“Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”

“Buddha, the Deity,” he writes, “dwells as comfortably in the circuits of a digital computer or the gears of a bicycle transmission as it does on the top of a mountain or in the petals of a flower.”

“The study of the art of maintaining a motorcycle is really a miniature study of the art of rationality itself.”

“Metaphysics is a restaurant where they give you a 30,000-page menu and no food.”

“The only Zen you find on mountaintops is the Zen you carry there.” — Robert Persig

When I was 20 and an English major in college, I read the novel Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Exploration of Values ​​by Robert Pirsig and it changed my life. Published in 1974, it sold over a million copies in its first year and has sold more than 5 million copies overall. His novel topped the bestseller lists for a decade, making Pirsig the most widely read philosopher of the modern era.

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