Robert M. Pirsig

(Robert Maynard Pirsig)

Robert M. Pirsig
Robert M. Pirsig
  • Born: September 6, 1928
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Philosopher









Robert Maynard Pirsig was an American writer and philosopher. He was the author of the philosophical novels Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values (1974) and Lila: An Inquiry into Morals (1991).

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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. Miscellaneous
Boredom always precedes a period of great creativity.
Even in the presence of others he was completely alone.
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.
I did not want to write one of those sequels that famous first-book authors get into where everybody says, 'Oh yeah.' Fame
I have money, fame, a happy wife, our daughter Nell. Money, Coins & Minting
I really don't mind dying because I figure I haven't wasted this life. Life
If you run from technology, it will chase you. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
If you stare at a wall from four in the morning till nine at night, and you do that for a week, you are getting pretty close to nothingness. Morning
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. Truth
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.
It's the dualistic ways of looking at things that produces the evil.
Metaphysics is a restaurant where they give you a thirty thousand page menu, and no food. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
One geometry cannot be more true than another; it can only be more convenient. Geometry is not true, it is advantageous.
People are all at sixes and sevens with each other. They're always quarreling. They never somehow resolve anything.
Quality is a direct experience independent of and prior to intellectual abstractions.
Quality is the Buddha.
The Buddha resides 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.
The funny thing about insane people is that it is kind of the opposite of being a celebrity. Nobody envies you. Humor
The only Zen you can find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.
The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.
The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart and head and hands, and then work outward from there. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart and head and hands.
The solutions all are simple - after you have arrived at them. But they're simple only when you know already what they are.
The study of the art of motorcycle maintenance is really a miniature study of the art of rationality itself. Working on a motorcycle, working well, caring, is to become part of a process, to achieve an inner peace of mind. The motorcycle is primarily a mental phenomenon. War & Peace ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
The truth knocks on the door and you say, go away, I'm looking for the truth, and it goes away. Puzzling. Truth
There's no such thing as morality.
To live for some future goal is shallow. It's the sides of the mountain that sustain life, not the top. Life ;Future
To live only for some future goal is shallow. It's the sides of the mountain that sustain life, not the top. Life ;Future
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. Truth
Up until my first book was published, I had all this potential, people would say, and I screwed up. After it, I could say: 'No, I didn't screw up.'
We do need a return to individual integrity, self-reliance, and old-fashioned gumption. We really do. Independence
We keep passing unseen through little moments of other people's lives.
What I am is a heretic who's recanted and, thereby, in everyone's eyes, saved his soul. Everyone's eyes but one, who knows deep down inside that all he has saved is his skin.
When somebody goes outside the cultural norms, the culture has to protect itself.
Why, for example, should a group of simple, stable compounds of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen struggle for billions of years to organise themselves into a professor of chemistry? What's the motive?

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