Robert M. Pirsig Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old robert m. pirsig quotes, robert m. pirsig sayings, and robert m. pirsig proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

Robert M. Pirsig

Peace of mind produces right values, right values produce right thoughts. Right thoughts produce right actions and right actions produce work which will be a material reflection for others to see of the serenity at the centre of it all.     

Robert M. Pirsig

Quality is a direct experience independent of and prior to intellectual abstractions.     

Robert M. Pirsig

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

That's all the motorcycle is, a system of concepts worked out in steel.     

Robert M. Pirsig

A motorcycle functions entirely in accordance with the laws of reason, and a study of the art of motorcycle maintenance is really a miniature study of the art of rationality itself.     

Robert M. Pirsig

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

Sanity is not truth. Sanity is conformity to what is socially expected. Truth is sometimes in conformity, sometimes not.     

Robert M. Pirsig

The real purpose of the scientific method is to make sure nature hasn't misled you into thinking you know something you actually don't know.     

Robert M. Pirsig

Boredom always precedes a period of great creativity.     

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

If you become restless, speed up. If you become winded, slow down. You climb the mountain in an equilibrium between restlessness and exhaustion.     

Robert M. Pirsig

For every fact there is an infinity of hypotheses.     

Robert M. Pirsig

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

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

Robert M. Pirsig

A motorcycle functions entirely in accordance with the laws of reason, and a study of the art of motorcycle maintenance is really a miniature study of the art of rationality itself.     

Robert M. Pirsig

That's all the motorcycle is, a system of concepts worked out in steel.     

Robert M. Pirsig

If you are following the dharma no matter what you do it is moral.     

Robert M. Pirsig

If you have a high evaluation of yourself then your ability to recognize new facts is weakened.     

Robert M. Pirsig

If you have a high evaluation of yourself then your ability to recognize new facts is weakened.      

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

The more you read, the more you calm down.     

Robert M. Pirsig

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

Robert M. Pirsig