10 quotes on cycling (and entrepreneurs)

Many lessons here:

Cycling isn’t a game, it’s a sport. Tough, hard and unpitying, and it requires great sacrifices. One plays football, or tennis, or hockey. One doesn’t play at cycling.
— Jean de Gribaldy
If you go (with a break), you can either win or not win. If you don’t go for it, you definitely won’t win
— Jens Voigt
The best rides are the ones where you bite off much more than you can chew, and live through it
— Doug Bradbury
I don’t ride a bike to add days to my life. I ride a bike to add life to my days.
— Unknown
Ride as much or as little, as long or as short as you feel. But ride.
— Eddy Merckx
I began to feel that myself plus the bicycle equaled myself plus the world, upon whose spinning wheel we must all earn 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
There is something about the miscreant cyclist that seems to get people more exercised than they are about the misbehaving motorist…When people get into cars, their metal encasement turns them into robots in our minds, and we’re grateful to them for any act of courtesy. We’re grateful that they don’t deliberately kill children, then laugh a rasping, metallic laugh…[Cyclists] are more civic-minded than anyone else travelling in any other manner, bar by foot. If they do run into someone, they at least (like the bee) do their victim the favour of hurting themselves in the process, which is why, if you had any sense, you’d save your hatred for the motorist, who (like the wasp) injures without care.
— Zoe Williams, The Guardian, February 4, 2006
Light. Strong. Cheap. Pick two.
— Engineer and brand champion Keith Bontrager on bicycle and accessory manufacturing choices.
In politics, one can learn some things from cycling, such as how to have character and courage. Sometimes in politics there isn’t enough of those things.
— Guy Verhofstadt, Prime Minister of Belgium, 2004
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