Alan Watts Quotes
A myth is an image in terms of which we try to make sense of the world.
And although our bodies are bounded with skin, and we can differentiate between outside and inside, they cannot exist except in a certain kind of natural environment.
And the attitude of faith is the very opposite of clinging to belief, of holding on.
Buddhism has in it no idea of there being a moral law laid down by somekind of cosmic lawgiver.
But at any rate, the point is that God is what nobody admits to being, and everybody really 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.
But the attitude of faith is to let go, and become open to truth, whatever it might turn out to be.
But to me nothing - the negative, the empty - is exceedingly powerful.
But we try to pretend, you see, that the external world exists altogether independently of us.
Faith is a state of openness or trust.
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.
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.
I owe my solitude to other people.
If you study the writings of the mystics, you will always find things in them that appear to be paradoxes, as in Zen, particularly.
In known history, nobody has had such capacity for altering the universe than the people of the United States of America. And nobody has gone about it in such an aggressive way.
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.
Never pretend to a love which you do not actually feel, for love is not ours to command.
No valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.
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.
Omnipotence is not knowing how everything is done; it's just doing it.
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January 6, 1915
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