In “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,” a road trip (taken on a motorcycle, of course) is used to explore life. It’s hard to really describe the appeal of this book, but I have to say that it’s one of my favorites when it comes to exploring some of the deeper aspects of life.
Here are five of the most interesting quotes I found in the book:
“You look at where you’re going and where you are and it never makes sense, but then you look back at where you’ve been and a pattern seems to emerge.”
“If someone’s ungrateful and you tell him he’s ungrateful, okay, you’ve called him a name. You haven’t solved anything.”
“Of the value traps, the most widespread and pernicious is value rigidity. This is an inability to revalue what one sees because of commitment to previous values. In motorcycle maintenance, you MUST rediscover what you do as you go. Rigid values makes this impossible.”
“You are never dedicated to something you have complete confidence in. No one is fanatically shouting that the sun is going to rise tomorrow.”
“To all appearances he was just drifting. In actuality he was just drifting. Drifting is what one does when looking at lateral truth.”