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I have realized that the past and future are real illusions,
by 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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

But at any rate, the point is that God is what nobody admits to being,
and everybody really is.
- 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 cannot be more sensitive to pleasure without being more sensitive to pain.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

I owe my solitude to other people.
- 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

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

Faith is a state of openness or trust.
- 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

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

Who has fully realized that history
is not contained in thick books
but lives in our very blood?
- Carl Jung

No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy,
the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child.
The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.
- Emma Goldman

There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot
be realized until personal experience has brought it home.
- John Stuart Mill

More marriages might survive if the partners realized
that sometimes the better comes after the worse.
- Doug Larson

I confessed recently to an old friend,
"I realized I was looking at you,
in your visit, through old glasses.
Speaking old words.
Telling old stories.
I realize that in my life I've made so many
physical changes and I need to give my spirit time to catch up."
Time for my spirit to look at my friend
through the new glasses of current life experiences.
Old friends are precious.
They become even more treasured when they are wrapped
in the currentness of life experiences
and not relegated to the past in which they once lived.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I realized my family was funny, because nobody ever
wanted to leave our house.
- Anthony Anderson

Commonsense is the realized sense of proportion.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

If you realized how powerful your thoughts are,
you would never think a negative thought.
- Peace Pilgrim

He hoped and prayed that there wasn't an afterlife.
Then he realized there was a contradiction involved
here and merely hoped that there wasn't an afterlife.
- Douglas Adams

In morals, truth is but little prized when it is a mere sentiment,
and only attains its full value when realized in the world as fact.
- Ernest Renan

I was a boy when I first realized that the fullest
life liveable was a Poet's.
- Wilfred Owen

I was against gay marriage until I realized I didn't have to get one.
- James Carville

One of the things that makes Wittgenstein a real artist
to me is that he realized that no conclusion could
be more horrible than solipsism.
- David Foster Wallace

I realized that everything important in sci-fi showed
up in the magazines first.
It's the proving ground for new writers and new ideas.
- Orson Scott Card

I hadn't realized the number of people that are still
interested in listening to what I am doing,
people I would never know about if not for being online.
- Edgar Winter

What I realized was how difficult an hour show is and
how miserable you can be if you're not happy doing it.
- Victor Garber

No actor ever forgets a role, so I should have realized something was wrong.
- Maureen Reagan

I realized pretty soon that I have to do more than
just play bass in the background way.
So, I developed a kind of playing which only a handful of musicians accepted.
- Eberhard Weber

I felt like I was flying without a net.
But once I realized that the audience was my partner,
I was flying a jet, because the people would allow
me to develop the character on stage.
- Loretta Swit

When it came to football there was a certain age where
I realized that my future in football was being a grease
spot on the side of some bigger player.
- Leigh Steinberg

I think Mick Jagger would be astounded and amazed if
he realized that to many people he is not a sex symbol,
but a mother image.
- David Bowie

It was only when I realized how actors have the power
to move people that I decided to pursue acting as a career.
- Cate Blanchett


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