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elusive
used in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

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Definition
difficult to get a hold of

(mentally such as a memory or description; or externally such as an achievement or physical capture)
  • And the more I try to fathom what makes me enjoy mechanical work and them hate it so, the more elusive it becomes.
    Part 1 (11% in)
  • Not by its rising is there light , Not by its sinking is there darkness Unceasing, continuous It cannot be defined And reverts again into the realm of nothingness That is why it is called the form of the formless The image of nothingness That is why it is called elusive Meet it and you do not see its face Follow it and you do not see its back He who holds fast to the quality of old Is able to know the primeval beginnings Which are the continuity of quality.
    Part 3 (47% in)
  • The right facts, the ones we really need, are not only passive, they are damned elusive, and we're not going to just sit back and "observe" them.
    Part 3 (66% in)

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