Today, NZ Herald go-to curmudgeon Garth George rails against John Key’s proposed national cycleway. Sandwiched between heart-rending tales of being forced to ride a bike to school and smug reference to his “warm, dry, powerful motor car” are six quotes about cycling.
I tweeted that Garth probably had wiki quote open while thundering out his column. I was wrong.
So, I present the following table just so we’re clear where Garth got his material for today’s column from:
|Garth George quotes from Google’s first hit on ‘cycling quote’
The bicycle is a curious vehicle. Its passenger is its engine. – John Howard
You never have the wind with you – either it is against you or you’re having a good day. – Daniel Behrman
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
Cycle tracks will abound in Utopia. – H.G. Wells
Get a bicycle. You will not regret it – if you live. – Mark Twain
|Garth George quotes from somewhere else
If all feeling for grace and beauty were not extinguished in the mass of mankind at the actual moment, such a method of locomotion as cycling could never have found acceptance; no man or woman with the slightest aesthetic sense could assume the ludicrous position necessary for it. – Maria Louise Rame
So, sportreview.net.nz apologies to Garth for thinking he was a wikiquote man instead of a first-result-on-Google kind of guy.