Best Quotes of Alan Watts
Never pretend to a love which you do not actually feel, for love is not ours to command.
Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.
Life is like music for its own sake. We are living in an eternal now, and when we listen to music we are not listening to the past, we are not listening to the future, we are listening to an expanded present.
Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the Gods made for fun.
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.
Just as true humor is laughter at oneself, true humanity is knowledge of oneself.
One is a great deal less anxious if one feels perfectly free to be anxious, and the same may be said of guilt.
Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.
You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself.
What we have forgotten is that thoughts and words are conventions, and that it is fatal to take conventions too seriously. A convention is a social convenience, as, for example, money … but it is absurd to take money too seriously, to confuse it with real wealth … In somewhat the same way, thoughts, ideas and words are “coins” for real things.
Every intelligent individual wants to know what makes him tick, and yet is at once fascinated and frustrated by the fact that oneself is the most difficult of all things to know.
To remain stable is to refrain from trying to separate yourself from a pain because you know that you cannot. Running away from fear is fear, fighting pain is pain, trying to be brave is being scared. If the mind is in pain, the mind is pain. The thinker has no other form than his thought. There is no escape.
A scholar tries to learn something everyday; a student of Buddhism tries to unlearn something daily.
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.