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Robert M. Pirsig Quotes and Sayings

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Even in the presence of others he was completely alone.
- Robert M. Pirsig

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

To live for some future goal is shallow.
It's the sides of the mountain that sustain life,
not the top.
- Robert M. Pirsig

The only Zen you can find on the tops of mountains
is the Zen you bring up there.
- Robert M. Pirsig

 

The place to improve the world is first in one's own
heart and head and hands.
- Robert M. Pirsig

Quality is a direct experience independent of and prior
to intellectual abstractions.
- Robert M. Pirsig

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

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Metaphysics is a restaurant where they give you a thirty thousand page menu,
and no food.
- Robert M. Pirsig

We keep passing unseen through little moments of other people's lives.
- Robert M. Pirsig

One geometry cannot be more true than another;
it can only be more convenient.
Geometry is not true, it is advantageous.
- Robert M. Pirsig

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.
- Robert M. Pirsig

The solutions all are simple - after you have arrived at them.
But they're simple only when you know already what they are.
- Robert M. Pirsig

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.
- Robert M. Pirsig

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. PHOTO

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson PHOTO

A true friend is someone who
thinks that you are a good egg
even though he knows that
you are slightly cracked.
- Bernard Meltzer PHOTO

The best and most beautiful things in the world
cannot be seen or even touched.
They must be felt with the heart.
- Helen Keller

Appreciate again and again, freshly and naively,
the basic goods of life, with awe,
pleasure, wonder and even ecstasy,
however stale these experiences may have become to others.
- Abraham Maslow PHOTO

Even from the darkest night songs of beauty can be born.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The trouble is,
if you don't risk anything,
you risk even more.
- Erica Jong

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. PHOTO

Best Friends: we're a parade - even by ourselves!
- Mary Anne Radmacher PHOTO

Iron rusts from disuse;
water loses its purity from stagnation...
even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.
- Leonardo da Vinci PHOTO

Truth stands, even if there be no public support.
It is self-sustained.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Even if you are a minority of one,
the truth is the truth.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies,
but even more to stand up to your friends.
- J.K. Rowling

God is, even though the whole world deny him.
Truth stands, even if there be no public support.
It is self-sustained.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Maturity is the ability to do a job
whether or not you are supervised,
to carry money without spending it,
and to bear an injustice without wanting to get even.
- Ann Landers

You can turn painful situations around through laughter.
If you can find humor in anything, even poverty,
you can survive it.
- Bill Cosby

People understand me so poorly that they don't even understand
my complaint about them not understanding me.
- Soren Kierkegaard

I have found that hollow,
which even I had relied on for solid.
- Henry David Thoreau

The most beautiful things in the world
cannot be seen or even touched,
they must be felt with the heart.
- Helen Keller

Your example is far more influential and inspiring
than any words of instruction, or threats,
or even words of encouragement.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.
- The Buddha

Even the truth, when believed, is a lie.
You must experience the truth, not believe it.
- Werner Erhard

If you don't risk anything, you risk even more.
- Erica Jong

Never put passion before principle.
Even if win, you lose.
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid 2

Be open to the goodness of life -
even in the midst of apparent adversity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Violence, even well intentioned,
always rebounds upon oneself.
- Lao Tzu

Shoot for the moon.
Even if you miss,
you'll land among the stars.
- Les Brown

If you have no confidence in self,
you are twice defeated in the race of life.
With confidence, you have won even before you have started.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

You can do what you have to do,
and sometimes you can do it
even better than you think you can.
- Jimmy Carter

Farewell My Friend
It was beautiful as long as it lasted
The journey of my life.
I have no regrets whatsoever
save the pain I'll leave behind.
Those dear hearts who love and care...
And the strings pulling at the heart and soul...
The strong arms that held me up
When my own strength let me down.
At every turning of my life
I came across good friends,
Friends who stood by me,
Even when the time raced me by.
Farewell, farewell my friends
I smile and bid you goodbye.
No, shed no tears for I need them not
All I need is your smile.
If you feel sad do think of me
for that's what I'll like
when you live in the hearts
of those you love, remember then
you never die.
- Gitanjali Ghei

Never do anything against conscience
even if the state demands it.
- Albert Einstein

To know even one life has
breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

To kill an error is as good a service as,
and sometimes even better than,
the establishing of a new truth or fact.
- Charles Darwin

Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit.
Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever,
even if your whole world seems upset.
- Saint Francis de Sales

If you are possessed by an idea,
you will find it expressed everywhere,
you even smell it.
- Thomas Mann

The higher the sun rises, the less shadow it casts;
even so, the greater is the goodness, the less it covets praise;
yet cannot avoid its rewards in honors.
- Lao Tzu

Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment.
- Lao Tzu

Children are born innocent.
Before they are domesticated they live in the moment,
love without fear, and don't even think about the opinions of others.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever,
even if your whole world seems upset.
- Saint Francis de Sales

If you have health, you probably will be happy,
and if you have health and happiness,
you have all the wealth you need, even if it is not all you want.
- Elbert Hubbard

While you are proclaiming peace with your lips,
be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Anyone who proposes to do good
must not expect people to roll stones out of his way,
but must accept his lot calmly,
even if they roll a few stones upon it.
- Albert Schweitzer

Even the rich are hungry for love,
for being cared for, for being wanted,
for having someone to call their own.
- Mother Teresa

To be one, to be united is a great thing.
But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater.
- Bono

Life is a series of experiences,
each one of which makes us bigger,
even though sometimes it is hard to realize this.
- Henry Ford

Doing an injury puts you below your enemy;
revenging one make you but even with him;
forgiving it sets you above him.
- Benjamin Franklin [attributed]

Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity
opinions which differ from
the prejudices of their social environment.
Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.
- Albert Einstein

Even though your kids will consistently do the exact
opposite of what you're telling them to do,
you have to keep loving them just as much.
- Bill Cosby

If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens,
you can never regain their respect and esteem.
It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time;
you can even fool some of the people all of the time;
but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.
- Abraham Lincoln

I recognize the delivery of grace to my day,
even if I cannot identify a specific return address.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

We humans feel an instinctive need to know
what is coming next - what we can count upon.
We fear change - even the most positive change.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You can live the life you love -
even in the face of the most challenging circumstances.
While sometimes it may appear that life throws more obstacles
in your path than you can handle,
you can always choose to be happy.
Yes, you are that powerful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You can never really live anyone else's life,
not even your child's.
The influence you exert is through your own life,
and what you've become yourself.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Life does not consist mainly,
or even largely, of facts or happenings.
It consist mainly of the storm of thoughts
that is forever flowing through one's head.
- Mark Twain

Most of us are prisoners of habit,
and don't even notice that we do the same things,
think the same things, want the same things each day -
mostly without conscious thought.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When we hate our enemies, we are
giving them power over us:
power over our sleep, our appetites,
our blood pressure, our health, and our happiness.
Our enemies would dance with joy if only
they knew how they were worrying us,
lacerating us, and getting even with us!
Our hate is not hurting them at all,
but our hate is turning our own days
and nights into a hellish turmoil.
- Dale Carnegie

Never cease loving a person, and never give up hope for him,
for even the prodigal son who had fallen most low,
could still be saved; the bitterest enemy
and also he who was your friend could again be your friend;
love that has grown cold can kindle
- Soren Kierkegaard

Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart,
it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)


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