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‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance’

"Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values" was written by Robert Pirsig, a lifelong practitioner and student of Zen. Pirsig in both his life and his writing showed the world how to endure.

“The Buddha, the Godhead,” he writes, “resides quite 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 or in the petals of a flower.”

“A study of the art of motorcycle maintenance 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 the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.” — Robert Pirsig

When I was 20-years-old and an undergraduate English major in college, I read the novel “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values” by Robert Pirsig, and it changed my life. Published in 1974, it sold over a million copies in its first year and sold more than 5 million copies overall. His novel topped best-seller listings for a decade, making Pirsig arguably the most widely read philosopher of the modern era.

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