"To live for some future goal is shallow. It's the sides of the mountain that sustain life, not the top."
"The empires of the future are the empires of the mind."Robert M. Pirsig on Winston Churchill
"Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future."Robert M. Pirsig on Oscar Wilde
"Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."Robert M. Pirsig on Steve Jobs
"I never think of the future - it comes soon enough."Robert M. Pirsig on Albert Einstein
"It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves."Robert M. Pirsig on William Shakespeare
"Even in the presence of others he was completely alone."
"Quality is a direct experience independent of and prior to intellectual abstractions."
"Metaphysics is a restaurant where they give you a thirty thousand page menu, and no food."
"To live only for some future goal is shallow. It's the sides of the mountain that sustain life, not the top."
"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."