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Robert Pirsig



Robert M. Pirsig (1928–2017) was an American author and professor. Pirsig was best known for his book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a contemporary philosophical meditation on how to live.

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Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals

The author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance examines life's essential issues as he recounts the journey down the Hudson River in a sailboat of his philosopher-narrator Phaedrus.

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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

A penetrating examination of how we live and how to live better. A narration of a summer motorcycle trip undertaken by a father and his son, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance becomes a personal and philosophical odyssey into fundamental questions on how to live.

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Robert M. Pirsig NPR Interview

Shortly after ‘Zen’ was published, Connie Goldman talked with Robert Pirsig at his home in St. Paul, Minn. Pirsig discusses his process in writing the book, at times working four hours before he arrived for his day job writing technical manuals. Originally broadcast on July 12, 1974.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageThe place to improve the world is first in one’s own heart and head and hands, and then work outward from there.

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On Quality: An Inquiry into Excellence: Unpublished and Selected Writings

“The ultimate goal in the pursuit of excellence is enlightenment.” Robert M. Pirsig wrote this unpublished line in 1962 while a patient at Downey Veteran Administration Hospital in Illinois, where he was admitted as a psychiatric patient.

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Robert Pirsig & His Metaphysics of Quality

Anthony McWatt explores the philosophical ideas underlying the culture-changing 1970s blockbuster Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

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NPR Pirsig Interview 1991

This interview with Robert Prisig was done just after the publication of Lila, Robert’s 2nd book.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageYou 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.

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The Interview: Robert Pirsig

The Seventies bestseller Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance was the biggest-selling philosophy book ever. But for the reclusive author life was bitter-sweet. Here, he talks frankly about anxiety, depression, the death of his son and the road trip that inspired a classic.

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Robert M. Pirsig, Author of ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,’ Dies at 88

Robert M. Pirsig, whose “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,” a dense and discursive novel of ideas, became an unlikely publishing phenomenon in the mid-1970s and a touchstone in the waning days of the counterculture, died on Monday at his home in South Berwick, Me. He was 88.

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