Quotes on play and time:
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.
The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.
You are a function of what the whole universe is doing in the same way that a wave is a function of what the whole ocean is doing.
The more a thing tends to be permanent, the more it tends to be lifeless.
Try to imagine what it will be like to go to sleep and never wake up… now try to imagine what it was like to wake up having never gone to sleep.
Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.
Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.
We seldom realize, for example, that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.
If you say that getting the money is the most important thing, you’ll 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.
To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.
“The positive cannot exist without the negative.”
Quotes on love and the stars:
Things are as they are. Looking out into the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations.
A scholar tries to learn something everyday; a student of Buddhism tries to unlearn something daily.
Problems that remain persistently insoluble should always be suspected as questions asked in the wrong way.
When we attempt to exercise power or control over someone else, we cannot avoid giving that person the very same power or control over us.
But the attitude of faith is to let go, and become open to truth, whatever it might turn out to be.
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.
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.
Never pretend to a love which you do not actually feel, for love is not ours to command.
Love is not something that is a sort of rare commodity, everybody has it.
Everyone has love, but it can only come out when he is convinced of the impossibility and the frustration of trying to love himself.
Alan Watts was a British writer and speaker. He is known for interpreting and popularising Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism in the Western Society.
Watts was born in Chislehurst, England. He moved to the United States in 1938 and became a United States citizen in 1943. He received a master’s degree in theology and went on to become an Episcopal priest in 1945. Watts left the ministry in 1950. He moved to California and joined the faculty of the American Academy of Asian Studies.
In 1953, Watts began working as a volunteer programmer for a weekly radio program at Pacifica Radio station KPFA in Berkeley. The broadcasts continued until 1962 and helped Watts gain a following.
Watts’ first book, The Spirit of Zen, was published in 1936. He went on to write more than 25 books and articles on religion and philosophy, including The Way of Zen (1957), one of the first bestselling books on Buddhism.
Watts died in his sleep, on 16 November 1973, at the age of 58. Watts’ lectures have found posthumous popularity on the internet, especially on YouTube, after his death.