"Glorious, stirring sight! The poetry of motion! The real way to travel! The only way to travel! Here today -- in next week tomorrow! Villages skipped, towns and cities jumped -- always somebody else's horizons! O bliss! O poop-poop! O my! O my! "
"I feel like I am diagonally parked in a parallel universe. "
"Remember folks, street lights timed for 35 mph are also timed for 70 mph. "
"You can't see anything from a car; you've got to get out of the goddamn contraption and walk, better yet crawl, on hands and knees, over the sandstone and through the thornbrush and cactus. When traces of blood begin to mark your trail, you'll see something, maybe. "
"Natives who beat drums to drive off evil spirits are objects of scorn to smart Americans who blow horns to break up traffic jams. "
Mary Ellen Kelly
"The automobile has not merely taken over the street, it has dissolved the living tissue of the city. Its appetite for space is absolutely insatiable; moving and parked, it devours urban land, leaving the buildings as mere islands of habitable space in a sea of dangerous and ugly traffic. "
James Marston Fitch
"The reading public is intellectually adolescent at best, and it is obvious that what is called ''significant literature'' will only be sold to this public by exactly the same methods as are used to sell it toothpaste, cathartics and automobiles. "
"What our children have to fear is not the cars on the highways of tomorrow but our own pleasure in calculating the most elegant parameters of their deaths." J. G. Ballard
"For a woman to get a rewarding sense of total creation by way of the multiple monotonous chores that are her daily lot would be as irrational as for an assembly line worker to rejoice that he had created an automobile because he tightened a bolt. "
Edith Mendel Stern
"Patience is something you admire in the driver behind you and scorn in the one ahead. "
"On the other hand, the Bible contains much that is relevant today, like Noah taking 40 days to find a place to park. "
"A suburban mother's role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and by car forever after. "
Peter De Vries
"We are not proving ourselves spiritually worthy of our material progress. We have not been neighborly, courteous, and kind upon the highway. Our lack of decency toward our fellow men is a definite black mark against us. "
Cary T. Grayson
"The civilized man has built a coach, but has lost the use of his feet. "
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Walking isn't a lost art - one must, by some means, get to the garage. "
"The best car safety device is a rear-view mirror with a cop in it. "
"The car has become... an article of dress without which we feel uncertain, unclad, and incomplete. "
"Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race. "
"Driving is a spectacular form of amnesia. Everything is to be discovered, everything to be obliterated. "
"The automobile is technologically more sophisticated than the bundling board, but the human motives in their uses are sometimes the same. "
Charles M. Allen
"Your grandchildren will likely find it incredible - or even sinful - that you burned up a gallon of gasoline to fetch a pack of cigarettes! "
Dr. Paul MacCready, Jr.
"Love is much nicer to be in than an automobile accident, a tight girdle, a higher tax bracket, or a holding pattern over Philadelphia. "
"Take most people, they're crazy about cars. They worry if they get a little scratch on them, and they're always talking about how many miles they get to a gallon, and if they get a brand-new car already they start thinking about trading it in for one that's even newer. I don't even like old cars. I mean they don't even interest me. I'd rather have a goddam horse. A horse is at least human, for God's sake. "
"The most valuable things in life are not measured in monetary terms. The really important things are not houses and lands, stocks and bonds, automobiles and real state, but friendships, trust, confidence, empathy, mercy, love and faith. " Bertrand Russell
"Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves. "
"What a lucky thing the wheel was invented before the automobile; otherwise can you imagine the awful screeching? "
"A tree never hits an automobile except in self defense. "
"I represent what is left of a vanishing race, and that is the pedestrian.... That I am still able to be here, I owe to a keen eye and a nimble pair of legs. But I know they'll get me someday. "
"Americans are broad-minded people. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater, and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there is something wrong with him. "
"The elderly don't drive that badly; they're just the only ones with time to do the speed limit. "
"To relive the relationship between owner and slave we can consider how we treat our cars and dogs -- a dog exercising a somewhat similar leverage on our mercies and an automobile being comparable in value to a slave in those days. "
"When buying a used car, punch the buttons on the radio. If all the stations are rock and roll, there's a good chance the transmission is shot. ~
"A car can massage organs which no masseur can reach. It is the one remedy for the disorders of the great sympathetic nervous system. "
"Driving a brand new car feels like driving around in an open billfold with the dollars flapping by your ears as they fly out the window. "
"We are the first nation in the history of the world to go to the poorhouse in an automobile. '
"The car has become the carapace, the protective and aggressive shell, of urban and suburban man. "
"The shortest distance between two points is under construction. "
"The longest journey begins with a single step, not with a turn of the ignition key. "
"Automobiles are not ferocious.... it is man who is to be feared. "
Robbins B. Stoeckel
"Let a man find himself, in distinction from others, on top of two wheels with a chain -- at least in a poor country like Russia -- and his vanity begins to swell out like his tires. In America it takes an automobile to produce this effect. "
"Money differs from an automobile or mistress in being equally important to those who have it and those who do not. "
John Kenneth Galbraith
"The car has become a secular sanctuary for the individual, his shrine to the self, his mobile Walden Pond. "
"Self-determination, the autonomy of the individual, asserts itself in the right to race his automobile, to handle his power tools, to buy a gun, to communicate to mass audiences his opinion, no matter how ignorant, how aggressive, it may be." Herbert Marcuse
"You never really learn to swear until you learn to drive. "