Quotations About / On: CAR
Between here and that old car outside there are twenty-five paces. Make them. Now.
(Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977), Russian. Humbert Humbert (James Mason), Lolita, urging Lolita to leave her husband and run away with Humbert (1962).)
Space isn't remote at all. It's only an hour's drive away if your car could go straight upwards.
(Fred, Sir Hoyle (b. 1915), British astronomer. Observer (London, Sept. 9, 1979).)
It's like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
(E.L. (Edgar Lawrence) Doctorow (b. 1931), U.S. novelist. Interview in Writers at Work, Eighth Series, ed. George Plimpton (1988).
Said of his writing technique.)
What our children have to fear is not the cars on the highways of tomorrow but our own pleasure in calculating the most elegant parameters of their deaths.
(J.G. (James Graham) Ballard (b. 1930), British novelist. The Atrocity Exhibition, ch. 8 (1970).)
No illusion is more crucial than the illusion that great success and huge money buy you immunity from the common ills of mankind, such as cars that won't start.
(Larry McMurtry (b. 1936), U.S. screenwriter, novelist, essayist. Danny Deck, in Some Can Whistle, pt. 1, ch. 11 (1989).)
To nourish children and raise them against odds is in any time, any place, more valuable than to fix bolts in cars or design nuclear weapons.
(Marilyn French (20th century), U.S. author. As quoted in Woman to Woman, by Julia Gilden and Mark Riedman (1994).)
You sell a screenplay like you sell a car. If someone drives it off a cliff, that's it.
(Rita Mae Brown (b. 1944), U.S. feminist, writer. Newsweek (New York, Aug. 19, 1985).)
Doormana genius who can open the door of your car with one hand, help you in with the other, and still have one left for the tip.
(Dorothy Kilgallen (1913-1965), U.S. columnist, television personality. Quoted in Jilly Cooper and Tom Hartman, "Come Away, Poverty's Catching," Violets and Vinegar (1980).)
Long after the bomb falls and you and your good deeds are gone, cockroaches will still be here, prowling the streets like armored cars.
(Tama Janowitz (b. 1957), U.S. author. "Modern Saint 271," Slaves of New York (1986).)
What new thoughts are suggested by seeing a face of country quite familiar, in the rapid movement of the rail-road car!
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Nature, ch. 6 (1836, revised and repr. 1849).)