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  • Quality tends to fan out like waves.

    Quality   Fans   Wave  
    "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance". Book by Robert M. Pirsig, 1974.
  • Any effort that has self-glorification as its final endpoint is bound to end in disaster.

    Failure   Self   Effort  
  • The truth knocks on the door and you say, go away, I'm looking for the truth, and it goes away. Puzzling.

    Robert M. Pirsig (2009). “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values”, p.6, Harper Collins
  • The real purpose of the scientific method is to make sure nature hasn’t misled you into thinking you know something you actually don’t know.

    Nature   Real   Thinking  
  • I think this fear of insanity is comparable to the fear people once had of falling off the edge of the world. Or the fear of heretics...What's happening is that each year our old flat earth of conventional reason becomes less and less adequate to handle the experiences we have and this is creating wide-spread feelings of topsy-turviness. As a result we're getting more and more people in irrational areas of thought...occultism, mysticism, drug changes and the like...because they feel an inadequacy in classical reason to handle what they know are real experiences.

    Real   Fall   Thinking  
    "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance". Book by Robert M. Pirsig, 1974.
  • You look at where you're going and where you are and it never makes sense, but then you look back at where you've been and a pattern seems to emerge.

    "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance". Book by Robert M. Pirsig, 1974.
  • If you have a high evaluation of yourself then your ability to recognize new facts is weakened.

  • The ultimate test's always your own serenity. If you don't have this when you start and maintain it while you're working you're likely to build your personal problems right into the machine itself.

  • If a revolution destroys a systematic government, but the systematic patterns of thought that produced that government are left intact, then those patterns will repeat themselves in the succeeding government.

    "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance". Book by Robert M. Pirsig, 1974.
  • Mental reflection is so much more interesting than TV it's a shame more people don't switch over to it.

  • The idea that the majority of students attend a university for an education independent of the degree and grades is a hypocrisy everyone is happier not to expose. Occasionally some students do arrive for an education but rote and mechanical nature of the institution soon converts them to a less idealic attitude

  • Other people can talk about how to expand the destiny of mankind. I just want to talk about how to fix a motorcycle. I think that what I have to say has more lasting value.

    Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance pt. 3, ch. 25 (1974)
  • Peace of mind produces right values, right values produce right thoughts. Right thoughts produce right actions and right actions produce work which will be a material reflection for others to see of the serenity at the center of it all.

  • We take a handful of sand from the endless landscape of awareness around us and call that handful of sand the world.

  • So round and round you go, spinning mental wheels and nowhere finding anyplace to get traction. What the hell...is it?

    Spinning   Wheels   Hell  
  • Sometimes it's a little better to travel than to arrive

  • The real cycle you're working on is a cycle called yourself.

    "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values (ZAMM)". Book by Robert M. Pirsig, 1974.
  • Civilization, or "the system" or "society" or whatever you want to call it, is best served not by mules but by free men.

    Men   Civilization   Want  
  • If your mind is truly, profoundly stuck, then it might be much better off than when it was loaded with ideas

    Ideas   Mind   Might  
  • The best students always are flunking. Every good teacher knows that.

  • That's all the motorcycle is, a system of concepts worked out in steel.

    "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values". Book by Robert M. Pirsig, 1974.
  • …the doctrinal differences between Hinduism and Buddhism and Taoism are not anywhere near as important as doctrinal differences among Christianity and Islam and Judaism. Holy wars are not fought over them because verbalized statements about reality are never presumed to be reality itself.

    War   Buddhism   Reality  
  • Talk about rationality can get very confusing unless the things with which rationality deals are also included.

    "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance". Book by Robert M. Pirsig, 1974.
  • You want to know how to paint a perfect painting? It's easy. Make yourself perfect and then just paint naturally.

    Perfect   Want   Painting  
  • My favorite piece of technical writing: Assembly of Japanese bicycle require great peace of mind.

    Peace   Writing   Mind  
  • When you live in the shadow of insanity, the appearance of another mind that thinks and talks as yours does is something close to a blessed event.

  • The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart and head and hands.

    "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance". Book by Robert M. Pirsig, 1974.
  • If you become restless, speed up. If you become winded, slow down. You climb the mountain in an equilibrium between restlessness and exhaustion.

    "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance". Book by Robert M. Pirsig, 1974.
  • Absence of Quality is the essence of squareness.

  • Who really can face the future? All you can do is project from the past, even when the past shows that such projections are often wrong. And who really can forget the past? What else is there to know?

    Past   Faces   Forget  
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