Robert M. Pirsig Famous Quotes & Sayings

100 Robert M. Pirsig Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

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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. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: The test of the machine is the satisfaction it gives you. There isn't any other
It's better not to see than to see wrongly. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: It's better not to see than to see wrongly.
It's been necessary since before the time of Socrates to reject the passions, the emotions, in order to free the rational mind for an understanding of nature's order which was as yet unknown. Now it's time to further an understanding of nature's order by reassimilating those passions which were originally fled from. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: It's been necessary since before the time of Socrates to reject the passions, the emotions,
Any person of any philosophic persuasion who sits on a hot stove will verify without any intellectual argument whatsoever that he is in an undeniably low-quality situation: that the value of his predicament is negative. This low quality is not just a vague, woolly-headed, crypto-religious, metaphysical abstraction. It is an experience. It is not a judgment about an experience. It is not a description of experience. The value itself is an experience. As such it is completely predictable. It is verifiable by anyone who cares to do so. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: Any person of any philosophic persuasion who sits on a hot stove will verify without
The birth of a new fact is always a wonderful thing to experience. It's dualistically called a "discovery" because of the presumption that it has an existence independent of anyone's awareness of it. When it comes along, it always has, at first, a low value. Then, depending on the value-looseness of the observer and the potential quality of the fact, its value increases, either slowly or rapidly, or the value wanes and the fact disappears. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: The birth of a new fact is always a wonderful thing to experience. It's dualistically
Communism and socialism, programs for intellectual control over society ... fascism, a program for the social control of intellect. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: Communism and socialism, programs for intellectual control over society ... fascism, a program for the
... the doctrinal differences between Hinduism and Buddhism and Taoism are not anywhere near as important as doctrinal differences among Christianity and Islam and Judaism. Holy wars are not fought over them because verbalized statements about reality are never presumed to be reality itself. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: ... the doctrinal differences between Hinduism and Buddhism and Taoism are not anywhere near as
Quality tends to fan out like waves. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: Quality tends to fan out like waves.
the competence of a speaker has no relevance to the truth Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: the competence of a speaker has no relevance to the truth
After a while you may find that the nibbles you get are more interesting than your original purpose of fixing the machine. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: After a while you may find that the nibbles you get are more interesting than
When you want to hurry something, that means you no longer care about it and want to get on to other things. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: When you want to hurry something, that means you no longer care about it and
The classic style is straightforward, unadorned, unemotional, economical and carefully proportioned. Its purpose is not to inspire emotionally, but to bring order out of chaos and make the unknown known. It is not an esthetically free and natural style. It is esthetically restrained. Everything is under control. Its value is measured in terms of the skill with which this control is maintained. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: The classic style is straightforward, unadorned, unemotional, economical and carefully proportioned. Its purpose is not
A man conducting a gee-whiz science show with fifty thousand dollars' worth of Frankenstein equipment is not doing anything scientific if he knows beforehand what the results of his efforts are going to be. A motorcycle mechanic, on the other hand, who honks the horn to see if the battery works is informally conducting a true scientific experiment. He is testing a hypothesis by putting the question to nature. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: A man conducting a gee-whiz science show with fifty thousand dollars' worth of Frankenstein equipment
From an endless beach of reality, we take a grain of sand and call it the world. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: From an endless beach of reality, we take a grain of sand and call it
My personal feeling is that this is how any further improvement of the world will be done: by individuals making Quality decisions and that's all. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: My personal feeling is that this is how any further improvement of the world will
When spontaneity and individuality and really good original stuff occurred in a classroom it was in spite of the instruction, not because of it. This seemed to make sense. He was ready to resign. Teaching dull conformity to hateful students wasn't what he wanted to do. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: When spontaneity and individuality and really good original stuff occurred in a classroom it was
And the definition of that person, when he has rejected the mythos, Phaedrus said, is "insane." To Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: And the definition of that person, when he has rejected the mythos, Phaedrus said, is
Any effort that has self-glorification as its final endpoint is bound to end in disaster. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: Any effort that has self-glorification as its final endpoint is bound to end in disaster.
There is mountain air in this room. It's cool and moist and almost fragrant. One deep breath makes me ready for the next one and then the next one and with each deep breath I feel a little readier until I jump out of bed and pull up the shade and let all that sunlight in - brilliant, cool, bright, sharp and clear. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: There is mountain air in this room. It's cool and moist and almost fragrant. One
From all this awareness we must select, and what we select and call consciousness is never the same as the awareness because the process of selection mutates it. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: From all this awareness we must select, and what we select and call consciousness is
Persons tend to think and feel exclusively in one node or the other and in doing so tend to misunderstand and underestimate what the other mode is all about Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: Persons tend to think and feel exclusively in one node or the other and in
It's normal at this point for the fear-anger syndrome to take over and make you want to hammer on that side plate with a chisel, to pound it off with a sledge if necessary. You think about it, and the more you think about it the more you're inclined to take the whole machine to a high bridge and drop it off. It's just outrageous that a tiny little slot of a screw can defeat you so totally. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: It's normal at this point for the fear-anger syndrome to take over and make you
From that original perception of the Indians as the originators of the American style of speech had come an expansion: The Indians were the originators of the American style of life. The American personality is a mixture of European and Indian values. When you see this you begin to see a lot of things that have never been explained before. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: From that original perception of the Indians as the originators of the American style of
And from time to time you find your "county road" takes you onto a two-rutter and then a single rutter and then into a pasture and stops, or else it takes you into some farmer's backyard. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: And from time to time you find your "county road" takes you onto a two-rutter
For me, a writer should be more like a lighthouse keeper, just out there by himself. He shouldn't get his ideas from other people all around him. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: For me, a writer should be more like a lighthouse keeper, just out there by
The pencil is mightier than the pen. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: The pencil is mightier than the pen.
The funny thing about insane people is that it is kind of the opposite of being a celebrity. Nobody envies you. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: The funny thing about insane people is that it is kind of the opposite of
When analytic thought, the knife, is applied to experience, something is always killed in the process. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: When analytic thought, the knife, is applied to experience, something is always killed in the
Pretty mountains, pretty river, bumpy but pleasant tar road ... old buildings, old people on a front porch ... strange how old, obsolete buildings and plants and mills, the technology of fifty and a hundred years ago, always seem to look so much better than the new stuff. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: Pretty mountains, pretty river, bumpy but pleasant tar road ... old buildings, old people on
Every answer one finds leads to ten more questions. The more we learn the less we know. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: Every answer one finds leads to ten more questions. The more we learn the less
Man is not the source of all things, as the subjective idealists would say. Nor is he the passive observer of all things, as the objective idealists would say. The Quality which creates the world emerges as a relationship between man and his experience. He is a participant in the creation of all things. The measure of all things ... Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: Man is not the source of all things, as the subjective idealists would say. Nor
You don't have to go fishing, of course, to fix your motorcycle. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: You don't have to go fishing, of course, to fix your motorcycle.
Quality is a direct experience independent of and prior to intellectual abstractions. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: Quality is a direct experience independent of and prior to intellectual abstractions.
Cultivate peace of mind which does not separate one's self from one's surroundings. When that is done successfully, then everything else follows naturally. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: Cultivate peace of mind which does not separate one's self from one's surroundings. When that
These were the underdogs, the outsiders, the pariahs, the sinners of his system. But the reason he was so concerned about them was that he felt the quality and strength of his entire system of organization depended on how he treated them. If he treated the pariahs well he would have a good system. If he treated them badly he would have a weak one. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: These were the underdogs, the outsiders, the pariahs, the sinners of his system. But the
Insanity on the other hand is an intellectual pattern. It may have biological causes but it has no physical or biological reality. No scientific instrument can be produced in court to show who is insane and who is sane. There's nothing about insanity that conforms to any scientific law of the universe. The scientific laws of the universe are invented by sanity. There's no way by which sanity, using the instruments of its own creation, can measure that which is outside of itself and its creations. Insanity isn't an 'object' of observation. It's an alteration of observation itself. There's no such thing as a 'disease' of patterns of intellect. There's only heresy. And that's what insanity really is. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: Insanity on the other hand is an intellectual pattern. It may have biological causes but
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 or any other kinds of dogmas or goals, it's always because these dogmas or goals are in doubt. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: You are never dedicated to something you have complete confidence in. No one is fanatically
I told her that until he had a real felt need he was just going to resent help, so we went over and sat in the shade and waited. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: I told her that until he had a real felt need he was just going
They were living in some kind of movie projected by this intellectual, electromechanical machine that had been created for their happiness, saying: PARADISE PARADISE PARADISE but which had inadvertently shut them out from direct experience of life itself - and from each other. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: They were living in some kind of movie projected by this intellectual, electromechanical machine that
The fact that they were there as students presumed they did not know what was good or bad. That was his job as instructor ... to tell them what was good or bad. The whole idea of individual creativity and expression in the classroom was really basically opposed to the whole idea of the University. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: The fact that they were there as students presumed they did not know what was
As long as the attack is upon effects only, no change is possible. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: As long as the attack is upon effects only, no change is possible.
I hope later she will see and feel a thing about these prairies I have given up talking to others about; a thing that exists here because everything else does not and can be noticed because other things are absent. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: I hope later she will see and feel a thing about these prairies I have
It's all taking the customer's money and giving him exactly what he wants and then leaving him poorer than when he started. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: It's all taking the customer's money and giving him exactly what he wants and then
The real cycle you're working on is a cycle called yourself. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: The real cycle you're working on is a cycle called yourself.
The reality of the Good, represented by the Sophists, and the reality of the True, represented by the dialecticians, were engaged in a huge struggle for the future mind of man. Truth won, the Good lost, and that is why today we have so little difficulty accepting the reality of truth and so much difficulty accepting the reality of Quality, even though there is no more agreement in one area than in the other. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: The reality of the Good, represented by the Sophists, and the reality of the True,
The Good was not a form of reality. It was reality itself, ever-changing, ultimately unknowable in any kind of fixed, rigid way. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: The Good was not a form of reality. It was reality itself, ever-changing, ultimately unknowable
When she first came here she used to think there was somebody up in those big buildings who knows what's going on here. They would never come down and talk to her. After a while she found out nobody knows what's going on. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: When she first came here she used to think there was somebody up in those
A culture that supports the dominance of social values over biological values is an absolutely superior culture to one that does not, and a culture that supports the dominance of intellectual values over social values is absolutely superior to one that does not. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: A culture that supports the dominance of social values over biological values is an absolutely
There's an old analogy to a cup of tea. If you want to drink new tea you have to get rid of the old tea that's in your cup, otherwise your cup just overflows and you get a wet mess. Your head is like that cup. It has a limited capacity and if you want to learn something about the world you should keep your head empty in order to learn it. It's very easy to spend your whole life swishing old tea around in your cup thinking it's great stuff because you've never really tried anything new, because you could never get it in, because the old stuff prevented its entry, because you were so sure the old stuff was so good, because you never really tried anything new ... Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: There's an old analogy to a cup of tea. If you want to drink new
I make some jokes about it, but they're not funny and just add to the depression. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: I make some jokes about it, but they're not funny and just add to the
Boredom always precedes a period of great creativity. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: Boredom always precedes a period of great creativity.
This is the hardest stuff in the world to photograph. You need a three-hundred-and-sixty-degree lens, or something. You see it, and then you look down in the ground glass and it's just nothing. As soon as you put a border on it, it's gone. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: This is the hardest stuff in the world to photograph. You need a three-hundred-and-sixty-degree lens,
If your mind is truly, profoundly stuck, then it might be much better off than when it was loaded with ideas Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: If your mind is truly, profoundly stuck, then it might be much better off than
My favorite piece of technical writing: Assembly of Japanese bicycle require great peace of mind. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: My favorite piece of technical writing: Assembly of Japanese bicycle require great peace of mind.
Actually I've never seen a cycle-maintenance problem complex enough really to require full-scale formal scientific method. Repair problems are not that hard. When I think of formal scientific method an image sometimes comes to mind of an enormous juggernaut, a huge bulldozer-slow, tedious, lumbering, laborious, but invincible. It takes twice as long, five times as long, maybe a dozen times as long as informal mechanic's techniques, but you know in the end you're going to get it. There's no fault isolation problem in motorcycle maintenance that can stand up to it. When you've hit a really tough one, tried everything, racked your brain and nothing works, and you know that this time Nature has really decided to be difficult, you say, "Okay, Nature, that's the end of the nice guy," and you crank up the formal scientific method. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: Actually I've never seen a cycle-maintenance problem complex enough really to require full-scale formal scientific
If you can't define something you have no formal rational way of knowing that it exists. Neither can you really tell anyone else what it is. There is, in fact, no formal difference between inability to define and stupidity. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: If you can't define something you have no formal rational way of knowing that it
For this you keep a lab notebook. Everything gets written down, formally, so that you know at all times where you are, where you've been, where you're going and where you want to get. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: For this you keep a lab notebook. Everything gets written down, formally, so that you
I read a sentence or two, wait for him to come up with his usual barrage of questions, answer them, then read another sentence or two. Classics read well this way. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: I read a sentence or two, wait for him to come up with his usual
We don't usually see that there's a third possible logical term equal to yes and no which is capable of expanding our understanding in an unrecognized direction. We don't even have a term for it, so I'll have to use the Japanese mu. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: We don't usually see that there's a third possible logical term equal to yes and
This larger goal wouldn't be the imitation of education in Universities today, glossed over and concealed by grades and degrees that give the appearance of something happening when, in fact, almost nothing is going on. It would be the real thing. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: This larger goal wouldn't be the imitation of education in Universities today, glossed over and
During periods of root expansion things have always looked as confused and topsy-turvy and purposeless as they do now. The whole Renaissance is supposed to have resulted from the topsy-turvy feeling caused by Columbus' discovery of a new world. It just shook people up. The topsy-turviness of that time is recorded everywhere. There was nothing in the flat-earth views of the Old and New Testaments that predicted it. Yet people couldn't deny it. The only way they could assimilate it was to abandon the entire medieval outlook and enter into a new expansion of reason. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: During periods of root expansion things have always looked as confused and topsy-turvy and purposeless
We're living in topsy-turvy times, and I think that what causes the topsy-turvy feeling is inadequacy of old forms of thought to deal with new experiences. I've heard it said that the only real learning results from hang-ups, where instead of expanding the branches of what you already know, you have to stop and drift laterally for a while until you come across something that allows you to expand the roots of what you already know. Everyone's familiar with that. I think the same thing occurs with whole civilizations when expansion's needed at the roots. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: We're living in topsy-turvy times, and I think that what causes the topsy-turvy feeling is
We must understand that when a society undermines intellectual freedom for its own purposes it is absolutely morally bad, but when it represses biological freedom for its own purposes it is absolutely morally good. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: We must understand that when a society undermines intellectual freedom for its own purposes it
Absence of Quality is the essence of squareness. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: Absence of Quality is the essence of squareness.
People arrive at a factory and perform a totally meaningless task from eight to five without question because the structure demands that it be that way. There's no villain, no "mean guy" who wants them to live meaningless lives, it's just that the structure, the system demands it and no one is willing to take on the formidable task of changing the structure just because it is meaningless. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: People arrive at a factory and perform a totally meaningless task from eight to five
That's the way the world keeps on happening. Be interested in it. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: That's the way the world keeps on happening. Be interested in it.
The range of human knowledge today is so great that we're all specialists and the distance between specializations has become so great that anyone who seeks to wander freely between them almost has to forego closeness with the people around him. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: The range of human knowledge today is so great that we're all specialists and the
Talk about rationality can get very confusing unless the things with which rationality deals are also included. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: Talk about rationality can get very confusing unless the things with which rationality deals are
Civilization, or "the system" or "society" or whatever you want to call it, is best served not by mules but by free men. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: Civilization, or "the system" or "society" or whatever you want to call it, is best
Quality isn't a thing. It is an event. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: Quality isn't a thing. It is an event.
Yah-da, yah-da, yah-da, yah-da, yah, carburetor, gear ratio, compression, yah-da-yah, piston, plugs, intake, yah-da-yah, on and on and on. That is the romantic face of the classic mode. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: Yah-da, yah-da, yah-da, yah-da, yah, carburetor, gear ratio, compression, yah-da-yah, piston, plugs, intake, yah-da-yah, on
There is a classic esthetic which romantics often miss because of its subtlety. The classic style is straightforward, unadorned, unemotional, economical and carefully proportioned. Its purpose is not to inspire emotionally, but to bring order out of chaos and make the unknown known. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: There is a classic esthetic which romantics often miss because of its subtlety. The classic
When you have mountains in the distance or even hills, you have space. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: When you have mountains in the distance or even hills, you have space.
It is not good to talk about Zen, because Zen is nothingness ... If you talk about it, you are always lying, and if you don't talk about it, no one knows it is there. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: It is not good to talk about Zen, because Zen is nothingness ... If you
New York has always been going to hell but somehow it never gets there. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: New York has always been going to hell but somehow it never gets there.
He comments on how amazing it is that everything in the universe can be described by the twenty-six written characters with which they have been working. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: He comments on how amazing it is that everything in the universe can be described
A person who follows the dharma is unpredictable because the dharma is unpredictable. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: A person who follows the dharma is unpredictable because the dharma is unpredictable.
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 Sayings: Other people can talk about how to expand the destiny of mankind. I just want
The number of hypotheses available to explain any given phenomenon is infinite. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: The number of hypotheses available to explain any given phenomenon is infinite.
I've said you can actually see this fusion in skilled mechanics and machinists of a certain sort, and you can see it in the work they do. To say that they are not artists is to misunderstand the nature of art. They have patience, care and attentiveness to what they're doing, but more than this - there's a kind of inner peace of mind that isn't contrived but results from a kind of harmony with the work in which there's no leader and no follower. The material and the craftsman's thoughts change together in a progression of smooth, even changes until his mind is at rest at the exact instant the material is right. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: I've said you can actually see this fusion in skilled mechanics and machinists of a
The ideas, the things I was saying about science and ghosts, and even that idea this afternoon about caring and technology - they are not my own. I haven't really had a new idea in years. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: The ideas, the things I was saying about science and ghosts, and even that idea
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. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: We're in such a hurry most of the time we never get much chance to
If you have a high evaluation of yourself then your ability to recognize new facts is weakened. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: If you have a high evaluation of yourself then your ability to recognize new facts
A person who sees Quality and feels it as he works is a person who cares. A person who cares about what he sees and does is a person who's bound to have some characteristics of Quality Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: A person who sees Quality and feels it as he works is a person who
To discover a metaphysical relationship between Quality and the Buddha at some mountaintop of personal experience is very spectacular. And very unimportant. If that were all this Chautauqua was about I should be dismissed. What's important is the relevance of such a discovery to all the valleys of this world, and all the dull, dreary jobs and monotonous years that await all of us in them. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: To discover a metaphysical relationship between Quality and the Buddha at some mountaintop of personal
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. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: You look at where you're going and where you are and it never makes sense,
but it can't tell you where you ought to go, unless where you ought to go is a continuation of where you were going in the past. Creativity, originality, inventiveness, intuition, imagination - "unstuckness," in other words - are completely outside its domain. We Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: but it can't tell you where you ought to go, unless where you ought to
The cause of our current social crises, he would have said, is a genetic defect within the nature of reason itself. And until this genetic defect is cleared, the crises will continue. Our current modes of rationality are not moving society forward into a better world. They are taking it further and further from that better world. Since the Renaissance these modes have worked. As long as the need for food, clothing and shelter is dominant they will continue to work. But now that for huge masses of people these needs no longer overwhelm everything else, the whole structure of reason, handed down to us from ancient times, is no longer adequate. It begins to be seen for what it really is ... emotionally hollow, esthetically meaningless and spiritually empty. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: The cause of our current social crises, he would have said, is a genetic defect
Now we've a real intellectual impasse. Our reason, which is supposed to make things more intelligible, seems to be making them less intelligible, and when reason thus defeats its own purpose something has to be changed in the structure of our reason itself. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: Now we've a real intellectual impasse. Our reason, which is supposed to make things more
To define something is to subordinate it to a tangle of intellectual relationships. And when you do that you destroy real understanding. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: To define something is to subordinate it to a tangle of intellectual relationships. And when
Grades really cover up failure to teach. A bad instructor can go through an entire quarter leaving absolutely nothing memorable in the minds of his class, curve out the scores on an irrelevant test, and leave the impression that some have learned and some have not. But if the grades are removed the class is forced to wonder each day what it's really learning. The questions, What's being taught? What's the goal? How do the lectures and assignments accomplish the goal? become ominous. The removal of grades exposes a huge and frightening vacuum. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: Grades really cover up failure to teach. A bad instructor can go through an entire
Laws of nature are human inventions, like ghosts. Laws of logic, or mathematics are also human inventions, like ghosts. The whole blessed thing is a human invention, including the idea that it isn't a human invention. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: Laws of nature are human inventions, like ghosts. Laws of logic, or mathematics are also
Real science and real philosophy are not guided by preconceptions of what subjects are important to consider. That Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: Real science and real philosophy are not guided by preconceptions of what subjects are important
The only Zen you can find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: The only Zen you can find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you
The idea that "all men are created equal" is a gift to the world from the American Indian. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: The idea that "all men are created equal" is a gift to the world from
Socrates is not just expounding noble ideas in a vacuum. He is in the middle of a war between those who think truth is absolute and those who think truth is relative. He is fighting that war with everything he has. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: Socrates is not just expounding noble ideas in a vacuum. He is in the middle
You always suppress momentary anger at something you deeply and permanently hate. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: You always suppress momentary anger at something you deeply and permanently hate.
In the high country of the mind one has to become adjusted to the thinner air of uncertainty ... Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: In the high country of the mind one has to become adjusted to the thinner
It's the objectivity, the dualistic way of looking at things underlying technology, that produces the evil. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: It's the objectivity, the dualistic way of looking at things underlying technology, that produces the
John looks at the motorcycle and he sees steel in various shapes and has negative feelings about these steel shapes and turns off the whole thing. I look at the shapes of the steel now and I see ideas. He thinks I'm working on parts. I'm working on concepts. Robert M. Pirsig Sayings: John looks at the motorcycle and he sees steel in various shapes and has negative