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"My father was a railroad man his entire life; 43 years for Southern Railroad." - Nancy Grace

"Canadian Railroad Trilogy is an extremely fine piece of songwriting." - Johnny Cash

"When railroading time comes you can railroad-but not before." - Robert A Heinlein

"Benefit of clergy: Half-rate on the railroad." - Mark Twain

"I was the most famous conductor on the Underground Railroad." - Harriet Tubman

"I bought a railroad during this period of time." - Bill Janklow

"I never lived in an abandoned railroad station." - Peter Dinklage

"For 50 years my father worked for the railroad." - Harold Evans

"I come from a line of railroad men. My great-grandfather was a surveyor for the Burlington Railroad." - Bill Moseley

"Once I built a railroad, I made it run, made it race against time. Once I built a railroad; now it's done. Brother, can you spare a dime?" - Yip Harburg

"The true pioneer of civilization is not the newspaper, not religion, not the railroad - but whiskey!" - Mark Twain

"We do not ride on the railroad; it rides upon us." - Henry David Thoreau

"The best practice is to follow the advice posted on every railroad crossing: Stop. Look. Listen." - Sam Keen

"The way led along upon what had once been the embankment of a railroad." - Jack London

"A railroad is like a lie you have to keep building it to make it stand." - Mark Twain

"When my friends and I played cowboys and Indians, I was always the Chinese railroad worker." - Robin Williams

"I just finished Colson Whitehead's "The Underground Railroad," which I think is a work of genius." - Alice Hoffman

"[Jeb Bush] could, as I describe it, run the railroad.[John] Kasich could run the railroad. Hillary Clinton can run the railroad. Running the railroad is the most important thing. You have got 4 million employees; you've got to make the system work, and it doesn't work very well." - Michael Bloomberg

"The Transcontinental Railroad Act is the first step in creating a continental common market." - Charles R. Morris

"The railroad originally was as completely dissociated from steam propulsion as was the ship" - John Moody

"The history of the Erie Railroad ever since 1901 has been a record of progress" - John Moody

"Lay my head on the railroad line. Train come along; pacify my mind." - Toni Morrison

"A private railroad car is not an acquired taste. One takes to it immediately." - Eleanor Robson Belmont

"I was one man and I tackled a big railroad. I did the best I could." - O Winston Link

"Once I built a railroad, now it's done. Brother, can you spare a dime?" - Yip Harburg

"If women can be railroad workers in Russia, why can't they fly in space?" - Valentina Tereshkova

"It's like turning the space program over to the Long Island Railroad." - David R Brower

"Give me snuff, whiskey, and Swedes, and I will build a railroad to hell." - James J Hill

"You cannot tie your fiance to the railroad track of self-reflection and personal improvement." - Amy Dickinson

"The history of the Erie Railroad ever since 1901 has been a record of progress." - John Moody

"The railroad originally was as completely dissociated from steam propulsion as was the ship." - John Moody

"The ability to rebound is in inverse proportion to the distance your house is from the nearest railroad tracks." - Don Meyer

"Railroad iron is a magician's rod, in its power to evoke the sleeping energies of land and water." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"A critic is a gong at a railroad crossing clanging loudly and vainly as the train goes by." - Christopher Morley

"I don't care a damn for their guns, or you either, sir! What I want is the Southside Railroad!" - Philip Sheridan

"One was Texas medicine, the other was just railroad gin, and like a fool I mixed them." - Bob Dylan

"Harriet Tubman fought American slavery single handed and was a pioneer in that organized effort known as the Underground Railroad." - W E B Du Bois

"If culture was a railroad, I can see the tracks running from the Spirituals to the Hip Hop Nation." - Nikki Giovanni

"The conductor sings his song again, The passengers will please refrain This train's got the disappearing railroad blues." - Steve Goodman

"When I did big things, some large corporations like the Pennsylvania Railroad Company were behind me and responsible party." - Andrew Carnegie

"While no one railroad can completely duplicate another line, two or more may compete at particular points" - John Moody

"It's hard to make something as large as a government change. It's a little bit like building the transcontinental railroad." - Tim Oreilly

"I know Mother named me after a railroad man, but it's too late now, I'm afraid. Much, much too late." - Hoagy Carmichael

"My friend Anderson Cooper is the scion of one of America's great shipping and railroad families, the Vanderbilts." - Kathy Griffin

"As a child I found railroad stations exciting, mysterious, and even beautiful, as indeed they often were." - Paul Johnson

"While no one railroad can completely duplicate another line, two or more may compete at particular points." - John Moody

"With the reorganization of 1898 finished, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad entered a new period in its history." - John Moody

"Nothing was more up-to-date when it was built, or is more obsolete today, than the railroad station." - Ada Louise Huxtable

"Unable to maintain their government-granted monopoly, the powerful railroad interests turned to government to do the regulating and price-fixing which they were unable to do themselves. In fact, the pressure that induced Congress to enact the Interstate Commerce Act of 1887 did not come from reformers bemoaning abuses by the powerful railroad interests; it came from the railroad interests themselves, asking Congress to shield them against the harsh winds of competition." - Dan Smoot

"There are two things I don't care how smart you are, you will never understand. One is an alienist's testimony, and the other is a railroad timetable." - Will Rogers

"The only free road, the Underground Railroad, is owned and managed by the Vigilant Committee. They have tunneled under the whole breadth of the land." - Henry David Thoreau

"A railroad station? That was sort of a primitive airport, only you didn't have to take a cab 20 miles out of town to reach it." - Russell Baker

"We seem to be committing ourselves to an eye wateringly expensive railroad for the few. High speed rail plan is madness." - Mike Rutherford

"I realized that I was really tired of people popping on and off of my property like it was a train station on the supernatural railroad." - Charlaine Harris

"A helping word to one in trouble is often like a switch on a railroad track, - but one inch between wreck and smooth-rolling prosperity." - Henry Ward Beecher

"Stranded in this mill town railroad yard while the whole world was converging elsewhere, we seemed to be nothing but children playing among heroic men." - John Knowles

"God Almighty Himself must have been hilarious when human beings so mingled iron and water and fire as to make a railroad train!" - Kurt Vonnegut

"The Chinamen built the railroad, the Indians saved the Pilgrim, And in return, the Pilgrim killed 'em. They call it it Thanksgiving, I call your holiday 'hell-day.'" - Nas

"I lay my head on the railroad track, waitin' on the Double E. But the train don't run by here no more, poor, poor, pitiful me." - Warren Zevon

"The worst enemy of good government is not our ignorant foreign voter, but our educated domestic railroad president, our prominent business man, our leading lawyer." - John Jay Chapman

"If a railroad is bent, the train shall turn over; if a man's character is bent, he shall turn over just like that train." - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"I grew up, really, in the country.When I was a kid there were three country stores, a railroad depot, and a post office." - Jeff Sessions

"This is a region [ Far East] with a substantially developed transport and railroad infrastructure. In recent years we have been actively developing road connection." - Vladimir Putin

"When I was a little kid, I used to walk miles and miles and miles and miles and miles and miles of railroad tracks." - Pam Houston

"Words [spoken by Americans] were usually ejected in lumps, at enormous speed, groups of them strung together like rushing railroad cars without perceptible separations." - Luigi Barzini

"Consequently many large railroad systems of heavy capitalization bid fair to run into difficulties on the first serious falling off in general business" - John Moody

"A helping word to one in trouble is often like a switch on a railroad track-an inch between wreck and smooth-rolling prosperity." - Henry Ward Beecher

"I still want my right to defend myself. A railroad operation, and you know it, from Nixon on down. they got you running around violating my constitutional rights." - Bobby Seale

"A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad." - Theodore Roosevelt

"I came from a poor family. My father was from Glasgow, Scotland; my mother's brothers were brakemen on the railroad. We didn't have anything but mush for breakfast." - Mickey Rooney

"My favorite bands were Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Jethro Tull, Uriah Heep, Grand Funk Railroad. If you listen to some of my early music, you can hear it." - John Tesh

"Seaboard Air Line, which was thought by numerous innocents to provide a foothold in aviation, was another favorite, although, in fact, it was a railroad." - John Kenneth Galbraith

"Great men are usually the products of their times and one of the men developed by these times takes rank with the greatest railroad leaders in history." - John Moody

"The United States as we know it today is largely the result of mechanical inventions, and in particular of agricultural machinery and the railroad." - John Moody

"Consequently many large railroad systems of heavy capitalization bid fair to run into difficulties on the first serious falling off in general business." - John Moody

"I don't think of myself as a movie star. I'm a movie worker. I come from a railroad family. I come from the corn." - Bill Moseley

"Way over on the railroad, Tomorrow all the tipping trucks will unload together, Every scrapbook stuck with glue, And I'll stand beside you, Beside you, child." - Van Morrison

"A player's ability to rebound is inversely proportional to the distance between where he was born and the nearest railroad tracks. The greater distance you live from the poor side of the railroad tracks, the less likely that you will be a good rebounder." - Pete Carril

"Do I understand, sir, that you mean the Cause for which our heroes have died is not sacred?' If you were run over by a railroad train your death would' sanctify the railroad company, would it?' asked Rhett and his voice sounded as if he were humbly seeking information." - Margaret Mitchell

"Do I understand, sir, that you mean the Cause for which our heroes have died is not sacred?' If you were run over by a railroad train your death wouldn't sanctify the railroad company, would it?' asked Rhett and his voice sounded as if he were humbly seeking information." - Margaret Mitchell

"All this piling up of one technology on top of another-railroad on steamboat, interstate highway on railroad, hydroelectric dam on watermill-had reduced the Mississippi from a wonder of nature to this sluggish canal on the wrong side of the tracks." - Jonathan Raban

"Another of the strange and evil tendencies of the present day is the decoration of the railroad station... There was never more flagrant nor impertinent folly than the smallest portion of ornament in anything connected with the railroads... Railroad architecture has or would have a dignity of its own if it were only left to its work." - John Ruskin

"I mean, the power of water to lift cars is amazing. A creek backed up near a railroad track. And an entire train was lifted off of the railroad track and dumped over. People just need to make sure they do not drive into water. It floats the cars, and then we have deaths because of it." - Jay Nixon

"All this piling up of one technology on top of another - railroad on steamboat, interstate highway on railroad, hydroelectric dam on watermill - had reduced the Mississippi from a wonder of nature to this sluggish canal on the wrong side of the tracks." - Jonathan Raban

"The whole blear world of smoke and twisted steel around my head in a railroad car, and my mind wandering past the rust into futurity: I saw the sun go down in a carnal and primeval world, leaving darkness to cover my railroad train because the other side of the world was waiting for dawn." - Allen Ginsberg

"a TEN-YEAR-OLD lad in Indianapolis who was arrested for picking up coal along the side of railroad tracks is now in jail. If the boy had known enough to steal the whole railroad he would be heralded as a Napoleon of finance." - Mother Jones

"RAILROAD, n. The chief of many mechanical devices enabling us to get away from where we are to where we are no better off. For this purpose the railroad is held in highest favor by the optimist, for it permits him to make the transit with great expedition." - Ambrose Bierce

"There is no way to success in art but to take off your coat, grind paint, and work like a digger on the railroad, all day and every day." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I did as much as I could: raising chickens, pushing an ice-cream cart, bagging walnuts, driving a tractor on a beet farm, working on the railroad. I think this eclectic career helped me a lot in life." - Charles R. Schwab

"In the United States 'First' and 'Second' class can't be painted on railroad cars, for all passengers, being Americans, are equal and it would be 'unAmerican.' But paint 'Pullman' on a car and everyone is satisfied." - Owen Wister

"Shall the railroads govern the country, or shall the people govern the railroads? Shall the interest of railroad kings be chieflyregarded, or shall the interest of the people be paramount?" - Rutherford B Hayes

"These bright roofs, these steep towers, these jewel-lakes, these skeins of railroad line - all spoke to her and she answered. She was glad they were there. She belonged to them and they to her." - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

"My writing is done in railroad yards while waiting for a freight, in the fields while waiting for a truck, and at noon after lunch. Towns are too distracting." - Eric Hoffer

"A man who never graduated from school might steal from a freight car. But a man who attends college and graduates as a lawyer might steal the whole railroad." - Theodore Roosevelt

"God, so to speak, is myriad-minded. We cannot look, therefore, to put ourselves in accord with His plans any more than one man can run a line for a railroad which it requires a small army to survey." - Samuel Augustus Willoughby Duffield

"Once asked what action he would recommend if a person were to feel a nervous breakdown coming on: Lock up your house, go across the railroad tracks, and find someone in need and do something for him." - Karl A Menninger

"In an imperfect world perfection is not instantly available. Railroad safety, for instance, cannot be secured by mechanical devices alone. It is primarily a resultant of care and discipline." - Ivy Lee

"The fourth landing of the Columbia is the historical equivalent of the driving of the golden spike which completed the first transcontinental railroad. It marks our entrance into a new era." - Ronald Reagan

"The Atman alone is eternal. Hospitals will tumble down. Railroad givers will all die. This earth will be blown to pieces, suns wiped out. The Atman endures for ever." - Swami Vivekananda

"Thank God for Canada! In the context of this narrative [in Underground] and beyond, Canada was certainly an additional option for the many traveling the treacherous terrain of the Underground Railroad in pursuit of what was perceived as "freedom."" - Aisha Hinds

"People don't like railroad tracks near them? We'll see how they feel when the percentage of U.S. citizens who can afford to drive a car goes way down, as it will." - James Howard Kunstler

"I think that most of the candidates [for presidency] can't run the railroad, and I still worry that whoever gets elected will have policies designed for political rather than practical reasons." - Michael Bloomberg

"What can you say about the family who is suing the railroad after their drunk son was killed walking on the tracks? Trains don't normally sneak up on people. Unless they've derailed, you pretty much know where to find them." - David Sedaris

"I hate your city. It has standardized all the beauty out of life. It is one big railroad station - with all the people taking tickets for the best cemeteries. ~ Ch. 7" - Sinclair Lewis

"People who make puns are like wanton boys that put coppers on the railroad tracks. They amuse themselves and other children, but their little trick may upset a freight train of conversation for the sake of a battered witticism." - Oliver Wendell Holmes

"By the Louisiana statute, the validity of which is here involved, all railway companies (other than street railroad companies) carrying passengers in that State are required to have separate but equal accommodations for white and colored persons." - John Marshall Harlan

"There was a rocky valley between Buxton and Bakewell.... You enterprised a railroad... you blasted its rocks away.... And now, every fool in Buxton can be at Bakewell in half-anhour, and every fool in Bakewell at Buxton." - John Ruskin

"Taft, stuck at a water-tank railroad station and learning that the train would only stop if a number of passengers wished to come aboard, telegraphed to the conductor: 'Stop at Hicksville. Large party waiting to catch train." - William Howard Taft

"One can see them playing hearts in the lounge car and eating cheese sandwiches in the railroad stations as they traveled through Kansas and Nebraska - over the mountains and on to the Coast." - John Cheever

"I was the conductor of the Underground Railroad for eight years, and I can say what most conductors can't say - I never ran my train off the track and I never lost a passenger." - Harriet Tubman

"The one was Texas medicine. the other was just railroad gin. And, like a fool, I mixed them and it strangled up my mind and now people just get uglier and I have no sense of time." - Bob Dylan

"Most games follow a real railroad plot, no matter what you want, you're following their storyline to its unavoidable conclusion. I'd like to write a game where your character can follow any number of possible story arcs and sub-plots." - Patrick Rothfuss

"When the scheme for the construction of a railroad from Baltimore to the waters of the Ohio River first began to take form, the United States had barely emerged from the Revolutionary period" - John Moody

"Many of the railroad evils were inherent in the situation; they were explained by the fact that both managers and public were dealing with a new agency whose laws they did not completely understand" - John Moody

"One of the points in which I was especially interested was the Jim Crow regulations, that is, the system of separation of the races in street cars and railroad trains." - Ray Stannard Baker

"Today, we have our own concentrations of economic power. Instead of Standard Oil, U.S. Steel, the Union Pacific Railroad, and J. P. Morgan and Company, we have Amazon, Google, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft." - George Packer

"When I want an opinion, I'll get it from my peers - from men of vision, like our great railroad builders... Stanford, Huntington, Dinsmore... fellows with imaginations broad enough to span the continent." - Jonathan Raban

"I was the conductor of the Underground Railroad for eight years, and I can say what most conductors can't say; I never ran my train off the track and I never lost a passenger." - Harriet Tubman

"Before the Civil War, Canada was at the top of the underground railroad. If you made it into Canada, you were safe unless someone came and hauled you back. That was also true during the Vietnam War for draft resisters." - Margaret Atwood

"I started composting in 1970 by taking my food scraps out behind where I lived and burying them in a hole next to the railroad tracks - and green things started to grow there!" - Ed Begley Jr

"Every new development, highway, railroad, steamship line, building operation, whether it be a drainage project in old Greece or a new water system in Peru, means an added use of the automobile." - Walter Chrysler

"I asked a man in prison once how he happened to be there and he said he had stolen a pair of shoes. I told him if he had stolen a railroad he would be a United States Senator." - Mary Harris Jones

"I went West and took part in the strike of the machinists - the Southern Pacific Railroad, the corporation that swung California by its golden tail, that controlled its legislature, its farmers, its preachers, its workers." - Mary Harris Jones

"This is our history - from the Transcontinental Railroad to the Hoover Dam, to the dredging of our ports and building of our most historic bridges - our American ancestors prioritized growth and investment in our nation's infrastructure." - Cory Booker

"I started composting in 1970 by taking my food scraps out behind where I lived and burying them in a hole next to the railroad tracks - and green things started to grow there!" - Ed Begley, Jr.

"I asked a man in prison once how he happened to be there and he said he had stolen a pair of shoes. I told him if he had stolen a railroad he would be a United States Senator." - Mother Jones

"I went West and took part in the strike of the machinists - the Southern Pacific Railroad, the corporation that swung California by its golden tail, that controlled its legislature, its farmers, its preachers, its workers." - Mother Jones

"Of course, in our train of thought, we would all like to think we're on the right track, or at least the same railroad company as the right track." - Criss Jami

"Black people lived right by the railroad tracks, and the train would shake their houses at night. I would hear it as a boy, and I thought: I'm gonna make a song that sounds like that." - Little Richard

"Wherever I go, I'm watching. Even on vacation, when I'm in an airport or a railroad station, I look around, snap pictures, and find out how people do things." - Richard Scarry

"Incidentally, our railroad facilities are under video surveillance by the federal police. However, the federal and state governments will have to determine whether video surveillance shouldn't be significantly expanded to a certain degree." - Otto Schily

"I'm a secret interior decorator. There's a mural on my dining room wall of the railroad tracks at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. I love having my hometown with me out here in California." - Jill Scott

"I try to jog in every city I visit, and I particularly enjoy harbour-front paths that let me ogle big ships, railroad bridges and the ruins of factories and warehouses." - Steven Pinker

"The close relationship between railroad expansion and the genera development and prosperity of the country is nowhere brought more distinctly into relief than in connection with the construction of the Pacific railroads." - John Moody

"Many of the railroad evils were inherent in the situation; they were explained by the fact that both managers and public were dealing with a new agency whose laws they did not completely understand." - John Moody

"When the scheme for the construction of a railroad from Baltimore to the waters of the Ohio River first began to take form, the United States had barely emerged from the Revolutionary period." - John Moody

"Now, therefore, the Directors of the company are hereby ordered to see that precautions are taken to make travel on said railroad perfectly safe by using a screw with at least twenty-four inches diameter." - Joshua A Norton

"I didn't grow up with Broadway music. My mother played Perry Como, while I listened to Andy Williams records. Later on it was Cream, Grand Funk Railroad and lots of R&B like the Isley Bros. and Parliament." - Donny Osmond

"I'm always thinking, 'my career is over, I have to move back to Omaha, and work on the railroad, with the rest of my family. So no, I'm never thinking I've 'arrived.' I think that's a good way to be." - Adam Devine

"Every improvement that is put upon the real estate is the result of an idea in somebody's head. The skyscraper is another idea; the railroad is another; the telephone and all those things are merely symbols which represent ideas. An andiron, a wash-tub, is the result of an idea that did not exist before." - Mark Twain

"A litterateur is not a confectioner, not a dealer in cosmetics, not an entertainer. . . . He is just like an ordinary reporter. What would you say if a newspaper reporter, because of his fastidiousness or from a wish to give pleasure to his readers, were to describe only honest mayors, high-minded ladies, and virtuous railroad contractors." - Anton Chekhov

"It was the custom when men received nominations to come to me for contributions, and I made them and considered them good paying investments for the company. In a Republican district I was a strong Republican; in a Democratic district I was Democratic, and in doubtful districts I was doubtful. In politics I was an Erie Railroad man all the time." - Jay Gould

"Slavery is no scholar, no improver; it does not love the whistle of the railroad; it does not love the newspaper, the mailbag, a college, a book or a preacher who has the absurd whim of saying what he thinks; it does not increase the white population; it does not improve the soil; everything goes to decay." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Thirty or forty years ago, in one those grey towns along the Burlington railroad which are so much greyer to-day than they were then, there was a house well know from Omaha to Denver for its hospitality and for a certain charm of atmosphere." - Willa Cather

"Wherever a ship ploughs the sea, or a plough furrows the field; wherever a mine yields its treasure; wherever a ship or a railroad train carries freight to market; wherever the smoke of the furnace rises, or the clang of the loom resounds; even in the lonely garret where the seamstress plies her busy needle-there is industry." - James A Garfield

"It would be difficult, indeed, to overestimate the transcendent importance of the part the railroad has played in making the Nation what it is to-day. Perhaps it would be within bounds to say that without railroads to bind the States into one homogeneous whole, the Nation never could have attained its present size and importance." - Charles Frederick Carter

"Railroad carriages are pulled at the enormous speed of fifteen miles per hour by engines which, in addition to endangering life and limb of passengers, roar and snort their way through the countryside, setting fire to the crops, scaring the livestock, and frightening women and children. The Almighty certainly never intended that people should travel at such break-neck speed." - Martin Van Buren

"The shuttle tomorrow is truly like laying the last spike on the transcontinental railroad, only much more so. And whether or not we're going to see in in the next 10 or 20 years, there are people alive today who will see manufacturing in space from moon materials or from asteroids." - Jerry Brown

"For decades, people have known the chemical-propulsion approach to space travel is really not going to get us that far. Chemical propulsion is essentially like the horse-and-cart approach to the exploration of the American West, instead of the steamboat or the railroad." - Franklin Chang Diaz

"Disney World?" Ari felt like his head was about to explode. "Disney World?" His gravelly voice rose into a harsh shriek. "They're not on vacation! They're on the run! They're running for their lives! Death is following them like a bullet, and they're on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad?" - James Patterson



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