motorcycle maintenance

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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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

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

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 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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