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25 Best Alan Watts Quotes on Life

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Today I want to share the 25 best Alan Watts quotes on life with you. These quotes are absolutely profound and will def make you stop and think about life in a whole new way.

Though I normally share fun and light hearted inspirational quotes, I think these deep philosophical quotes about life will help you see things very differently. They will help raise your consciousness, if you will.

Open your mind.

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Who is Alan Watts

According to Wikipedia.com

Alan Wilson Watts was an English writer, speaker and self-styled “philosophical entertainer”, known for interpreting and popularizing Indian and Chinese traditions of Buddhist, Taoist, and Hindu philosophy for a Western audience.

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So in a nutshell, he takes Buddhist philosophy of life, and other ancient Chinese philosophy, and put them in words that the Western society can understand better.

You can also listen to him and his interpretations on YouTube. The Alan Watts YouTube channel can be easily found here.

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25 Best Alan Watts Quotes on Life

Without further ado, here are 25 of the best Alan Watts quotes on life I could find for you. I hope you enjoy them and please do share them out if you do!

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

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

 “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.”

“Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.” 

“The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.”

“Waking up to who you are requires letting go of who you imagine yourself to be”

“A person who thinks all the time has nothing to think about except thoughts. So he loses touch with Reality, and lives in a world of illusion.”

“Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way…”

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

“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 work, realize it is play.”

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

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

“No one is more dangerously insane than one who is sane all the time: he is like a steel bridge without flexibility, and the order of his life is rigid and brittle.”

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

“When you look out of your eyes, at nature happening out there, you’re looking at you. That’s the real you. The you that goes on of itself.”

“Of course, you can’t force your mind to be silent. That will be like trying to smooth ripples in water over the flat iron. Water becomes clear and calm only when left alone.”

“A baby has for a long time been part of its mother and has floated in the ocean of the womb. So it has the sense from the beginning of what is really to an enlightened person totally obvious—that the universe is one single organism.” 

“This very moment, this very world, this very body is the point. Now. You see? But, if you’re seeking something beyond all the time, you never get with it. You’re never here.”

“What happens if you know that there is nothing you can do to be better? It’s kind of a relief isn’t it? You say ‘Well, now what do I do?’ When you are freed from being out to improve yourself, your own nature will begin to take over.”

“To go out of your mind at least once a day is tremendously important, because by going out of your mind you come to your senses.”

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“The most dangerous risk of all: the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.”

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

 “Money is an abstraction. It cannot, of itself, buy any pleasure whatsoever. Because all pleasures involve skill and love.”

“Everyone has love, but it can only come out when he is convinced of the impossibility and the frustration of trying to love himself. This conviction will not come through condemnations, through hating oneself, through calling self love bad names in the universe. It comes only in the awareness that one has no self to love.”

“We’ve run into a cultural situation where we’ve confused the symbol with the physical reality; the money with the wealth; and the menu with the dinner. And we’re starving on eating menus.”

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