Bicycle Quotes: Life is like riding a bicycle

Inspirational Bicycle Quotes

Riding a bicycle is one of the greatest metaphors for living life, thus these wonderful quotable bicycle quotes from some historically Famous People. I've been collecting these since 1997. Please submit your favorite quote.

Updated: 10/22/2014

Albert Einstein bicycle quote. Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.

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.

Bicycle Quotation QUIZ New

Riding a bicycle is one of the greatest metaphors for living life. That's why I've given a new spin to some famous quotes by changing a few words to bicycle, bicyclist, road or ride. Can you guess the original quote and author?

  • To bicycle, or not to bicycle: that is the question. ~ Answer
  • Bicycles are a girl's best friend. ~ Answer
  • Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him a bicycle. ~ Answer

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New favorite quotes:

Dear God, O.k. I kept my half of the deal. Where's the bike? ~ Bert, "Children's Letters to God"

I had a substitute teacher from Ireland in the second grade that told my class during morning prayer that when she wants something — anything at all — she prays for it and promises something for it in return — and she always gets what she wants. Yeah. I'm sitting at the back of the classroom thinking: "Wow. My family can't afford a bike." So I went home and prayed for one, and I promised I would recite the rosary every night in exchange. Broke it. Broke that promise. But two weeks later, I got home from school to find a brand new mustang bike with a banana seat and easy rider handle bars. Yeah.... My family informed that I had won a raffle that a friend of mine had entered my name in without my knowledge whatsoever. ~ Jim Carrey, Commencement Address at the 2014 MUM Graduation

In down times I do things like go for a long bike ride or run. The other thing I'm doing in that quiet time is just observing. ~ Robin Williams, comedian

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

Charles Schultz Bicycle Quote.

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

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More about Scott's bicycle ride around the world.

Falling Uphill: One man's quest for happiness around the world on a bicycle.

A bicycle ride around the world begins with a single pedal stroke. ~ Scott Stoll 9/6/2001

Falling Uphill: The Secret of Life. Read Online.

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 , The Beatles

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, Author of Sherlock Holmes

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

Ever bike? Now that's something that makes life worth living!...Oh, to just grip your handlebars and lay down to it, and go ripping and tearing through streets and road, over railroad tracks and bridges, threading crowds, avoiding collisions, at twenty miles or more an hour, and wondering all the time when you're going to smash up. Well, now, that's something! And then go home again after three hours of it...and then to think that tomorrow I can do it all over again! ~ Jack London, Author

The bicycle is a great good. But it can turn nasty if I'm employed. ~ Samuel Beckett, Playwright


Bicycle Advocacy Slogans

We ARE Traffic! ~ BikeDenver.org

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.

Charles Schultz Bicycle Quote.

Share the road. Same rights, same rules.

~ Illionois Bicycle License Plate.


Fun bike quotes from fictional characters

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

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

“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


Celebrity Bicycle Quotes

After my training wheels, my first real bike was a Schwinn, and my first time out, I rode down a hill, didn’t know how to stop, and ran right into a tree. So, that was a nice experience … like realizing, oh, there are brakes! ~ Robin Williams, comedian

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


Great bicycle quotes from the Women's Suffrage
and Feminist Movements

Helen Keller Bicycle Quote

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, American civil rights leader and feminist. 1896

The bicycle has done more for the emancipation of women than anything else in the world. ~ Susan B. Anthony

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

Like a fish needs a bicycle.  A goldfish riding a bicycle underwater.

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 Bicycle Quote

Get a bicycle. You will certainly not regret it, if you live.

~ Mark Twain, Taming the Bicycle. 1884

Read Twain's short story Taming the Bicycle or see more 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.


Great bike quotes from the Tour de France

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 it hurts me, it must hurt the other ones twice as much. ~ Jens Voigt

We've demoted the quotes by Lance Armstrong to a secondary page.

The difference between me and Lance Armstrong is that I still have a chance to win the Tour de France. ~ Anyone

Crashing is part of cycling as crying is part of love. ~ Johan Museeuw


More Bike Sayings or Quotes

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

Queen Bicycle Race Quote

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. Editor's note: Apparently a lot of people dream of stealing bicycles. See the quote below and the one by Pee Wee Herman.

Why should anyone steal a watch when he could steal a bicycle? ~ Flann O’Brien

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

John F. Kennedy bicycle quote

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

It is the unknown around the corner that turns my wheels. ~ Heinz Stucke, Bicycle touring for 50 years and still going

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

Armstrong Custer quote

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


Pithy Sayings
Anonymous bicycle expressions that have invaded every-day culture

You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy a bicycle and that’s pretty close.


Great bicycle quotes from some not-yet famous people

Why not create an adventure and a quotable moment of your own?
~ Scott Stoll 8/24/97

Riding a bike is the best antidepressant drug and only has good side effects. ~ Gunnar Rempel

Cycling has nothing to do with riding a bike. ~ John Chatterley, Birmingham, UK

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

For every uphill, there's a downhill. ~ Mike Hodges

Bicycling unites physical harmony coupled with emotional bliss to create a sense of spiritual perfection that combines one’s body, mind and spirit into a single moving entity.  Bicycling allows a person to mesh with the sun, sky and road as if nothing else mattered in the world.  In fact, all your worries, cares and troubles vanish in the rear view mirror while you bicycle along the byways of the world: you pedal as one with the universe. ~ Frosty Wooldridge

Biking is good for the brain, and not bad for the ass either. ~ Contributed by the folks at Citizen Chain Cyclery

More bicycle quotations from fans and the grassroots.

 


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.