“Or if he takes whatever dull job he’s stuck with – and they are all, sooner or later, dull – and, just to keep himself amused, starts to look for options of Quality, and secretly pursues these options, just for their own sake, thus making an art out of what he is doing, he’s likely to discover that he becomes a much more interesting person and much less of an object to the people around him, because his Quality decisions change him too.”

~Robert M. Pirsig
from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

2 Responses to “Quality”

  1. Henrik Says:

    Love that book!

  2. sreejith koyamparambath Says:

    I love that spot he gets into when his tourister quits because of the tappet and the old man dances on it with his simple welding rod. Also, the stand off with the lawyer in Lila. The zen saying comes to mind: “when I took up Zen, the sky was just sky and the earth, just earth. When I was going through it, the sky was no longer sky and the earth no longer earth. Now that I am in Zen, the sky is just sky and the earth, just earth.


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