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There have been a lot of wise and insightful statements about bicycling made by a variety of colorful figures over the years. We've collected the best of them here.

1. Tens of thousands who could never afford to own, feed and stable a horse . . .

Frances Willard
Library of Congress

Tens of thousands who could never afford to own, feed and stable a horse, had by this bright invention enjoyed the swiftness of motion which is perhaps the most fascinating feature of material life.

~Frances Willard, author of How I Learned to Ride the Bicycle, and suffragette. Willard was a contemporary and friend to Susan B. Anthony.

2. Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride. . . .

U.S. President John F. Kennedy
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Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.

~John F. Kennedy, U.S. president

3. Every time I see an adult on a bicycle . . .

Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.

~H.G. Wells, novelist

4. Life is like a ten-speed bicycle . . .

snoopy bike

Life is like a 10-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.

~Charles Schultz, creator of the Peanuts cartoon strip.

5. Those who wish to control their own lives . . .

Wolfgang Sachs

Those who wish to control their own lives and move beyond existence as mere clients and consumers - those people ride a bike.

~Wolfgang Sachs, of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy and the former Chairman of Greenpeace, Germany.

6. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by . . .

Susan B. Anthony
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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, untrammeled womanhood."

~Susan B. Anthony, 1820-1906, abolitionist and leader of the American women's sufferage movement.

7. You will not regret it if you live . . .

Mark Twain
U.S. Library of Congress

Learn to ride a bicycle. You will not regret it if you live.

~Mark Twain, American humorist

8. If you worried about falling off the bike. . .

Lance Armstrong
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If you worried about falling off the bike, you’d never get on.

~Lance Armstrong quotes (American Cyclist, b.1971)

9. When hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle . . .

Arthur Conan Doyle

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.

~Arthur Conan Doyle

10. A delicious sense of strength and buoyancy . . .

Helen Keller

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, author and blind-rights advocate

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