Alan Watts Quotes

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Alan Watts Quotes

When we look for things there is nothing but mind, and when we look for mind there is nothing but things.
— Alan Watts —

By replacing fear of the unknown with curiosity we open ourselves up to an infinite stream of possibility. We can let fear rule our lives or we can become childlike with curiosity, pushing our boundaries, leaping out of our comfort zones, and accepting what life puts before us.

— Alan Watts

Don't hurry anything. Don't worry about the future. Don't worry about what progress you're making. Just be entirely content to be aware of what is.

— Alan Watts

The Tao belongs neither to knowing nor not knowing. Knowing is false understanding; not knowing is blind ignorance. If you really understand the Tao beyond doubt, it's like the empty sky. Why drag in right and wrong?

— Alan Watts

Of course, you can't force your mind to be silent. That would be like trying to smooth ripples in water with a flatiron. Water becomes clear and calm only when left alone.

— Alan Watts

Of what use is the universe? What is the practical application of a million galaxies? Yet just because it has no use, it has a use- which may sound like a paradox, but is not. What, for instance, is the use of playing music? If you play to make money, to outdo some other artist, to be a person of culture, or to improve your mind, you are not really playing- for your mind is not on the music. You don't swing. When you come to think of it, playing or listening to music is a pure luxury, an addiction, a waste of valuable time and money for nothing more than making elaborate patterns of sound.

— Alan Watts

Basically, there is simply nothing to worry about, because you yourself are the eternal energy of the universe.

— Alan Watts

LSD is simply an exploratory instrument like a microscope or telescope, except this one is inside of you instead of outside of you.

— Alan Watts

When we look for things there is nothing but mind, and when we look for mind there is nothing but things.

— Alan Watts

Many people think that the Bible is the authentic word of God and they worship the Bible, making it an idol ...

— Alan Watts

You don't need to try to be God, you are! But if you try to be God it means you don't know you are.

— Alan Watts

The life of Zen begins, therefore, in a disillusion with the pursuit of goals which do not really exist the good without the bad, the gratification of a self which is no more than an idea, and the morrow which never comes.

— Alan Watts

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