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Quote of Alan Watts - I have realized that the past...


Biography - Alan Watts:

British philosopher, writer and speaker.
Born: 1915 - Died: 1973
Period:
20th century
Place of birth: United Kingdom
United Kingdom

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.




Translation

Translation

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German
Mir ist klar geworden, dass Vergangenheit und Zukunft reine Illusion sind; sie existieren nur in der Gegenwart, die alles ist und alles umfasst.

French
Je me rends compte que le passé et l'avenir sont de vrais illusions, qu'ils existent dans le présent qui est tout ce qui existe.




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The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.

Nor is it right to say there are three times: past, present and future. Perhaps it would be more correct to say: there are three times: a present of things past, a present of things present, a present of things future.

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.




Quotes for: past


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Quotes about the past:


The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.
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Children have neither a past nor a future. Thus they enjoy the present, which seldom happens to us.
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When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.
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Philosophy triumphs easily over past evils and future evils; but present evils triumph over it.
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The present is not a potential past; it is the moment of choice and action.
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What is history? An echo of the past in the future a reflex from the future on the past.
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Quotes for: present


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Quotes about the present:


Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.
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Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones.
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In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; so with present time.
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The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.
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Children have neither a past nor a future. Thus they enjoy the present, which seldom happens to us.
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Philosophy triumphs easily over past evils and future evils; but present evils triumph over it.
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Quotes for: future


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Quotes about the future:


Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.
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Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones.
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As for the future, your task is not to foresee it, but to enable it.
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Man is the future of man.
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The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.
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Children have neither a past nor a future. Thus they enjoy the present, which seldom happens to us.
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Quotes for: illusion


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Quotes for: illusion


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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Illusions fall away, like the peels of a fruit, one after another, and the fruit is experience.
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The masses have never thirsted after truth. They turn aside from evidence that is not to their taste, preferring to deify error, if error seduce them. Whoever can supply them with illusions is easily their master; whoever attempts to destroy their illusions is always their victim.
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Knowledge kills action; action requires the veils of illusion
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The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.
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The finest things in life are life’s illusions.
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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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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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You can't live at all, unless you can live fully now.
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Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.
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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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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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