Alan W. Watts

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“A cat sits until it is done sitting, and then gets up, stretches, and walks away.”

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

“Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.”
Alan W. Watts

“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.”
Alan W. Watts

“The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.”
Alan W. Watts, The Culture of Counter-Culture: Edited Transcripts

“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”
Alan W. Watts

“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.”
Alan W. 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.”
Alan W. Watts

“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

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