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Alan Watts quotes

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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