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    And the attitude of faith is the very opposite of clinging to belief, of holding on.
    — Alan W. Watts
    tags: belief  attitude  faith 
     
    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.
    — Alan W. Watts
    tags: future  past  present  illusion  real 
     
    But the attitude of faith is to let go, and become open to truth, whatever it might turn out to be.
    — Alan W. Watts
    tags: truth  attitude  faith 
     
    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.
    — Alan W. Watts
    I owe my solitude to other people.
    — Alan W. Watts
    tags: people  solitude 
     
    Some believe all that parents, tutors, and kindred believe. They take their principles by inheritance, and defend them as they would their estates, because they are born heirs to them.
    — Alan W. Watts
    tags: believe  parent 
     
    Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.
    — Alan W. Watts
    tags: god  thinking 
     
    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.
    — Alan W. Watts
    tags: fear  work  heart  living  future  guilt 
     
    The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.
    — Alan W. Watts
    tags: dance 
     
    We cannot be more sensitive to pleasure without being more sensitive to pain.
    — Alan W. Watts
    tags: pain  pleasure 
     
    Wars based on principle are far more destructive... the attacker will not destroy that which he is after.
    — Alan W. Watts
    tags: war 
     
    The style of God venerated in the church, mosque, or synagogue seems completely different from the style of the natural universe.
    — Alan W. Watts
    tags: god  church  universe 
     
    No valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.
    — Alan W. Watts
    tags: living  future 
     
    You are that vast thing that you see far, far off with great telescopes.
    — Alan W. Watts
    Religion is not a department of life; it is something that enters into the whole of it.
    — Alan W. Watts
    But at any rate, the point is that God is what nobody admits to being, and everybody really is.
    — Alan W. Watts
    tags: god 
     
    You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean.
    — Alan W. Watts
    tags: ocean  universe 
     
    Reality is only a Rorschach ink-blot, you know.
    — Alan W. Watts
    tags: reality 
     
    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.
    — Alan W. Watts
    Never pretend to a love which you do not actually feel, for love is not ours to command.
    — Alan W. Watts
    The ego is nothing other than the focus of conscious attention.
    — Alan W. Watts
    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.
    — Alan W. Watts
    tags: nature  people  god  faith  universe  ideas 
     
    You don't look out there for God, something in the sky, you look in you.
    — Alan W. Watts
    tags: sky  god 
     
    Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.
    — Alan W. Watts
    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.
    — Alan W. Watts
    tags: trust  water  faith 
     
    The religious idea of God cannot do full duty for the metaphysical infinity.
    — Alan W. Watts
    tags: god  religious  ideas 
     
    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.
    — Alan W. Watts
    tags: culture  universe 
     
    So the bodhisattva saves all beings, not by preaching sermons to them, but by showing them that they are delivered, they are liberated, by the act of not being able to stop changing.
    — Alan W. Watts
    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.
    — Alan W. Watts
    tags: people  gone  america  universe 
     
    But we try to pretend, you see, that the external world exists altogether independently of us.
    — Alan W. Watts
    tags: world 
     
    But to me nothing - the negative, the empty - is exceedingly powerful.
    — Alan W. Watts
    tags: powerful 
     
    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.
    — Alan W. Watts
    tags: body  environment 
     
    So what is discord at one level of your being is harmony at another level.
    — Alan W. Watts
    tags: harmony 
     
    If you study the writings of the mystics, you will always find things in them that appear to be paradoxes, as in Zen, particularly.
    — Alan W. Watts
    tags: writing 
     
    Buddhism has in it no idea of there being a moral law laid down by somekind of cosmic lawgiver.
    — Alan W. Watts
    tags: law  buddhism  morals  ideas 
     
    What the devil is the point of surviving, going on living, when it's a drag? But you see, that's what people do.
    — Alan W. Watts
    tags: people  living  devil 
     
    Faith is a state of openness or trust.
    — Alan W. Watts
    tags: trust  faith 
     
    A myth is an image in terms of which we try to make sense of the world.
    — Alan W. Watts
    tags: world 
     
    Technology is destructive only in the hands of people who do not realize that they are one and the same process as the universe.
    — Alan W. Watts
    We identify in our exerience a differentiation between what we do and what happens to us.
    — Alan W. Watts
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