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Quotations About / On: CAR

  • 21.
    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.)
  • 22.
    The will is never free—it is always attached to an object, a purpose. It is simply the engine in the car—it can't steer.
    (Joyce Cary (1888-1957), British author. Interview in Writers at Work, First Series, ed. Malcolm Cowley (1958).)
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  • 23.
    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).)
  • 24.
    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).)
    More quotations from: Larry McMurtry, success, money
  • 25.
    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).)
  • 26.
    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).)
  • 27.
    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).)
    More quotations from: Marilyn French, children, time
  • 28.
    I looked, there was nothing to see but more long streets and thousands of cars going along them, and dried-up country on each side of the streets. It was like the Sahara, only dirty.
    (Mohammed Mrabet (b. 1940), Moroccan author. Look And Move On, ch. 11, trans. by Paul Bowles (1976). "Like the Sahara Only Dirty" was the title of this chapter in Mohammed Mrabet's novelistic autobiography.)
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  • 29.
    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).)
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  • 30.
    It is not in our drawing-rooms that we should look to judge of the intrinsic worth of any style of dress. The street-car is a truer crucible of its inherent value.
    (Elizabeth Stuart Phelps (1844-1911), U.S. author. What to Wear? Ch. 1 (1873). Reacting to the elaborate, expensive, clumsy, and easily- soiled dresses that women of the time often wore, even when riding the streetcar.)
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