Robert M. Pirsig Quotes (48 Quotes)

    What the Metaphysics of Quality would do is take this separate category, Quality, and show how it contains within itself both subjects and objects. The Metaphysics of Quality would show how things become enormously more coherent fabulously more coherent when you start with an assumption that Quality is the primary empirical reality of the world.... ... but showing that, of course, was a very big job.

    The only Zen you can find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.

    We keep passing unseen through little moments of other people's lives.

    What follows is based on actual occurences. However,it should in no way be associated with that great body of factual information relating to orthodox Zen Buddhist practice. It's not very factual about motorcycles,either.

    Quality is a direct experience independent of and prior to intellectual abstractions.

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

    I go on living, more from force of habit than anything else.

    One geometry cannot be more true than another; it can only be more convenient. Geometry is not true, it is advantageous.

    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.

    It is 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.

    Metaphysics is a restaurant where they give you a thirty thousand page menu, and no food.

    You are never dedicated to something 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..

    Traditional scientific method has always been at the very best, 20 - 20 hindsight. It's good for seeing where you've been. It's good for testing the truth of what you think you know, but it can't tell you where you ought to go.

    The solutions all are simple - after you have arrived at them. But they're simple only when you know already what they are.

    Even though quality cannot be defined, you know what quality is.

    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 live only for some future goal is shallow. It's the sides of the mountain that sustain life, not the top.

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    Sun Tzu - Aristotle - Albert Camus - Xenophanes - Thomas Carlyle - Swami Sivananda - Maimonides - Leo Strauss - Guru Nanak - Democritus

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