I’ve long been a collector of books of quotations. Now, of course, I can harvest them in virtual form. I’m hardly the first to collect quotations on the joys of cycling, but thought I’d share a few thematic groupings like last week’s on women, fashion, and emancipation. Add your favorites!
When I go biking, I repeat a mantra of the day’s sensations: bright sun, blue sky, warm breeze, blue jay’s call, ice melting and so on. This helps me transcend the traffic, ignore the clamorings of work, leave all the mind theaters behind and focus on nature instead. I still must abide by the rules of the road, of biking, of gravity. But I am mentally far away from civilization. The world is breaking someone else’s heart. —Diane Ackerman
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
After your first day of cycling, one dream is inevitable. A memory of motion lingers in the muscles of your legs, and round and round they seem to go. You ride through Dreamland on wonderful dream bicycles that change and grow. —H.G. Wells, The Wheels of Chance
Nothing compares with the simple pleasure of a bike ride. —John F. Kennedy