Quotes by Alan Watts

"Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth."
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"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."
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"Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun."
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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 it is play."
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"The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves."
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Books by Alan Watts

  • The Way of Zen
  • 18,076 ratings
  • January 26th 1999 by Vintage

    (first published 1957)

  • Out of Your Mind
  • 2,575 ratings
  • April 1st 2004 by Sounds True

    (first published 1998)

  • Does It Matter?
  • 1,159 ratings
  • February 12th 1971 by Vintage

    (first published 1958)

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