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To feel life is meaningless unless "I" can be permanent is like having desperately fallen in love with an inch. - Alan Watts

To feel life is meaningless unless "I" can be permanent is like having desperately fallen in love with an inch.

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The destination of life is this eternal moment. - Alan Watts

The destination of life is this eternal moment.

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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.

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The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. - Alan Watts

The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple.

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The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events--that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies--and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.

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The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.

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The point, which can hardly be repeated too often, is that differentiation is not separation. The head and the feet are different, but not separate, and though man is not connected to the universe by exactly the same physical relation as branch to tree or feet to head, he is nonetheless connected - and by physical relations of fascinating complexity.

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Tomorrow and plans for tomorrow can have no significance at all unless you are in full contact with the reality of the present, since it is in the present and only in the present that you live. There is no other reality than present reality, so that, even if one were to live for endless ages, to live for the future would be to miss the point everlastingly.

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What are plants doing? What are plants all about? They serve human beings by being decorative, but what is it from its own point of view? It's using up air; it's using up energy. It's really not doing anything except being ornamental. And yet here's this whole vegetable world, cactus plants, trees, roses, tulips, and edible vegetables, like cabbages, celery, lettuce - they're all doing this dance.

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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.

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To resist change, to try to cling to life is therefore like holding your breath: if you persist you kill yourself.

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There is no formula for generating the authentic warmth of love. It cannot be copied. You cannot talk yourself into it or rouse it by straining at the emotions or by dedicating yourself solemnly to the service of mankind. Everyone has love, but it can only come out when he is convinced of the impossibility and the frustration of trying to love himself. This conviction will not come through condemnations, through hating oneself, through calling self-love bad names in the universe. It comes only in the awareness that one has no self to love.

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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.

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The power of memories and expectations is such that for most human beings, the past and the future are not as real, but rather more real than the present.

Alan Watts
There is no formula for generating the authentic warmth of love. It cannot be copied. - Alan Watts

There is no formula for generating the authentic warmth of love. It cannot be copied.

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

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.

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When death comes, it's just like winter. We don't say, There ought not to be winter. That the winter season, when the leaves fall and the snow comes, is some kind of defeat, something which we should hold out against. No. Winter is part of the natural course of events. No winter, no summer. No cold, no heat.

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You don't look out there for God, something in the sky, you look in you. - Alan Watts

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

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Life and love generate effort, but effort will not generate them. Faith-in life, in other people, and in oneself-is the attitude of allowing the spontaneous to be spontaneous, in its own way and in its own time.

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