Friday, June 13, 2014

Favorite Quotes: Zen and the Art of . . .

I've been reading Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance have only gotten half way through but here are a few of my favorite quotes thus far:
  • "Sometimes it's a little better to travel than to arrive"
  • "In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV. You're a passive observer and it is all moving by you boringly in a frame.  On a cycle the frame is gone. You're completely in contact with it all. You're the scene, not just watching it anymore, and the sense of presence is overwhelming."
  • "Mountains should be climbed with as little effort as possible and without desire. The reality of your own nature should determine the speed. If you become restless, speed up. If you become winded, slow down. You climb the mountain in an equilibrium between restlessness and exhaustion. Then, when you’re no longer thinking ahead, each footstep isn’t just a means to an end but a unique event in itself. This leaf has jagged edges. This rock looks loose. From this place the snow is less visible, even though closer. These are things you should notice anyway. To live only for some future goal is shallow. It’s the sides of the mountain which sustain life, not the top. Here’s where things grow. But of course without the top you can’t have any sides. It’s the top that defines the sides. So on we go. . . we have a long way . . . no hurry . . . just one step after the next."

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