Alan W. Watts
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"We cannot be more sensitive to pleasure without being more sensitive to pain."
"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 only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"A scholar tries to learn something everyday; a student of Buddhism tries to unlearn something daily."
"You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean."
"The more a thing tends to be permanent, the more it tends to be lifeless."
"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."
"Problems that remain persistently insoluble should always be suspected as questions asked in the wrong way."
"Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone."
"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."