Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Jackson Has Me Breaking Out Pirsig

Jackson Miller is lately blogging his way through one of my all-time favorite books, Robert M. Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Jackson's reflections and quotes had me pulling out my old beaten-up, ear-marked, and highlighted copy and musing over my favorite quotes. Here's a good one:
Stuckness shouldn't be avoided. It's the physic predecessor of all real understanding. An egoless acceptance of stuckness is a key to an understanding of all Quality, in mechanical work as in other endeavors. It's this understanding of Quality as revealed by stuckness which so often makes self-taught mechanics so superior to institute-trained men who have learned how to handle everything except a new situation.
Thanks for reminding me, Jackson.


  1. Yeah, I am thoroughly enjoying it. The funny thing is I didn't realize I had be posting so much about it.

    I don't think I have gotten to the passage you have mentioned yet. I could see myself re-reading it as soon as I am done.

  2. That quote comes late in the book. From what I can tell you have not yet reached that passage.