2009
09.26

About

 

Mark Solomon_taxist artista

                                                                                     Photo by Ione Saizar www.ionesaizar.com

About the driver

I’m 6ft 4in tall, and somehow manage to squeeze into the front of an iconic London taxi. I’m massively passionate about the London taxi trade and incorporate quote collecting with abstract photography.

Black Cab Quotes

In September 2009, I spontaneously asked a passenger to share with me the best of piece of advice he’d ever been given. I liked his response and felt inspired to ask other passengers to share with me their favourite quotes, proverbs and words of wisdom.

Not only did passengers creatively contribute, they also encouraged me to start a blog “Black Cab Quotes”, so they and others could follow the project’s progress. Passengers also recommended that I attempt to turn the project into a book, and “Black Cab Wisdom” was published in July 2011.

Black Cab Quotes is an ongoing project, and I intend to continue sharing extracts of the material I collect, snazzy photographs, and occasional factual taxi tales.

Before I go….

I would like to say a massive THANK YOU to all of the passengers who have been kind enough to write down words of wisdom whilst travelling with me on London’s bumpy streets!

Feedback, wisdom, quotes, jokes, proverbs, submitted to the website’s comments box are always appreciated, so what are you waiting for, post a comment!

Love & hugs,
Mark

 

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  1. hi mark its Ason from the tech guys, here are a few; i’ve got better ones to come.

    “They say the day before you give up, is the day before things pick up”

  2. just heard you on radio four, think youre inspired 🙂

  3. Me too! I heard the same bit of the programme. Havr read 12 pages so far…how many are there? Such a great idea Mark. Good Luck!

  4. I listened to your interview on Radio 4, you make a fine ambassador for our trade.
    Good luck with Black Cab Quotes, I’ll put a link on my site.

    For what’s it’s worth my favourite quote is from Bill Anders, an astronaut on Apollo 8:

    “We came all this way to explore the moon, and the most important thing is that we discovered the Earth.”

    http://www.cabbieblog.co.uk

  5. I also heard you on radio four yesterday so thought I would look up your site before starting work and its already made my day worthwhile.
    My quote: “They that stand high have many blasts to shake them, and if they fall, they dash themselves to pieces”. QUEEN MARGARET talking about trees but equally appropriate to people!

  6. Buy the truth,NEVER sell it.

  7. Sugar Ray Robinson said : Rhythm is everything in boxing. Every move you make starts with your heart and that’s in rhythm or you’re in trouble.

    Heard you on the radio, Mark – well done and good luck!

  8. Wow what an inspiring but simple idea and great to hear it on Radio 4…clearly demonstrates that everyone has moments of great wisdom. When will Chris Evans book you for Radio 2 Pause for Thought….I think you would be great.

  9. Also heard on Radio 4, can’t wait to spread the message at work later today. Agreed with Jane Hogg but I would suggest Sarah Kennedy (far better) for Pause for Thought.
    As for one of my regular quotes: “I’d forget my head if it wasn’t screwed UP!”
    Best wishes to you, Mark. Drive safely

  10. be now, that is all anyone has.
    loved your interview- the quotes give such a varied look at life.

  11. HI Mark,
    heard you on Radio 4 the other day, and thought, hey I know him ! we had the pleasure of riding in your cab the back end of last year, December I think. You asked Adrienne and me if was life treating us well, we said yup, and it still is, will either of us ever mature, No, its way tooooo late, keep it up buddy, drive safe, Del

  12. I once spent most of an in service training day cutting through the bull***t buy quoting timely proverbs and sayings much to the annoyance of the people running the workshops. I was quite taken by the article about you and the “Black Cab Quotes” on Radio4. I’ve enjoyed viewing your website too Mark and will keep an eye on it for some nifty word play. Keep it up – Drive safely.
    Steve (Birmingham)

  13. Your Radio Four piece was both touching and insightful; as a former librarian of the London Transport Museum I’m always interested in quirky transport-related stories.
    I’d like to offer you a quote from my favourite book, Charlotte Bronte’s ‘Villette’:
    “No mockery in this world ever sounds to me so hollow as that of being told to cultivate happiness…Happiness is not a potato, to be planted in mould, and tilled with manure”.

  14. Me and my other half took your cab last night. Thank you Mark for the funnest cab journey home I’ve ever had!

  15. “When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and your discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”

    – Sees you have found yours Mark – All the best

  16. My Dougter stolled my favoret quote and posted on your site !!!!!!!!!
    CONGRATULATION!!!!!! FUN! FUN! FUN! on 7/27/2010 Nicoletta!!!!!!

  17. what a wonderful website, well done sir, a few from a boxer by the name of muhammed ali ;

    ‘The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.’

    ‘It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.’

    ‘It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.’

    ‘If they can make penicillin out of mouldy bread, they can sure as hell make something out of you.’

  18. Well done mate. Loved the website nearly as much as we love you. Now go get me the book on kindle :).

    Speak soon fella

    Bill

  19. SKY IS THE LIMIT BUT YOU CAN TOUCH THE MOON IF YOU TRY

  20. H Mark

    It was great to travel in your cab (Weds night from Victoria Park to Shad Thames) – the quotes fantastic idea. Thank you for a great chat.

  21. Hi mark thanks for the shortest cab ride ever today! You saved me massively

  22. I’m enjoying your book, I hope you enjoy mine. And thanks for looking after Heather.