We cannot be more sensitive to pleasure without being more sensitive to pain.

Alan Watts

Alan Watts

Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: American

Some suggestions for you :

You don't understand the basic assumptions of your own culture if your own culture is the only culture you know.

What is real, if you have decided to live in the dimension of space and time, is muscle and nerve.

The power of memories and expectations is such that for most human beings the past and the future are not as real, but more real than the present. The present cannot be lived happily unless the past has been cleared up and the future is bright with promise.

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

The menu is not the meal.

Really, the fundamental, ultimate mystery -- the only thing you need to know to understand the deepest metaphysical secrets -- is this: that for every outside there is an inside and for every inside there is an outside, and although they are different, they go together.

Evil read backwards is live. Demon est deus inversus.

The ego is nothing other than the focus of conscious attention.

Wonder, and its expression in poetry and the arts, are among the most important things which seem to distinguish men from other animals, and intelligent and sensitive people from morons.

Being high on LSD and drunk on bourbon. True, no one in either state should drive a car, but neither should one drive while reading a book, playing a violin, or making love.

Today we hear a lot of songs about love, and the mention of the big love thing on the way. You know what I would do? I would buy a gun and bar my door because I would know there is a storm of hypocrisy brewing.

We do not dance to reach a certain point on the floor, but simply to dance. Energy itself, as William Blake said, is eternal delight—and all life is to be lived in the spirit of rapt absorption in an arabesque of rhythms.

Like words, memories never really succeed in catching reality.

Only words and conventions can isolate us from the entirely undefinable something which is everything.