Alan Watts Quotes About Life, Contentment, Problems And Rest

It's not for nothing that we cover Alan Watts so often on our blog. It is his continuing relevance. In fact, his philosophical views may be more relevant today than ever before. For that reason, here's a small but sweet listing of some of his best quotes.

For each quote mentioned here, there is already a detailed interpretation on our blog, these are also linked in each case. In this sense, I hope you enjoy reading and who knows, maybe the one or the other quote will help you to step through life a little more relaxed.

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

Alan Watts

Nothing exists without change. In conclusion, things that are permanent, such as mountains, houses or other constructs, tend to be lifeless. So if you want to bring more life into your everyday life, you could try to do that by making it more varied, more erratic or simply more flexible. If you want to have a more exact interpretation of this quote just have a look at here over.

“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

You may think that you act independently of external circumstances. But in fact, your actions are a direct result of the actions of your environment. Whether you are thinking about writing a book, taking up sports or something completely different: the ideas for this always come from the environment. But also our environment did not invent these "ideas", but carries out the doing and doing of their environment. Of course, this is difficult to explain here in a few sentences. For a more exact explanation, look nevertheless in our article about this quote over.

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"The mystery of life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced."

alan watts

Even though the original author of this quote was Søren Kierkegaard, I find Alan Watts' explanation and approach incredibly fitting. Far too often we think of life as a mystery to be solved. However, there is no great hidden mystery at the end of life to explore. To live is to experience and enjoy every single day to the fullest. After all, the next day is never certain and we should use the days we have wisely.

Since Simon and I both thought this quote was so good, we each wrote an article on it as well. Feel free to browse through both.
Simon's article
Luke article

“Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.”

Alan watts

Who does not know it, to have a problem. Let's assume that this problem is like a scab on a freshly healing wound. We could let the problem go and concentrate on other things. Of course, you can't carelessly ignore all problems. But if you put a band-aid on the wound, you leave it alone.

With our problems, however, we tend to think about them endlessly. Thoughts that ultimately change nothing. Often we become active without thinking, hoping to solve the problem. But just as we should leave the crust of the wound alone so that the wound heals, we must also learn to let things take their course with certain problems.

But not only problems. Many things in our lives require much less attention than we often think. How to let these things rest, you will learn here more accurate.

I hope you enjoyed the quotes and maybe even awakened the desire in you to shape your life a little differently, if you are currently not completely satisfied with it.

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