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used in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

26 uses
  • If you drop them or get dirt on them or scratch them or bang them with a hammer they'll lose that precision.
    Part 3 (98% in)
  • Aluminum doesn't oxidize in wet weather...or, more precisely, it always has a thin layer of oxide that prevents any further oxidation.
    Part 1 (57% in)
  • Who likes to think of a beautiful precision machine fixed with an old hunk of junk?
    Part 1 (58% in)
  • It is a member of a set called "precision measuring instruments" which in a classic sense has a profound meaning.
    Part 2 (3% in)
  • In a motorcycle this precision isn't maintained for any romantic or perfectionist reasons.
    Part 2 (3% in)
  • It's simply that the enormous forces of heat and explosive pressure inside this engine can only be controlled through the kind of precision these instruments give.
    Part 2 (3% in)
  • If the fit of the rod to the crankshaft is precise the explosion force will be transferred smoothly and the metal will be able to stand it.
    Part 2 (3% in)
  • But all this can be prevented by a few thousandths of an inch fit which precision measuring instruments give, and this is their classical beauty...not what you see, but what they mean...what they are capable of in terms of control of underlying form.
    Part 2 (4% in)
  • Precision instruments are designed to achieve an idea, dimensional precision, whose perfection is impossible.
    Part 2 (4% in)
  • Precision instruments are designed to achieve an idea, dimensional precision, whose perfection is impossible.
    Part 2 (4% in)
  • The purpose now is precise guidance of thoughts that will fail if they are not accurate.
    Part 2 (13% in)
  • By far the greatest part of his work is careful observation and precise thinking.
    Part 2 (16% in)
  • The act of formally writing everything down precisely and clearly seemed to suggest them.
    Part 2 (20% in)
  • The crushing teaching load was bad enough, but what for him was far worse was that he understood in his precise analytic way that the subject he was teaching was undoubtedly the most unprecise, unanalytic, amorphous area in the entire Church of Reason.
    Part 2 (90% in)
  • He singled out aspects of Quality such as unity, vividness, authority, economy, sensitivity, clarity, emphasis, flow, suspense, brilliance, precision, proportion, depth and so on; kept each of these as poorly defined as Quality itself, but demonstrated them by the same class reading techniques.
    Part 3 (15% in)
  • He felt that intellectuals usually have the greatest trouble seeing this Quality, precisely because they are so swift and absolute about snapping everything into intellectual form.
    Part 3 (43% in)
  • In answer to his colleagues at school he wrote: "Any philosophic explanation of Quality is going to be both false and true precisely because it is a philosophic explanation.
    Part 3 (45% in)
  • It was as precise and definite as it could be.
    Part 3 (47% in)
  • Method is precisely this choice of facts; it is needful then to be occupied first with creating a method; and many have been imagined, since none imposes itself.
    Part 3 (55% in)
  • It's almost impossible to state them precisely; they must be felt rather than formulated.
    Part 3 (57% in)
  • The difference between a good mechanic and a bad one, like the difference between a good mathematician and a bad one, is precisely this ability to select the good facts from the bad ones on the basis of quality.
    Part 3 (66% in)
  • It results in part from lack of kinesthesia, a failure to realize that although the externals of a cycle are rugged, inside the engine are delicate precision parts which can be easily damaged by muscular insensitivity.
    Part 3 (97% in)
  • The insides of a motorcycle contain surfaces that are precise in some cases to as little as one ten-thousandth of an inch.
    Part 3 (98% in)
  • When handling precision parts that are stuck or difficult to manipulate, a person with mechanic's feel will avoid damaging the surfaces and work with his tools on the nonprecision surfaces of the same part whenever possible.
    Part 3 (98% in)
  • Handle precision parts gently.
    Part 3 (98% in)
  • If you have a tendency to bang things around, take more time and try to develop a little more respect for the accomplishment that a precision part represents.
    Part 3 (98% in)

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