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Traffic Quotes

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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

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

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

Frank O'Hara
“I am stuck in traffic in a taxicab
which is typical
and not just of modern life”
Frank O'Hara

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“The person you are mad at for being late could be late.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, P for Pessimism: A Collection of Funny yet Profound Aphorisms

Sally Rooney
“A school of taxis and cars swam past”
Sally Rooney, Conversations with Friends

“A single traffic light is able to reach and change the whole world within a few hours,passing on the resulting delays to traffic and people.

Isn’t that strange? Traffic lights change the world.”
nebulaspage.org

Rem Koolhaas
“The most [...] literal proposal to solve the problem of congestion comes from Harvey Wiley Corbett [...] Ultimately, Corbett calculates, the entire surface of the city could be a single traffic plane, an ocean of cars, increasing the traffic potential 700 percent. "[...We see] a very modernized Venice, a city of arcades, plazas and bridges, with canals for streets, only the canals will not be filled with real water but with freely flowing motor traffic, the sun glistening on the black tops of the cars and the buildings reflecting in this waving flood of rapidly rolling vehicles. From an architectural viewpoint [...] the idea presents all the loveliness, and more, of Venice. There is nothing incongruous about it, nothing strange..." Corbett's "solution" for New York's traffic problem is the most blatant case of disingenuity in Manhattanism's history. Pragmatism so distorted becomes pure poetry. Not for the moment does the theorist intend to relieve congestion; his true ambition is to escalate it to such intensity that it generates -- as in a quantum leap -- a completely new condition, where congestion becomes mysteriously positive [... Corbett and the authors of the Regional Plan] have invented a method to deal rationally with the fundamentally irrational. [They know] that it would be suicide to solve Manhattan's problems, that they exist by the grace of these problems, that it is their duty to make its problems, if anything, forever insurmountable, that the only solution for Manhattan is the extrapolation of its freakish history, that Manhattan is the city of the perpetual flight forward.”
Rem Koolhaas, Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan

“ALL OF US ARE STUCK IN ONE HUGE TRAFFIC JAM
WE CONTROL OUR CAR AND NOTHING BEYOND

एक बड़े से ट्रैफिक जाम में फंसे हैं हम
एक कार के दायरे में ही सिमटा है दम”
Vineet Raj Kapoor

Steven Magee
“LASER spotters were employed to visually monitor air traffic in the vicinity of the high powered LASER beam. The were typically young students and aged people that would take these temporary very high altitude jobs for some extra money. Some would become irritable as the night progressed. As far as I know, there has never been any long term monitoring of these people for health issues stemming from nighttime industrial LASER exposure or oxygen starvation.”
Steven Magee

Alain de Botton
“We admire New York precisely because the traffic and crowds have been coerced into a difficult but fruitful alliance.”
Alain de Botton, The Architecture of Happiness

“If you're going to be in a traffic jam, at least enjoy the flavor. Make some toast.”
Bashar

“To boost the targeted web traffic never try for booting traffic. - Momenul Ahmad”
Momenul Ahmad

“Your few minutes of patience can save hours of traffic jam!”
honeya

Virginia Woolf
“One of the triumphs of civilisation, Peter Walsh thought. It is one of the triumphs of civilisation, as the light high bell of the ambulance sounded. Swiftly, cleanly, the ambulance sped to the hospital, having picked up instantly, humanely, some poor devil; some one hit on the head, struck down by disease, knocked over perhaps a minute or so ago at one of these crossings, as might happen to oneself. That was civilisation. It struck him coming back from the East - the efficiency, the organisation, the communal spirit of London. Every cart or carriage of its own accord drew aside to let the ambulance pass. Perhaps it was morbid; or was it not touching rather, the respect which they showed this ambulance with its victim inside- busy men hurrying home, yet instantly bethinking them as it passed of some wife; or presumably how easily it might have been them there, stretched on a shelf with a doctor and a nurse.”
Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway

“I thought I could hear a distant hum, or roar, and braced myself for revelation, but it was the A465.”
Nina Lyon, Uprooted: On the Trail of the Green Man

“C'est la ceinture de sécurité qui m'a confronté pour la première fois à une frontière qui sépare deux mondes. L'un est habité par ceux qui tentent d'améliorer les connaissances avec des méthodes appropriées, présentées et commentées avec sincérité, c'est le fondement de la démarche scientifique. L'autre associe des personnes qui imaginent et "démontrent" ce qui va dans le sens de ce qu'ils veulent prouver.”
Claude Got, La violence routière - Des mensonges qui tuent

“La pensée unique qui cimente ce groupe est l'affirmation que la vitesse n'est pas dangereuse en elle-même, c'est seulement un facteur d'aggravation des conséquences des accidents, ce qui permet aux "bons conducteurs" de s'affranchir des règles sur la limitation de vitesse. Cette négation de l'évidence permet d'avoir une bonne conscience tout en transgressant les règles. Elle constitue un obstacle majeur au développement d'un consensus social sur le risque lié à la vitesse.”
Claude Got, La violence routière - Des mensonges qui tuent

“Quand un industriel de l'automobile commercialise un 4 x 4 offrant cinq places et pesant plus de 2 tonnes, qui produit trois fois plus de dioxyde de carbone qu'un véhicule "raisonnable" assurant le même service, nous sommes confrontés à une urgence de sécurité sanitaire. [...] Lutter contre de tels excès et contre les manipulations qui leur sont liés n'est pas un excès "hygiéniste, c'est un devoir social. Sur ce dossier, les industriels ont eu un comportement manipulateur et irresponsable qui est bien documenté. Ils ont pendant les quarante dernières années réalisé des progrès très importants dans la sécurité primaire et secondaire de leurs véhicules tout en supprimant une partie de ces progrès par des accroissements en grande partie inutiles de la masse et totalement inutiles de la vitesse maximale.”
Claude Got, La violence routière - Des mensonges qui tuent

“Refuser la relation mathématique entre la vitesse moyenne de circulation sur un réseau autoroutier et l'accidentalité fait partie des attitudes de déni qui permettent peut-être de conserver une forme puérile d'estime de soi, mais qui sont à la fois ridicules et manipulatoires.”
Claude Got, La violence routière - Des mensonges qui tuent

Ranjani Rao
“I didn’t know then that driving in India would help me develop a steadfast mind like an archer, capable of staying calm and focused amid the mayhem of traffic.”
Ranjani Rao, Rewriting My Happily Ever After - A Memoir of Divorce and Discovery

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