Transportation Quotes

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Erol Ozan
“Some beautiful paths can't be discovered without getting lost.”
Erol Ozan

Erol Ozan
“You can't understand a city without using its public transportation system.”
Erol Ozan

Edward Abbey
“Walking is the only form of transportation in which a man proceeds erect - like a man - on his own legs, under his own power. There is immense satisfaction in that.”
Edward Abbey, Postcards from Ed: Dispatches and Salvos from an American Iconoclast

Booth Tarkington
“I'm not sure he's wrong about automobiles," he said. "With all their speed forward they may be a step backward in civilization -- that is, in spiritual civilization. It may be that they will not add to the beauty of the world, nor to the life of men's souls.”
Booth Tarkington, The Magnificent Ambersons

Ivan Illich
“Beyond a certain speed, motorized vehicles create remoteness which they alone can shrink. They create distances for all and shrink them for only a few. A new dirt road through the wilderness brings the city within view, but not within reach, of most Brazilian subsistence farmers. The new expressway expands Chicago, but it sucks those who are well-wheeled away from a downtown that decays into a ghetto.”
Ivan Illich, Energy and Equity

Russell Baker
“A railroad station? That was sort of a primitive airport, only you didn't have to take a cab 20 miles out of town to reach it.”
Russell Baker

Kate McGahan
“Vehicles are one of the best modes of transportation. Relationships are one of the best vehicles of transformation.”
Kate McGahan

Israelmore Ayivor
“Why ships won't use roads, is why cars won't travel on oceans. When the position is wrong, the leader won't be right.”
Israelmore Ayivor, Leaders' Ladder

Amit Kalantri
“Faster is fatal, slower is safe.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Tobias Wolff
“Getting from La Jolla to Alta Vista State Hospital isn't easy, unless you have a car or a breakdown. April's Father had a breakdown and they got him there in no time.”
Tobias Wolff, The Night in Question

“Funny how nobody talks on the tubes, isn't it? I rarely catch the tube myself, or lifts. Confined spaces, everybody shuts down. Why is that? Perhaps we think everybody on the tube is a potential psychopath or a drunk,so we close down and pretend to read a book or something.”
John Hannah

Israelmore Ayivor
“When you are silent on the truth, you have given a transport fare for the lie to travel and spread fast.”
Israelmore Ayivor, Leaders' Frontpage: Leadership Insights from 21 Martin Luther King Jr. Thoughts

Jasper Fforde
“Rabbits never drove fast. They like to enjoy the view, didn't much care for speed and besides, it was wasteful of fuel. If you want to get somewhere a long way away, just leave early. Days, if that's required. Or, as Samuel C. Rabbit had it: 'nhffnfhfiifhfnnffhrhrfhrf' or 'to travel joyously is better than to arrive.”
Jasper Fforde, The Constant Rabbit

Godo Stoyke
“Bicycles are the most efficient vehicles on the planet, 50 times more efficient than cars, and twice as efficient as walking.”
Godo Stoyke, The Carbon Buster's Home Energy Handbook: Slowing Climate Change and Saving Money

Timberlake Wertenbaker
“It is very good, Wisehammer, it's very well written, but it's too-too-political. It will be considered provocative."

"You don't want me to say it."

"Not tonight. We have many people against us."

"I could tone it down. I could omit 'We left our country for our country's good.'"

"That's the best line.”
Timberlake Wertenbaker

Timberlake Wertenbaker
“This is a profligate prison for us all, it's a hellish hole we soldiers have been hauled to because they blame us for losing the war in America.”
Timberlake Wertenbaker, Our Country's Good

Lemony Snicket
“When you are traveling by bus, it is always difficult to decide whether you should sit in a seat by the window, a seat on the aisle, or a seat in the middle. If you take an aisle seat, you have the advantage of being able to stretch your legs whenever you like, but you have the disadvantage of people walking by you and they can accidentally step on your toes or spill something on your clothing. If you take a window seat, you have the advantage of getting a clear view of the scenery, but you have the disadvantage of watching insects die as they hit the glass. If you take a middle seat, you have neither of these advantages, and you have the added disadvantage of people leaning all over you when they fall asleep. You can see at once why you should always arrange to hire a limousine or rent a mule rather than take the bus to your destination.”
Lemony Snicket, The Vile Village

Elly Blue
“When we talk about reducing transportation emissions, the conversation tends to solely be about cars and fuel. Efforts to invent and promote electric and hybrid cars have enjoyed some success, and have proven the latent market demand for lower-emissions personal transportation. These vehicles pollute less, but they still require roads and parking spaces, are susceptible to crashes, and contribute to a dispersed and unhealthy landscape. And they are far from energy-neutral.”
Elly Blue, Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save The Economy

Elly Blue
“Everyone who wants to and has either the determination, social support, or infrastructure support can ride a bicycle, as recent times are proving.”
Elly Blue, Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save The Economy

Robert A. Caro
“Roosevelt wouldn't interfere even when he found out that Moses was discouraging Negroes from using many of his state parks. Underlying Moses' strikingly strict policing for cleanliness in his parks was, Frances Perkins realized with "shock," deep distaste for the public that was using them. "He doesn't love the people," she was to say. "It used to shock me because he was doing all these things for the welfare of the people... He'd denounce the common people terribly. To him they were lousy, dirty people, throwing bottles all over Jones Beach. 'I'll get them! I'll teach them!' ... He loves the public, but not as people. The public is just The Public. It's a great amorphous mass to him; it needs to be bathed, it needs to be aired, it needs recreation, but not for personal reasons -- just to make it a better public." Now he began taking measures to limit use of his parks. He had restricted the use of state parks by poor and lower-middle-class families in the first place, by limiting access to the parks by rapid transit; he had vetoed the Long Island Rail Road's proposed construction of a branch spur to Jones Beach for this reason. Now he began to limit access by buses; he instructed Shapiro to build the bridges across his new parkways low -- too low for buses to pass. Bus trips therefore had to be made on local roads, making the trips discouragingly long and arduous. For Negroes, whom he considered inherently "dirty," there were further measures. Buses needed permits to enter state parks; buses chartered by Negro groups found it very difficult to obtain permits, particularly to Moses' beloved Jones Beach; most were shunted to parks many miles further out on Long Island. And even in these parks, buses carrying Negro groups were shunted to the furthest reaches of the parking areas. And Negroes were discouraged from using "white" beach areas -- the best beaches -- by a system Shapiro calls "flagging"; the handful of Negro lifeguards [...] were all stationed at distant, least developed beaches. Moses was convinced that Negroes did not like cold water; the temperature at the pool at Jones Beach was deliberately icy to keep Negroes out. When Negro civic groups from the hot New York City slums began to complain about this treatment, Roosevelt ordered an investigation and an aide confirmed that "Bob Moses is seeking to discourage large Negro parties from picnicking at Jones Beach, attempting to divert them to some other of the state parks." Roosevelt gingerly raised the matter with Moses, who denied the charge violently -- and the Governor never raised the matter again.”
Robert A. Caro, The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York

Timberlake Wertenbaker
“Dawes? Dawes, do come back to earth and honour us with your attention for a moment.”
Timberlake Wertenbaker, Our Country's Good

Timberlake Wertenbaker
“Why are you so angry with your Duckling, harry? Don't you like it when I open my legs wide to you? Cross them over you - the way you like? What will you do when your little Duckling isn't there anymore to touch you with her soft fingertips, Harry, where you like it? First the left nipple and then the right. Your Duckling doesn't want to leave you, Harry."

"Duckling..."

"I need freedom sometimes, Harry.”
Timberlake Wertenbaker, Our Country's Good

Larry Gent
“I want all transportation out of the city shut down. No boats leave, no planes take off and shoot a bus driver or two to show that we’re serious.”
Larry Gent, Never Been to Mars

Ralph Caplan
“The experience of riding in a subway or elevator calls to mind Bertrand Russell's remark that much of modern anxiety stems from the time we spend in unnatural proximity to strangers without the preliminary sniffing that is instinctive in animals, including us.”
Ralph Caplan, By Design: Why There Are No Locks on the Bathroom Doors in the Hotel Louis XIV and Other Object Lessons

Elly Blue
“We are, most of us, paying far more for transportation than we can truly afford. And more and more of us are starting to realize it.”
Elly Blue, Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save The Economy

Steven Magee
“Rockets are the most dangerous form of transportation.”
Steven Magee

Paul Theroux
“Transportation in China is always crowded; it is nearly always uncomfortable; it is often a struggle.”
Paul Theroux, Riding the Iron Rooster

Thomas C. Foster
“Films and television let us experience other lives vicariously, or perhaps voyeuristically, as we watch those lives play out. But in a novel, we can become those characters, we can identify from the inside with someone whose life is radically different from our own. Best of all, when it’s over … we get to be ourselves again, changed slightly or profoundly by the experience, possessed of new insights perhaps, but recognizably us once more.”
Thomas C. Foster, How to Read Novels Like a Professor: A Jaunty Exploration of the World's Favorite Literary Form

“Taken in the mass, the automobile is a noxious mechanism whose destiny in workaday urban use is to frustrate man and make dead certain that he approaches his daily occupation unhappy and inefficient.”
Neal Shaw Blaisdell

“See the USA in your Chevrolet, America is asking you to call, Drive your Chevrolet through the USA, America’s the greatest land of all.

[Quoting The Dinah Shore Chevy Show theme song, c. 1952, in an epigraph to Chapter 11: See the USA in Your Chevrolet or from a Plane Flying High Above.]”
Robert J. Gordon, The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The U.S. Standard of Living Since the Civil War

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