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Robert M. Pirsig Quote: “When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called a Religion.”

When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called a Religion.

— Robert M. Pirsig



Robert M. Pirsig Quote: “The only Zen you can find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.”

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

— Robert M. Pirsig


Robert M. Pirsig Quote: “Even though quality cannot be defined, you know what quality is.”

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

— Robert M. Pirsig


Robert M. Pirsig Quote: “Although motorcycle riding is romantic, motorcycle maintenance is purely classic.”

Although motorcycle riding is romantic, motorcycle maintenance is purely classic.

— Robert M. Pirsig


Robert M. Pirsig Quote: “The past exists only in our memories, the future only in our plans. The present is our only reality.”

The past exists only in our memories, the future only in our plans. The present is our only reality.

— Robert M. Pirsig


Robert M. Pirsig Quote: “To live for some future goal is shallow. It’s the sides of the mountain that sustain life, not the top.”

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

— Robert M. Pirsig


Robert M. Pirsig Quote: “The truth knocks on the door and you say, go away, I’m looking for the truth, and it goes away. Puzzling.”

The truth knocks on the door and you say, go away, I’m looking for the truth, and it goes away. Puzzling.

— Robert M. Pirsig


Robert M. Pirsig Quote: “Boredom always precedes a period of great creativity.”

Boredom always precedes a period of great creativity.

— Robert M. Pirsig


Robert M. Pirsig Quote: “And what is good, Phaedrus, And what is not good – Need we ask anyone to tell us these things?”

And what is good, Phaedrus, And what is not good – Need we ask anyone to tell us these things?

— Robert M. Pirsig


Robert M. Pirsig Quote: “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.”

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



Robert M. Pirsig Quote: “Any effort that has self-glorification as its final endpoint is bound to end in disaster.”

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

— Robert M. Pirsig


Robert M. Pirsig Quote: “You want to know how to paint a perfect painting? It’s easy. Make yourself perfect and then just paint naturally.”

You want to know how to paint a perfect painting? It’s easy. Make yourself perfect and then just paint naturally.

— Robert M. Pirsig


Robert M. Pirsig Quote: “When you want to hurry something, that means you no longer care about it and want to get on to other things.”

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


Robert M. Pirsig Quote: “My favorite piece of technical writing: Assembly of Japanese bicycle require great peace of mind.”

My favorite piece of technical writing: Assembly of Japanese bicycle require great peace of mind.

— Robert M. Pirsig


Robert M. Pirsig Quote: “The real cycle you’re working on is a cycle called yourself.”

The real cycle you’re working on is a cycle called yourself.

— Robert M. Pirsig


Robert M. Pirsig Quote: “If you become restless, speed up. If you become winded, slow down. You climb the mountain in an equilibrium between restlessness and exhaustion.”

If you become restless, speed up. If you become winded, slow down. You climb the mountain in an equilibrium between restlessness and exhaustion.

— Robert M. Pirsig


Robert M. Pirsig Quote: “Sometimes it’s a little better to travel than to arrive.”

Sometimes it’s a little better to travel than to arrive.

— Robert M. Pirsig


Robert M. Pirsig Quote: “We take a handful of sand from the endless landscape of awareness around us and call that handful of sand the world.”

We take a handful of sand from the endless landscape of awareness around us and call that handful of sand the world.

— Robert M. Pirsig


Robert M. Pirsig Quote: “Is it hard?? Not if you have the right attitudes. Its having the right attitudes thats hard.”

Is it hard?? Not if you have the right attitudes. Its having the right attitudes thats hard.

— Robert M. Pirsig


Robert M. Pirsig Quote: “In the high country of the mind one has to become adjusted to the thinner air of uncertainty...”

In the high country of the mind one has to become adjusted to the thinner air of uncertainty...

— Robert M. Pirsig


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