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Offline Westinghouse

The famous bicycle
« on: February 17, 2020, 07:29:19 pm »
" Bicycles have a way of turning a trip into an adventure"

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness" - Mark Twain

"A bicycle traveler is well aware that it is nigh on impossible to pedal into a public place with 40 or 50 pounds of gear balanced on a non motorized vehicle, without several people approaching and asking, "Where are you from?"

 I feel that I am entitled to my share of lightheartedness and there is nothing wrong with enjoying one's self simply, like a boy. ~ Leo Tolstoy In response to criticism for learning to ride a bicycle at age 67

The bicycle is a curious vehicle. Its passenger is its engine. ~John Howard

If constellations had been named in the 20th century, I suppose we would see bicycles. ~ Prof. Carl Sagan

When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments. Here was a machine of precision and balance for the convenience of man. And (unlike subsequent inventions for man's convenience) the more he used it, the fitter his body became. Here, for once, was a product of man's brain that was entirely beneficial to those who used it, and of no harm or irritation to others. Progress should have stopped when man invented the bicycle. ~ Elizabeth West

It never gets easier, you just go faster. ~

Newspapers are unable, seemingly to discriminate between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilization. ~ George Bernard Shaw

Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use. ~ Charles M. Schulz

It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle. ~ Ernest Hemingway

The journey of life is like a man riding a bicycle. We know he got on the bicycle and started to move. We know that at some point he will stop and get off. We know that if he stops moving and does not get off he will fall off. ~ William G. Golding (English Novelist and Poet. Nobel Prize in Literature, 1983.)

Whenever I see an adult on a bicycle, I have hope for the human race. ~ H.G. Wells

I thought of that while riding my bicycle. ~ Albert Einstein on the theory of relativity

Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike. ~ John F. Kennedy

As a kid I had a dream - I wanted to own my own bicycle. When I got he bike I must have been the happiest boy in Liverpool, maybe the world. I lived for that bike. Most kids left their bike in the backyard at night. Not me. I insisted on taking mine indoors and the first night I even kept it in my bed. ~ John Lennon

The bicycle has done more for the emancipation of women than anything else in the world. ~ Susan B. Anthony 1896

Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel...the picture of free, untrammelled womanhood. ~ Susan B. Anthony 1896

When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking. ~ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

If you worried about falling off the bike, you'd never get on. ~ Lance Armstrong

Chasing records doesn't keep me on my bike. Happiness does. ~ Lance Armstrong after his third Tour de France victory

Let a man find himself, in distinction from others, on top of two wheels with a chain -- at least in a poor country like Russia -- and his vanity begins to swell out like his tires. ~ Leon Trotsky

Next to a leisurely walk I enjoy a spin on my tandem bicycle. It is splendid to feel the wind blowing in my face and the springy motion of my iron steed. The rapid rush through the air gives me a delicious sense of strength and buoyancy, and the exercise makes my pulse dance and my heart sing. ~ Helen Keller

Bicycling is a big part of the future. It has to be. There's something wrong with a society that drives a car to workout in a gym. ~ Bill Nye the Science Guy

Government must help to eliminate cars so that bicycles can help to eliminate government. ~ Advocacy slogan in Holland

It is the unknown around the corner that turns my wheels. ~ Heinz Stucke Bicycle touring for 47 years and still going.

When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realized that the Lord doesn't work that way so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me. ~ Emo Philips

The bicycle, the bicycle surely, should always be the vehicle of novelists and poets. ~ Christopher Morley (American author and editor 1890-1957).

A bicycle does get you there and more.... And there is always the thin edge of danger to keep you alert and comfortably apprehensive. Dogs become dogs again and snap at your raincoat; potholes become personal. And getting there is all the fun. ~ Bill Emerson, "On Bicycling," Saturday Evening Post, 29 July 1967

Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling. ~ James E. Starrs

The bicycle is just as good company as most husbands and, when it gets old and shabby, a woman can dispose of it and get a new one without shocking the entire community. ~ Ann Strong

Cycle tracks will abound in Utopia. ~ H.G. Wells

You never have the wind with you -- either it is against you or you're having a good day. ~ Daniel Behrman, The Man Who Loved Bicycles

Think of bicycles as rideable art that can just about save the world. ~ Grant Petersen

It's not about the bike ~ Lance Armstrong

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving ~ Albert Einstein

On my tenth birthday a bicycle and an atlas coincided as presents and a few days later I decided to cycle to India. ~ Dervla Murphy, Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle.

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. ~ Lao Tzu
And a bicycle ride around the world begins with a single pedal stroke. ~ Scott :)

The bicycle is the noblest invention of mankind. ~ William Saroyan (Nobel prize winner)

I began to feel that myself plus the bicycle equaled myself plus the world, upon whose spinning wheel we must all learn to ride, or fall into the sluiceways of oblivion and despair. That which made me succeed with the bicycle was precisely what had gained me a measure of success in life -- it was the hardihood of spirit that led me to begin, the persistence of will that held me to my task, and the patience that was willing to begin again when the last stroke had failed. And so I found high moral uses in the bicycle and can commend it as a teacher without pulpit or creed. She who succeeds in gaining the mastery of the bicycle will gain the mastery of life. ~ Frances E. Willard How I Learned To Ride The Bicycle (1895)


Offline John Nettles

Re: The famous bicycle
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2020, 07:36:27 pm »
VERY VERY nice!

Offline hikerjer

Re: The famous bicycle
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2020, 07:56:23 pm »
Sign in a local bike shop:  "We're not certain the bicycle can solve all the problems of the world, but we're pretty sure it's not contributing to them."

"Learn to ride a bicycle.  You won't regret it, if you live."  - Mark Twain
« Last Edit: February 17, 2020, 07:59:54 pm by hikerjer »

Offline David W Pratt

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Re: The famous bicycle
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2020, 03:34:51 pm »
Once, I read: Wherever your relationship is going, the fastest way to get there is a tandem bike

Offline BikePacker

Re: The famous bicycle
« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2020, 08:16:06 am »
Thank you, Westinghouse, for your time and thought in preparing your post of Quotations.
It is the best.
I just may frame it.

Offline DaveB

Re: The famous bicycle
« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2020, 09:23:52 am »
These and a lot more memorable bicycle themed quotes are compiled in Bill Strickland's "The Quotable Cyclists".  It's out of print but still available from several dealers including Amazon.