Alan Watts

72Alan Watts Quotes

English Philosopher born on January 06, 1915, died on November 16, 1973

Alan Wilson Watts was a British-born philosopher, writer, and speaker, best known as an interpreter and populariser of Eastern philosophy for a Western audience. Born in Chislehurst, England, he moved to the United States in 1938 and began Zen training in New York. Pursuing a career, he attended Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, where he received a master's degree in theology. Watts became an Episcopal priest in 1945, then left the ministry in 1950 and moved to California, where he joined the faculty of the American Academy of Asian Studies... (source)

The myths underlying our culture and underlying our common sense have not taught us to feel identical with the universe, but only parts of it, only in it, only confronting it - aliens. view quote

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. view quote

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. view quote

And the attitude of faith is the very opposite of clinging to belief, of holding on. view quote

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

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

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

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. view quote

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. view quote

I owe my solitude to other people. view quote

But we try to pretend, you see, that the external world exists altogether independently of us. view quote

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

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. view quote

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