Alan Watts Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old alan watts quotes, alan watts sayings, and alan watts proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.     

Alan Watts

Things are as they are. Looking out into it the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations.     

Alan Watts

Buddha's doctrine: Man suffers because of his craving to possess and keep forever things which are essentially impermanent... this frustration of the desire to possess is the immediate cause of suffering.     

Alan Watts

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

Alan Watts

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.     

Alan Watts

Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment.     

Alan Watts

There is a deep, peaceful calm in the dawning of a new day.     

Alan Watts

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.     

Alan Watts

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

Alan Watts

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.     

Alan Watts

Never pretend to a love which you do not actually feel, for love is not ours to command.     

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

Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.     

Alan Watts

The style of God venerated in the church, mosque, or synagogue seems completely different from the style of the natural universe.     

Alan Watts

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

Alan Watts

Anxiety is the fear that one of a pair of opposites might cancel the other. Forever.     

Alan Watts

But to me nothing, the negative, the empty, is exceedingly powerful.     

Alan Watts

Stop measuring days by degree of productivity and start experiencing them by degree of presence.     

Alan Watts

Never pretend to a love which you do not actually feel, for love is not ours to command.     

Alan Watts

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.     

Alan Watts

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

Alan Watts

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.     

Alan Watts

Enlightenment or awakening is not the creation of a new state of affairs but the recognition of what already is.     

Alan Watts

Spiritual awakening is the difficult process whereby the increasing realisation that everything is as wrong as it can be flips suddenly into the realisation that everything is as right is it can be. Or better, everything is as It as it can be.     

Alan Watts

Real travel requires a maximum of unscheduled wandering, for there is no other way of discovering surprises and marvels, which, as I see it, is the only good reason for not staying at home.     

Alan Watts

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.     

Alan Watts

The religious idea of God cannot do full duty for the metaphysical infinity.     

Alan Watts

The difficulty for most of us in the modern world is that the old-fashioned idea of God has become incredible or implausible.     

Alan Watts

Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.     

Alan Watts

Taoism is a way of liberation, which never comes by means of revolution, since it is notorious that most revolutions establish worse tyrannies than they destroy.     

Alan Watts