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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

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An Inquiry into Values

First publication

Literature form

Literary, philosophical

Writing language

Author's country
United States

Approx. 175,000 words

Notable lines

I can see by my watch, without taking my hand from the left grip of the cycle, that it is eight-thirty in the morning.

— First line

The truth knocks on the door and you say, "Go away, I'm looking for the truth," and so it goes away. Puzzling.


A really new exploration, one that would look to us today the way the world looked to Columbus, would have to be in an entirely new direction.


The only Zen you can find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.


Your common sense is nothing more than the voices of thousands and thousands of these ghosts from the past.


The pencil is mightier than the pen.


It's going to get better now. You can sort of tell these things.

— Last lines


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