Robert M. Pirsig Quotes

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For every fact there is an infinity of hypotheses.
— Robert M. Pirsig

science hypothesis facts

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

Zen

Technology presumes there's just one right way to do things and there never is.

technology

When analytic thought, the knife, is applied to experience, something is always killed in the process.
To live only for some future goal is shallow. It's the sides of the mountain that sustain life, not the top.
— Robert M. Pirsig

goals

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

truth

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

truth

What makes his world so hard to see clearly is not its strangeness but its usualness. Familiarity can blind you too.

familiarity

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

reality awareness

When one person suffers from a delusion it is called insanity; when many people suffer from a delusion it is called religion.
— Robert M. Pirsig

religion

To live only for some future goal is shallow.  It's the sides of the mountain that sustain life, not the top.  Here's where things grow.

goals

The world comes to us in an endless stream of puzzle pieces that we would like to think all fit together somehow, but that in fact never do.

the world

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.

fanaticism dogma