Alan Watts Quotes
Philosopher, Writer & Speaker
Chislehurst, Kent, England
Mt. Tamalpais, California, USA
Dorothy DeWitt, Eleanor Everett, Mary Jane
Seabury-Western Theological Seminary
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 wasn't 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 "I'd 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. You'll be doing things you don't like doing in order to go on living, that is to go on doing things you don't 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 you're doing, it doesn't matter what it is, you can eventually turn it - you could eventually become a master of it. It's the only way to become a master of something, to be really with it. And then you'll be able to get a good fee for whatever it is. So don't 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.