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22 Thought-Provoking Quotes from The Wisdom of Insecurity by Allan Watts

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In his book, ‘The Wisdom of Insecurity’ Allan Watts mainly discusses how modern society lives for a future that doesn’t exist. He wonders why most people want to live a secure life in an uncertain world. Allan believes the best way to live is by living in the now, because ‘the now’ is the only moment we can truly experience. Besides this, he teaches that we suffer because we separate ourselves from our experiences.

I read the book thrice and noted down the following thought-provoking quotes from it.

  1. “To stand face to face with insecurity is still not to understand it. To understand it you must be it.” (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity)
  2. “It must be obvious, from the start, that there is a contradiction in wanting to be perfectly secure in a universe whose very nature is momentariness and fluidity.” (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).”
  3. “The question, “what shall we do about it? Is only asked by those who don’t understand the problem. If a problem can be solved at all, to understand it and to know what to do about it are the same thing.” (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  4. “Most of us believe in order to feel secure and make our individual lives seem valuable and meaningful. Belief has thus become an attempt to hang on to life, to grasp and keep it for one’s own.” (Allan Watts, the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  5. “If my happiness at this moment consists largely in reviewing happy memories and expectations, I am but dimly aware of this present moment. I shall still be dimly aware of the present when the good things that I have been expecting come to pass.” (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  6. “If happiness always depends on something expected in the future, we are chasing a will-o’-the-wisp that ever eludes our grasp.” (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  7. “Most atheists and agnostics are neurotic, whereas most simple Catholics are happy and at peace with themselves.” (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  8. “Religious ideas are like words – of little use, and often misleading, unless you know the concrete reality to which they refer.” (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  9. “If science cannot prove there is no God, we can try to live and act on the bare chance that he may exist after all.” (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  10. “The common error of ordinary religious practice is to mistake the symbol for the reality. (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity). ”
  11. “Because life is likewise a flowing process, change and death are its necessary parts. To work for their exclusion is to work against life.’ (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  12. ‘If I am so busy planning how to eat next week that I cannot fully enjoy what I am eating now, I will be in the same predicament when next week’s meals become “now.” (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  13. “The future is quite meaningless and unimportant unless, sooner or later, it’s going to become the present.” (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  14. “To resist change. To try to cling to life, is therefore like holding your breath: if you persist you kill yourself.” (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  15. “The miracles of technology cause us to live in a hectic, clockwork world that does violence to human biology, enabling us to do nothing but pursue the future faster and faster.’ (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  16. “The brain can only assume its proper behavior when consciousness is doing what it’s designed for: not writhing and whirling to get out of present experience, but being effortlessly aware of it.” (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  17. ‘Reality or, if you will, God cannot be comprehended by the finite mind.” (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  18. “You will cease to feel isolated when you recognize, for example, that you do not have a sensation of the sky, you are that sensation.” (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  19. “Because the future is everlastingly unattainable, and like the dangled carrot, always ahead of the donkey, the fulfillment of the divine purpose does not lie in the future. It is found in the present.” (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  20. “The working inhabitants of a modern city are people who live inside a machine to be batted around by its wheels. They spend their days in activities which largely boil down to counting and measuring, living in a world of rationalized abstraction which has little relation to or harmony with the great biological rhythms and processes.” (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  21. “The function of the brain is to serve the present and the real, not to send man chasing wildly after the phantom of the future.” (Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).
  22. “The desire for security and the feeling of insecurity are the same thing.”(Allan Watts; the Wisdom of Insecurity).

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21 Life Changing Marisa Peer Quotes

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Marisa Peer is a therapist, best-selling author, and motivational speaker. She loves helping people overcome problems and live a good life. Her teachings are life-changing, and for this reason, I have compiled some of her best quotes.

  1. ‘Every thought you think and every word you say forms a blueprint and your mind must work to make that blueprint real.’
  2. ‘Successful people do what they hate to get to where they want to be.’
  3. ‘You make your beliefs and then your beliefs make you.’
  4. ‘When you believe in you, everyone else believes in you.’
  5. ‘The first rule of your mind is, what you expect you realize, so expect amazing things.’
  6. ‘Celebrities don’t take no for an answer.’
  7. ‘Belief without talent will take you far further than talent without belief. But if you have both you can go far.’
  8. ‘There’s nothing that builds you up the way self-praise does.’
  9. ‘Don’t fear fear. The only fear to fear is fear itself.’
  10. ‘Form a partnership with your brain, communicate with it better.’
  11. ‘What you want, wants you, and what you are moving towards is moving towards you.’
  12. ‘People who fail, give up their dreams because they link pain to them.’
  13. ‘When you can collaborate with your mind and tell it what you want, you will get what you want.’
  14. ‘Babies don’t have fear. Therefore, so many fears we have are acquired.’
  15. ‘With fear, you always have two choices; rationalize it or talk yourself out of it.’
  16. ‘If you want to be happy, praise yourself a lot.’
  17. ‘You need to put your effort into falling in love with you and then the world will change so dramatically.’
  18. ‘People who are very successful never ever wait for motivation. They do it because when you do it you become motivated.’
  19. ‘Once you believe in yourself it doesn’t really matter what other people think.’
  20. ‘Find what you love and be brilliant at it.’
  21. ‘They (successful people) get rejected but they come back over and over again.

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18 Most Mind-Opening Tai Lopez Quotes – (Net worth – $60 Million)

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Tai Lopez is an amazing entrepreneur and motivational speaker who loves teaching about success. His motivating teachings have earned him millions of followers on social media.

Tai Lopez believes books are crucial for one’s success because they make you quickly learn what the authors took a long period to learn. Moreover, he trusts that they make you work hard in the right direction.

Most of his advice is inspirational, and he’s one of my best personal development teachers. Here are 18 of his most mind-opening quotes I would love to share with you.

  1. ‘They day you admit you are lost is the day you allow yourself to be found by people who can give you a tip.’
  2. ‘One thing that people who are highly successful do that you can copy is figuring out as quickly as possible what your destiny is.’
  3. ‘Remember, everybody wants the good life, but not everybody is willing to read to get it. You must read more.’
  4. ‘You have to know how to find motivation deep within yourself. Once you have motivation, you have no problem with procrastination.’
  5. ‘What’s really important is to have a deep understanding and a deep skill-set that is scarce and in demand. This skill-set will make you twice the money, three times the money, hundred times the money you are making now.’
  6. ‘Become a learning machine and a person who invests in themselves.’
  7. ‘Humans are different because we have powerful minds.’
  8. ‘You can’t start out at the top. You start out at the bottom.’
  9. ‘What changed my life was knowing how to motivate myself.’
  10. ‘Know this about life. There are vast amounts of horrible people in this world. And there is only a small sliver, a needle in a haystack, of good people. Your ability to find those good people is the single biggest predictor of the quality of the rest of your life.’
  11. ‘Find somebody that is motivated from within, and spend all the time you can around them.’
  12. ‘If you can’t sit down and read. There’s no solution for you. You will always be poor.’
  13. ‘Everybody wants the good life but not everybody is willing to toughen up to get the good life. You must toughen up.’
  14. ‘The ultimate adventure to me is trying to get insight and see life as a puzzle and my goal in life is to seek the adventures that piece the puzzle together.’
  15. ‘Money doesn’t bring happiness, but the absence of money brings unhappiness.’
  16. ‘My second mentor told me, ‘before you can fix where you are, you have to understand how you got to where you are.’
  17. ‘The goal of life is to enjoy your life. To do something important.’
  18. ‘There is magic in investing in yourself.’

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