Ego on the other.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Pride comes in two flavors -
be careful which you choose -
choose honor, not ego.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Pride comes in two flavors -
choose honor, not ego.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The man with insight enough to admit his limitations
comes nearest to perfection.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Real excellence and humility are
not incompatible one with the other,
on the contrary they are twin sisters.
- Jean Baptiste Lacordaire


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