Larry McMurtry

"Some years ago I had a sobering realization about women, which was that there are just too many nice ones. One simply can't fall in love with, sleep with, or marry all the nice women - even serial marriers such as Mickey Rooney only manage eight or nine. One of the saddening facts of life is that there is always going to be a delightful woman somewhere who, for whatever reason of timing or attraction, simply slips by and recedes, to return only in dream. As it is with women, so it is with roads. There are too many nice ones."

__From Roads, by Larry McMurtry

McMurtry liked to drive on the interstates, and Roads is about his trips on interstates. Other writers had a different view.

John Steinbeck

"When we get these thruways across the whole country, as we will and must, it will be possible to drive from New York to California without seeing a single thing."

__From Travels with Charley (1960), by John Steinbeck

Charles Kuralt

"I love to read about the travels of those who wandered the country before me, de Tocqueville, Mark Twain, John Steinbeck, and all the rest."

"Thanks to the interstate highway system, it is now possible to travel across the country from coast to coast without seeing anything."

__From On the Road with Charles Kuralt (1985), by Charles Kuralt

William Least Heat Moon

"Life doesn't happen along interstates. It's against the law."

__From Blue Highways (1960), by William Least Heat Moon