Quotes About Traffic

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Terry Pratchett
“My experience in Amsterdam is that cyclists ride where the hell they like and aim in a state of rage at all pedestrians while ringing their bell loudly, the concept of avoiding people being foreign to them.
My dream holiday would be a) a ticket to Amsterdam b) immunity from prosecution and c) a baseball bat.”
Terry Pratchett

Dan Rather
“Americans will put up with anything provided it doesn't block traffic.”
Dan Rather

Leonard Cohen
“A sip of wine, a cigarette,
And then it’s time to go.
I tidied up the kitchenette;
I tuned the old banjo.
I’m wanted at the traffic-jam.
They’re saving me a seat.”
Leonard Cohen

Kin Hubbard
“If you haven't seen your wife smile at a traffic cop, you haven't seen her smile her prettiest.”
Kin Hubbard

Jane Jacobs
“Traffic congestion is caused by vehicles, not by people in themselves.”
Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Kelley Armstrong
“On that walk around the building, two sets of cops coming out stopped to tell our guys to hustle us inside so they could head back out on the road. Accidents everywhere. A pileup on
each of two major roads. “Welcome to winter,” one said. “When fifty percent of drivers should have their licenses temporarily suspended.”
Kelley Armstrong, Dangerous

Andrew X. Pham
“Nobody gives way to anybody. Everyone just angles, points, dives directly toward his destination, pretending it is an all-or-nothing gamble. People glare at one another and fight for maneuvering space. All parties are equally determined to get the right-of-way--insist on it. They swerve away at the last possible moment, giving scant inches to spare. The victor goes forwards, no time for a victory grin, already engaging in another contest of will. Saigon traffic is Vietnamese life, a continuous charade of posturing, bluffing, fast moves, tenacity and surrenders.”
Andrew X. Pham, Catfish and Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam

Lauren Beukes
“Traffic in Joburg is like the democratic process. Every time you think it's going to get moving and take you somewhere, you hit another jam.”
Lauren Beukes, Zoo City

Steve Kluger
“T.C.: Um, actually you just said "I live in a parking lot." You didn't mean to do that.
Lori: You've never seen traffic on Concord Street at eight o'clock in the morning.”
Steve Kluger

Criss Jami
“I won't be stuck in traffic 'til I see how rugged my path is
And right now I'm loving how fast my troubles are fasting

No they don't bother me oh realizing I'm psychopathic
A wild beast, baby I'm gladly running after
Yes a thing called peace outlasting any madness

The devil fears me oh he's feeling
Like a fragment of a fraction
No he won't come near me
'Cause his hat trick's out of practice”
Criss Jami, Venus in Arms

Alex Morritt
“For millenia migrating birds have filled the skies, heading south in search of
warmer climes and richer pickings. Conversely, these days, droves of our fellow beings struggle northbound against all odds, seeking safety and a better life. The key difference ? This vast exodus of human traffic moves in one direction only. A testimony to failed foreign policy and disastrous military intervention that may have sown the seeds of European disintegration.”
Alex Morritt, Impromptu Scribe
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J.G. Ballard
“The enormous energy of the twentieth century, enough to drive the planet into a new orbit around a happier star, was being expended to maintain this immense motionless pause.”
J.G. Ballard, Crash

Sanhita Baruah
“Never follow the crowd....

Until and unless you're crossing the road...”
Sanhita Baruah

Ben Elton
“A society sufficiently sophisticated to produce the internal combustion engine has not had the sophistication to develop cheap and efficient public transport?'
‘Yes, boss... it’s true. There’s hardly any buses, the trains are hopelessly underfunded, and hence the entire population is stuck in traffic”
Ben Elton, Gridlock

George Ade
“In the city a funeral is just an interruption of traffic; in the country it is a form of entertainment. ”
George Ade

“All that remains of the garden city in our own day are traffic-free enclaves, islands in a sea of traffic where the pedestrian leads a legally protected by languishing existence, comparable to that of the North American Indians on their reservations...In reality the modern urbanist regards the city as a gigantic centre of production, geared to the efficient transport of workers and goods, to the accommodation of people and the storage of wares, to industrial and commercial activity. The rest, that is to say creativity, life, is optional and comes under the heading of recreation and leisure activities.”
Tom McDonough, The Situationists and the City: A Reader

Saad Shafqat
“The morning drive in Karachi was nothing like coasting on Storrow, but it hadn't taken Asad long to get used to it and it rarely bothered him now. Dreadful road manners were part of the traffic landscape in Karachi. Vehicles changed lanes without warning, motorcyclists zigzagged in and out, camel and donkey carts fought for road space, rickshaws spewed carbon and sulfur fumes, jaywalkers kept popping up from nowhere, and beggars, beggars and more beggars congregated at every traffic light.”
Saad Shafqat, Breath of Death

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“The modern man is usually in a hurry to get to a destination from which he will sooner or later suffer from and at times complain about boredom.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Ray Palla
“Put two idiot drivers together at a traffic light and you’re gonna have a car wreck. - Pop - Krill America”

Iain Sinclair
“The line of traffic advancing towards the rising sun looked like a procession of the returning dead. Every one of them, solitaries in clean shirts, smoking, checking mirrors to see if their reflections were still there, wore dark glasses.”
Iain Sinclair, London Orbital

“There is no cleverness in driving. No is wisdom or experience driver or driving that will save you from accidents. Because you know how to drive it doesn't mean someone who doesn't know how to drive or who drives reckless cant hit your car. A car is a moving coffin. Always be thankful when you reach your destination . Those who die from accidents are not stupids or bad drivers. Always thank God for sparing your life and delivering you to your destination.”
De philosopher DJ Kyos

Nana Awere Damoah
“This stupidity of sounding a siren and speeding through traffic with a coffin must be an African speciality.”
Nana Awere Damoah

Israelmore Ayivor
“You want to achieve your dreams early, right? I know of only one back door; that's HARDWORK. Only few people use that entrance so the advantage is that there is no or less traffic there!”
Israelmore Ayivor, Daily Drive 365

Stefan Emunds
“Why do I always forget that traffic is a social affair?”
Stefan Emunds

Pushpa Rana
“Clouds shed the agony of the sky and rain concludes it by covering us in filth. What do you think about the puddles of mud and traffic jams? I so hate rain.”
Pushpa Rana, Just the Way I Feel

Douglas Adams
“You have carjacking back in old England?”


“People walk up to you, steal your car.”

“No, but thanks for asking. We have people who clean your windscreen against your will, but, er...”

Joe barked with contempt.

“The thing is,” explained Dirk, “in London you could certainly walk up to someone and steal their car, but you wouldn't be able to drive it away.”

“Some kinda fancy device?”

“No, just traffic,” said Dirk.”
Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt

Douglas Adams
“I was once in San Francisco, and I parked in the only available space, which happened to be on the other side of the street. The law descended on me. Was I aware of how dangerous the manoeuvre I’d just made was? I looked at the law a bit blankly. What had I done wrong? I had, said the law, parked against the flow of traffic. Puzzled, I looked up and down the street. What traffic? I asked. The traffic that would be there, said the law, if there was any traffic. This was a bit metaphysical, even for me, so I explained, a bit lamely, that in England we just park wherever we can find a parking space available, and weren’t that fussy about which side of the street it was on. He looked at me aghast, as if I was lucky to have got out of a country of such wild and crazy car parkers alive, and promptly gave me a ticket. Clearly he would rather have deported me before my subversive ideas brought chaos and anarchy to streets that normally had to cope with nothing more alarming than a few simple assault rifles. Which, as we know, in the States are perfectly legal, and without which they would be overrun by herds of deer, overbearing government officers, and lawless British tea importers.”
Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt

Aleksandar Hemon
“It took me about fifteen minutes to get to the hospital, through traffic that existed in an entirely different space-time.”
Aleksandar Hemon, The Book of My Lives

“Some people think driving is speeding the car. Only to find out. Driving is not speeding the car but is being able to control the car.”
De philosopher DJ Kyos

“We know how to read traffic lights, but what don't you know how to read spiritual signs?”
Dr Paul Gitwaza

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