Quotations About / On:
When a man opens the car door for his wife, it's either a new car or a new wife.
(Prince Philip (b. 1921), British Duke of Edinburgh. Today (London, March 2, 1988).)
Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
(P.J. (Patrick Jake) O'Rourke (b. 1947), U.S. journalist. "Why God Is a Republican and Santa Claus Is a Democrat," preface, Parliament of Whores (1991).)
The car has become the carapace, the protective and aggressive shell, of urban and suburban man.
(Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), Canadian communications theorist. Understanding Media, ch. 22 (1964).)
It goes without saying that you should never have more children than you have car windows.
(Erma Bombeck (20th century), U.S. humorist. As quoted in Woman to Woman, by Julia Gilden and Mark Riedman (1994).)
Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth.
(Erma Bombeck (20th century), U.S. humorist and author. As quoted in Woman to Woman, by Julia Gilden and Mark Riedman (1994).)
The startings and arrivals of the cars are now the epochs in the village day.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 2, p. 130, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
It could be so beautiful here if the Americans themselves had not made it so ugly with their big buildings, their millions of cars, and noise ...
(Greta Garbo (1905-1990), Swedish actor; relocated to the United States. As quoted in The Divine Garbo, ch. 4, by Frederick Sands and Sven Broman (1979).
Written in a letter to her friend, the Swede Lars Saxon, in autumn 1925, soon after arriving in California to make movies. She would eventually choose to make New York City her home.)
There are two modes of transport in Los Angeles: car and ambulance. Visitors who wish to remain inconspicuous are advised to choose the latter
(Fran Lebowitz (b. 1951), U.S. journalist. "Lesson 1," Social Studies (1981).)
The production of obscurity in Paris compares to the production of motor cars in Detroit in the great period of American industry.
(Ernest Gellner (b. 1925), British anthropologist, philosopher. "The Late Show," October 15, 1992, BBC2 television broadcast. Quoted in Observer Review (London, October 18, 1992).)
When I listen to the engine of my car, I might say it sounds fine, but it would not occur to me to say "What lovely music!"
(José Bergamín (1895-1983), Spanish writer. El cohete y la estrella (The Rocket and the Star), p. 69, Madrid, Biblioteca de Indice (1923).)