Alan Wilson Watts was a British philosopher, writer, and speaker, best known as an interpreter and populariser of Eastern philosophy for a Western audience.
Quotes by Alan Watts
The ego is nothing other than the focus of conscious attention. You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean. 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. But at any rate, the point is that God is what nobody admits to being, and everybody really is. 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. 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. Religion is not a department of life; it is something that enters into the whole of it. 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. Some believe all that parents, tutors, and kindred believe. They take their principles by inheritance, and defend them as they would their estates, because they are born heirs to them. Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.