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We cannot be more sensitive to pleasure without being more sensitive to pain.
Alan Watts

 


You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean.
Alan Watts

 


The more we struggle for life (as pleasure), the more we are actually killing what we love.
Alan Watts

 

 

But at any rate, the point is that God is what nobody admits to being, and everybody really is.
Alan Watts

 



If we begin to think about our goals in life as destinations, as points to which we must arrive, this thinking begins to cut out all that makes a point worth having. It is as if instead of givingyou a full banana to eat, I gave you just the two ends of the banana – and that would not be, in any sense, a satisfactory meal.
Alan Watts

 

 

You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself.
Alan 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 Watts

 

 

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

 

 

The ego is nothing other than the focus of conscious attention.
Alan Watts

 

 

If you cannot trust your own nature, how can you trust your mistrusting of it?
Alan Watts

 

 

Saints need sinners.
Alan Watts

 

 

Words can be communicative only between those who share similar experiences.
Alan Watts

 

 

We feel that our actions are voluntary when they follow a decision and involuntary when they happen without decision. But if a decision itself were voluntary every decision would have to be preceded by a decision to decide - An infinite regression which fortunately does not occur. Oddly enough, if we had to decide to decide, we would not be free to decide.
Alan Watts

 

 

Make a spurious division of one process into two, forget that you have done it, and then puzzle for centuries as to how the two get together.
Alan Watts

 

 

The more a thing tends to be permanent, the more it tends to be lifeless.
Alan Watts

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