Inspirational Bicycle Quotes
Riding a bicycle is one of the greatest metaphors for living life, thus these wonderful quotable bicycle quotes from some historically inspirational people. I'm quite proud of this collection of bike quotes, whIch I've been collecting since about 1997. Please submit your favorite quote.
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.
~ Albert Einstein, letter to his son Eduard, 1930.
I thought of that while riding my bicycle.
~ Einstein, in reference to the Theory of Relativity.
Below I've modified some famous quotes into fun bicycle quotes. Can you guess the original quote and author?
- To bicycle, or not to bicycle: that is not a question.~ Answer
- Bicycles are a girl's best friend. ~ Answer
- You should ride a bicycle for twenty minutes every day, unless you're too busy; then you should ride for an hour. ~ Answer
- Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him a bicycle.~ Answer
A new favorite quote:
Editor's note: This falls into the category of "Fictional character quotes". If you love your bike as much as I do, you might have said something similar.
“Sorry, old girl," I said to Gladys [my bicycle] in the gray dishwater light of early morning, "but I have to leave you at home."
I could see that she was disappointed, even though she managed to put on a brave face.
"I need you to stay here as a decoy," I whispered. "When they see you leaning against the greenhouse, they'll think I'm still in bed."
Gladys brightened considerably at the thought of a conspiracy. [...]
At the corner of the garden, I turned, and mouthed the words, "Don't do anything I wouldn't do," and Gladys signaled that she wouldn't.
~ Alan Bradley, A Red Herring Without Mustard
I feel that I am entitled to my share of lightheartedness and there is nothing wrong with enjoying one's self simply, like a boy. ~ Leo Tolstoy, In response to criticism for learning to ride a bicycle at age 67
The bicycle is a curious vehicle. Its passenger is its engine. ~John Howard
If constellations had been named in the 20th century, I suppose we would see bicycles. ~ Professor Carl Sagan
Newspapers are unable, seemingly to discriminate between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilization. ~ George Bernard Shaw
Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.
~ Charles M. Schulz
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
More about Scott's bicycle ride around the world.
The journey of life is like a man riding a bicycle. We know he got on the bicycle and started to move. We know that at some point he will stop and get off. We know that if he stops moving and does not get off he will fall off. ~ William G. Golding, Nobel Laureate, author of "The lord of the flies."
Whenever I see an adult on a bicycle, I have hope for the human race. ~ H.G. Wells
Cycle tracks will abound in Utopia. ~ H.G. Wells
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
"Bicycles are almost as good as guitars for meeting girls" ~ Bob Weir, Grateful Dead
As a kid I had a dream - I wanted to own my own bicycle. When I got the bike I must have been the happiest boy in Liverpool, maybe the world. I lived for that bike. Most kids left their bike in the backyard at night. Not me. I insisted on taking mine indoors and the first night I even kept it in my bed. ~ John Lennon
When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking. ~ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Let a man find himself, in distinction from others, on top of two wheels with a chain -- at least in a poor country like Russia -- and his vanity begins to swell out like his tires. ~ Leon Trotsky
When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments. Here was a machine of precision and balance for the convenience of man. And (unlike subsequent inventions for man's convenience) the more he used it, the fitter his body became. Here, for once, was a product of man's brain that was entirely beneficial to those who used it, and of no harm or irritation to others. Progress should have stopped when man invented the bicycle. ~ Elizabeth West
Government must help to eliminate cars so that bicycles can help to eliminate government. ~ Advocacy slogan in Holland
One Less Car ~ Advocacy slogan for Transportation Alternative., NYC, 1981. Created by Richard Rosenthal.
Honk if you love bikes! ~ Critical Mass, San Francisco
I dream on two wheels ~ Adventure Cycling Association
Don't be insane, cover your brain! ~ Bicycle safety slogan for the Utah cities South Jordan, Herriman, Riverton. Created by Nephi Christensen age 8 years old.
I'mpossible. ~ AIDS Ride. 2001.
Exhibit B: Another photograph. What's missing from this picture? It's just me WITHOUT MY BIKE! ~ Pee Wee Herman, Pee-wee's Big Adventure the movie
Bicycling is a big part of the future. It has to be. There's something wrong with a society that drives a car to workout in a gym. ~ Bill Nye the Science Guy
When i was little, I wanted a bicycle for my birthday, but my parents got me a baseball glove. So, you know what i did? I pretended that baseball glove was a bicycle, and I rode it to school every day. True story. ~ Gerg Germann, as the agent in Bolt the movie
Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind; it requires the same effort of the brain that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle.~ Helen Keller, deaf and blind political activist. 1880–1968
Next to a leisurely walk I enjoy a spin on my tandem bicycle. It is splendid to feel the wind blowing in my face and the springy motion of my iron steed. The rapid rush through the air gives me a delicious sense of strength and buoyancy, and the exercise makes my pulse dance and my heart sing. ~ Helen Keller, deaf and blind political activist
Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel...the picture of free, untrammelled womanhood. ~ Susan B. Anthony 1896
The bicycle has done more for the emancipation of women than anything else in the world. ~ Susan B. Anthony 1896
The bicycle will accomplish more for women’s sensible dress than all the reform movements that have ever been waged. ~ Author unknown, from Demerarest’s Family Magazine. 1895
I began to feel that myself plus the bicycle equaled myself plus the world, upon whose spinning wheel we must all learn to ride, or fall into the sluiceways of oblivion and despair. That which made me succeed with the bicycle was precisely what had gained me a measure of success in life -- it was the hardihood of spirit that led me to begin, the persistence of will that held me to my task, and the patience that was willing to begin again when the last stroke had failed. And so I found high moral uses in the bicycle and can commend it as a teacher without pulpit or creed. She who succeeds in gaining the mastery of the bicycle will gain the mastery of life. ~ Frances E. Willard, How I Learned To Ride The Bicycle. 1895
I finally concluded that all failure was from a wobbling will rather than a wobbling wheel. ~ Frances E. Willard
The bicycle is just as good company as most husbands and, when it gets old and shabby, a woman can dispose of it and get a new one without shocking the entire community. ~ Ann Strong, Minneapolis Tribune, 1895.
I need a man like
a fish needs a bicycle.
~ Irina Dunn, 1970.
Variations of this quote have been around almost as long as the bicycle itself. An earlier form is: "God needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle." Try making a fun quote yourself. Here's the formula: A needs B like C needs a bicycle. Send us your quote and we'll display them here.
~ Mark Twain, Taming the Bicycle. 1884
Read Twain's short story Taming the Bicycle or see the quotes below.
The steps of one's progress are distinctly marked. At the end of each lesson he knows he has acquired something, and he also knows what that something is, and likewise that it will stay with him. It is not like studying German, where you mull along, in a groping, uncertain way, for thirty years; and at last, just as you think you've got it, they spring the subjunctive on you, and there you are. No -- and I see now, plainly enough, that the great pity about the German language is, that you can't fall off it and hurt yourself. There is nothing like that feature to make you attend strictly to business. But I also see, by what I have learned of bicycling, that the right and only sure way to learn German is by the bicycling method. That is to say, take a grip on one villainy of it at a time, and learn it -- not ease up and shirk to the next, leaving that one half learned. ~ Mark Twain Taming the Bicycle. 1884.
Suddenly the nickel-clad horse takes the bit in its mouth and goes slanting for the curbstone defying all prayers and all your powers to change its mind -- your heart stands still, your breath hangs fire, your legs forget to work. ~ Mark Twain Taming the Bicycle. 1884.
It never gets easier, you just go faster. ~ Greg LeMond
I have always struggled to achieve excellence. One thing that cycling has taught me is that if you can achieve something without a struggle it's not going to be satisfying. ~ Greg LeMond
You don't suffer, kill yourself and take the risks I take just for money. I love [bicycling]. ~ Greg LeMond
There will be a lot of complaining that today was too hard, but the winners never complain. ~ Phil Liggett Tour de France commentator
When my legs hurt, I say: "Shut up legs! Do what I tell you to do!" ~ Jens Voigt
If you worried about falling off the bike, you'd never get on. ~ Lance Armstrong.
More quotes by Lance.
The difference between me and Lance Armstrong is that I still have a chance to win the Tour de France. ~ Anyone
It would not be at all strange if history came to the conclusion that the perfection of the bicycle was the greatest incident of the nineteenth century. ~ Anonymous
I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride my bike
I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride it where I like
~ Queen Bicycle Race, Fat Bottomed Girls
When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realized that the Lord doesn't work that way so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me. ~ Emo Philips
The bicycle, the bicycle surely, should always be the vehicle of novelists and poets. ~ Christopher Morley, American author 1890-1957
A bicycle does get you there and more.... And there is always the thin edge of danger to keep you alert and comfortably apprehensive. Dogs become dogs again and snap at your raincoat; potholes become personal. And getting there is all the fun. ~ Bill Emerson, On Bicycling, Saturday Evening Post, 1967
Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling. ~ James E. Starrs
The bicycle is just as good company as most husbands and, when it gets old and shabby, a woman can dispose of it and get a new one without shocking the entire community. ~ Ann Strong
Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike.
~ John F. Kennedy 35th President of the United States
You never have the wind with you -- either it is against you or you're having a good day. ~ Daniel Behrman, The Man Who Loved Bicycles
Think of bicycles as rideable art that can just about save the world. ~ Grant Petersen
On my tenth birthday a bicycle and an atlas coincided as presents and a few days later I decided to cycle to India. ~ Dervla Murphy, Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle
The bicycle is the noblest invention of mankind. ~ William Saroyan Nobel prize winner
There is nothing like walking to get the feel of a country. A fine landscape is like a piece of music; it must be taken at the right tempo. Even a bicycle goes too fast. ~ Paul Scott Mowrer
Mankind has invested more than four million years of evolution in the attempt to avoid physical exertion. Now a group of backward-thinking atavists mounted on foot-powered pairs of Hula-Hoops would have us pumping our legs, gritting our teeth, and searing our lungs as though we were being chased across the Pleistocene savanna by saber-toothed tigers. Think of the hopes, the dreams, the effort, the brilliance, the pure force of will that, over the eons, has gone into the creation of the Cadillac Coupe de Ville. Bicycle riders would have us throw all this on the ash heap of history. ~ P.J. O'Rourke
It's not how many times you get knocked down, it's how many times you get back up.
~ Colonel George Armstrong Custer
Do you think Custer rode a bicycle? He lived during the era of the boneshaker bicycles and died 3 years before the invention of the safety bicycle. History of the bicycle.
The bicycle, the bicycle, surely should always be the vehicle of novelists and poets. ~ Christopher Morely Nobel prize winner
Bicycles are the indicator species of a community, like shellfish in a bay. ~ P. Martin Scott
Whoever invented the bicycle deserves the thanks of humanity. ~ Lord Charles Beresford
If I can bicycle, I bicycle. ~ David Attenborough
A bicycle ride around the world begins with a single pedal stroke. ~ Scott Stoll
It is the unknown around the corner that turns my wheels. ~ Heinz Stucke, Bicycle touring for 50 years and still going
The cyclist creates everything from almost nothing, becoming the most energy-efficient of all... animals and machines and, as such, has a [genuine] ability to challenge the entire value system of a society.... The bicycle may be too cheap, too available, too healthy, too independent and too equitable for its own good. In an age of excess it is minimal and has the subversive potential to make people happy in an economy fuelled by consumer discontent. ~ Jim McGurn
Pray Every Day And Listen. ~ Rev. Johannes Myors, The Pedaling Preacher
For every uphill, there's a downhill. ~ Mike Hodges
Falling Uphill — The short film
One man's quest for happiness around the world on a bicycle
A montage of photos and videos from Scott's 4 year, 26,000 mile bicycle tour around the world. Previously a Youtube Feature Video and specially requested for the Boston Bicycle Film Festival. "I nearly cried watching this video. Just a normal guy and look what he has achieved." ~ Ingrid K.