Words of Wisdom for Aspiring Artists

“Alan Watts was a British philosopher who spoke about Asian philosophies for a Western audience. He wrote over 25 books and was an excellent orator on topics such as the meaning of life, higher consciousness, the true nature of reality and the pursuit of happiness.”


“Advice? I don’t have advice. Stop aspiring and start writing. If you’re writing, you’re a writer. Write like you’re a goddamn death row inmate and the governor is out of the country and there’s no chance for a pardon. Write like you’re clinging to the edge of a cliff, white knuckles, on your last breath, and you’ve got just one last thing to say, like you’re a bird flying over us and you can see everything, and please, for God’s sake, tell us something that will save us from ourselves. Take a deep breath and tell us your deepest, darkest secret, so we can wipe our brow and know that we’re not alone. Write like you have a message from the king. Or don’t. Who knows, maybe you’re one of the lucky ones who doesn’t have to.” -Alan Watts


This is an excerpt from the article: 25 Alan Watts Quotes That Will Blow Your Mind Wide Open
By Universe Insider – May 7, 2017

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6 responses

  1. There is no one more responsible for my current world view than Alan Watts. That he died a drunken death is irrelevant…I chalk that up to something similar to the fate of the equally drunken Tibetan guru, Chogyam Trungpa (and yes, they were friends and almost certainly drinking buddies). Trungpa called his unorthodox take on dharma “crazy wisdom”. Watts didn’t need to call it anything…he just lived and loved the act of living.

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    • This article was my first encounter with Watts, surprisingly, other than hearing his name mentioned in every meaningful Buddhist essay I’ve read. I’m a quick study when it comes to uptake of information but slow when it comes to acknowledging suggestions. My loss. I better check out Trungpa, too, I bet.

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