Robert M. Pirsig Quote

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 are no longer thinking ahead, each footstep isn't just a means to an 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 that sustain life, not the top. Here's where things grow.


Ch. 17 - Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974)

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...