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The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it,
by 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

Related topics: Change

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I owe my solitude to other people.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Omnipotence is not knowing how everything is done;
it's just doing 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saints need sinners.
- Alan Watts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

People only see what they are prepared to see.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph
is for enough good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke

Hate is never conquered by hate,
Hate is only conquered by love.
- The Buddha

Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

You're only here for a short visit.
Don't hurry. Don't worry.
And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
- Walter Hagen

Life is an adventure.
I can only wonder what treasure
awaits at the top of the path.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There are no facts, only interpretations.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

Play with life, laugh with life,
dance lightly with life,
and smile at the riddles of life,
knowing that life's only true lessons
are writ small in the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
- Albert Einstein

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was,
Thank you, that would suffice.
- Meister Eckhart

Choose Inner Peace.
Nothing is worth losing your inner peace.
Take action as circumstances require,
but never surrender your inner peace.
Stop. Breathe deeply.
Close your eyes and breathe deeply again.
Then, and only then, take action -
from a peaceful heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu

Majority rule only works if you're also
considering individual rights,
because you can't have five wolves and one sheep
voting on what to have for dinner.
- Larry Flynt

Move out of your comfort zone. You can only
grow if you are willing to feel awkward and
uncomfortable when you try something new.
- Brian Tracy

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There are only two or three human stories,
and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely
as if they had never happened before.
- Willa Cather

Minds are like parachutes.
They only function when they are open.
- James Dewar

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue,
but the parent of all other virtues.
- Cicero

Don't hurry. Don't worry.
You're only here for a short visit.
So don't forget to stop and smell the roses.
- Walter Hagen

We have only this moment,
sparkling like a star in our hand -
and melting like a snowflake.
- Marie B. Ray

We can only be said to be truly alive in those moments
when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
- Thornton Wilder

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
- Robert F. Kennedy


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