15 Quotes From Alan Watts That Will Change Your Life, No Cliches Included!

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If you don’t know who Alan Watts is yet, let us introduce you. He is considered one of the leading interpreters of Eastern philosophy for the modern Western world. He has an incredible way of explaining the essence of the self, the being and the soul through writing. He often illustrates complex and beautiful thoughts in simple ways, which make a deep impact with a couple of words.

His excerpts are awakening, inspirational and thought-provoking. Read on to get you daily dose of enlightenment. We promise these are not your everyday, average cliches. These are profound words, written with thought, compassion and deep thinking.

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


“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.”


“Without birth and death, and without the perpetual transmutation of all the forms of life, the world would be static, rhythm-less, undancing, mummified.”


“If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you’ll come to understand that you’re connected with everything.”


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


“Just as the waves are continuous with the ocean. Your body is continuous with the total energy system of the cosmos, and it’s all you.”


“You, yourself, are the eternal energy which appears as this Universe. You didn’t come into this world; you came out of it. Like a wave from the ocean.”


“Advice? I don’t have advice. Stop aspiring and start writing. If you’re writing, you’re a writer. Write like you’re a goddamn death row inmate and the governor is out of the country and there’s no chance for a pardon. Write like you’re clinging to the edge of a cliff, white knuckles, on your last breath, and you’ve got just one last thing to say, like you’re a bird flying over us and you can see everything, and please, for God’s sake, tell us something that will save us from ourselves. Take a deep breath and tell us your deepest, darkest secret, so we can wipe our brow and know that we’re not alone. Write like you have a message from the king. Or don’t. Who knows, maybe you’re one of the lucky ones who doesn’t have to.”


“Know yourself as Nothing. Feel yourself as Everything.”


“The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple.” 


“Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way…”
“And people get all fouled up because they want the world to have meaning as if it were words… As if you had a meaning, as if you were a mere word, as if you were something that could be looked up in a dictionary. You are meaning.”


“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.”


“The future is a concept, it doesn’t exist. There is no such thing as tomorrow. There never will be, because time is always now. That’s one of the things we discover when we stop talking to ourselves and stop thinking. We find there is only present, only an eternal now.”


“People today think being a hermit is a very unhealthy thing to do. Very antisocial, doesn’t contribute anything to everybody else – because everybody else is busy contributing like blazes, and a few people have to run off and get out of the way. 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. That every little insect that comes buzzing around you is a messenger, and that little insect is connected with human beings everywhere else. You can hear. You become incredibly sensitive in your ears and you hear far-off sounds. And just by the very nature of isolating yourself and becoming quiet, you become intensely aware of your relationship with everything else that’s going on.”


“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.”


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


“Like too much alcohol, self-consciousness makes us see ourselves double, and we make the double image for two selves – mental and material, controlling and controlled, reflective and spontaneous. Thus instead of suffering we suffer about suffering, and suffer about suffering about suffering.”

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