Im not sure about automobiles with all

I’m not sure… he’s wrongabout automobiles…. Eugene said.  With all their speed forward they may be a step backward in civilization – that is, in spiritual civilization.  It may be that they will not add to the beauty of the world, nor to the life of men’s souls.  I am not sure.  But automobiles have come, and they bring a greater change in our life than most of us suspect.  They are here, and almost all outward things are going to be different because of what they bring.  They are going to alter war, and they are going to alter peace.  I think men’s minds are going to be changed in subtle ways because of automobiles; just how, though, I could hardly guess.  But you can’t have the immense outward changes that they will cause without some inward ones, and it may be that… George is right, and that the spiritual alteration will be bad for us.  Perhaps, ten or twenty years from now, if we can see the inward change in men by that time, I shouldn’t be able to defend the gasoline engine, but would have to agree… with him that automobiles ‘had no business to be invented.’  ~Eugene, from Booth Tarkington’s The Magnificent Ambersons, 1918

Speed limit a sign that tells

Speed Limit ? A sign that tells you at what speed the car that’s rapidly fading from view in your rearview mirror is going; a law that provides the sole means of support for many small-town police departments. ~Richard Turner (1937-2011), The Grammar Curmudgeon, a.k.a. “The Mudge,” from “The Curmudgeon’s Short Dictionary of Modern Phrases”grammarmudge.cityslide.com/articles/article/718614/128229.htm; tpv,uwp,qe2

Consider the man on horseback and i

google_ad_region_end

Consider the man on horseback, and I have been a man on horseback for most of my life.  Well, mostly he is a good man, but there is a change in him as soon as he mounts.  Every man on horseback is an arrogant man, however gentle he may be on foot.  The man in the automobile is one thousand times as dangerous.  I tell you, it will engender absolute selfishness in mankind if the driving of automobiles becomes common.  It will breed violence on a scale never seen before.  It will mark the end of the family as we know it, the three or four generations living happily in one home.  It will destroy the sense of neighborhood and the true sense of Nation.  It will create giantized cankers of cities, false opulence of suburbs, ruinized countryside, and unhealthy conglomerations of specialized farming and manufacturing.  It will make every man a tyrant.  ~R.A. Lafferty, "Interurban Queen," 1970, a short story set in the late 1800s  (Thanks, Sam!)

The automobile has not merely taken over

The automobile has not merely taken over the street, it has dissolved the living tissue of the city.  Its appetite for space is absolutely insatiable; moving and parked, it devours urban land, leaving the buildings as mere islands of habitable space in a sea of dangerous and ugly traffic.  ~James Marston Fitch, New York Times, 1 May 1960WLBUQ

Take most people theyre crazy about cars

Take most people, they’re crazy about cars.  They worry if they get a little scratch on them, and they’re always talking about how many miles they get to a gallon, and if they get a brand-new car already they start thinking about trading it in for one that’s even newer.  I don’t even like old cars.  I mean they don’t even interest me.  I’d rather have a goddam horse.  A horse is at least human, for God’s sake.  ~J.D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye