Alan Watts Quotes

Unless one is able to live fully in the present, the future is a hoax.

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.

Technology is destructive only in the hands of people who do not realize that they are one and the same process as the universe.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Saints need sinners.

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.

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.

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

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.

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