Train Sayings and Quotes

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

Train up a child in the way that he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.     

King Solomon

Train yourself for a profession that does not exist.     

David Mamet

If you do not train hard you will never fulfill your potential.     

Maurice Greene

Train your head and hands to do, your head and heart to dare.     

Joseph Seamon Cotter Jr

If you train the part of the body you get that part trained.     

Hira Ratan Manek

You can't let nobody run your train.     

LeBron James

Train insane or remain the same.     


Time goes faster the more hollow it is. Lives with no meaning go straight past you, like trains that don’t stop at your station.     

Carlos Ruiz Zafon

I like trains. I like their rhythm, and I like the freedom of being suspended between two places, all anxieties of purpose taken care of: for this moment I know where I am going.     

Anna Funder

The restlessness and the longing, like the longing that is in the whistle of a faraway train. Except that the longing isn't really in the whistle—it is in you.     

Meindert DeJong

What thrills me about trains is not their size or their equipment but the fact that they are moving, that they embody a connection between unseen places.     

Marianne Wiggins

It ought to be plain how little you gain / by getting excited and vexed. / You'll always be late for the previous train, / and always on time for the next.     

Piet Hein

Trains tap into some deep American collective memory.     

Dana Frank

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

If you're waiting for the train of your life and not getting on another train, you're making a big mistake because almost always other trains will take you to that special train!     

Mehmet Murat ildan

I’ll use my divination and look into the future. Hey, you know what, I’m seeing the future right now. If I stand here and wait, then in three minutes a train’s going to come. And after that, another train’s going to come. Here, I’ll let you guess what’s going to happen afterwards. I’ll give you a hint—there’s a train.     

Benedict Jacka

As long as you know in which station and at what hour you should wait, which train to take and if necessary when and where to get off that train to take a different line, to take a different train, you shall be accepted as a smart traveller!     

Mehmet Murat ildan

If you sleep on the train, you will miss your station; if you sleep at the station, you will miss your train! You can control your fate only when you are awake!     

Mehmet Murat ildan

The train you have been waiting all your life may not stop at your station; the best thing to survive such an emotional disaster is to give a chance to the next train which will stop at your station!     

Mehmet Murat ildan

It seemed as if the train would never depart. Local trains are always somehow overzealous. At first they panic everyone into believing they are just about to thunder off down the track with an almighty jolt, then, at the very last minute, there is always some improbable hitch.     

Dezső Kosztolányi

What a lovely ride that was. I haven't been on a train in an eternity. Something wonderfully soothing about traveling that way.     

Aidan Donnelley Rowley

Trains are beautiful. They take people to places they've never been, faster than they could ever go themselves. Everyone who works on trains knows they have personalities, they're like people. They have their own mysteries.     

Sam Starbuck

Trains induce such terrible anxiety. They image the possibility of total and irrevocable failure. They are also dirty, rackety, packed with strangers, an object lesson in the foul contingency of life: the talkative fellow-traveller, the possibility of children.     

Iris Murdoch

All of my life, trains had been coming and going, interrupting Ever’s daily life with their loud disregard.     

Matthew Aaron Goodman

The rage for railroads is so great that many will be laid in parts where they will not pay.     

George Stephenson

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

Our life is a constant journey, from birth to death. The landscape changes, the people change, our needs change, but the train keeps moving. Life is the train, not the station.     

Paulo Coelho

Trains are wonderful.... To travel by train is to see nature and human beings, towns and churches and rivers, in fact, to see life.     

Agatha Christie

Life is a train that stops at no stations; you either jump abroad or stand on the platform and watch as it passes.     

Yasmina Khadra

A story is like a moving train: no matter where you hop onboard, you are bound to reach your destination sooner or later.     

Khaled Hosseini