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Edward Paul Abbey (January 29, 1927 – March 14, 1989) was an American author, essayist, and anarchist, noted for his advocacy of environmental issues and criticism of public land policies.

His best-known works include Desert Solitaire, a non-fiction autobiographical account of his time as a park ranger at Arches National Park considered to be an iconic work of nature writing and a staple of early environmentalist writing; the novel The Monkey Wrench Gang, which has been cited as an inspiration by environmentalists and groups defending nature by various means, also called eco-warriors; his novel Hayduke Lives!; and his essay collections Down the River (with Henry Thoreau & Other Friends) (1982) and One Life at a Time, Please (1988).



Quote: The longest journey begins with a single step, not with a turn of the ignition key. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of Edward Abbey quote: The longest journey begins with a single step, not with a turn of the ignition key.- white text on starry pic background

The longest journey begins with a single step, not with a turn of the ignition key.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The longest journey begins with a single step, not with the turn of an ignition key. That’s the best thing about walking, the journey itself. It doesn’t much matter whether you get where you’re going or not. You’ll get there anyway. Every good hike brings you eventually back home. Right where you started.


Quote: When the situation is hopeless, there's nothing to worry about. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of sunset
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When the situation is hopeless, there's nothing to worry about.




Quote: Paradise is the here and now, the actual, tangible, dogmatically real Earth on which we stand. Yes, God bless America, the Earth upon which we stand. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of bird on pier
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Paradise is the here and now, the actual, tangible, dogmatically real Earth on which we stand. Yes, God bless America, the Earth upon which we stand.


Quote: The duty of a patriot is to protect his country from its government. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of black and silver retractable pen on blank book
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The duty of a patriot is to protect his country from its government.


Quote: There is beauty, heartbreaking beauty, everywhere. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of pink flowers with white background
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There is beauty, heartbreaking beauty, everywhere.




A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself.


Quote: It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it's still here. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of green trees under white sky during daytime
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It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it's still here.


Quote: Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of green trees under white sky during daytime
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Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself.


Quote: The love of wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyong reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth, the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only paradise we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need, if only we had the eyes to see. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of Edward Abbey quote; white text on black background

The love of wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyong reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth, the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only paradise we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need, if only we had the eyes to see.


Quote: A man on foot, on horseback or on a bicycle will see more, feel more, enjoy more in one mile than the motorized tourists can in a hundred miles. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of brown and white humming bird
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A man on foot, on horseback or on a bicycle will see more, feel more, enjoy more in one mile than the motorized tourists can in a hundred miles.


Quote: Nature is indifferent to our love, but never unfaithful. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of sunset forest
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Nature is indifferent to our love, but never unfaithful.


Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul.


Quote: A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of brown and black butterfly perched on white flower in close up photography during daytime
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A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.


Quote: The idea of wilderness needs no defense, it only needs defenders. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of brown rock formation on body of water during daytime
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The idea of wilderness needs no defense, it only needs defenders.




Quote: Wilderness begins in the human mind. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Wilderness begins in the human mind.


Quote: Wilderness complements and completes civilization. I might say that the existence of wilderness is also a compliment to civilization. Any society that feels itself too poor to afford the preservation of wilderness is not worthy of the name of civilization. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Wilderness complements and completes civilization. I might say that the existence of wilderness is also a compliment to civilization. Any society that feels itself too poor to afford the preservation of wilderness is not worthy of the name of civilization.


Quote: The more corrupt a society, the more numerous its laws. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The more corrupt a society, the more numerous its laws.


Quote: Love of wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach. It is also an expression of loyalty to the earth, the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only home we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need if only we had the eyes to see. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Love of wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach. It is also an expression of loyalty to the earth, the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only home we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need if only we had the eyes to see.




Quote: Most academic economists know nothing of economy. In fact, they know little of anything. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Most academic economists know nothing of economy. In fact, they know little of anything.


Quote: Every man has two vocations: his own and philosophy. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Every man has two vocations: his own and philosophy.


Quote: New Yorkers like to boast that if you can survive in New York, you can survive anywhere. But if you can survive anywhere, why live in New York? by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

New Yorkers like to boast that if you can survive in New York, you can survive anywhere. But if you can survive anywhere, why live in New York?


Quote: Concrete is heavy; iron is hard, but the grass will prevail. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Concrete is heavy; iron is hard, but the grass will prevail.


Quote: When the situation is desperate, it is too late to be serious. Be playful. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

When the situation is desperate, it is too late to be serious. Be playful.


Quote: A true conservative must necessarily be a conservationalist. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

A true conservative must necessarily be a conservationalist.


Quote: Society is a like a stew. If you don't stir it up every once in a while then a layer of scum floats to the top. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Society is a like a stew. If you don't stir it up every once in a while then a layer of scum floats to the top.


Quote: What draws us into the desert is the search for something intimate in the remote. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

What draws us into the desert is the search for something intimate in the remote.


Quote: In all of nature, there is no sound more pleasing than that of a hungry animal at its feed. Unless you are the food. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

In all of nature, there is no sound more pleasing than that of a hungry animal at its feed. Unless you are the food.


Quote: I just realized some things make me happier, and the good weather in California makes me happier. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

I just realized some things make me happier, and the good weather in California makes me happier.




Quote: All gold is fool's gold. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

All gold is fool's gold.


Quote: This sweet virginal primitive land will metaphorically breathe a sigh of relief -- like a whisper of wind -- when we are all and finally gone and the place and its creations can return to their ancient procedures unobserved and undisturbed by the busy, anxious, brooding consciousness of man. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of Edward Abbey quote: This sweet virginal primitive land will metaphorically breathe a sigh of relief -- like a whisper of wind -- when we are all and finally gone and the place and its creations can return to their ancient procedures unobserved and undisturbed by the busy, anxious, brooding consciousness of man.- black text on quotes background

This sweet virginal primitive land will metaphorically breathe a sigh of relief -- like a whisper of wind -- when we are all and finally gone and the place and its creations can return to their ancient procedures unobserved and undisturbed by the busy, anxious, brooding consciousness of man.


Quote: Beware the writer who always encloses the word reality in quotation marks: He's trying to slip something over on you. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Beware the writer who always encloses the word reality in quotation marks: He's trying to slip something over on you.


Quote: Humility is a virtue when you have no other. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Humility is a virtue when you have no other.


Quote: If my decomposing carcass helps nourish the roots of a juniper tree or the wings of a vulture -- that is immortality enough for me. And as much as anyone deserves. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

If my decomposing carcass helps nourish the roots of a juniper tree or the wings of a vulture -- that is immortality enough for me. And as much as anyone deserves.


Quote: All governments require enemy governments. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

All governments require enemy governments.


Quote: The conservatives love their cheap labor; the liberals love their cheap cause. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The conservatives love their cheap labor; the liberals love their cheap cause.


Quote: I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.


Quote: May your trails be dim, lonesome, stony, narrow, winding and only slightly uphill. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

May your trails be dim, lonesome, stony, narrow, winding and only slightly uphill.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

May your trails be dim, lonesome, stony, narrow, winding and only slightly uphill. May the wind bring rain for the slickrock potholes fourteen miles on the other side of yonder blue ridge. May God's dog serenade your campfire, may the rattlesnake and the screech owl amuse your reverie, may the Great Sun dazzle your eyes by day and the Great Bear watch over you by night.


Quote: Reason is the newest and rarest thing in human life, the most delicate child of human history. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Reason is the newest and rarest thing in human life, the most delicate child of human history.


Quote: Heaven is home. Utopia is here. Nirvana is now. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Heaven is home. Utopia is here. Nirvana is now.


Quote: With the neutron bomb, which destroys life but not property, capitalism has found the weapon of its dreams. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

With the neutron bomb, which destroys life but not property, capitalism has found the weapon of its dreams.


Quote: Love can defeat that nameless terror. Loving one another, we take the sting from death. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Love can defeat that nameless terror. Loving one another, we take the sting from death.


Quote: Science is the whore of industry and the handmaiden of war. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Science is the whore of industry and the handmaiden of war.


Quote: Where life is there is death, reasons the vulture, and where there's death there's hope. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Where life is there is death, reasons the vulture, and where there's death there's hope.


Quote: A great thirst is a great joy when quenched in time. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

A great thirst is a great joy when quenched in time.


Quote: Civilization is the wild river; culture, 592,000 tons of cement; civilization flows; culture thickens and coagulates. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Civilization is the wild river; culture, 592,000 tons of cement; civilization flows; culture thickens and coagulates.


Quote: There is poetry and music in our technology, a beauty as touching as that of eagle, moss campion, raven or yonder limestone boulder shining under the Arctic sun. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

There is poetry and music in our technology, a beauty as touching as that of eagle, moss campion, raven or yonder limestone boulder shining under the Arctic sun.


Quote: The tank, the B-52, the fighter-bomber, the state-controlled police and military are the weapons of dictatorship. The rifle is the weapon of democracy. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The tank, the B-52, the fighter-bomber, the state-controlled police and military are the weapons of dictatorship. The rifle is the weapon of democracy.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The tank, the B-52, the fighter-bomber, the state-controlled police and military are the weapons of dictatorship. The rifle is the weapon of democracy. Not for nothing was the revolver called an "equalizer.


Quote: A city man is at home anywhere, for all big cities are much alike. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

A city man is at home anywhere, for all big cities are much alike.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

A city man is a home anywhere, for all big cities are much alike. But a country man has a place where he belongs, where he always returns, and where, when the time comes, he is willing to die.


Quote: Man the Pest, multiplied to the swarming stage, is attacking the remaining forests like a plague of locusts on a field of grain. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Man the Pest, multiplied to the swarming stage, is attacking the remaining forests like a plague of locusts on a field of grain.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

I understand and sympathize with the reasonable needs of a reasonable number of people on a finite continent. All life depends upon other life. But what is happening today, in North America, is not rational use but irrational massacre. Man the Pest, multiplied to the swarming stage, is attacking the remaining forests like a plague of locusts on a field of grain.


Quote: When life is cheap death is rich. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

When life is cheap death is rich.


Quote: I am not an atheist but an earthiest. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

I am not an atheist but an earthiest.


Quote: The most attractive feature of Alaska, I say, is its small, insignificant human population. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The most attractive feature of Alaska, I say, is its small, insignificant human population.


Quote: Oh! For love, for the painfully nourished, tenderly cherished, sweet frenzies illusion, the known-illusion within the globule of sentimental cynicism. For romantic love, then, I sacrifice honor, decensy, human kindness, charity, honesty, friendship and the future -- all, (ah!) for love! by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of Edward Abbey quote: Oh! For love, for the painfully nourished, tenderly cherished, sweet frenzies illusion, the known-illusion within the globule of sentimental cynicism. For romantic love, then, I sacrifice honor, decensy, human kindness, charity, honesty, friendship and the future -- all, (ah!) for love!- black text on quotes background

Oh! For love, for the painfully nourished, tenderly cherished, sweet frenzies illusion, the known-illusion within the globule of sentimental cynicism. For romantic love, then, I sacrifice honor, decensy, human kindness, charity, honesty, friendship and the future -- all, (ah!) for love!


Quote: I love your letters. How far is that from saying I love you? Well -- about a mile. Two miles. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

I love your letters. How far is that from saying I love you? Well -- about a mile. Two miles.


Quote: Contempt for animal life leads to contempt for human life. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Contempt for animal life leads to contempt for human life.


Quote: Each thing in its way, when true to its own character, is equally beautiful. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Each thing in its way, when true to its own character, is equally beautiful.


Quote: To die alone, on rock under sun at the brink of the unknown, like a wolf, like a great bird, seems to me very good fortune indeed. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

To die alone, on rock under sun at the brink of the unknown, like a wolf, like a great bird, seems to me very good fortune indeed.


Quote: When the biggest, richest, glassiest buildings in town are the banks, you know that town's in trouble. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

When the biggest, richest, glassiest buildings in town are the banks, you know that town's in trouble.


Quote: What our economists call a depressed area almost always turns out to be a cleaner, freer, more livable place than most. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

What our economists call a depressed area almost always turns out to be a cleaner, freer, more livable place than most.


Quote: Money attracts because it gives us the means to command the labor and service and finally the lives of others -- human or otherwise. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Money attracts because it gives us the means to command the labor and service and finally the lives of others -- human or otherwise.


Quote: The earth, like the sun, like the air, belongs to everyone -- and to no one. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The earth, like the sun, like the air, belongs to everyone -- and to no one.


Quote: There are some good things to be said about walking. Not many, but some. Walking takes longer, for example, than any other known form of locomotion except crawling. Thus it stretches time and prolongs life. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

There are some good things to be said about walking. Not many, but some. Walking takes longer, for example, than any other known form of locomotion except crawling. Thus it stretches time and prolongs life.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

There are some good things to be said about walking. Not many, but some. Walking takes longer, for example, than any other known form of locomotion except crawling. Thus it stretches time and prolongs life. Life is already too short to waste on speed. I have a friend who's always in a hurry; he never gets anywhere. Walking makes the world much bigger and thus more interesting. You have time to observe the details. The utopian technologists foresee a future for us in which distance is annihilated... To be everywhere at once is to be nowhere forever, if you ask me.


Quote: To be everywhere at once is to be nowhere forever, if you ask me. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

To be everywhere at once is to be nowhere forever, if you ask me.


Quote: Beyond the wall of the unreal city ... there is another world waiting for you. It is the old true world of the deserts, the mountains, the forests, the islands, the shores, the open plains. Go there. Be there. Walk gently and quietly deep within it. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Beyond the wall of the unreal city ... there is another world waiting for you. It is the old true world of the deserts, the mountains, the forests, the islands, the shores, the open plains. Go there. Be there. Walk gently and quietly deep within it.


Quote: The best cure for the ills of democracy is more democracy. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The best cure for the ills of democracy is more democracy.


Quote: Nobody seems more obsessed by diet than our anti-materialist, otherworldly, New Age, spiritual types. But if the material world is merely an illusion, an honest guru should be as content with Budweiser and bratwurst as with raw carrot juice, tofu, and seaweed slime. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of Edward Abbey quote; white text on black background

Nobody seems more obsessed by diet than our anti-materialist, otherworldly, New Age, spiritual types. But if the material world is merely an illusion, an honest guru should be as content with Budweiser and bratwurst as with raw carrot juice, tofu, and seaweed slime.


Quote: Capitalism: Nothing so mean could be right. Greed is the ugliest of the capital sins. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Capitalism: Nothing so mean could be right. Greed is the ugliest of the capital sins.


Quote: Violence, it's as American as pizza pie. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Violence, it's as American as pizza pie.


Quote: Guns don't kill people; people kill people. Of course, people with guns kill more people. But that's only natural. It's hard. But it's fair. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Guns don't kill people; people kill people. Of course, people with guns kill more people. But that's only natural. It's hard. But it's fair.


Quote: I try to think of a favorite among my arid-country flowers. But I love them all. How could we be true to one without being false to all the others? by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

I try to think of a favorite among my arid-country flowers. But I love them all. How could we be true to one without being false to all the others?


Quote: Love is a disease. A social disease. A romantic, venereal, medieval disease. A hangover from the days of the fornicating troubadours and the gentlemen in iron britches. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Love is a disease. A social disease. A romantic, venereal, medieval disease. A hangover from the days of the fornicating troubadours and the gentlemen in iron britches.


Quote: The earth will survive our most ingenious folly. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The earth will survive our most ingenious folly.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The earth is not a mechanism but an organism, a being with its own life and its own reasons, where the support and sustenance of the human animal is incidental. If man in his newfound power and vanity persists in the attempt to remake the planet in his own image, he will succeed only in destroying himself -- not the planet. The earth will survive our most ingenious folly.


Quote: A pessimist is simply an optimist in full possession of the facts. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

A pessimist is simply an optimist in full possession of the facts.


Quote: Cynicism is a cheap emotion, a craven substitute for thought and action. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Cynicism is a cheap emotion, a craven substitute for thought and action.


Quote: The very poor are materialistic. It takes money to be a mystic. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The very poor are materialistic. It takes money to be a mystic.


Quote: We like the taste of freedom ... because we like the smell of danger. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

We like the taste of freedom ... because we like the smell of danger.


Quote: Walking is the only form of transportation in which a man proceeds erect -- like a man -- on his own legs, under his own power. There is immense satisfaction in that. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Walking is the only form of transportation in which a man proceeds erect -- like a man -- on his own legs, under his own power. There is immense satisfaction in that.


Quote: The desert rat carries one distinction like a halo: he has learned to love the kind of country that most people find unlovable. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The desert rat carries one distinction like a halo: he has learned to love the kind of country that most people find unlovable.


Quote: The tragedy of modern war is not so much that the young men die but that they die fighting each other -- instead of their real enemies back home in the capitals. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The tragedy of modern war is not so much that the young men die but that they die fighting each other -- instead of their real enemies back home in the capitals.


Quote: Let us hope our weapons are never needed -- but do not forget what the common people of this nation knew when they demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Let us hope our weapons are never needed -- but do not forget what the common people of this nation knew when they demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny.


Quote: But it is a writer's duty to write and speak and record the truth, always the truth, no matter whom may be offended. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

But it is a writer's duty to write and speak and record the truth, always the truth, no matter whom may be offended.


Quote: Our neoconservatives are neither new nor conservative, but old as Babylon and evil as Hell. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Our neoconservatives are neither new nor conservative, but old as Babylon and evil as Hell.


Quote: Philosophy without action is the ruin of the soul. One brave deed is worth a hundred books, a thousand theories, a million words. Now as always we need heroes. And heroines! Down with the passive and the limp. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Philosophy without action is the ruin of the soul. One brave deed is worth a hundred books, a thousand theories, a million words. Now as always we need heroes. And heroines! Down with the passive and the limp.


Quote: We live in a society in which it is normal to be sick; and sick to be abnormal. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

We live in a society in which it is normal to be sick; and sick to be abnormal.


Quote: God is love? Not bloody likely. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

God is love? Not bloody likely.


Quote: What good is a Bill of Rights that does not include the right to play, to wander, to explore, the right to stillness and solitude, to discovery and physical freedom? by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

What good is a Bill of Rights that does not include the right to play, to wander, to explore, the right to stillness and solitude, to discovery and physical freedom?


Quote: Chastity is more a state of mind than of anatomy. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Chastity is more a state of mind than of anatomy.






Quote: Some people write to please, to soothe, to console. Others to provoke, to challenge, to exasperate and infuriate. I've always found the second approach the more pleasing. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Some people write to please, to soothe, to console. Others to provoke, to challenge, to exasperate and infuriate. I've always found the second approach the more pleasing.


Quote: As war and government prove, insanity is the most contagious of diseases. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

As war and government prove, insanity is the most contagious of diseases.


Quote: Defiance is beautiful. The defiance of power, especially great or overwhelming power, exalts and glorifies the rebel. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Defiance is beautiful. The defiance of power, especially great or overwhelming power, exalts and glorifies the rebel.


Quote: Is there a God? Who knows? Is there an angry unicorn on the dark side of the moon? by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Is there a God? Who knows? Is there an angry unicorn on the dark side of the moon?


Quote: How could anything non-controversial be of intellectual interest to grown-ups? by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

How could anything non-controversial be of intellectual interest to grown-ups?


Quote: The developers and entrepreneurs must somehow be taught a new vocabulary of values. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The developers and entrepreneurs must somehow be taught a new vocabulary of values.


Quote: The response to my books from my East Coast friends has been wildly various, running the gamut from 'bad' to 'very bad.' (Is there another gamut?). by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The response to my books from my East Coast friends has been wildly various, running the gamut from 'bad' to 'very bad.' (Is there another gamut?).


Quote: There was this tendency to drift. And yet  when she thought about it, what did she really want to do? Or be? She had given up dancing-the dance-because it was too demanding, because it required an almost total devotion which she was unwilling to give. The cruelest art. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of Edward Abbey quote; white text on black background

There was this tendency to drift. And yet  when she thought about it, what did she really want to do? Or be? She had given up dancing-the dance-because it was too demanding, because it required an almost total devotion which she was unwilling to give. The cruelest art.


Quote: Books are like eggs -- best when fresh. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Books are like eggs -- best when fresh.


Quote: Most of us lead lives of chaotic improvisation from day to day, bawling for peace while plunging grimly into fresh disorders. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Most of us lead lives of chaotic improvisation from day to day, bawling for peace while plunging grimly into fresh disorders.


Quote: I am -- really am -- an extremist, one who lives and loves by choice far out on the very verge of things, on the edge of the abyss, where this world falls off into the depths of another. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

I am -- really am -- an extremist, one who lives and loves by choice far out on the very verge of things, on the edge of the abyss, where this world falls off into the depths of another.


Quote: In writing, fidelity to fact leads eventually to the poetry of truth. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

In writing, fidelity to fact leads eventually to the poetry of truth.


Quote: I, too, believe in fidelity. But how can I be true to one woman without being false to all the others? by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

I, too, believe in fidelity. But how can I be true to one woman without being false to all the others?


Quote: No tyranny is so irksome as petty tyranny: the officious demands of policemen, government clerks, and electromechanical gadgets. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

No tyranny is so irksome as petty tyranny: the officious demands of policemen, government clerks, and electromechanical gadgets.


Quote: Only a fool is astonished by the foolishness of mankind. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Only a fool is astonished by the foolishness of mankind.


Quote: I believe in nothing that I cannot touch, kiss, embrace.... The rest is only hearsay. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

I believe in nothing that I cannot touch, kiss, embrace.... The rest is only hearsay.


Quote: The gurus come from the sickliest nation on earth to tell us how to live. And we pay them for it. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The gurus come from the sickliest nation on earth to tell us how to live. And we pay them for it.


Quote: Every man should be his own guru; every woman her own gurette. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Every man should be his own guru; every woman her own gurette.


Quote: I was once invited to take part in a heroic, possibly fatal enterprise, but I declined, mainly on account of sloth. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

I was once invited to take part in a heroic, possibly fatal enterprise, but I declined, mainly on account of sloth.


Quote: And the so-called 'political process' is a fraud: Our elected officials, like our bureaucratic functionaries, like even our judges, are largely the indentured servants of the commercial interests. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

And the so-called 'political process' is a fraud: Our elected officials, like our bureaucratic functionaries, like even our judges, are largely the indentured servants of the commercial interests.


Quote: A house built on greed cannot long endure. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

A house built on greed cannot long endure.


Quote: So I write mainly for the fun of it, the hell of it, the duty of it. I enjoy writing and will probably be a scribbler on my dying day, sprawled on some stony trail halfway between two dry waterholes. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

So I write mainly for the fun of it, the hell of it, the duty of it. I enjoy writing and will probably be a scribbler on my dying day, sprawled on some stony trail halfway between two dry waterholes.


Quote: I'm a humanist; I'd rather kill a man than a snake. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

I'm a humanist; I'd rather kill a man than a snake.


Quote: The more fantastic an ideology or theology, the more fanatic its adherents. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The more fantastic an ideology or theology, the more fanatic its adherents.


Quote: The best of jazz for all its virtues cannot escape the limitations of its origin: it is indoor music, city music, distilled from the melancholy nightclubs and the marijuana. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The best of jazz for all its virtues cannot escape the limitations of its origin: it is indoor music, city music, distilled from the melancholy nightclubs and the marijuana.


Quote: But hell, I do like to write letters. Much easier than writing books. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

But hell, I do like to write letters. Much easier than writing books.


Quote: Jesus don't walk on water no more; his feet leak. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Jesus don't walk on water no more; his feet leak.


Quote: Indolence and melancholy: Each generates the other. If one can speak of such feeble passions as generating anything. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Indolence and melancholy: Each generates the other. If one can speak of such feeble passions as generating anything.




Quote: In metaphysics, the notion that earth and all that's on it is a mental construct is the product of people who spend their lives inside rooms. It is an indoor philosophy. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

In metaphysics, the notion that earth and all that's on it is a mental construct is the product of people who spend their lives inside rooms. It is an indoor philosophy.


Quote: It seems clear at last that our love for the natural world -- Nature -- is the only means by which we can requite God's obvious love for it. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

It seems clear at last that our love for the natural world -- Nature -- is the only means by which we can requite God's obvious love for it.


Quote: My own best books have not been published. In fact, they've not even been written yet. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

My own best books have not been published. In fact, they've not even been written yet.


Quote: Platitude: a statement that denies by implication what it explicitly affirms. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Platitude: a statement that denies by implication what it explicitly affirms.


Quote: Anyone not paranoid in this world must be crazy... Speaking of paranoia, it's true that I do not know exactly who my enemies are. But that of course is exactly why I'm paranoid. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Anyone not paranoid in this world must be crazy... Speaking of paranoia, it's true that I do not know exactly who my enemies are. But that of course is exactly why I'm paranoid.


Quote: A crowded society is a restrictive society; an overcrowded society becomes an authoritarian, repressive and murderous society. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

A crowded society is a restrictive society; an overcrowded society becomes an authoritarian, repressive and murderous society.


Quote: Homosexuality, like androgyny, might be an instinctive racial response to overpopulation, crowding, and stress. Both flourish when empire reaches its apogee. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Homosexuality, like androgyny, might be an instinctive racial response to overpopulation, crowding, and stress. Both flourish when empire reaches its apogee.


Quote: Mental degeneracy may be caused by lead poisoning. Or by a poor dip in the gene pool. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Mental degeneracy may be caused by lead poisoning. Or by a poor dip in the gene pool.


Quote: Not all questions can be answered. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Not all questions can be answered.


Quote: Readers, not critics, are the people who determine a book's eventual fate. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Readers, not critics, are the people who determine a book's eventual fate.


Quote: Fence straddlers have no balls. In compensation, however, they enjoy a comfortable seat and can retreat swiftly, when danger threatens, to either side of the fence. There is something to be said for every position. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Fence straddlers have no balls. In compensation, however, they enjoy a comfortable seat and can retreat swiftly, when danger threatens, to either side of the fence. There is something to be said for every position.




Quote: It's a fool's life, a rogue's life, and a good life if you keep laughing all the way to the grave. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

It's a fool's life, a rogue's life, and a good life if you keep laughing all the way to the grave.


Quote: The sense of justice springs from self-respect; both are coeval with our

 birth. Children are born with an innate sense of justice; it usually takes

 twelve years of public schooling and four more years of college to beat it

 out of them. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The sense of justice springs from self-respect; both are coeval with our

birth. Children are born with an innate sense of justice; it usually takes

twelve years of public schooling and four more years of college to beat it

out of them.


Quote: I would prefer to write about everything; what else is there? But one must be selective. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

I would prefer to write about everything; what else is there? But one must be selective.


Quote: I'd sooner exchange ideas with the birds on earth than learn to carry on intergalactic communications with some obscure race of humanoids on a satellite planet from the world of Betelgeuse. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

I'd sooner exchange ideas with the birds on earth than learn to carry on intergalactic communications with some obscure race of humanoids on a satellite planet from the world of Betelgeuse.


Quote: A good book is a kind of paper club, serving to rouse the slumbrous and to silence the obtuse. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

A good book is a kind of paper club, serving to rouse the slumbrous and to silence the obtuse.


Quote: No man is wise enough to be another man's master. Each man's as good as the next -- if not a damn sight better. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

No man is wise enough to be another man's master. Each man's as good as the next -- if not a damn sight better.


Quote: Simply because humankind have the power now to meddle or 'manage' or 'exercise stewardship' in every nook and cranny of the world does not mean that we have a right to do so. Even less, the obligation. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Simply because humankind have the power now to meddle or 'manage' or 'exercise stewardship' in every nook and cranny of the world does not mean that we have a right to do so. Even less, the obligation.


Quote: Gaze not too long into the abyss, lest the abyss gaze into thee. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Gaze not too long into the abyss, lest the abyss gaze into thee.


Quote: Literature, like anything else, can become a wearisome business if you make a lifetime specialty of it. A healthy, wholesome man would no more spend his entire life reading great books than he would packing cookies for Nabisco. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Literature, like anything else, can become a wearisome business if you make a lifetime specialty of it. A healthy, wholesome man would no more spend his entire life reading great books than he would packing cookies for Nabisco.


Quote: We know so very little about this strange planet we live on, this haunted world where all answers lead only to more mystery. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

We know so very little about this strange planet we live on, this haunted world where all answers lead only to more mystery.


Quote: Running the big rapids is like sex: half the fun lies in the anticipation. Two thirds of the thrill with the approach. The remainder is only ecstasy -- or darkness. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Running the big rapids is like sex: half the fun lies in the anticipation. Two thirds of the thrill with the approach. The remainder is only ecstasy -- or darkness.


Quote: Critics are like ticks on a dog or tits on a motor: ornamental but dysfunctional. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Critics are like ticks on a dog or tits on a motor: ornamental but dysfunctional.


Quote: When the philosopher's argument becomes tedious, complicated, and opaque, it is usually a sign that he is attempting to prove as true to the intellect what is plainly false to common sense. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

When the philosopher's argument becomes tedious, complicated, and opaque, it is usually a sign that he is attempting to prove as true to the intellect what is plainly false to common sense.


Quote: My computer tells me that in twenty-five years there will be no more computers. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

My computer tells me that in twenty-five years there will be no more computers.


Quote: Somewhere in the depths of solitude, beyond wilderness and freedom, lay the trap of madness. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Somewhere in the depths of solitude, beyond wilderness and freedom, lay the trap of madness.


Quote: The most striking thing about the rich is the gracious democracy of their manners -- and the crude vulgarity of their way of life. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The most striking thing about the rich is the gracious democracy of their manners -- and the crude vulgarity of their way of life.


Quote: Let us praise the noble turkey vulture: No one envies him; he harms nobody; and he contemplates our little world from a most serene and noble height. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Let us praise the noble turkey vulture: No one envies him; he harms nobody; and he contemplates our little world from a most serene and noble height.


Quote: It is the writer's duty to write fiction which promotes virtue, the good, the beautiful, and above all, the true. ... It is the writer's duty to hate injustice, to defy the powerful, and to speak for the voiceless. To be ... the severest critics of our own societies. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of Edward Abbey quote; white text on black background

It is the writer's duty to write fiction which promotes virtue, the good, the beautiful, and above all, the true. ... It is the writer's duty to hate injustice, to defy the powerful, and to speak for the voiceless. To be ... the severest critics of our own societies.




Quote: A good writer must have more than vin rosé in his veins, use more than Chablis for ink. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

A good writer must have more than vin rosé in his veins, use more than Chablis for ink.


Quote: Because we need brutality and raw adventure, because men and women first learned to love in, under, and all around trees, because we need for every pair of feet and legs about ten leagues of naked nature, crates to leap from, mountains to measure by, deserts to finally die in when the heart fails. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of Edward Abbey quote: Because we need brutality and raw adventure, because men and women first learned to love in, under, and all around trees, because we need for every pair of feet and legs about ten leagues of naked nature, crates to leap from, mountains to measure by, deserts to finally die in when the heart fails.- black text on quotes background

Because we need brutality and raw adventure, because men and women first learned to love in, under, and all around trees, because we need for every pair of feet and legs about ten leagues of naked nature, crates to leap from, mountains to measure by, deserts to finally die in when the heart fails.


Quote: No, wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

No, wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.


Quote: I think it is far more important to save one square mile of wilderness, anywhere, by any means, than to produce another book on the subject. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

I think it is far more important to save one square mile of wilderness, anywhere, by any means, than to produce another book on the subject.


Quote: We need wilderness whether or not we ever set foot in it. We need a refuge even though we may never need to go there. We need the possibility of escape as surely as we need hope. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

We need wilderness whether or not we ever set foot in it. We need a refuge even though we may never need to go there. We need the possibility of escape as surely as we need hope.


Quote: I come more and more to the conclusion that wilderness, in America or anywhere else, is the only thing left that is worth saving. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

I come more and more to the conclusion that wilderness, in America or anywhere else, is the only thing left that is worth saving.


Quote: Why this cult of wilderness?... because we like the taste of freedom; because we like the smell of danger. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Why this cult of wilderness?... because we like the taste of freedom; because we like the smell of danger.


Quote: Every important change in our society, for the good, at least, has taken place because of popular pressure -- pressure from below, from the great mass of people. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Every important change in our society, for the good, at least, has taken place because of popular pressure -- pressure from below, from the great mass of people.


Quote: Why administrators are respected and schoolteachers are not: An administrator is paid a lot for doing very little, while a teacher is paid very little for doing a lot. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Why administrators are respected and schoolteachers are not: An administrator is paid a lot for doing very little, while a teacher is paid very little for doing a lot.


Quote: The greater your dreams, the more terrible your nightmares. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The greater your dreams, the more terrible your nightmares.


Quote: Anarchism? You bet your sweet betsy. The only cure for the ills of democracy is more democracy. Much more. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Anarchism? You bet your sweet betsy. The only cure for the ills of democracy is more democracy. Much more.


Quote: Nothing could be older than the daily news, nothing deader than yesterday's newspaper. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Nothing could be older than the daily news, nothing deader than yesterday's newspaper.


Quote: When a writer has done the best that he can do, he should then withdraw from the book-writing business and take up an honest trade like shoe repair, cattle stealing, or screwworm management. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

When a writer has done the best that he can do, he should then withdraw from the book-writing business and take up an honest trade like shoe repair, cattle stealing, or screwworm management.


Quote: The true, unacknowledged purpose of capital punishment is to inspire fear and awe -- fear and awe of the State. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The true, unacknowledged purpose of capital punishment is to inspire fear and awe -- fear and awe of the State.


Quote: In a nation of sheep, one brave man forms a majority. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

In a nation of sheep, one brave man forms a majority.


Quote: The ready availability of suicide, like sex and alcohol, is one of life's basic consolations. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The ready availability of suicide, like sex and alcohol, is one of life's basic consolations.


Quote: There is a fine art to making enemies and it requires diligent cultivation. It's not as easy as it looks. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

There is a fine art to making enemies and it requires diligent cultivation. It's not as easy as it looks.


Quote: There are two kinds of people I cannot abide: bigots and any well-organized ethnic group. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

There are two kinds of people I cannot abide: bigots and any well-organized ethnic group.


Quote: I'm a fastidious sort of fellow, fond of watermelon and buckbrush nuts. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

I'm a fastidious sort of fellow, fond of watermelon and buckbrush nuts.


Quote: There are only two kinds of books -- good books and the others. The good are winnowed from the bad through the democracy of time. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

There are only two kinds of books -- good books and the others. The good are winnowed from the bad through the democracy of time.


Quote: The best thing about graduating from the university was that I finally had time to sit on a log and read a good book. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The best thing about graduating from the university was that I finally had time to sit on a log and read a good book.


Quote: If you're never ridden a fast horse at a dead run across a desert valley at dawn, be of good cheer: You've only missed out on one half of life. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

If you're never ridden a fast horse at a dead run across a desert valley at dawn, be of good cheer: You've only missed out on one half of life.


Quote: The terror of the French Revolution lasted for ten years. The terror that preceded and led to it lasted for a thousand years. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The terror of the French Revolution lasted for ten years. The terror that preceded and led to it lasted for a thousand years.


Quote: Those who have no sense of posterity or any concern for future generations are the ones who are really dead. I mean, they are dead right now. Walking zombies. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Those who have no sense of posterity or any concern for future generations are the ones who are really dead. I mean, they are dead right now. Walking zombies.


Quote: The result of this bestial lust is an indiscriminate and promiscuous splaying of all of my energies- wanting all, I accomplish nothing; desiring everything, I satisfy nothing and am satisfied by nothing. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The result of this bestial lust is an indiscriminate and promiscuous splaying of all of my energies- wanting all, I accomplish nothing; desiring everything, I satisfy nothing and am satisfied by nothing.


Quote: If you feel that you must suffer, then plan your suffering carefully -- as you choose your dreams, as you conceive your ancestors. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

If you feel that you must suffer, then plan your suffering carefully -- as you choose your dreams, as you conceive your ancestors.


Quote: I'm in favor of animal liberation. Why? Because I'm an animal. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

I'm in favor of animal liberation. Why? Because I'm an animal.


Quote: Those art lovers who pride themselves mostly on *taste* usually possess no other talent. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Those art lovers who pride themselves mostly on *taste* usually possess no other talent.


Quote: Charity should be spontaneous. Calculated altruism is an affront. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Charity should be spontaneous. Calculated altruism is an affront.


Quote: There is a way of being wrong which is also sometimes necessarily right. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

There is a way of being wrong which is also sometimes necessarily right.


Quote: Belief in God? An afterlife? I believe in rock: this apodictic rock beneath my feet. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Belief in God? An afterlife? I believe in rock: this apodictic rock beneath my feet.


Quote: Balance, that's the secret. Moderate extremism. The best of both worlds. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Balance, that's the secret. Moderate extremism. The best of both worlds.


Quote: I have written much about many good places. But the best places of all, I have never mentioned. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

I have written much about many good places. But the best places of all, I have never mentioned.


Quote: Girls, like flowers, bloom but once. But once is enough. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Girls, like flowers, bloom but once. But once is enough.


Quote: The best people, like the best wines, come from the hills. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The best people, like the best wines, come from the hills.


Quote: The highest treason, the meanest treason, is to deny the holiness of this little blue planet on which we journey through the cold void of space. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The highest treason, the meanest treason, is to deny the holiness of this little blue planet on which we journey through the cold void of space.


Quote: I don't see how poetry can ever be easy... Real poetry, the thick, dense, intense, complicated stuff that lives and endures, requires blood sweat; blood and sweat are essential elements in poetry as well as behind it. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

I don't see how poetry can ever be easy... Real poetry, the thick, dense, intense, complicated stuff that lives and endures, requires blood sweat; blood and sweat are essential elements in poetry as well as behind it.


Quote: Jane Austen: Getting into her books is like getting in bed with a cadaver. Something vital is lacking; namely, life. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Jane Austen: Getting into her books is like getting in bed with a cadaver. Something vital is lacking; namely, life.


Quote: The most common form of terrorism in the U.S.A. is that carried on by bulldozers and chain saws. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The most common form of terrorism in the U.S.A. is that carried on by bulldozers and chain saws.


Quote: Hierarchical institutions are like giant bulldozers -- obedient to the whim of any fool who takes the controls. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Hierarchical institutions are like giant bulldozers -- obedient to the whim of any fool who takes the controls.


Quote: All dams are ugly, but the Glen Canyon Dam is sinful ugly. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

All dams are ugly, but the Glen Canyon Dam is sinful ugly.


Quote: Mexico: where life is cheap, death is rich, and the buzzards are never unhappy. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Mexico: where life is cheap, death is rich, and the buzzards are never unhappy.


Quote: Doctrines like Christianity or Islam or Marxism require unanimity of belief. One dissenter casts doubt on the creed of millions. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Doctrines like Christianity or Islam or Marxism require unanimity of belief. One dissenter casts doubt on the creed of millions.


Quote: A journey into the wilderness is the freest, cheapest, most nonprivileged of pleasures. Anyone with two legs and the price of a pair of army surplus combat boots may enter. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

A journey into the wilderness is the freest, cheapest, most nonprivileged of pleasures. Anyone with two legs and the price of a pair of army surplus combat boots may enter.


Quote: Metaphysics is a cobweb that the mind weaves around things. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Metaphysics is a cobweb that the mind weaves around things.


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