Robert M. Pirsig

1928 -

A Quote by Robert M. Pirsig on change, quality, value, and values

I think that if we are going to reform the world, and make it a better place to live in, the way to do it is not to talk about relationships of political nature, which are inevitably dualistic, full of subjects and objects and their relationship to one another; or with programs full of things for other people to do. I think that kind of approach starts it at the end and presumes the end is the beginning. Programs of a political nature are important end products of social quality that can be effective only if the underlying structure of social values is right. The social values are right only if the individual values are right. The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart and head and hands, and then to work outward from there. 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.

Robert M. Pirsig (1928 -)

Source: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : An Inquiry Into Values, Pages: 297

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A Quote by Robert M. Pirsig on truth

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The truth came knocking at my door, and I said, "Go away! I'm looking for the truth!" And so it did.

Robert M. Pirsig (1928 -)

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

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

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 pirsig, zen, art, and motorcycle maintenance

Even in the presence of others he was completely alone.

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 pirsig, zen, art, and motorcycle maintenance

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

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 pirsig, zen, art, and motorcycle maintenance

Not everyone understands what a completely rational process this is, this maintenance of a motorcycle. They think it's some kind of a "knack" or some kind of "affinity for machines" in operation. They are right, but the knack is almost purely a process of reason, and most of the troubles are caused by what old time radio men called a "short between the earphones," failures to use the head properly. 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. I said yesterday that the ghost of rationality was what Phædrus pursued and what led to his insanity, but to get into that it's vital to stay with down-to-earth examples of rationality, so as not to get lost in generalities no one else can understand. Talk about rationality can get very confusing unless the things with which rationality deals are also included.

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 pirsig, zen, art, and motorcycle maintenance

In our highly complex organic state we advanced organisms respond to our environment with an invention of many marvelous analogues. We invent earth and heavens, trees, stones and oceans, gods, music, arts, language, philosophy, engineering, civilization and science. We call these analogues reality. And they are reality. We mesmerize our children in the name of truth into knowing that they are reality. We throw anyone who does not accept these analogues into an insane asylum. But that which causes us to invent the analogues is Quality. Quality is the continuing stimulus which our environment puts upon us to create the world in which we live. All of it. Every last bit of it.

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 pirsig, zen, art, and motorcycle maintenance

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

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 pirsig, zen, art, and motorcycle maintenance

The mythos-over-logos argument points to the fact that each child is born as ignorant as any caveman. What keeps the world from reverting to the Neandertal with each generation is the continuing, ongoing mythos, transformed into logos but still mythos, the huge body of common knowledge that unites our minds as cells are united in the body of man. To feel that one is not so united, that one can accept or discard this mythos as one pleases, is not to understand what the mythos is.

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

Even in the presence of others he was completely alone.

Robert M. Pirsig (1928 -)

Source: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

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