By Alan Watts
The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousand fold.
He who is to be a good ruler must have first been ruled.
Man is a goal-seeking animal. His life only has meaning if he is reaching out and striving for his goals.
Without friends, no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.
Men create gods after their own image, not only with regard to their form but with regard to their mode of life.
I have gained this by philosophy that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law.
Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.
For one swallow does not make a summer, nor does one day; and so too one day, or a short time, does not make a man blessed and happy.
All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.
Even when laws have been written down, they ought not always to remain unaltered.
Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities.
A likely impossibility is always preferable to an unconvincing possibility.
Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.
The difference between a learned man and an ignorant one is the same as that between a living man and a corpse.
Comedy aims at representing men as worse, Tragedy as better than in actual life.
Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead.
A tragedy is a representation of an action that is whole and complete and of a certain magnitude. A whole is what has a beginning and middle and end.
Something is infinite if, taking it quantity by quantity, we can always take something outside.
The energy of the mind is the essence of life.