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

“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

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

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

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Some of us would take our time, if we knew that we are rushing to our deaths.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

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
“Speed does not always kill. And not only that, sometimes speed saves a life.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“Ach, wissen Sie, was man bei uns sagt: In Frankreich ist eine rote Ampel imperativ, in Italien fakultativ und in Brasilien dekorativ.”
Patric Nottret, Über den Wäldern ruht der Tod

Elly Blue
“The worst effects of breathing polluted air are experienced where it is densest: in traffic. Spending time on and near highways, freeways, and other busy roads is terrible for your health. How near is a question that is still being studied, but researchers believe that the effects are worst within either a fifth or a third of a mile. People in cars or buses are exposed to considerably more air pollution, perhaps because of, rather than despite, being in a closed space. People walking and bicycling on or next to roads breathe more air, but inhale somewhat less pollution; and cyclists have been found to have even less risk if they are on paths that are separated from the road.”
Elly Blue, Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save The Economy

Munia Khan
“Sorry for being stuck in the traffic
of my mind's stressful road
The world seems very pornographic
I can’t carry the load”
Munia Khan

Mick Herron
“Arkady Pashkin said “Why aren’t we moving?”
Middle of the city, traffic in front, traffic behind, a big sign saying roadworks ahead, and a stop light clearly visible through the windscreen. So why aren’t we moving, Lousia wondered. You had to be rich to ask.”
Mick Herron, Dead Lions

Helen Oyeyemi
“The night was very stark, alternate streams of town cars and chequered taxicabs, blaring horns busily staking claims—here is the road and here is the sidewalk. But the road looked so much livelier, what if I tried the road?”
Helen Oyeyemi, Mr. Fox

Amit Kalantri
“A city has no sense, no sentiment, no soul.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Amit Kalantri
“A city is a right place to build a business but not a right place to build a home.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Steven Magee
“My future plans involve standing at traffic junctions with a cardboard sign, begging for money.”
Steven Magee

Danika Stone
“It felt like surfacing; the sounds and smells of the city hit her in a wave of sensory overload. A taxi peeled by. A horn blared. People milled past, on their way to countless destinations. Madi squinted into the late-afternoon glare and smiled. The hum of millions of separate lives, woven together, gave her a buzz she couldn’t explain. Here in New York she was faceless, unknown. Herself.”
Danika Stone

Seanan McGuire
“Horns honked all around us, and our fellow drivers seemed concerned about my education, as they were introducing me to all manner of exciting hand gestures. Some of them were even new to me. I pointed to one of them.
"Look, Dominic. We're learning new things.”
Seanan McGuire, Snake in the Glass

Per Wahlöö
“Divided up into squares and corralled by the multi-lane highways were groups of multi-storey car parks, office buildings and department stores with small shops, cinemas, petrol stations and gleaming chrome snack bars on the ground floors. Many years earlier, when this city plan was being implemented, critical voices had been raised to say that the system would make the city inhuman and uninhabitable. The experts had brushed off the criticism. They argued that a modern city should be built not for pedestrians and horse-drawn carriages but for cars. As on so many other issues, both sides had subsequently been proved right.”
Per Wahlöö, The Steel Spring

Steven Magee
“Car exhaust pollution is a problem for the disabled that stand on traffic junctions begging for money.”
Steven Magee

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

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