The Top 10 Best Alan Watts Quotes

“Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun.” 
― 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

“Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.” 
― 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

“You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself.” 
― Alan Watts

“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.” 
― Alan Watts

“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.” 
― Alan Watts

“We are living in a culture entirely hypnotized by the illusion of time, in which the so-called present moment is felt as nothing but an infintesimal hairline between an all-powerfully causative past and an absorbingly important future. We have no present. Our consciousness is almost completely preoccupied with memory and expectation. We do not realize that there never was, is, nor will be any other experience than present experience. We are therefore out of touch with reality. We confuse the world as talked about, described, and measured with the world which actually is. We are sick with a fascination for the useful tools of names and numbers, of symbols, signs, conceptions and ideas.” 
― Alan Watts

“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.” 
― Alan Watts

“Like too much alcohol,self-consciousness makes us see ourselves double, and we make the double image for two selves – mental and material, controlling and controlled, reflective and spontaneous. Thus instead of suffering we suffer about suffering, and suffer about suffering about suffering.” 
― Alan Watts