What keeps us from happiness is our inability to fully inhabit the present.
Other Alan Watts quotes:
By going out of your mind, you come to your senses.
Nothing satisfies an individual incapable of enjoyment.
When a man no longer confuses himself with the definition of himself that others have given him, he is at once universal and unique.
All that you see out in front of you is how you feel inside your head.
The best way to convince someone is by making him realize that what you speak came from his own mind.
Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way.
The difference between a baby and adult is that a baby believes in everything while the adult doubts everything. Babies also only tell the truth until they learn what a lie is.
For there is never anything but the present, and if one cannot live there, one cannot live anywhere.
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.
The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.