Inspirational Truck Driver Quotes and Sayings

Truck driving is not as simple as someone who has not been behind the wheel might think. It takes dedication, sacrifice, and lots of roll outs and miles under the belt to be great at it. 

Over the years, there have been many quotes and sayings about truck driving by both famous people and as an anecdotal part of the trucking society.

We’ve scoured all corners of the earth and found the most inspirational truck driver quotes and sayings. We’ve included a bonus surprise too, which you can find near the end of this post.

Inspirational Truck Driver Quotes and Sayings by Famous People

“I’m an actor… I do a job and I go home. Why are you interested in me? You don’t ask a truck driver about his job.”

James Gandolfini

“My mother always tells me that when I was a little kid, my first ambition was to be a truck driver, and after that, I went through everything from wanting to be a Prime Minister to an air hostess, but never an actor. So I became one, and it was a great journey. I learnt a lot, worked very hard.”

Peitry Zinta

“From 1965 to 1974, I served the best possible apprenticeship for an actor. I learned firsthand how a truck driver lives, what a bartender does, how a salesman thinks. I had to make a life inside those jobs, not just pretend.”

Brian Dennehy

“My dad was a truck driver. We all used to ride along with him. And the way he’d keep awake was to sing while he was going down the road. So we all joined in.”

Johnny Van Zant

“I don’t think there’s any real motivation for somebody to be a truck driver. Mine was simple; dad was a truck driver, I wanted to own one.”

Lindsay Fox

“Just because you’re in the driver’s seat, doesn’t mean you have to run people over. “

Randy Pausch

“As a driver, you always want to be in the car getting as much experience as possible; especially when there’s something new like different tyres.”

Romain Grosjean

“There is more credit and satisfaction in being a first-rate truck driver than a tenth-rate executive.”

B. C. Forbes

“You gotta stop thinkin’ so negative son, we ain’t not never made it yet have we?”

Burt Reynolds as Bandit, “Smokey and the Bandit”

“I’ve been on every interstate highway in the lower forty-eight states by now, and I never get tired of the view.”

Steve Earle

“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there”

Lewis Carroll

“I worked as a truck driver, carpenter’s assistant, doing whatever it took to keep bread on the table for the family.”

Scott Glenn

“Truck drivers are the only ones that know the best places to stop on the road.”

Carole Eastman

“Both men and women drive commercial trucks. About one in twenty truckers in the United States is a woman.”

William David Thomas

“Truck driving means the stress of never knowing where you will be and what you will be doing the following day.”

Connor Syrewicz

“Life on the road can be one of two things. If you are flexible (able to adapt and change to new situations and events), truck driving means constant adventure.”

Connor Syrewicz

“The best truck drivers are patient, independent, determined, and hard working. They love adventure and like thinking quickly.”

Joanna Dunham

“People don’t realize how many miles a truck drives a year on the road.”

Johnny Napier

“Every truck driver kind of gets a bond with his truck. They may say they don’t, but they do.”

Johnny Napier

“A truck driver always knows how far he is from home. No matter where he is at.”

Johnny Napier

“Truck driving is a lifestyle, not a job”

Les Auger

“Now, if there’s one thing truck drivers know how to do, it’s sitting around telling stories.”

Joe Ward

“Driving a tractor-trailer is no joke! Unless you are willing to give it 100 percent, you will never be a good driver. Period.”

Harry Gorge

“A qualified truck driver must be able to follow company’s rules and procedures when planning fuel stops to and from destinations.”

Percy J. Trucker

“Each truck driver does his, or her, part in keeping food on our tables and shoes on our feet. They get very little respect from most people and have to deal with a countless number of obstacles along the way.”

Terrence Maddox

“Truck driving is still a respectable living, although its pay is no longer attracting drivers.”

Richard H. Freer

Anonymous Truck Driver Quotes and Sayings

“Without trucks, you would be homeless, hungry, & naked.”


“Don’t judge truckers until you’ve driven a year in their truck.”


“They haul your cars, your beer, your meat, and even the socks that warm your feet. They haul loads of many things, even that shiny diamond ring. If you got it, a truck driver hauled it!”


“So you think that I just drive a truck?

– 13 Gears

– 18 Wheels

– 14 Tons

– 65 Feet Long

– 500 Horsepower

– 1800 LBS of Torque

Do the math.”


“If you bought it, a trucker brought it.”


“Semi trucks and the drivers in them are like oxygen, you ain’t gonna survive without ‘em.”


“If it ain’t turnin’… It ain’t earnin’.”


“I’ll sleep when I’m done trucking.”


“You ain’t got nothing without us trucking!”


“A trucker’s job is never done.”


“If we don’t drive, you don’t survive.”


“You can take a man or woman out of their truck, but you cannot take trucking out of their blood.”


Inspirational Quotes to Motivate Truckers

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

Eleanor Roosevelt, This is My Story

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

Mahatma Gandhi

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

Albert Einstein

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.”

Bill Keane

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”

George Bernard Shaw

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

Theodore Roosevelt

“If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan, but never the goal.”


“You will succeed because most people are lazy.”

Shahir Zag

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” 

Earl Nightingale

“If we have the attitude that it’s going to be a great day it usually is.”

Catherine Pulsifier

“The hard days are what make you stronger.”

Aly Raisman

“The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one.”

Oscar Wilde

Bonus: Funny Truck Driver Quotes and Sayings

“No matter how badass of a trucker you are, if a kid does the arm pump, you honk the air horn driver.”


“No parking? Time to play make-a-spot!”


“Sir, my dog ate my logbook!”


“Oh, your pickup can tow 10,000LBS. That’s cute.”


“Truck drivers are not the kind of people you put on speakerphone.”


“Truck driver, because badass isn’t an official job title.”


“My teacher was wrong. I do get paid to stare out the window all day.”


“My mom always told me, “You can’t change the past.” She was wrong. I just re-did last week’s logbook.”