Robert M. Pirsig

#31377 Robert M. Pirsig

is anything you can do well. Anything you can do with . .

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#31378 Robert M. Pirsig

Making... an art out of your is the way to solve the problem of technology. .

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#31379 Robert M. Pirsig

The onlyyou can find on the tops ofis the Zen you bring up there. .

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#31380 Robert M. Pirsig

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values(HC) /(TPB) .

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#31381 Robert M. Pirsig

You see things vacationing on a motorcycle in a way that is completely different from any other... .

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#31382 Robert M. Pirsig

Some channel deepening seems called for. .

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#31383 Robert M. Pirsig

The world of underlying form is an unusual object of discussion because it is actually a mode of discussion itself. .

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#31384 Robert M. Pirsig

The bones and flesh and legal statistics are the garments worn by the personality, not the other way around. .

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#31385 Robert M. Pirsig

These shapes are all out of someone's mind. That's important to see. The steel? Hell, even the steel is out of someone's mind... .

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#31386 Robert M. Pirsig

When you look directly at an insane man all you see is a reflection of your own knowledge that he's insane, which is not to see him at all. .

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#31387 Robert M. Pirsig

Talk about rationality can get very confusing unless the things with which rationality deals are also included. .

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#31388 Robert M. Pirsig

Steel can be any shape you want if you are skilled enough, and any shape but the one you want if you are not. .

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#31389 Robert M. Pirsig

The number of rational hypotheses that can explain any given phenomenon is infinite. .

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#31390 Robert M. Pirsig

No one is fanatically shouting that the sun is going to rise tomorrow. They know it's going to rise tomorrow... .

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#31391 Robert M. Pirsig

Any philosophic explanation of Quality is going to be both false and true precisely because it is a philosophic explanation. .

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#31392 Robert M. Pirsig

What I mean (and everybody else means) by the word ‘quality’ cannot be broken down into subjects and predicates. This is not because Quality is so mysterious but because Quality is so simple, immediate and direct. .

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#31393 Robert M. Pirsig

What keeps the world from reverting to the Neandertal with each generation is the continuing, ongoing mythos... the huge body of common knowledge that unites our minds as cells are united in the body of man... .

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#31394 Robert M. Pirsig

Religion isn't invented by man. Men are invented by religion. .

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#31395 Robert M. Pirsig

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. .

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#31396 Robert M. Pirsig

We do need a return to individual integrity, self-reliance and old-fashioned gumption. We really do. .

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#31397 Robert M. Pirsig

made it clear for the first time that the Immortal Principle, the One, Truth, God, is separate from appearance and from opinion, and the importance of this separation and its effect upon subsequent history cannot be overstated. .

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#31398 Robert M. Pirsig

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 and materialists 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… .

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#31399 Robert M. Pirsig

Can the dharma of the Hindus and the "virtue" of the ancient Greeks be identical? .

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#31400 Robert M. Pirsig

Quality! Virtue! Dharma! That is what the Sophists were teaching! Not ethical relativism. Not pristine "virtue." But aret .

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#31401 Robert M. Pirsig

The hero of the Odyssey is a great fighter, a wily schemer, a ready speaker, a man of stout heart and broad wisdom who knows that he must endure without too much complaining what the gods send... .

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#31402 Robert M. Pirsig

The Good was not a form of reality. It was reality itself, ever changing, ultimately unknowable in any kind of fixed, rigid way. .

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#31403 Robert M. Pirsig

Since the One is the source of all things and includes all things in it, it cannot be defined in terms of those things, since no matter what thing you use to define it, the thing will always describe something less than the One itself. .

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#31404 Robert M. Pirsig

The One can only be described allegorically, through the use of analogy, of figures of imagination and speech... Everything is an analogy. But the dialecticians don't know that... .

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#31405 Robert M. Pirsig

When a shepherd goes to kill a wolf, and takes his dog to see the sport, he should take care to avoid mistakes... .

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#31406 Robert M. Pirsig

Once it's stated that "the dialectic comes before anything else," this statement itself becomes a dialectical entity, subject to dialectical question. .

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#31407 Robert M. Pirsig

What's really demanded in the Church of Reason is not ability, but inability. Then you are considered teachable. A truly able person is always a threat. .

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#31408 Robert M. Pirsig

What is good, Ph .

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#31409 Robert M. Pirsig

Gradually he no longer wonders what will happen next. He knows what will happen next, and tears flow for his family and for himself and for this world. .

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#31410 Robert M. Pirsig

Trials never end, of course. Unhappiness and misfortune are bound to occur as long as people live, but there is a feeling now, that was not here before, and is not just on the surface of things, but penetrates all the way through: We've won it. It's going to get better now. You can sort of tell these things. .

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#31411 Robert M. Pirsig

The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart and head and hands, and then work outward from there. .

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#31412 Robert M. Pirsig

What follows is based on actual occurrences. Although much has been changed for rhetorical purposes, it must be regarded in its essence as fact. 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 on motorcycles, either. .

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#31413 Robert M. Pirsig

You see things vacationing on a motorcycle in a way that is completely different from any other. In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV. You're a passive observer and it is all moving by you boringly in a frame. .

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#31414 Robert M. Pirsig

The truth knocks on the door and you say, "Go away, I'm looking for the truth," and so it goes away. Puzzling. .

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#31415 Robert M. Pirsig

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. .

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#31417 Robert M. Pirsig

Now I want to begin to fulfill a certain obligation by stating that there was one person, no longer here, who had something to say, and who said it, but whom no one believed or really understood. Forgotten. For reasons that will become apparent I'd prefer that he remain forgotten, but there's no choice other than to reopen his case.I don't know his whole story. No one ever will, except Ph .

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#31418 Robert M. Pirsig

The world of underlying form is an unusual object of discussion because it is actually a mode of discussion itself. You discuss things in terms of their immediate appearance or you discuss them in terms of their underlying form, and when you try to discuss these modes of discussion you get involved in what could be called a platform problem. You have no platform from which to discuss them other than the modes themselves. .

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#31419 Robert M. Pirsig

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. And if you project forward from that pattern, then sometimes you can come up with something. .

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#31420 Robert M. Pirsig

The romantic mode is primarily inspirational, imaginative, creative, intuitive. Feelings rather than facts predominate. "Art" when it is opposed to "Science" is often romantic. It does not proceed by reason or by laws. It proceeds by feeling, intuition and esthetic conscience. In the northern European cultures the romantic mode is usually associated with femininity, but this is certainly not a necessary association. The classic mode, by contrast, proceeds by reason and by laws... which are themselves underlying forms of thought and behavior. In the European cultures it is primarily a masculine mode and the fields of science, law and medicine are unattractive to women largely for this reason. Although motorcycle riding is romantic, motorcycle maintenance is purely classic. .

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#31421 Robert M. Pirsig

In recent times we have seen a huge split develop between a classic culture and a romantic counterculture... two worlds growingly alienated and hateful toward each other with everyone wondering if it will always be this way, a house divided against itself. .

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#31422 Robert M. Pirsig

What Ph .

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#31423 Robert M. Pirsig

When you look directly at an insane man all you see is a reflection of your own knowledge that he's insane, which is not to see him at all. To see him you must see what he saw and when you are trying to see the vision of an insane man, an oblique route is the only way to come at it. .

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#31424 Robert M. Pirsig

It took me more than a week to deduce from the evidence around me that everything before my waking up was a dream and everything afterward was reality. There was no basis for distinguishing the two other than the growing pile of new events that seemed to argue against the drunk experience. Little things appeared, like the locked door, the outside of which I could never remember seeing. And a slip of paper from the probate court telling me that some person was committed as insane. Did they mean me? .

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#31425 Robert M. Pirsig

They had made the mistake of thinking of a personality as some sort of possession, like a suit of clothes, which a person wears. But apart from a personality what is there? Some bones and flesh. A collection of legal statistics, perhaps, but surely no person. The bones and flesh and legal statistics are the garments worn by the personality, not the other way around. .

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#31427 Robert M. Pirsig

We are at the classic-romantic barrier now, where on one side we see a cycle as it appears immediately... and this is an important way of seeing it... and where on the other side we can begin to see it as a mechanic does in terms of underlying form... and this is an important way of seeing things too. These tools for example... this wrench... has a certain romantic beauty to it, but its purpose is always purely classical. It's designed to change the underlying form of the machine. .

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#31428 Robert M. Pirsig

People arrive at a factory and perform a totally meaningless task from eight to .

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