quote by Robert M. Pirsig

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.

— Robert M. Pirsig

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Zen motorcycle maintenance quote Knowledge is learning something every day. Wisdom is letting go of something eve

Knowledge is learning something every day. Wisdom is letting go of something every day.

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The test of the machine is the satisfaction it gives you.

There isn't any other test. If the machine produces tranquility it's right. If it disturbs you it's wrong until either the machine or your mind is changed.

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 motorcycle maintenance quote Zen is not attained by mirror-wiping meditation, but by self-forgetfulness in th

Zen is not attained by mirror-wiping meditation, but by self-forgetfulness in the existential present of life here and now. We do not "come", we "are" Don't strive to become, but be.

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.

My favorite piece of technical writing: Assembly of Japanese bicycle require great peace of mind.

Any effort that has self-glorification as its final endpoint is bound to end in disaster.

Zen motorcycle maintenance quote Do not follow the ideas of others, but learn to listen to the voice within yours

Do not follow the ideas of others, but learn to listen to the voice within yourself.

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.

If you have a high evaluation of yourself then your ability to recognize new facts is weakened.

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.

Zen motorcycle maintenance quote I have lived with several masters - all of them cats.

I have lived with several masters - all of them cats.

If you become restless, speed up. If you become winded, slow down. You climb the mountain in an equilibrium between restlessness and exhaustion.

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

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.

Zen motorcycle maintenance quote Just because she has high standards doesn't mean she’s high maintenance. Don't c

Just because she has high standards doesn't mean she’s high maintenance. Don't confuse the two.

Sometimes it's a little better to travel than to arrive

The more you look, the more you will see.

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

We’re in such a hurry most of the time we never get much chance to talk.

The result is a kind of endless day-to-day shallowness, a monotony that leaves a person wondering years later where all the time went and sorry that it’s all gone.

The Buddha, the Godhead, resides quite as comfortably in the circuits of a digital computer or the gears of a cycle transmission as he does at the top of a mountain or in the petals of a flower. To think otherwise is to demean the Buddha - which is to demean oneself.

Peace of mind produces right values, right values produce right thoughts.

Right thoughts produce right actions.

Civilization, or "the system" or "society" or whatever you want to call it, is best served not by mules but by free men.

You want to know how to paint a perfect painting? It's easy.

Make yourself perfect and then just paint naturally.

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

No one is fanatically shouting that the sun is going to rise tomorrow.

They know it's going to rise tomorrow.

To an experienced Zen Buddhist, asking if one believes in Zen or one believes in the Buddha, sounds a little ludicrous, like asking if one believes in air or water. Similarly Quality is not something you believe in, Quality is something you experience.

Quality tends to fan out like waves.

A motorcycle functions entirely in accordance with the laws of reason, and a study of the art of motorcycle maintenance is really a miniature study of the art of rationality itself.

Absence of Quality is the essence of squareness.

If someone's ungrateful and you tell him he's ungrateful, okay, you've called him a name. You haven't solved anything.

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.

An egoless acceptance of stuckness is a key to an understanding of all Quality.

What we think of as reality is a continuous synthesis of elements from a fixed hierarchy of a priori concepts and the ever changing data of the senses.

Quality... you know what it is, yet you don't know what it is.

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

Now, to take that which has caused us to create the world, and include it within the world we have created, is clearly impossible. This is why Quality cannot be defined. If we do define it, we are defining something less than Quality itself.

There's so much talk about the system. And so little understanding.

Mental reflection is so much more interesting than TV it's a shame more people don't switch over to it.

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