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Alan Watts
January 6, 1915 - November 16, 1973
Nationality: English
Category: Philosopher
Subcategory: English Philosopher

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


We cannot be more sensitive to pleasure without being more sensitive to pain.


We identify in our exerience a differentiation between what we do and what happens to us.


The religious idea of God cannot do full duty for the metaphysical infinity.


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.


I owe my solitude to other people.


The moralist is the person who tells people that they ought to be unselfish, when they still feel like egos, and his efforts are always and invariably futile.


The style of God venerated in the church, mosque, or synagogue seems completely different from the style of the natural universe.


Faith is a state of openness or trust.


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.


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.


What the devil is the point of surviving, going on living, when it's a drag? But you see, that's what people do.


A myth is an image in terms of which we try to make sense of the world.


So what is discord at one level of your being is harmony at another level.


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.


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.


No valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.


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.


Wars based on principle are far more destructive... the attacker will not destroy that which he is after.


But my dear man, reality is only a Rorschach ink-blot, you know.


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