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Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible. Lord Kelvin
When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable. Clifton Fadiman
The rage for railroads is so great that many will be laid in parts where they will not pay. George Stephenson
The future is in the sky. Kemal Ataturk
Indian Railways is the responsibility of Lord Vishwakarma. So is the safety of passengers... It is His duty, not mine. I have been forced to don His mantle. Lalu Prasad Yadav
I feel very sad that my personal freedom was taken away like this. I grew up under authoritarian governments in the Middle East, and one of the reasons I chose to move to the U. S. is that I didn’t want an officer to make me change my T-shirt. He said ‘You can’t wear a T-shirt with Arabic script and come to an airport. It is like wearing a T-shirt that reads ‘I am a robber’ and going to a bank.’ Raed Jarrar
Wall Street is the only place that people ride in a Rolls Royce to get advice from those who take the subway Warren Buffett
The managing officers were now potentates,--'railroad magnates,' 'railroad kings.' They traveled in state, surrounded by their personal staff, the heads of the different departments, who were almost as important personages as their chiefs. When they visited a town on their lines, the principal business men rushed to greet them. The fat of the land was at their disposal. Merchants sent baskets of champagne to the heads of the traffic departments and sealskin jackets to their wives, while on the other hand, special rates were liberally bestowed upon their favorites. Special clerks were required to be wholly employed in issuing free passes. Judges and juries seemed to have a perceptible bias in their favor, the brightest attorneys were retained, and minor officials were glad to grant them favors. The country press was subsidized with passes for editors, their families and their friends. Alpheus Beede Stickney
Railroads have more than realized the fabulous conception of the eastern imagination which picture the genii as transporting inhabited palaces through the air. They take a train of inhabited palaces from the Atlantic coast, and with marvelous swiftness deposit it on the shores that are washed by the Pacific seas. Byron Paine
In an unpleasant world, a car takes you where you want in an enjoyable way. David Davis
The railroads were built at the expense of the destruction of agriculture. Fyodor Dostoevsky
Our whole future depends on the railways Mikhail A. Reutern
Those who first cross the Atlantic in a steam-boat will be entitled to a great portion of applause. In a few years we expect such trips will be common ... and bold will they be who first make a passage to Europe in a steam-boat. Pittsburgh Gazette
In an urbanizing world there is an inherent conflict between the automobile and the city. After a point, as their numbers multiply, automobiles provide not mobility but immobility. Lester R. Brown
Clinton's Big Ditch Anonymous
Fulton’s Folly Anonymous
A shipwrecked sailor on this coast bids you set sail. Many a gallant ship weathered the gale ere we were lost. Anonymous
We are the beast of state government. Patricia B. Adduci
You can ride from England to China on regular lines of steamships and railroads without once passing from the protecting hollow of Mr. Morgan’s hand. Ray Stannard Baker
In America we don't just drive cars. We inhabit them. Bernard Beck
Let us complete the grand design of Columbus, by putting Europe and Asia into communication, and that to our advantage, through the heart of our country. Let us give to his ships, converted into cars, a continuous course, unknown to all former times. Let us make the iron road, and make it from sea to sea. Thomas Hart Benton
We shall yet place an iron belt from the Atlantic to the Pacific, a railroad from Halifax to Nootka Sound … Richard Bonnycastle
The construction of the Intercontinental Railway is essential to the Consolidation of the Union of British North America. Canada
Good roads mean quicker and cheaper transportation, a saving of labor and the opening of new channels of employment, while being the avenues for wider and better social relations. John S. Cravens
It is difficult even now for the President to avoid giving his approbation to any law appropriating money for a road or canal. William H. Crawford
Hell in a harness David Crockett
There has always been at each decisive period of the world’s history some voice, some note, that represented … prevailing power …. And now finally, there was heard in the streets the murmur of the newest and most perfect of forces, the automobile, rushing along at the rate of 25 miles and hour. Detroit News-Tribune
It takes time to build roads. You can't just wave a magic wand. James S. Gilmore III
[Commenting on airline deregulation:] I don't think you can ask the free market to make sure that airplanes are working or that the cockpit crew is rested. Dan Glickman
Passport photos must have a neutral expression—that means no laughing, smiles, frowning. The mouth must be closed. Angence France-Presse
Good roads and canals will shorten distances, facilitate commercial and personal intercourse, and unite, by a still more intimate community of interests, the remote quarters of the United States. Albert Gallatin
Competition doesn't work well in the transportation business. Albert Fink
Competition doesn't work well in the transportation business. Albert Fink
If God had intended us to fly, he’d never have given us the railways. Michael Flanders
After World War II the federal government figured out that Detroit could make 6 million cars a year and there were not enough roads to put them on. Arthur A. Fletcher
It should look like a beetle. Nature will show us the way. Adolf Hitler
One of the curiosities that we daily see pass under our windows is the steamboat—a passage vessel with accommodation with near a hundred persons. It is moved by a steam-engine turning a wheel on either side of it, which acts like the main wheel of a mill, and propels the vessel against the wind and tide at a rate of four miles an hour. Francis James Jackson
… a people occupied as we are in opening rivers, digging navigable canals, making roads Thomas Jefferson
The introduction of so powerful an agent as steam will make a great change in the situation of man. Thomas Jefferson
The security appeared so great that I wish for one sincerely, to travel in, as instead of 10 days, I should be within 5 hours of home. Thomas Jefferson
Every improvement of the means of locomotion benefits mankind morally and intellectually as well as materially, and not only facilitates the interchange of the various productions of nature and art, but tends to remove national and provincial antipathies, and to bind together all the branches of the great human family. Thomas Babington Macaulay
No nation owes more to the steel wheel on the steel rail though it is not always clear whether railways were built to unite Canada, or Canada was created to justify the rail building. Donald MacKay
The air transportation system consists of three components: Airports, Air Traffic Control, and airlines. The three work together like a dysfunctional family. Norman Y. Mineta
Once a rider [of an early automobile] is accustomed to the piston beat and the rattle of gears, he minds them no more than the pounding of horses hoofs in ordinary driving. Cleveland Moffett
Cities are created by and for traffic. Robert Moses
Distances in this country are too great. Space must be annihilated. Frank Andrew Munsey
A great universal highway in the sky … soon to be opened. Samuel Pierpont Langley
People don't want to cut back on the railroads, and they haven't ridden the damn things in years. Jean-Luc Le Pepin
Every person that you can get on a public transportation vehicle is one less person polluting the air or taking up space on our highways. Eva Lerner-Lam
A man has as much right to go across a river as to go up and down the river. Abraham Lincoln
The Father of Waters [the Mississippi River] again goes unvexed to the sea. Abraham Lincoln
In this place were a number of savages who had come for traffic in furs, several of whom came to our vessels with their canoes, which are from eight to nine paces long, and about a pace or pace and a half broad in their middle, growing narrower toward the two ends. They are very apt to turn over, in case one does not understand managing them, and are made of birch bark, strengthened on the inside by little ribs of white cedar, very neatly arranged. They are so light that a man can easily carry one. … . When they want to go overland to a river where they have business, they carry them with them. From Chouacoet along the coast as far as the harbor of Tadoussac, they are all alike. Samuel de Champlain
Soon you’ll be whirled along by steam in a country now only inhabited by wild beasts and Indians Grenville Mellen Dodge
The situation in transport is catastrophic in the most literal sense of the word, as testified to by the accelerating frequency of railway disasters Christian Rakovsky
New York was once laced by these trails from Albany to Buffalo, trails that my people had trod for centuries—worn so deep by the feet of the Iroquois that they became your own roads of travel, when my people no longer walked in them. Your highways still lie in those paths; Peter Wilson
You have to take account of traffic, but you should not pander to traffic. Greg Nickels
The English laborer today is far more easy to move than he was 100 years ago. In a stirring new country like America there is much more mobility of labour than in England. Arnold J. Toynbee
Here was all these cheap long-horned steers over-running Texas; here was the rest of the country crying out for beef -- and no railroads in Texas to get them out. So they trailed them out, across hundreds of miles of wild country Teddy Blue Abbott
Railways, multiplied and spanning the continent, are essential domestic institutions -- more powerful and more permanent than law, or popular consent, or political constitutions... They thoroughly complete the grand system... which fraternizes us into one people. William Gilpin
The railways of the world, except in those countries where they have been held under the strict regulation and supervision of the government, have proved themselves arbitrary, extortionate and as opposed to free institutions and free commerce between states as were the feudal barons of the middle ages. Illinois State Farmers' Association
We urge the passage of a bill enforcing the principle that railroads are public highways, and requiring railroads to make connections with all roads whose tracks meet or cross their own, and to receive and transmit cars and trains offered over their roads at reasonable maximum rates, whether offered at such crossings, or at stations along their roads, and empowering the making of connections by municipal corporations for that purpose, and for the public use. We hold, declare and resolve, that this despotism, which defies our laws, plunders our shippers, impoverishes our people, and corrupts our government, shall be subdued and made to subserve the public interest at whatever cost. Illinois State Farmers' Association
The State makes roads. It keeps them in repair. It must in some way be paid in order to be able to do all this. And what difference does it make whether it be paid by a tax of one dollar on each passenger, or by the same sum collected at a toll-gate, or by a gross sum for a license? Samuel Freeman Miller
Whose voice was first sounded on this land? The voice of the red people who had but bows and arrows... When the white man comes in my country he leaves a trail of blood behind him... I have two mountains in that country... I want the Great Father to make no roads through them. Red Cloud
The great Pacific Railway is commenced... Immigration will soon pour into these valleys. Ten millions of emigrants will settle in this golden land in twenty years... This is the grandest enterprise under God! George Francis Train
It was only through the Government's help that anything this gargantuan in size could be accomplished, much as landing on the Moon. It was not rugged individualists who built the railroad, it was rugged corporations who formed and financed themselves as entities. It was the rugged federal government that came up with the federal loans, and the land grants, that enabled it to be built. Amid all the romance of building the railroad we tend to forget that it was one of the major industrial enterprises of its age. T. H. Watkins
America’s history is the history of her transportation. Lyndon B. Johnson
A transcontinental railroad will not be built in my lifetime, or my children’s lifetime, or their children’s lifetime. William Tecumseh Sherman
Please tell the Attorney General that we have been cooling off for 350 years. If we cool off any more, we’ll be in the deep freeze. The Freedom Rides will go on. James Farmer
Numerous technicians in every state are doing their utmost to achieve the dream of free, unlimited flight and it is precisely here where changes can be made which would have a radical effect on our whole way of life. The borders between countries would lose their significance, because they could not be closed off from each other. Linguistic differences would disappear, as human mobility increased. National defense would cease to devour the best resources of nations as it would become impossible in itself. And the necessity of resolving disagreements among nations in some other way than by bloody battles would, in its turn, lead us to eternal peace. Otto Lilienthal
Any railroad corporation has infinitely more influence in any department of government than all the human beings that live in the territory that the railroad traverses. William Randolph Hearst
Railroads ... are positively the greatest blessing that the ages have wrought out for us. They give us wings; they annihilate the toil and dust of pilgrimage; they spiritualize travel. Nathaniel Hawthorne
We should encourage the establishment of American steamship lines. Benjamin Harrison
The facts will take us where the facts will take us. James E. Hall
An act of atrocious piracy having been committed on one of our trading ships by the inhabitants of a settlement on the west coast of Sumatra, a frigate was dispatched with orders to demand satisfaction for the injury if those who committed it should be found to be members of a regular government, capable of maintaining the usual relations with foreign nations; but if, as it was supposed and as they proved to be, they were a band of lawless pirates, to inflict such a chastisement as would deter them and others from like aggressions. This last was done, and the effect has been an increased respect for our flag in those distant seas and additional security for our commerce. Andrew Jackson
Nobody, in any part of the world, has figured out a way to make money on passenger railroads. It's a matter of social policy. Edwin L. Harper
The northern and western companies of inland lock navigation, having, agreeably to law, produced authentic accounts of their expenditures, I have given the necessary certificate to entitle them to receive from the Treasury the sum of ten thousand pounds, as a free gift on the part of this State towards the prosecution of those interesting objects. Although the care of improving and opening these navigations be committed to private companies, they will require, and no doubt from time to time receive, from the Legislature, every fostering aid and patronage commensurate to the great public advantages which must result from the improvement of the means of intercourse DeWitt Clinton
The power to regulate commerce does not look to the principle by which boats were moved. That power was left to individual discretion. The act demonstrates the opinion of Congress that steamboats may be enrolled and licensed in common with vessels using sails. They are, of course, entitled to the same privileges and can no more be restrained from navigating waters and entering ports, which are free to such vessels, than if they were wafted on their voyage by the winds instead of being propelled by the agency of fire. The one element may be as legitimately used as the other, for every commercial purpose authorized by the laws of the river, and the act of a State inhibiting the use of either to any vessel, having a license under the act of Congress, comes, we think, in direct collision with that act. The acts of the Legislature of the State of New York, granting to Robert R. Livingston and Robert Fulton the exclusive navigation of all the waters within the jurisdiction of that State, with boats moved by fire or steam, for a term of years, are repugnant to that clause of the constitution of the United States, which authorizes Congress to regulate commerce, so far as the said acts prohibit vessels licensed, according to the laws of the United States, for carrying on the coasting trade, from navigating the said waters by means of fire or steam. John Marshall
The State hereby grants the exclusive privilege of navigating all boats that might be propelled by steam, on all waters within the territory, or jurisdiction of the State, for the term of twenty years. New York State
White Man’s Road Thru Black Man’s Home! Sammie Abbott
The railways of the world, except in those countries where they have been held under the strict regulation and supervision of the government, have proved themselves arbitrary, extortionate and as opposed to free institutions and free commerce between states as were the feudal barons of the middle ages. Anonymous
If we are to avail ourselves fully of the benefits of civil aviation, and if we are to use the automobiles we can produce, it will be necessary to construct thousands of airports and to overhaul our entire national highway system. Franklin D. Roosevelt
There's no question that we need tougher drunk-driving laws for repeat offenders. We need to take a lesson from European countries where driving isn't a right but a privilege. There isn't a person on this planet by this time who doesn't know that when you consume alcohol you shouldn't get behind the wheel of a car. The people who do it anyway should have their privilege to drive taken away. Jesse Ventura
No form of punishment could be more effective. Charles Dickens
Please see if it is feasible to create these roads so that they will pay for themselves. Franklin D. Roosevelt
A land route to Alaska is imperative for the national defense. Henry L. Stimson
The tolls for the maintenance of a high road, cannot with any safety be made the property of private persons. Adam Smith
Good roads, canals, and navigable rivers, by diminishing the expense of carriage, put the remote parts of the country more nearly upon a level with those of the neighborhood of the town. They are upon that the greatest of all improvements. Adam Smith
Environmentally friendly cars will soon cease to be an option...they will become a necessity. Fujio Cho
Nothing will ever equal that moment of joyous excitement which filled my whole being when I felt myself flying away from the earth. It was not mere pleasure; it was perfect bliss. Escaped from the frightful torments of persecution and of calumny, I felt that I was answering all in rising above all. Jacques Alexandre Cesar Charles
Let us hope that the advent of a successful flying machine, now only dimly foreseen and nevertheless thought to be possible, will bring nothing but good into the world; that it shall abridge distance, make all parts of the globe accessible, bring men into closer relation with each other, advance civilization, and hasten the promised era in which there shall be nothing but peace and goodwill among all men. Octave Chanute
I am well convinced that Aerial Navigation will form a most prominent feature in the progress of civilization George Cayley
Quadracycle Henry Ford
Our great national highway [the railroads] could be restored to public use only by the interposition of the United States army. John Work Garrett
The truck farmers, whose produce-laden wagons could formerly be seen at any time in great numbers stopping at the various road houses, now hurry over this portion of their cityward journey, or take other routes to avoid ‘them dern bicycle fellers.’. . . Bicycle riders, the road house keepers have found, are a better class to cater to than the vegetable raisers who drive to the city with their produce. Not only are their numbers greater, but they spend money more freely. . . . Hence they have altered the character of their hotels entirely. The names once so common of ‘Farmer’s Home,’ ‘Marketman’s Hotel,’ etc., have been supplanted by ‘Bicyclers’ Retreat,’ ‘Wheelman’s Rest,’ and similar names. Every hotel keeper has supplied himself with a foot pump and repair kit for the use of the wheelmen. New York Times
During the 1890s the middle classes and the wealthy began bicycle touring en masse. The result was the creation of a tourist service sector in the national economy. The building of these tourist services has been attributed to the automobile, but actually had its inception during the hegemony of the bicycle. Gary Allan Tobin
The urban middle classes found the bicycle so appealing because it was the first transportation mode that was both private and within their economic grasp. The price of new bicycles ranged from $100 to $150 in 1893 and averaged $80 in 1897. Used bicycles were also available at cheaper prices Gary Allan Tobin
The driver of a carriage or the rider of a bicycle along the streets of a city is bound to anticipate that passengers on foot may be at the crossings and to take reasonable care not to injure them. If he fails to look out for them, or when he sees, does not, so far as is in his power, avoid them, he is chargeable with negligence Isaac B. Potter
There are probably 2,500,000 bicycle riders in the United States, and it is estimated that a million wheels will be sold during the present year. Take into account 250 bicycle factories, 24 tire makers, and 600 concerns dealing in bicycle sundries, all representing a combined investment of $75,000,000, and the bicycle question seems to gain proportions. Add the number and value of repair-shops, race-tracks, and club-houses, and the aggregate jumps again. Consider the fact that this country contains about 30,000 retail bicycle-dealers and about 60,000 persons employed in the ‘sundry’ factories, and that these numbers are every day growing apace Isaac B. Potter
A railroad is a ravenous destroyer of towns, unless those towns are put at the end of it and a sea beyond, so that you can't go further and find another terminus. And it is shaky trusting them, even then Mark Twain
Travel teaches tolerance. Benjamin Disraeli
The tendency is away from the farm and away from the rural districts ; the trend is toward the city, where the needy congregate and where crime becomes organized and where the Republic is stabbed James Baird Weaver
The bigness and the economic “power” of the railroad companies did not impede the emergence of the motor car and the airplane. Ludwig von Mises
This is a people-centric system. Planes are guided and controlled by people. We will not compromise on safety. Ray LaHood
A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars. It's where the rich use public transportation. Gustavo Petro
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the President of the United States shall be, and he is hereby authorized and requested, to cause a survey to be taken of the coasts of the United States, in which shall be designated the islands and shoals, with the roads or places of anchorage, within twenty leagues of any part of the shores of the United States United States Congress
We do not ride upon the railroad. It rides upon us. Henry David Thoreau
No Riders Killed in First 5 Months of New York City Bike-Share Program New York Times
If we don’t go, we don’t know. Deborah Hersman
… conquering space … John C. Calhoun
You simply do not do that to a head of a democratic state wanting to cross [fly] over your airspace. Jose Miguel Insulza
Common carriers exercise a sort of public office, and have duties to perform in which the public is interested. . . . Their business is, therefore, affected with a public interest Morrison R. Waite
Let us then bind the republic together with a perfect system of roads and canals. John C. Calhoun
No one ever built an interstate highway system before John Dilulio
No land suits Arab tribesmen except that which suits their camels. Umar Ibn Al-Khattab
The energy crisis has given new urgency to the need to improve public transportation, not only in our cities but in rural areas as well…. Mass transit is an essential element of the improvement of life in our cities and towns. Richard Nixon
We’ve got to get the bad operators out of business so that the good operators can be rewarded for investing in safety. Deborah Hertzman
Safety should not be just for people who can afford it. Deborah Hertzman
Technology has the ability to intervene when humans fail. Deborah Hertzman
We lose 30,000 lives on our highways every year. We can certainly do better. Deborah Hertzman
There is not one single cause of any accident. Deborah Hertzman
This rapid transit underground road is necessary for the accommodation and comfort of new York City residents. Robert Anderson Van Wyck
Commuter — one who spends his life In riding to and from his wife ;, A man who shaves and takes a train And then rides back to shave again. E. B. White
What I compare bike lanes to is swimming with the sharks. Sooner or later you're going to get bitten... Roads are built for buses, cars, and trucks, not for people on bikes. My heart bleeds for them when I hear someone gets killed, but it's their own fault at the end of the day Rob Ford
Depend upon it, Sir, nothing will come of them! Arthur Wellesley
The progress that we see going on in transportation is practically abolishing the distances which separate various sections of mankind. As a result of the exploitation of its natural and economic resources, each particular portion of the earth's surface is undergoing ceaseless alteration; the development of transportation is constantly creating new conditions. Hans Luther
It satisfies the public clamor for a government supervision of the railroads at the same time that the supervision is almost entirely nominal. Richard Olney
We will throw the highways of commerce open on equal terms to all who use them. Theodore Roosevelt
The power which the General Government would acquire within the several States by becoming the principal stock-holder in corporations, controlling every canal and each 60 or 100 miles of every important road, and giving a proportionate vote in all their elections, is almost inconceivable, and in my view dangerous to the liberties of the people. Andrew Jackson
You can go to any city in America and see roads and bridges that need to be fixed…. I would not call them unsafe … they are dangerous…. The best highway system in the world is falling apart. Ray LaHood
There is no passenger railroad service anywhere in the world that is not subsidized. Clarke Fattah
One hundred years from now there will be airships flying over Boston which will have central air conditioning, and baseball games played at night. Boston Globe
More than electric lights, more than steam engines, more than telephones, more than automobiles, more even than the printing press, the airplane separated past from future. It had freed mankind from the earth and opened the skies. Stephen Ambrose
Great Britain Is No Longer An Island. London Daily Express
Of the first 40 pilots to fly for the U. S. Air Mail Service ... 31 died in crashes. A. J. Baime
There are sound economic reasons for believing that a great epoch of air transportation is being born. A new industrial and commercial era is beginning with the airplane just as surely as new areas began with steamships, railroads, and automobiles…. It is truly the Age of the Air. Edsel Bryant Ford
I am not unaware of the great importance of roads and canals and the improved navigation of water courses, and that a power in the National Legislature to provide them might be exercised with signal advantage to the general prosperity. James Madison
There is never any precedent until it happens for the first time. Chesley Sullenberger