Human desire tends to be insatiable.

- Alan Watts

When you find out that there was never anything in the dark side to be afraid of … Nothing is left but to love.

- Alan Watts

Only doubtful truths need defense.

- Alan Watts

You don’t look out there for God, something in the sky, you look in you.

- Alan Watts

The difficulty for most of us in the modern world is that the old-fashioned idea of God has become incredible or implausible.

- Alan Watts

You are that vast thing that you see far, far off with great telescopes.

- Alan Watts

My death will be the disappearance of a particular pattern in the water.

- Alan Watts

People become concerned with being more humble than other people.

- Alan Watts

There was a young man who said though, it seems that I know that I know, but what I would like to see is the I that knows me when I know that I know that I know.

- Alan Watts

The myths underlying our culture and underlying our common sense have not taught us to feel identical with the universe, but only parts of it, only in it, only confronting it – aliens.

- Alan Watts

Faith is a state of openness or trust.

- Alan Watts

Just as money is not real, consumable wealth, books are not life. To idolize scriptures is like eating paper currency.

- Alan Watts

The clash between science and religion has not shown that religion is false and science is true. It has shown that all systems of definition are relative to various purposes, and that none of them actually “grasp” reality.

- Alan Watts

You’re under no obligation to be the same person you were 5 minutes ago.

- Alan Watts

Buddhism has in it no idea of there being a moral law laid down by some kind of cosmic lawgiver.

- Alan Watts

I find that the sensation of myself as an ego inside a bag of skin is really a hallucination.

- Alan Watts

It’s better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing, than a long life spent in a miserable way.

- Alan Watts

Our pleasures are not material pleasures, but symbols of pleasure – attractively packaged but inferior in content.

- Alan Watts

Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.

- Alan Watts

Jesus was not the man he was as a result of making Jesus Christ his personal savior.

- Alan Watts

We identify in our experience a differentiation between what we do and what happens to us.

- Alan Watts

Saints need sinners.

- Alan Watts

Wars based on principle are far more destructive… the attacker will not destroy that which he is after.

- 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

The more a thing tends to be permanent, the more it tends to be lifeless.

- Alan Watts

Every intelligent individual wants to know what makes him tick, and yet is at once fascinated and frustrated by the fact that oneself is the most difficult of all things to know.

- Alan Watts

When we attempt to exercise power or control over someone else, we cannot avoid giving that person the very same power or control over us.

- Alan Watts

No one is more dangerously insane than one who is sane all the time: he is like a steel bridge without flexibility, and the order of his life is rigid and brittle.

- Alan Watts

Technology is destructive only in the hands of people who do not realize that they are one and the same process as the universe.

- Alan Watts

I owe my solitude to other people.

- Alan Watts

Words can be communicative only between those who share similar experiences.

- Alan Watts

I have no other self than the totality of things of which I am aware.

- Alan Watts

The menu is not the meal.

- Alan Watts

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.

- Alan Watts

The religious idea of God cannot do full duty for the metaphysical infinity.

- Alan Watts

One is a great deal less anxious if one feels perfectly free to be anxious, and the same may be said of guilt.

- Alan Watts

Society is our extended mind and body.

- 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

Hospitals should be arranged in such a way as to make being sick an interesting experience. One learns a great deal sometimes from being sick.

- Alan Watts

If we cling to belief in God, we cannot likewise have faith, since faith is not clinging but letting go.

- Alan Watts