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quote by Alan Watts: We do not come into this world; we come out of it, as leaves from a tree. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

We do not come into this world; we come out of it, as leaves from a tree.

--Alan Watts

Longer Version:

We do not "come into" this world; we come out of it, as leaves from a tree. As the ocean "waves," the universe "peoples." Every individual is an expression of the whole realm of nature, a unique action of the total universe.







quote by Alan Watts: We are all as much extraordinary phenomena of nature as trees, clouds, the patterns in running water, the flickering of fire, the arrangement of the stars and the form of a galaxy. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

We are all as much extraordinary phenomena of nature as trees, clouds, the patterns in running water, the flickering of fire, the arrangement of the stars and the form of a galaxy.

--Alan Watts


quote by Alan Watts: The only serious side-effect of marijuana is that you might get arrested. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

The only serious side-effect of marijuana is that you might get arrested.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: Self-knowledge leads to wonder, and wonder to curiosity and investigation, so that nothing interests people more than people, even if only one's own person. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

Self-knowledge leads to wonder, and wonder to curiosity and investigation, so that nothing interests people more than people, even if only one's own person.

--Alan Watts

quote by Alan Watts: A holy person is someone who is whole; who has, as it were, reconciled his opposites. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

A holy person is someone who is whole; who has, as it were, reconciled his opposites.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: The sound of the rain needs no translation. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

The sound of the rain needs no translation.

--Alan Watts

Longer Version:

That's a waste of time. If you really understand Zen. You can use any book. You could use the Bible. You could use Alice in Wonderland. You could use the dictionary, because... the sound of the rain needs no translation.


quote by Alan Watts: Life and Reality are not things you can have for yourself unless you accord them to all others. They do not belong to particular persons any more than the sun, moon and stars. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

Life and Reality are not things you can have for yourself unless you accord them to all others. They do not belong to particular persons any more than the sun, moon and stars.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: LSD is simply an exploratory instrument like a microscope or telescope, except this one is inside of you instead of outside of you. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

LSD is simply an exploratory instrument like a microscope or telescope, except this one is inside of you instead of outside of you.

--Alan Watts




quote by Alan Watts: Without birth and death, and without the perpetual transmutation of all the forms of life, the world would be static, rhythm-less, undancing, mummified. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

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

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: Everybody is fundamentally the ultimate reality. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

Everybody is fundamentally the ultimate reality.

--Alan Watts

quote by Alan Watts: We are the eyes of the cosmos. So that in a way, when you look deeply into somebody's eyes, you're looking deep into yourself, and the other person is looking deeply into the same self. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

We are the eyes of the cosmos. So that in a way, when you look deeply into somebody's eyes, you're looking deep into yourself, and the other person is looking deeply into the same self.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: A chest of gold coins or a fat wallet of bills is of no use 
whatsoever to a wrecked sailor alone on a raft. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

A chest of gold coins or a fat wallet of bills is of no use
whatsoever to a wrecked sailor alone on a raft.

--Alan Watts




quote by Alan Watts: I find that the sensation of myself as an ego inside a bag of skin is really a hallucination. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

I find that the sensation of myself as an ego inside a bag of skin is really a hallucination.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: Unless one is able to live fully in the present, the future is a hoax. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

Unless one is able to live fully in the present, the future is a hoax.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: As a human being it is just my nature to enjoy and share philosophy. I do this in the same way that some birds are eagles and some doves, some flowers lilies and some roses. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

As a human being it is just my nature to enjoy and share philosophy. I do this in the same way that some birds are eagles and some doves, some flowers lilies and some roses.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: It takes time for an acorn to turn into an oak, but the oak is already implied in the acorn. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

It takes time for an acorn to turn into an oak, but the oak is already implied in the acorn.

--Alan Watts



quote by Alan Watts: Lack of awareness of the basic unity of organism and environment is a serious and dangerous hallucination. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

Lack of awareness of the basic unity of organism and environment is a serious and dangerous hallucination.

--Alan Watts


quote by Alan Watts: Every explicit duality is an implicit unity. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

Every explicit duality is an implicit unity.

--Alan Watts

quote by Alan Watts: The greater part of human activity is designed to make permanent those experiences and joys which are only lovable because they are changing. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

The greater part of human activity is designed to make permanent those experiences and joys which are only lovable because they are changing.

--Alan Watts


quote by Alan Watts: The style of God venerated in church, mosque, and synagogue seems completely different from the style of the natural universe. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

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

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: All I'm saying is that minerals are just a rudimentary form of consciousness whereas the other people are saying that consciousness is a complicated form of minerals. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

All I'm saying is that minerals are just a rudimentary form of consciousness whereas the other people are saying that consciousness is a complicated form of minerals.

--Alan Watts

quote by Alan Watts: The religious idea of God cannot do full duty for the metaphysical infinity. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

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

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: Western religions are more concerned with behavior, doctrine, and belief than with any transformation of the way in which we are aware of ourselves and our world. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

Western religions are more concerned with behavior, doctrine, and belief than with any transformation of the way in which we are aware of ourselves and our world.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: The difficulty for most of us in the modern world is that the old-fashioned idea of God has become incredible or implausible. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

The difficulty for most of us in the modern world is that the old-fashioned idea of God has become incredible or implausible.

--Alan Watts

quote by Alan Watts: As muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone, it could be argued that those who sit quietly and do nothing are making one of the best possible contributions to a world in turmoil. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

As muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone, it could be argued that those who sit quietly and do nothing are making one of the best possible contributions to a world in turmoil.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: We are at war between consciousness and nature, between the desire for permanence and the fact of flux. It is ourself against ourselves. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

We are at war between consciousness and nature, between the desire for permanence and the fact of flux. It is ourself against ourselves.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: The best way to convince someone is by making him realize that what you speak came from his own mind. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

The best way to convince someone is by making him realize that what you speak came from his own mind.

--Alan Watts














quote by Alan Watts: Take a deep breath and tell us your deepest, darkest secret, so we can wipe our brow and know that we're not alone. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

Take a deep breath and tell us your deepest, darkest secret, so we can wipe our brow and know that we're not alone.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: If a flower had a God it would not be a transcendental flower but a field. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

If a flower had a God it would not be a transcendental flower but a field.

--Alan Watts




quote by Alan Watts: The trouble with many religions, accused of wishful thinking, is that they are not wishful enough. They show a deplorable lack of imagination. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

The trouble with many religions, accused of wishful thinking, is that they are not wishful enough. They show a deplorable lack of imagination.

--Alan Watts



quote by Alan Watts: Do you have any control over being conscious? Do you know how you will? with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

Do you have any control over being conscious? Do you know how you will?

--Alan Watts



quote by Alan Watts: You are the big bang, the original force of the universe, coming on as whoever you are. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

You are the big bang, the original force of the universe, coming on as whoever you are.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: We get such a kick out of looking forward to pleasures and rushing ahead to meet them that we can't slow down enough to enjoy them when they come. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

We get such a kick out of looking forward to pleasures and rushing ahead to meet them that we can't slow down enough to enjoy them when they come.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: The more a thing tends to be permanent, the more it tends to be lifeless. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

The more a thing tends to be permanent, the more it tends to be lifeless.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: Nirvana is where you are, provided you don't object to it. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

Nirvana is where you are, provided you don't object to it.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: Zen is a way of liberation, concerned not with discovering what is good or bad or advantageous, but what is. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

Zen is a way of liberation, concerned not with discovering what is good or bad or advantageous, but what is.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: You can't live at all unless you can live fully now. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

You can't live at all unless you can live fully now.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: All that you see out in front of you is how you feel inside your head. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

All that you see out in front of you is how you feel inside your head.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: The knowledge of the past stays with us. To let go is simply to release any images and emotions. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

The knowledge of the past stays with us. To let go is simply to release any images and emotions.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: When you find out that there was never anything in the dark side to be afraid of … Nothing is left but to love. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

When you find out that there was never anything in the dark side to be afraid of … Nothing is left but to love.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: Try to imagine what it will be like to go to sleep and never wake up. Now try to imagine what it was like to wake up having never gone to sleep. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

Try to imagine what it will be like to go to sleep and never wake up. Now try to imagine what it was like to wake up having never gone to sleep.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: The menu is not the meal. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

The menu is not the meal.

--Alan Watts

quote by Alan Watts: You are a function of what the whole universe is doing in the same way that a wave is a function of what the whole ocean is doing. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

You are a function of what the whole universe is doing in the same way that a wave is a function of what the whole ocean is doing.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: 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. You are not a stranger here. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

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. You are not a stranger here.

--Alan Watts
quote by Alan Watts: What we have to discover is that there is no safety, that seeking is painful, and that when we imagine that we have found it, we don't like it. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

What we have to discover is that there is no safety, that seeking is painful, and that when we imagine that we have found it, we don't like it.

--Alan Watts

quote by Alan Watts: We know that from time to time there arise among human beings people who seem to exude love as naturally as the sun gives out heat. with background image: photo of author Alan Watts with quote

We know that from time to time there arise among human beings people who seem to exude love as naturally as the sun gives out heat.

--Alan Watts

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