Quotations About / On:
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).)
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).)