In his life Alan Wilson Watts was famous not only for his work but also for quotations and sayings, some of which are quite popular and listed here.

Quotes By Alan Watts

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6-01-1915
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16-11-1973
A few confused students asked this wise man what they were supposed to do after graduating from college and gave him a hint that they were clueless about the future. On hearing this, the teacher asked these students what they would actually love to do if money wasnít a priority. Some of the answers were conventional like 'I want to program' or 'I want to treat the ill'. A few others wanted to pursue a creative line of work such as becoming a painter or a writer. The teacher was even surprised by some out of the box answers such as 'Iíd like to live an out-of-doors life and ride horses.' Their career choices were different but they all agreed that one cannot make money by painting, writing or riding horses. Listening to this the teacher walked up to the students and looked at each one of them in the eye and said, 'You do just that.' Then turning to the one who loved horse riding, he said, "You do that and forget the money, because, if you say that getting the money is the most important thing, you will spend your life completely wasting your time. Youíll be doing things you donít like doing in order to go on living, that is to go on doing things you donít like doing, which is stupid. Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way. And after all, if you do really like what youíre doing, it doesnít matter what it is, you can eventually turn it Ė you could eventually become a master of it. Itís the only way to become a master of something, to be really with it. And then youíll be able to get a good fee for whatever it is. So donít worry too much." Want to know who the teacher is? It was none other than the great philosopher Alan Watts. Explore this section to find more of such uplifting and inspiring quotes by this eminent proponent of Zen Buddhism.

Never pretend to a love which you do not actually feel, for love is not ours to command.

- Alan Watts

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 Watts

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

- Alan Watts

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

- Alan Watts

But the attitude of faith is to let go, and become open to truth, whatever it might turn out to be.

- Alan Watts

But to me nothing - the negative, the empty - is exceedingly powerful.

- Alan 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 Watts

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 Watts

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 Watts

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 Watts

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

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

- Alan Watts

The reason we want to go on and on is because we live in an impoverished present.

- Alan Watts

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

- Alan Watts

Things are as they are. Looking out into it the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations.

- Alan Watts

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