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The sound of the rain needs no translation. - Alan Watts

The sound of the rain needs no translation.

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Normally, we do not so much look at things as overlook them. - Alan Watts

Normally, we do not so much look at things as overlook them.

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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.

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No one imagines that a symphony is supposed to improve as it goes along, or that the whole object of playing is to reach the finale. The point of music is discovered in every moment of playing and listening to it. It is the same, I feel, with the greater part of our lives, and if we are unduly absorbed in improving them we may forget altogether to live them.

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More and more we try to effect an adaptation to life by means of external gadgets and attempt to solve our problems by conscious thinking rather than unconscious 'know-how'. This is much less to our advantage than we like to suppose.

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Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment. - Alan Watts

Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment.

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Like love, the light or guidance of truth that influences us exists only in living form, not in principles or rules or expectations or advice, however widely circulated.

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Life is not a problem to be solved, but an experience to be had. - Alan Watts

Life is not a problem to be solved, but an experience to be had.

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Life is like music for its own sake. We are living in an eternal now, and when we listen to music we are not listening to the past, we are not listening to the future, we are listening to an expanded present.

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Never pretend to a love which you do not actually feel, for love is not ours to command. - Alan Watts

Never pretend to a love which you do not actually feel, for love is not ours to command.

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If you love a person, you say to that person: "Look, I love you, whatever that may be. I've seen quite a bit of it and I know there's lots that I haven't seen, but still it's you and I want you to be what you want to be. And I won't be happy if I've got you in a cage. You'd be a bird without song."

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Life and love generate effort but effort will not generate them. - Alan Watts

Life and love generate effort but effort will not generate them.

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It is the seeker, who understands there is more than what meets the eye, who is not afraid and makes the choice to go into the unknown. The process of awaking has begun, the discovery is underway.

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If you can't meditate in a boiler room, you can't meditate. - Alan Watts

If you can't meditate in a boiler room, you can't meditate.

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If we want justice for minorities and cooled wars with our natural enemies, whether human or nonhuman, we must first come to terms with the minority wand the enemy in ourselves and in our own hearts, for the rascal is there as much as anywhere in the 'external' world - especially when you realize that the world outside your skin is as much yourself as the world inside.

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I seem to be a brief light that flashes but once in all the aeons of time a rare, complicated, and all-too-delicate organism on the fringe of biological evolution, where the wave of life bursts into individual, sparkling, and multicoloured drops that gleam for a moment... only to vanish forever.

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I have realised that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.

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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

Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way...

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And so when the essential idea of love is lost there comes talk of fidelity. Actually, the only possible basis for two beings, male and female, to relate to each other is to grant each other total freedom.

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You can't make love without art. - Alan Watts

You can't make love without art.

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

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Sexual love is a troubled and problematic relationship in cultures where there is a strong sense of man's separation from nature, especially when the realm of nature is felt to be inferior or contaminated with evil.

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So then, the relationship of self to other is the complete realization that loving yourself is impossible without loving everything defined as other than yourself.

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

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

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The problem is to overcome the ingrained disbelief in the power of winning nature by love, in the gentle way of turning with the skid, of controlling ourselves by cooperating with ourselves.

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