75+ Best Alan Watts Quotes for Believers

Alan Watts was a believer, most of Alan Watts Quotes are about religion, god, and life. He was an English writer, and speaker born on 6th January 1915 in Chislehurst, England. At a very young age, he moved to the United States in 1938. Alan got a master’s degree in theology and became an Episcopal priest. He is also a philosophical entertainer, known for interpreting and popularizing the Indian and Chinese traditions of Buddhist, Taoist, and Hindu philosophy for westerners. All those books he wrote Behold the Spirit, The Way of Zen, and Tao; Watercourse Way is the best works of his entire life. 

From Alan Watts’s Quotes on Life, we learn about the importance of religion and culture in our life. He experienced life in so many different ways and the man married three times and had a total of seven children. He fell in love over and over, Alan Watts Love Quotes tell us the power of love. He was interested in many things; aesthetics, metaphysics, mysticism, psychology, philosophy of life, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of religion and self. On 16th November 1973 at 58 years of age, he died in Mount Tamalpais, California, US.

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Alan Watts Quotes in English

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

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

One is a great deal less anxious if one feels perfectly free to be anxious, and the same may be said of guilt.

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Your soul is not in your body; your body is in your soul.

But to me, nothing – the negative, the empty – is exceedingly powerful. – Alan Watts

What you are basically, deep, deep down, far, far in, is simply the fabric and structure of existence itself.

 Only words and conventions can isolate us from the entirely undefinable something which is everything.

Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment.

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

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

Just as true humor is laughter at oneself, true humanity is knowledge of oneself.

There is nothing at all that can be talked about adequately, and the whole art of poetry is to say what can’t be said.

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The more a thing tends to be permanent, the more it tends to be lifeless.

Without birth and death, and without the perpetual transmutation of all the forms of life, the world would be static, rhythmless, mummified.

I find that the sensation of myself as an ego inside a bag of skin is really a hallucination.

Try to imagine what it will be like to go to sleep and never wake up… now try to imagine what it was like to wake up having never gone to sleep.

Alan Watts Love Quotes

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

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But this is the most powerful thing that can be done: surrender. See. And love is an act of surrender to another person.

So then, the relationship of self to others is the complete realization that loving yourself is impossible without loving everything defined as other than yourself.

When you find out that there was never anything on the dark side to be afraid of … Nothing is left but to love.

When we attempt to exercise power or control over someone else, we cannot avoid giving that person the very same power or control over us.

Human desire tends to be insatiable.

The world is filled with love-play, from animal lust to sublime compassion. 

Love is not something that is a sort of rare commodity, everybody has it.

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Everyone has love, but it can only come out when he is convinced of the impossibility and the frustration of trying to love himself.

You can only be in relation to something that is out.

The greater part of human activity is designed to make permanent those experiences and joys which are only lovable because they are changing.

Alan Watts Quotes on Life

But the attitude of faith is to let go and become open to truth, whatever it might turn out to be. – Alan Watts

When you die, you don’t have to deal with everlasting nonexistence because that’s not an experience.

 We’re living in a fluid universe, in which the art of faith is not in taking one’s stand, but in learning to swim.

You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself.

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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

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

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

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

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The source of all light is in the eye.

So then, the relationship of self to others is the complete realization that loving yourself is impossible without loving everything defined as other than yourself. – Alan Watts

If you cannot trust yourself, you cannot even trust your mistrust of yourself – so that without this underlying trust in the whole system of nature you are simply paralyzed.

This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it to work, realize it is playing.

If then, my awareness of the past and future makes me less aware of the present, I must begin to wonder whether I am actually living in the real world.

Stay in the center, and you will be ready to move in any direction.

It’s better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent miserably.

You are a function of what the whole universe is doing in the same way that a wave is a function of what the whole ocean is doing.

Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.

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

Much of the secret of life consists in knowing how to laugh, and also how to breathe.

 The menu is not the meal. – alan watts

The positive cannot exist without the negative. 

 Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun.

Society is our extended mind and body.

Alan Watts Quotes About God and Religion

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

There will always be suffering. But we must not suffer over the suffering.

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

But at any rate, the point is that God is what nobody admits to being, and everybody is. – Alan Watts

You didn’t come into this world. You came out of it, like a wave from the ocean. You are not a stranger here.

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What the devil is the point of surviving, going on living when it’s a drag? But you see, that’s what people do.

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

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

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

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

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

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