# „The car is not a rabbit or a deer that jumps around in sweeping lines, but it is a man-made work of technology in need of an appropriate roadway. Rather, the car resembles a dragon fly or any other jumping animal that moves shorter distances in straight lines and then changes its direction at different points.“

Quoted in "Technologies of Landscape: From Reaping to Recycling" - by David E. Nye - Nature - 2000.

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1891 - 1942

### „A straight line is not the shortest distance between two points.“

—  Madeleine L'Engle American writer 1918 - 2007

Fonte: A Wrinkle in Time: With Related Readings

### „The straight line is regarded as the shortest distance between two people, as if they were points.“

—  Theodor W. Adorno, livro Minima Moralia

Nun gilt für die kürzeste Verbindung zwischen zwei Personen die Gerade, so als ob sie Punkte wären.
E. Jephcott, trans. (1974), § 20
Minima Moralia (1951)

### „In philosophy, as in politics, the longest distance between two points is a straight line.“

—  Will Durant American historian, philosopher and writer 1885 - 1981

Fonte: The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the World's Greatest Philosophers

### „Let the letters a b c denote the three angular points of a rectilineal triangle. If the point did move continuously over the lines ab, bc, ca, that is, over the perimeter of the figure, it would be necessary for it to move at the point b in the direction ab, and also at the same point b in the direction bc. These motions being diverse, they cannot be simultaneous. There-fore, the moment of presence of the movable point at vertex b, considered as moving in the direction ab, is different from the moment of presence of the movable point at the same vertex b, considered as moving in the same direction bc. But between two moments there is time; therefore, the movable point is present at point b for some time, that is, it rests. Therefore it does not move continuously, which is contrary to the assumption. The same demonstration is valid for motion over any right lines including an assignable angle. Hence a body does not change its direction in continuous motion except by following a line no part of which is straight, that is, a curve, as Leibnitz maintained.“

—  Immanuel Kant German philosopher 1724 - 1804

Section III On The Principles Of The Form Of The Sensible World

### „Carnap calls such concepts as point, straight line, etc., which are given by implicit definitions, improper concepts. Their peculiarity rests on the fact that they do not characterize a thing by its properties, but by its relation to other things. Consider for example the concept of the last car of a train. Whether or not a particular car falls under this description does not depend on its properties but on its position relative to other cars. We could therefore speak of relative concepts, but would have to extend the meaning of this term to apply not only to relations but also to the elements of the relations.“

—  Hans Reichenbach American philosopher 1891 - 1953

The Philosophy of Space and Time (1928, tr. 1957)

### „I unbuckled my seat belt.“Are you going to jump onto his car?” Julie asked. “I can get closer.”“What are you, out of your mind? No, I’m not jumping on his car. That only works in movies.“

—  Ilona Andrews American husband-and-wife novelist duo

Fonte: Magic Shifts

### „When no point of a line is at a finite distance, the line itself is at an infinite distance.“

—  Girard Desargues French mathematician and engineer 1591 - 1661

Brouillion project (1639) as quoted by Harold Scott MacDonald Coxeter, Projective Geometry (1987)

### „All the cars are lined up on a Saturday night“

—  Ryan Adams American alt-country/rock singer-songwriter 1974

The End
29 (2005)

### „Following straight lines shortens distances, and also life.“

—  Antonio Porchia Italian Argentinian poet 1885 - 1968

El ir derecho acorta las distancias, y también la vida.
Voces (1943)

### „Distance in a straight line has no mystery. The mystery is in the sphere.“

—  Thomas Mann German novelist, and 1929 Nobel Prize laureate 1875 - 1955

### „I don't speechify. I know the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. And that's what I ask. But they get mad at the straight line. I just want to ask a tough question.“

—  Helen Thomas American author and journalist 1920 - 2013

Interview by Adam Holdorf for Real Change News, (18 March 2004).

### „But I do think that when people say 'a learning curve,' they make a mistake. Learning to me always seems to go in a straight, ignorant line and then, every so often, takes a jump straight upward.“

—  Diana Wynne Jones, livro Enchanted Glass

Fonte: Enchanted Glass

### „The car has made our lives more difficult. If not for it, we would have everything we needed within walking distance.“

—  Siddharth Katragadda Indian writer 1972

page 3
The Other Wife (2003)

### „My car and my adding machine understand nothing: they are not in that line of business.“

—  John Rogers Searle American philosopher 1932

Minds, Brains and Programs (1980)

### „How could one argue with a man who was always drawing lines and circles to explain the position; who, one day, drew a diagram [here Michael illustrated with pen and paper] saying 'take a point A, draw a straight line to point B, now three-fourths of the way up the line take a point C. The straight line AB is the road to the Republic; C is where we have got to along the road, we canot move any further along the straight road to our goal B; take a point out there, D [off the line AB]. Now if we bend the line a bit from C to D then we can bend it a little further, to another point E and if we can bend it to CE that will get us around Cathal Brugha which is what we want!“

How could you talk to a man like that?
Referring to Eamon de Valera in conversation with Michael Hayes, at the debates over the Anglo-Irish Treaty in 1921
Michael Hayes Papers, P53/299, UCDA
Quoted in Doherty, Gabriel and Keogh, Dermot (2006). Michael Collins and the Making of the Irish State. Mercier Press, p. 153.

### „In researches in which an infinity of directions of straight lines in space is concerned, it is advantageous to represent these directions by means of those points upon a fixed sphere“

—  Carl Friedrich Gauss German mathematician and physical scientist 1777 - 1855

"Gauss's Abstract of the Disquisitiones Generales circa Superficies Curvas presented to the Royal Society of Gottingen" (1827) Tr. James Caddall Morehead & Adam Miller Hiltebeitel in General Investigations of Curved Surfaces of 1827 and 1825 http://books.google.com/books?id=SYJsAAAAMAAJ& (1902)
Contexto: In researches in which an infinity of directions of straight lines in space is concerned, it is advantageous to represent these directions by means of those points upon a fixed sphere, which are the end points of the radii drawn parallel to the lines. The centre and the radius of this auxiliary sphere are here quite arbitrary. The radius may be taken equal to unity. This procedure agrees fundamentally with that which is constantly employed in astronomy, where all directions are referred to a fictitious celestial sphere of infinite radius. Spherical trigonometry and certain other theorems, to which the author has added a new one of frequent application, then serve for the solution of the problems which the comparison of the various directions involved can present.

### „In any triangle the centre of gravity lies on the straight line joining any angle to the middle point of the opposite side.“

—  Archimedes, livro On the Equilibrium of Planes

Book 1, Proposition 13.
On the Equilibrium of Planes

### „Long story, but the point is that if you hear hoofbeats in the distance, your first guess is that they’re horses, not zebras. And you’re hearing hoofbeats and jumping straight to unicorns.”“So what are you saying?“

—  Daniel Abraham speculative fiction writer from the United States 1969

“I’m saying let’s go see if we can find some horses or zebras before we start a unicorn hunt.”
Fonte: Nemesis Games (2015), Chapter 8 (p. 86)

### „The straight line belongs to Man. The curved line belongs to God.“

—  Antoni Gaudí Catalan architect 1852 - 1926

The real author seems to be Pierre Albert-Birot https://books.google.com/books?id=3Ul51CwjUOcC&pg=PA290&dq=%22the+curved+line+that+belongs+let%27s+say+to+God+and+the+straight+line+that+belongs+to+man%22&hl=de&sa=X&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22the%20curved%20line%20that%20belongs%20let%27s%20say%20to%20God%20and%20the%20straight%20line%20that%20belongs%20to%20man%22&f=false.
Attributed

### „The state does not function as we desired. The car does not obey. A man is at the wheel and he seems to lead it, but the car does not drive in the desired direction. It moves as another force wishes.“

—  Vladimir Lenin Russian politician, led the October Revolution 1870 - 1924

As quoted in A Fate Worse than Debt (1988) Susan George.