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Robert M Pirsig – The Metaphysics of Quality


Robert M Pirsig


Robert M Pirsig – Author

Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – An Inquiry into values (1974)

Lila – An Inquiry in Morals (1991)


An extraordinary and truly original thinker.  Too little known.


Persig Pensées


  • Metaphysics is a restaurant where they give you a thirty thousand page menu, and no food.
  • The only Zen you can find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.
  • Quality is a direct experience independent of and prior to intellectual abstractions.
  • The truth knocks on the door and you say, go away, I’m looking for the truth, and it goes away.
  • To live only for some future goal is shallow. It’s the sides of the mountain that sustain life, not the top.
  • 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.

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