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Robert Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, died April 24, 2017. He was 88. He was born in Minneapolis, twenty-six years before I was born in the same city.

You know from a previous post that I’m reading his book now. Here’s a quotation from pages read tonight:

When people are fanatically dedicated to political or religious faiths or any other kind of dogmas or goals, it’s always because these dogmas or goals are in doubt.

Here’s one more, to close out the evening:

To live only for some future goal is shallow. It’s the sides of the mountain that sustain life, not the top.

Pirsig lived his life with courage, one of the great virtues unrecognized in our time.

Author Robert Pirsig and his son Chris in 1968. Pirsig, who wrote Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, died Monday at age 88.


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