Bill Bryson Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Bill Bryson quotes, Bill Bryson sayings, and Bill Bryson proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Roads get wider and busier and less friendly to pedestrians. And all of the development based around cars, like big sprawling shopping malls. Everything seems to be designed for the benefit of the automobile and not the benefit of the human being. Bill Bryson
Scientists tend to be unappreciated in the world at large, but you can hardly overstate the importance of the work they do. Bill Bryson
We used to build civilizations. Now we build shopping malls. Bill Bryson
To my mind, the only possible pet is a cow. Cows love you. . . . They will listen to your problems and never ask a thing in return. They will be your friends forever. And when you get tired of them, you can kill and eat them. Perfect. Bill Bryson
Christmas tree stands are the work of the devil and they want you dead. Bill Bryson
Physics is really nothing more than a search for ultimate simplicity, but so far all we have is a kind of elegant messiness. Bill Bryson
To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted Bill Bryson
Language, never forget, is more fashion than science, and matters of usage, spelling, and pronunciation tend to wander around like hemlines. Bill Bryson
Australia is just so full of surprises. Bill Bryson
Energy is liberated matter, matter is energy waiting to happen. Bill Bryson
The whole of the global economy is based on supplying the cravings of two per cent of the world's population. Bill Bryson
Language is more fashion than science, and matters of usage, spelling and pronunciation tend to wander around like hemlines. Bill Bryson
Even with the benefit of steroids most modern players still couldn't hit as many home runs as Babe Ruth hit on hotdogs. Bill Bryson
Boston's freeway system is insane. It was clearly designed by a person who had spent his childhood crashing toy trains. Bill Bryson
It is unthinkable to have a British countryside that doesn't have actual functioning farmers riding tractors, cows in fields, things like that. Bill Bryson
I can't think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Bill Bryson
One consequential change is that people used to get most of their calories at breakfast and midday, with only the evening top-up at suppertime. Now those intakes are almost exactly reversed. Most of us consume the bulk--a sadly appropriate word here--of our calories in the evening and take them to bed with us, a practice that doesn't do any good at all. Bill Bryson
There are only three things that can kill a farmer: lightning, rolling over in a tractor, and old age. Bill Bryson
Energy is liberated matter; matter is energy waiting to happen. Bill Bryson
Maine is wonderful. It can be very hard. I mean, if you look at the profile maps it doesn't look it, but somehow when you get out there it's really steep and hard. Bill Bryson
Altogether, according to John McPhee, [geological ages] number in the „tens of dozens.” Fortunately, unless you take up geology as a career, you are unlikely ever to hear any of them again. Bill Bryson
Let's be frank, the Italians' technological contribution to humankind stopped with the pizza oven. Bill Bryson
I had always thought that once you grew up you could do anything you wanted stay up all night or eat ice cream straight out of the container. Bill Bryson
Let's be frank, the Italians' technological contribution to humankind stopped with the pizza oven. Bill Bryson
Prohibition may be the greatest gift any government ever gave its citizens. A barrel of beer costs $4 to make and sold for $55. A case of spirituous liquor cost $20 to produce and earned $90--and all this without taxes. Bill Bryson