Alan Watts Quotes (75 quotes)
“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”
The Wisdom of Insecurity (1951), p. 43
“How is it possible that a being with such sensitive jewels as the eyes, such enchanted musical instruments as the ears, and such fabulous arabesque of nerves as the brain can experience itself anything less than a god.”
The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are [first published in 1966] (Vintage reissue, 1989), p. 137
As quoted in: "Final Secret of Illumiati" by Robert Anton Wilson, New Falcon Publications, 1991 , p. 32 - ISBN: 9780941404464. Similar quote on "What Is Zen?" by Alan Watts: "The world is a Rorschach blot, full of movement and wiggles."
“A philosopher is a sort of intellectual yokel who gawks at things that sensible people take for granted.”
Eastern Wisdom, Modern Life: Collected Talks 1960–1980, Alan Watts, New World Library, 2011 edition, p. 73 - ISBN: 9781577319221
The essence of Alan Watts by Alan Watts (1977), p. 74 - ISBN: 9780890872109
“Zen... does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.”
The Way of Zen, Pt. 2, Ch. 2 (1957)
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Born: January 6, 1915
Died: November 16, 1973 (aged 58)
Bio: Alan Wilson Watts was a British philosopher, writer, and speaker, best known as an interpreter and populariser of Eastern philosophy for a Western audience. Born in Chislehurst, he moved to the United States in 1938 and began Zen training in New York. Pursuing a career, he attended Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, where he received a master's degree in theology.