Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values Quotes.

11. "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, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

12. "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, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

13. "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, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

14. "Sometimes it's a little better to travel than to arrive"
- Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

15. "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. On a cycle the frame is gone. You're completely in contact with it all. You're in the scene, not just watching it anymore, and the sense of presence is overwhelming."
- Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

16. "If someone's ungrateful and you tell him he's ungrateful, okay, you've called him a name. You haven't solved anything."
- Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

17. "For every fact there is an infinity of hypotheses."
- Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

18. "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, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

19. "The law of gravity and gravity itself did not exist before Isaac Newton." ...and what that means is that that law of gravity exists nowhere except in people's heads! It 's a ghost!" Mind has no matter or energy but they can't escape its predominance over everything they do. Logic exists in the mind. numbers exist only in the mind. I don't get upset when scientists say that ghosts exist in the mind. it's that only that gets me. science is only in your mind too, it's just that that doesn't make it bad. or ghosts either." Laws of nature are human inventions, like ghosts. Law of logic, of mathematics are also human inventions, like ghosts." ...we see what we see because these ghosts show it to us, ghosts of Moses and Christ and the Buddha, and Plato, and Descartes, and Rousseau and Jefferson and Lincoln, on and on and on. Isaac Newton is a very good ghost. One of the best. Your common sense is nothing more than the voices of thousands and thousands of these ghosts from the past."
- Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

20. "But to tear down a factory or to revolt against a government or to avoid repair of a motorcycle because it is a system is to attack effects rather than causes; and as long as the attack is upon effects only, no change is possible. The true system, the real system, is our present construction of systematic thought itself, rationality itself, and if a factory is torn down but the rationality which produced it is left standing, then that rationality will simply produce another factory. If a revolution destroys a systematic government, but the systematic patterns of thought that produced that government are left intact, then those patterns will repeat themselves in the succeeding government. There’s so much talk about the system. And so little understanding."
- Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

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