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I think that cars today are almost the exact equivalent of the great Gothic cathedrals: I mean the supreme creation of an era, conceived with passion by unknown artists, and consumed in image if not in usage by a whole population which appropriates them as a purely magical object.


All of those cars were once just a dream in somebody's head.


The reason American cars don’t sell anymore is that they have forgotten how to design the American Dream. What does it matter if you buy a car today or six months from now, because cars are not beautiful. That’s why the American auto industry is in trouble: no design, no desire.

KARL LAGERFELD, Vanity Fair, Feb. 1992

All dash to and fro in motor cars,
Familiar with the roads and settled nowhere.

T.S. ELIOT, The Rock

The car has become the carapace, the protective and aggressive shell, of urban and suburban man.

MARSHALL MCLUHAN, Understanding Media

As we drive down the freeways, we see the new cars, but not the massive new-car loans that enslave their drivers to the banks.

GERRY SPENCE, Give Me Liberty!

Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth.


The car as we know it is on the way out. To a large extent, I deplore its passing, for as a basically old-fashioned machine, it enshrines a basically old-fashioned idea: freedom. In terms of pollution, noise and human life, the price of that freedom may be high, but perhaps the car, by the very muddle and confusion it causes, may be holding back the remorseless spread of the regimented, electronic society.

J.G. BALLARD, Drive, Autumn 1971

Environmentally friendly cars will soon cease to be an option ... they will become a necessity.

FUJIO CHO, North American International Auto Show, 2004

The car was invented as a convenient place to sit out traffic jams.

I like cars. I like travel. I like the idea of people breaking down and I'm the only one who can help them get on the road again. It would be like being a magician. Just open up the hood and cast your magic spell.

SAM SHEPARD, Curse of the Starving Class

The car was invented as a convenient place to sit out traffic jams.

EVAN ESAR, 20,000 Quips and Quotes

One has to go back a while to recall a time when cars were simply means of transportation. In those days, they were just considered automobiles. Today, cars are extensions of their owners. They make statements about the character and status of their owners. They are loved, polished and pampered by some owners. They elicit a wide range of emotions, ranging from exasperation when they don't work to pure delight when they are expensive, beautiful and drive like a dream. They cause people to stare and drool and say "Some day...."

Ebony Magazine, "Celebrities and Their Favorite Cars," Nov. 1987

Cars aren't merely modes of transit or material possessions to Texans; they are something of a state treasure. We share a special, almost religious attachment to the automobile, rooted, I suppose, in our mythological relationship to the horse, our economic underpinnings in the oil industry, and the inescapable fact that to get anywhere in this state, you have to cover a lot of ground.

JIM ATKINSON, Texas Monthly, "Heaven on Wheels," Sep. 1984

Cars belong to a physical world of escalating waste and declining green space, a world of environmental degradation, an asphalt nation in which we live and breathe. Car culture is forever bound to the historical relations of modern capitalist production and consumption.

AMY L. BEST, Fast Cars, Cool Rides

Cars are the ultimate symbol of freedom, independence and individualism. They offer the freedom to "go anywhere," whenever it suits and with whom one chooses.

SARAH REDSHAW, In the Company of Cars

For the most part, Americans without cars are very young, very old, disabled, or live in Manhattan.


Some men take good care of a car; others treat it like one of the family.

EVAN ESAR, 20,000 Quips and Quotes

All dash to and fro in motor cars ...

I also tend to like cars that need me. To me, cars are like old screen doors. I know that if I jiggle the latch and move it this way, it will open for me and no one else. And that's the kind of cars I like. So I'm the worst possible kind of consumer to do a test on. I like idiosyncratic things. I mean Bugatti had that hard-to-make hollow front axle and mechanical brakes, long after everybody else changed to hydraulics. But that's what gives Bugattis character, and that's what makes them interesting to me.

JAY LENO, Popular Mechanics, Feb. 2000

Cars are like rolling diaries, metal and plastic and paint tableaux of the last ten years of their drivers' lives ... every dent, every drooping slice of chrome, has a story behind it.

JIM ATKINSON, Texas Monthly, "Heaven on Wheels," Sep. 1984

Nothing ages your car as much as the sight of your neighbor's new one.

EVAN ESAR, 20,000 Quips and Quotes

Toyota's getting a lot of attention. Yeah, Toyota has unveiled a new state of the art design for a car of the future. Yeah. The car is so advanced that when it's recalled it can actually drive itself back to the Toyota dealer.

CONAN O'BRIEN, Conan, Nov. 29, 2011

Nissan is designing a car that will read the driver’s mind. I already know what I’m going to do. I want a car that will read the other guy’s mind.

JAY LENO, The Tonight Show, Sep. 29, 2011

Will there be a time in our lives when cars don't crash? When a Mustang can warn a BMW that it's changing lanes – or when we can just sit back and relax and our cars will drive themselves? Auto technology experts say "yes." And they say that some of those advances may happen quicker than you might think.

DOUG GROSS, "Look, No Hands! The Driverless Future of Driving Is Here"

If we can make cars that don't crash, then think about what that does to the cars we can build. Right now, what we build is cars that help you survive when you crash. But if you don't crash, do we really need to two tons of metal? Can you use other materials?

SCOTT BELCHER, "Look, No Hands! The Driverless Future of Driving Is Here"

Cars are to the landscape what television sets are to interior decor--an unattractive necessity. For better or for worse, our lives are structured around these machines.

MARY RILEY SMITH, The Front Garden

Why is it that all cars are women? Because they're fussy and demanding.


In a sense the car has become a prosthetic, and though prosthetics are usually for injured or missing limbs, the auto-prosthetic is for a conceptually impaired body or a body impaired by the creation of a world that is no longer human in scale.


At Car and Driver, we were convinced that the automobile, as we knew and loved it, was as dead as the passenger pigeon. Ralph Nader was at full cry, ringing his tocsin of automobile doom into the brains of the public, convincing them that the lump of chrome and iron in the driveway was as lethal as a dose of Strontium 90 or a blast from a Viet Cong AK-47.

BROCK YATES, Cannonball!

Stealing a man's wife, that's nothing, but stealing his car, that's larceny.

JAMES M. CAIN, The Postman Always Rings Twice

I will build a car for the great multitude. It will be large enough for the family, but small enough for the individual to run and care for. It will be constructed of the best materials, by the best men to be hired, after the simplest designs that modern engineering can devise. But it will be so low in price that no man making a good salary will be unable to own one — and enjoy with his family the blessing of hours of pleasure in God's great open spaces.

HENRY FORD, My Life and Work

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