Quotations About / On:
It all began so beautifully. After a drizzle in the morning, the sun came out bright and clear. We were driving into Dallas. In the lead car were President and Mrs. Kennedy.
(Lady Bird Johnson (b. 1912), U.S. first lady. A White House Diary, first entry, Nov. 22, 1963 (1970).)
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.)
The will is never freeit is always attached to an object, a purpose. It is simply the engine in the carit can't steer.
(Joyce Cary (1888-1957), British author. Interview in Writers at Work, First Series, ed. Malcolm Cowley (1958).)
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).)
The American Dream has run out of gas. The car has stopped. It no longer supplies the world with its images, its dreams, its fantasies. No more. It's over. It supplies the world with its nightmares now: the Kennedy assassination, Watergate, Vietnam.
(J.G. (James Graham) Ballard (b. 1930), British author. repr. in Re/Search, no. 8/9, San Francisco (1984). interview in Métaphors, no. 7 (1983).)
Freedom is not an ideal, it is not even a protection, if it means nothing more than freedom to stagnate, to live without dreams, to have no greater aim than a second car and another television set.
(Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965), U.S. Democratic politician. "Putting First Things First," Foreign Affairs (New York, Jan. 1960).)
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).)