The Noblest Invention


“The bicycle is the noblest invention of mankind.”
– William Saroyan


“The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man.
Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish.
Only the bicycle remains pure in heart.”

– Iris Murdoch


Bicycle Haiku
“Wheels carried me from
Youth to middle to old age
Never complaining.”
– Kay Earle


“The first real grip I ever got on things
Was when I learned the art of pedaling.”

– Seamus Heaney


“My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles.
They both move people forward without wasting anything.
The perfect day: riding a bike to the library.”

– Peter Golkin


Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike.”
– President John F. Kennedy


“Whoever invented the bicycle
deserves the thanks of humanity.”
– Lord Charles Beresford


“A bicycle does get you there and more…
And there is always the thin edge of danger to
keep you alert and comfortably apprehensive.

Dogs become dogs
again and snap at your raincoat;

potholes become personal.
And getting there is all the fun.”
– Bill Emerson, On Bicycling, Saturday Evening Post, 1967


“Whenever I see an adult on a bicycle,
I have hope for the human race.”
– H.G. Wells


I feel that I am entitled to my share of lightheartedness and there is nothing wrong with enjoying one’s self simply, like a boy.”
– Leo Tolstoy, Responding to criticism for learning to ride a bicycle at age 67


“It would not be at all strange if history came to the conclusion that the perfection of the bicycle was the greatest event of the
nineteenth century.”
– Unknown



Steve McCurry x Eolo Perfido
Rome Workshop June 19 – 25, 2023

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Caen, France
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Libson, Portugal
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Cueno, Italy
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Bologna, Italy
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By Steve McCurry

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14 replies on “The Noblest Invention”

Magnificent photography, beautiful words of wisdim and it brings me to reality, away from my worries, to the present, to the joy of simple things! I am going to buy an inexepensive bike

Please, make a book about the phenomena of bicycles. A bike is to mankind of more inportance than coffee. Where about you made that impressive book. An inhabitant of the bike capital of the world, Amsterdam, Thank you on forehand already.

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