There’s so many ways to think about cars these days, especially as technology begins to change and feelings of the need for ownership seem to be waning. Here’s a spattering of interesting car quotes to help mix up your perspective regarding the many relationships that are possible to have with a car:

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This quote is taken from Silver Borne, a work by Patricia Briggs:

“‘Why is it that all cars are women?’ he asked. ‘Because they’re fussy and demanding,’ answered Zee.

‘Because if they were men, they’d sit around and complain instead of getting the job done,’ I told him.”

Francoise Sagan had this to say about luxury cars and the indication of wealth that comes with them: “Money may not buy happiness, but I’d rather cry in a Jaguar than on a bus.”

Then there’s Jarod Kintz, the author of the famous book This Book is Not FOR SALE. In his work, he made the following statement: “Money is not equal for all people. A strong personal brand adds more lift and leverage. One dollar from me may buy a soda from a car dealership, but one dollar from Justin Bieber may get him a Ferrari. And they’d pay him to drive away.”

So in that regard cars are often symbolic of trends pertaining to society. Despite their status as machines and some would even say appliances, they can be indicators of wealth, importance, and even gender. The way they are dealt with indicates the way life is lived and assumptions are made in larger communities.

Take, for example, designated driving; Jeff Foxworthy had this to say about designating driving: “The problem with the designated driver program, it’s not a desirable job, but if you ever get sucked into doing it, have fun with it. At the end of the night, drop them off at the wrong house.”

James Dean just joked about the subject: “Take it easy driving- the life you save may be mine.” His joking celebrity elitism and self-centered nature is actually charming.

car of life“I’d been raised to be practical and keep my emotions in check, but I loved cars. That was one of the few legacies I’d picked up from my mom. She was a mechanic, and some of my best childhood memories were of working in the garage with her.” That’s from Bloodlines, a work by Richelle Mead. Her work demonstrates the way in which gender norms surround cars and yet can also be broken by brave outliers.

“It was like being in a car with the gas pedal slammed down to the floor and nothing to do but hold on and pretend to have some semblance of control. But control was something I’d lost a long time ago.” That’s a quote by Nic Sheff. Sheff shows how cars can easily be made into analogies regarding control, where driving becomes synonymous with living in general. This way of talking is made easier by the general perception that we drive our bodies, along with the cars that our bodies drive.