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

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

 

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I owe my solitude to other people.
- 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

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

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

Reality is only a Rorschach ink-blot,
you know.
- 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 what is discord at one level of your being is harmony at another level.
- Alan Watts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saints need sinners.
- 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

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

To be yourself in a world that
is constantly trying to make you something else
is the greatest accomplishment.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Most of the important things in the world
have been accomplished by people
who have kept on trying
when there seemed to be no hope at all.
- Dale Carnegie

Instead of worrying about what people say of you,
why not spend time trying to accomplish
something they will admire.
- Dale Carnegie

If you begin to understand what you are
without trying to change it,
then what you are undergoes a transformation.
- J. Krishnamurti

Real love is accepting other people the way they are
without trying to change them.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Spend time every day listening to what your muse is trying to tell you.
- Saint Bartholomew

You can make more friends in two months
by becoming interested in other people
than you can in two years by trying
to get other people interested in you.
- Dale Carnegie

How could youths better learn to live
than by at once trying the experiment of living?
- Henry David Thoreau

The greatest roadblock to a great relationship
is trying to force a partner to change through bribes or threats.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Meddling:
Everything that happens in the world, or doesn't happen,
is NOT my responsibility.
There are more than enough things that are my responsibility.
I am responsible for my thoughts, my beliefs, and my actions -
and that is enough.
It does not serve me to mind anyone else's business.
I can only make myself unhappy by trying to second guess
what anyone else thinks or does.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When you have got an elephant by the hind legs
and he is trying to run away, it's best to let him run.
- Abraham Lincoln

The trouble with having an open mind, of course,
is that people will insist on coming along
and trying to put things in it.
- Terry Pratchett

Spirit is always waiting to rush into us,
but we are too full of worldly things.
It is like trying to pour fine wine into a cup filled with mud -
the wine is waiting, but the mud must be removed first.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The fastest way to destroy love
is to make a goal out of it,
because people who are trying to be loved
come from a place that they're not loved.
- Werner Erhard

How far you can go without destroying from within
what you are trying to defend from without?
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed,
but nature does not depend on us.
We are not the only experiment.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

You can close more business in two months
by becoming interested in other people
than you can in two years by trying
to get people interested in you.
- Dale Carnegie

You don't help people in your poems.
I've been trying to help people all my life -
that's my trouble.
- Charles Olson

What is a scientist after all? It is a curious man
looking through a keyhole,
the keyhole of nature, trying to know what's going on.
- Jacques Yves Cousteau

If a composer could say what he had to say in words
he would not bother trying to say it in music.
- Gustav Mahler

Mama and Daddy King represent the best in manhood and womanhood,
the best in a marriage, the kind of people we are trying to become.
- Coretta Scott King

I intend to live forever, or die trying.
- Groucho Marx


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