I finished Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance this weekend. WOW was that a long read. Though I thoroughly loved the book it was not an easy one to read. There were so many things to think about around every twist and turn of his motorcycle adventure. I will read this book again and again.
Here are a few more quotes from the book that I found noteworthy
"You want to know how to paint a perfect painting? It's easy. Make yourself perfect and then just paint naturally. That's the way all the experts do it. The making of a painting or the fixing of a motorcycle isn't separate from the rest of your existence. . . . The real cycle you're working on is a cycle called yourself. The machine that appears to be "out there" and the person that appears to be "in here" are not two separate things. They grow toward Quality or fall away from Quality together." page 417
"The cars seem to be moving at a steady maximum speed for in-town driving, as though they want to get somewhere, as though what's here right now is just something to get through. The drivers seem to be thinking about where they want to be rather than where they are." pg 418
"If he was wrong, who would care? But suppose he was right? To be right and throw it away in order to please the predilections of his teachers, that would be the monstrosity!" pg 444
"We always condemn most in others, he thought, that which we most fear in ourselves." pg 487
"What is good and what is not good--need we ask anyone to tell us these things?" page 508
"They saw the future as something that came upon them from behind their backs with the past receding away before their eyes" page 532