Robert M. Pirsig

1928 -

A Quote by Robert M. Pirsig on peace, inner peace, equanimity, calm, and writing

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

Robert M. Pirsig (1928 -)

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A Quote by Robert M. Pirsig on truth, reality, seeking, and enlightenment

I've wondered why it took us so long to catch on. We saw it and yet we didn't see it. Or rather we were trained not to see it. Conned, perhaps, into thinking that the real action was metropolitan and all this was just boring hinterland. It was a puzzling thing. The truth knocks on the door and you say, "Go away, I'm looking for the truth,'' and so it goes away. Puzzling.

Robert M. Pirsig (1928 -)

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A Quote by Robert M. Pirsig on confidence, dedication, sun, fanaticism, political, religious, dogma, and goals

"You are never dedicated to something that you have complete confidence in. No one is fanatically shouting that the sun is going to rise tomorrow. They know it's going to rise tomorrow. When people are fanatically dedicated to political or religious faiths or any other kind of dogmas or goals, it's always because these dogmas or goals are in doubt."

Robert M. Pirsig (1928 -)

Source: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenence

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A Quote by Robert M. Pirsig on present, now, and hurry

"When are we going to get going?" Chris says.
"What's your hurry?" I ask.
"I just want to get going."
"There's nothing up ahead that's any better than it is right here."

Robert M. Pirsig (1928 -)

Source: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : An Inquiry Into Values

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A Quote by Robert M. Pirsig

The most moral activity of all is the creation of space for life to move around.

Robert M. Pirsig (1928 -)

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A Quote by Robert M. Pirsig

Sanity is not truth. Sanity is conformity to what is socially expected. Truth is sometimes in conformity, sometimes not.

Robert M. Pirsig (1928 -)

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A Quote by Robert M. Pirsig

Cultures are not the source of all morals, only a limited set of morals. Cultures can be graded and judged morally according to their contribution to the evolution of life.

Robert M. Pirsig (1928 -)

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A Quote by Robert M. Pirsig on rules of order, minority, and majority

Rules of Order state that ...
No minority has a right to block a majority from conducting the legal business of the organisation .... but
No majority has a right to prevent a minority from peacefully attempting to become the majority.

Robert M. Pirsig (1928 -)

Source: Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals

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A Quote by Robert M. Pirsig

We want to make good time, but for us now this is measured with emphasis on "good" rather than "time" and when you make that shift in emphasis the whole approach changes.

Robert M. Pirsig (1928 -)

Source: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : An Inquiry Into Values

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A Quote by Robert M. Pirsig on zen and motorcycle maintenance

Now it's become apparent that this [cultural change] isn't a fad that going to go away next year or the year after.  It's here to stay because it's a very serious and important way of looking at things that looks incompatible with reason and order and responsibility but actually is not...  It was an intrusion on his reality.  It just blew a hole right through his whole groovy way of looking at things and he would not face up to it because it seemed to threaten his whole lifestyle.

Robert M. Pirsig (1928 -)

Source: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values

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