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used in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

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  • Thus we know nothing about them.
    Part 4 (53% in)
  • Unusual behavior tends to produce estrangement in others which tends to further the unusual behavior and thus the estrangement in self-stoking cycles until some sort of climax is reached.
    Part 1 (77% in)
  • He then tries to some extent to substitute this cosmos of his for the world of experience, and thus to overcome it — .
    Part 2 (19% in)
  • Thus the scientific truths of the twentieth century seem to have a much shorter life-span than those of the last century because scientific activity is now much greater.
    Part 2 (22% in)
  • Thus it was Hume, Kant said, who "aroused me from my dogmatic slumbers" and caused him to write what is now regarded as one of the greatest philosophical treatises ever written, the Critique of Pure Reason, often the subject of an entire University course.
    Part 2 (41% in)
  • Our reason, which is supposed to make things more intelligible, seems to be making them less intelligible, and when reason thus defeats its own purpose something has to be changed in the structure of our reason itself.
    Part 2 (43% in)
  • Like those in the valley behind us, most people stand in sight of the spiritual mountains all their lives and never enter them, being content to listen to others who have been there and thus avoid the hardships.
    Part 3 (0% in)
  • The majority probably figured they were stuck with some idealist who thought removal of grades would make them happier and thus work harder, when it was obvious that without grades everyone would just loaf.
    Part 3 (8% in)
  • He regarded himself as the fixed entity, not the pilgrimage or the mountain, and thus wasn't ready for it.
    Part 3 (18% in)
  • Thus did he seek to turn the attack.
    Part 3 (23% in)
  • It would seek analogues, that is, images and symbols from its previous experience, to define the unpleasant nature of its new environment and thus 'understand' it.
    Part 3 (45% in)
  • I think he might even have said that statements of the kind he had made, which fall short of their mark, are even worse than no statement at all, since they can be easily mistaken for truth and thus retard an understanding of Quality.
    Part 3 (49% in)
  • He showed a way by which reason may be expanded to include elements that have previously been unassimilable and thus have been considered irrational.
    Part 3 (49% in)
  • Thus by his failure to find any contradictions he proves that the fifth postulate is irreducible to simpler axioms.
    Part 3 (53% in)
  • Thus it is that the postulates can remain rigorously true even though the experimental laws that have determined their adoption are only approximative.
    Part 3 (54% in)
  • And as these reasonings appear to fit the world of our sensations, we think we may infer that these reasonable beings have seen the same thing as we; thus it is that we know we haven't been dreaming.
    Part 3 (57% in)
  • Thus the quandary vanishes.
    Part 3 (58% in)
  • Thus, if the problem of technological hopelessness is caused by absence of care, both by technologists and antitechnologists; and if care and Quality are external and internal aspects of the same thing, then it follows logically that what really causes technological hopelessness is absence of the perception of Quality in technology by both technologists and antitechnologists.
    Part 3 (62% in)
  • Since it's a result of the perception of Quality, a gumption trap, consequently, can be defined as anything that causes one to lose sight of Quality, and thus lose one's enthusiasm for what one is doing.
    Part 3 (84% in)
  • If one builds a house using the plumb-line and spirit-level methods he does so because a straight vertical wall is less likely to collapse and thus has higher Quality than a crooked one.
    Part 4 (10% in)
  • Thus they had apparently been traveling in the same direction as Phaedrus but had somehow ended with Aristotle and stopped there.
    Part 4 (16% in)
  • He then sat down and penned, to the Chairman of the Committee on Analysis of Ideas and Methods at the University of Chicago, a letter which can only be described as a provocation to dismissal, in which the writer refuses to skulk quietly out the back door but instead creates a scene of such proportions the opposition is forced to throw him out the front door, thus giving weight to the provocation it didn't formerly have.
    Part 4 (18% in)
  • Thus, in cultures whose ancestry includes ancient Greece, one invariably finds a strong subject-object differentiation because the grammar of the old Greek mythos presumed a sharp natural division of subjects and predicates.
    Part 4 (25% in)
  • Or if he takes whatever dull job he's stuck with...and they are all, sooner or later, dull...and, just to keep himself amused, starts to look for options of Quality, and secretly pursues these options, just for their own sake, thus making an art out of what he is doing, he's likely to discover that he becomes a much more interesting person and much less of an object to the people around him because his Quality decisions change him too.
    Part 4 (35% in)
  • Thus Quality, in Aristotle's system, is totally divorced from rhetoric.
    Part 4 (43% in)
  • Thus the dethronement of dialectic from what Socrates and Plato held it to be was absolutely essential for Aristotle, and "dialectic" was and still is a fulcrum word.
    Part 4 (45% in)
  • The Pythagoreans called it number and were thus the first to see the Immortal Principle as something nonmaterial.
    Part 4 (53% in)
  • Thus the hero of the Odyssey is a great fighter, a wily schemer, a ready speaker, a man of stout heart and broad wisdom who knows that he must endure without too much complaining what the gods send; and he can both build and sail a boat, drive a furrow as straight as anyone, beat a young braggart at throwing the discus, challenge the Pheacian youthat boxing, wrestling or running; flay, skin, cut up and cook an ox, and be moved to tears by a song.
    Part 4 (60% in)

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