Sunday, May 01, 2005

Driving Quotes

The longest journey begins with a single step, not with a turn of the ignition key.  ~Edward Abbey Restore human legs as a means of travel.  Pedestrians rely on food for fuel and need no special parking facilities.  ~Lewis Mumford What fools indeed we morals are To lavish care upon a Car, With ne'er a bit of time to see About our own machinery! ~John Kendrick Bangs You never really learn to swear until you learn to drive.  ~Author UnknownConsider the man on horseback, and I have been a man on horseback for most of my life.  Well, mostly he is a good man, but there is a change in him as soon as he mounts.  Every man on horseback is an arrogant man, however gentle he may be on foot.  The man in the automobile is one thousand times as dangerous.  I tell you, it will engender absolute selfishness in mankind if the driving of automobiles becomes common.  It will breed violence on a scale never seen before.  It will mark the end of the family as we know it, the three or four generations living happily in one home.  It will destroy the sense of neighborhood and the true sense of Nation.  It will create giantized cankers of cities, false opulence of suburbs, ruinized countryside, and unhealthy conglomerations of specialized farming and manufacturing.  It will make every man a tyrant.  ~R.A. Lafferty, written in the late 1800s, as quoted in Adbusters, Spring 1996 Automobiles are not ferocious.... it is man who is to be feared.  ~Robbins B. Stoeckel No one should be able to enter a wilderness by mechanical means.  ~Garrett Hardin, The Ecologist, February 1974 The car has become a secular sanctuary for the individual, his shrine to the self, his mobile Walden Pond.  ~Edward McDonagh Our national flower is the concrete cloverleaf.  ~Lewis Mumford The shortest distance between two points is under construction.  ~Noelie AltitoA real patriot is the fellow who gets a parking ticket and rejoices that the system works.  ~Bill VaughanI 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.  ~Will Rogers Recklessness is a species of crime and should be so regarded on our streets and highways.  ~Marlen E. Pew Stupidity is not a handicap.  Park elsewhere!  ~Author unknown, as seen on a T-shirtEverything in life is somewhere else, and you get there in a car.  ~E.B. White, One Man's Meat, 1943 The greater part of my official time is spent on investigating collisions between propelled vehicles, each on its own side of the road, each sounding its horn, and each stationary.  ~An English Lord Chief Justice, quoted in 2,715 One-Line Quotations for Speakers, Writers & Raconteurs by Edward F. Murphy Life is too short for traffic.  ~Dan Bellack Another way to solve the traffic problems of this country is to pass a law that only paid-for cars be allowed to use the highways.  ~Will Rogers What a lucky thing the wheel was invented before the automobile; otherwise can you imagine the awful screeching


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