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Alan Watts

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Biography : British philosopher, writer and speaker.
Born: 1915 - Died: 1973
Period:
20th century
Place of birth: United Kingdom
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The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.
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Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.
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You can't live at all, unless you can live fully now.
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You are the big bang, the original force of the universe, coming on as whoever you are.
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You are the big bang, the original force of the universe, coming on as whoever you are.

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No valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.
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A person who thinks all the time has nothing to think about except thoughts. So he loses touch with reality, and lives in a world of illusion.
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Our deeds, our feelings, our thoughts, and our sensations just happen of themselves, as the rain falls and the water flows along the valley.
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Just as true humor is laughter at oneself, true humanity is knowledge of oneself.
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The more a thing tends to be permanent, the more it tends to be lifeless.
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When we make music we don't do it in order to reach a certain point, such as the end of the composition. If that were the purpose of music then obviously the fastest players would be the best. Also, when we are dancing we are not aiming to arrive at a particular place on the floor as in a journey. When we dance, the journey itself is the point, as when we play music the playing itself is the point.
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Through our eyes, the universe is perceiving itself.
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The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple.
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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 that this is play.
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If, then, my awareness of the past and future makes me less aware of the present, I must begin to wonder whether I am actually living in the real world.
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Ego is a social institution with no physical reality. The ego is simply your symbol of yourself. Just as the word "water" is a noise that symbolizes a certain liquid without being it, so too the idea of ego symbolizes the role you play, who you are, but it is not the same as your living organism.
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Faith is a state of openness or trust.
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But at any rate, the point is that God is what nobody admits to being, and everybody really is.
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But to me nothing - the negative, the empty - is exceedingly powerful.
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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.
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You don't look out there for God, something in the sky, you look in you.
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Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.
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And the attitude of faith is the very opposite of clinging to belief, of holding on.
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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.
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So then, the relationship of self to other is the complete realization that loving yourself is impossible without loving everything defined as other than yourself.
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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.
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The difficulty for most of us in the modern world is that the old-fashioned idea of God has become incredible or implausible.
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You are that vast thing that you see far, far off with great telescopes.
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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.
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The style of God venerated in the church, mosque, or synagogue seems completely different from the style of the natural universe.
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Technology is destructive only in the hands of people who do not realize that they are one and the same process as the universe.
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