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The moralist is the person who tells people that ...
by 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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saints need sinners.
- Alan Watts

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

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

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

I owe my solitude to other people.
- Alan Watts

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

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

Faith is a state of openness or trust.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Boredom is...
a vital problem for the moralist, since half the sins
of mankind are caused by the fear of it.
- Bertrand Russell

To the moralist prostitution does not consist so much
in the fact that the woman sells her body,
but rather that she sells it out of wedlock.
- Emma Goldman

Though sages may pour out their wisdom's treasure,
there is no sterner moralist than pleasure.
- Lord Byron

As the ancient commander addressed his soldiers before battle,
so should the moralist speak to men in the struggle of the era.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

But what sin is to the moralist and crime to the jurist
so to the scientific man is ignorance.
- Frederick Soddy

Journalism without a moral position is impossible.
Every journalist is a moralist.
It's absolutely unavoidable.
- Marguerite Duras

A statesman cannot afford to be a moralist.
- Will Durant

Ages when custom is unsettled are necessarily ages of prophecy.
The moralist cannot teach what is revealed;
he must reveal what can be taught.
He has to seek insight rather than to preach.
- Walter Lippmann

Someone like Einstein was quite clearly a moralist,
and he had a very highly developed political vision
and was very spiritual in his way,
and there are many biologists and physicists of the
first order who are like that.
- Jonathan Miller

When a person doesn't have gratitude,
something is missing in his or her humanity.
A person can almost be defined by
his or her attitude toward gratitude.
- Elie Wiesel

You never really understand a person
until you consider things from his point of view.
- Harper Lee

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.
Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
- Oscar Wilde

A person without a sense of humor
is like a wagon without springs.
It's jolted by every pebble on the road.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Love is when the other person's happiness
is more important than your own.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Start living now.
Stop saving the good china
for that special occasion.
Stop withholding your love
until that special person materializes.
Every day you are alive is a special occasion.
Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God.
- Mary Manin Morrissey

I can't go back to yesterday -
because I was a different person then.
- Lewis Carroll

Friendship is born at that moment
when one person says to another,
"What! You too? I thought I was the only one."
- C. S. Lewis

If you don't take full responsibility
for your own happiness,
who do you suppose will?
Your happiness is a one person job -
it begins and ends with you.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another
as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.
- Thomas Jefferson

The final forming of a person's character
lies in their own hands.
- Anne Frank

Determine never to be idle.
No person will have occasion to complain
of the want of time who never loses any.
It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.
- Thomas Jefferson

When you find peace within yourself,
you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.
- Peace Pilgrim


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