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Quote: A cowboy is a farm boy in leather britches and a comical hat. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

A cowboy is a farm boy in leather britches and a comical hat.


Quote: Romanticism was more than merely an alternative to a sterile classicism; romanticism made possible, especially in art, a great expansion of the human consciousness. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Romanticism was more than merely an alternative to a sterile classicism; romanticism made possible, especially in art, a great expansion of the human consciousness.


Quote: Despair leads to boredom, electronic games, computer hacking, poetry and other bad habits. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Despair leads to boredom, electronic games, computer hacking, poetry and other bad habits.


Quote: The sneakiest form of literary subtlety, in a corrupt society, is to speak the plain truth. The critics will not understand you; the public will not believe you; your fellow writers will shake their heads. Laughter, praise, honors, money, and the love of beautiful girls will be your only reward. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of Edward Abbey quote: The sneakiest form of literary subtlety, in a corrupt society, is to speak the plain truth. The critics will not understand you; the public will not believe you; your fellow writers will shake their heads. Laughter, praise, honors, money, and the love of beautiful girls will be your only reward.- black text on quotes background

The sneakiest form of literary subtlety, in a corrupt society, is to speak the plain truth. The critics will not understand you; the public will not believe you; your fellow writers will shake their heads. Laughter, praise, honors, money, and the love of beautiful girls will be your only reward.


Quote: Pure science is a myth: Both mathematical theoreticians like Albert Einstein and practical crackpots like Henry Ford dealt with different aspects of the same world. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Pure science is a myth: Both mathematical theoreticians like Albert Einstein and practical crackpots like Henry Ford dealt with different aspects of the same world.


Quote: Through logic and inference we can prove anything. Therefore, logic and inference, in contrast to ordinary daily living experience, are secondary instruments of knowledge. Probably tertiary. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Through logic and inference we can prove anything. Therefore, logic and inference, in contrast to ordinary daily living experience, are secondary instruments of knowledge. Probably tertiary.


Quote: In marriage, the occasional catastrophic crisis is easier to manage than the daily routine. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

In marriage, the occasional catastrophic crisis is easier to manage than the daily routine.


Quote: I know my own nation best. That's why I despise it the most. And know and love my own people, too, the swine. I'm a patriot. A dangerous man. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

I know my own nation best. That's why I despise it the most. And know and love my own people, too, the swine. I'm a patriot. A dangerous man.


Quote: In everything but brains and brawn, women are vastly superior to men. A different race. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

In everything but brains and brawn, women are vastly superior to men. A different race.




Quote: If wilderness is outlawed, only outlaws can save wilderness. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

If wilderness is outlawed, only outlaws can save wilderness.


Quote: We should restore the practice of dueling. It might improve manners around here. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

We should restore the practice of dueling. It might improve manners around here.


Quote: It is not an easy thing to inflate a dog. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

It is not an easy thing to inflate a dog.




Quote: Of all the featherless beasts, only man, chained by his self-imposed slavery to the clock, denies the elemental fire and proceeds as best he can about his business, suffering quietly, martyr to his madness. Much to learn. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Of all the featherless beasts, only man, chained by his self-imposed slavery to the clock, denies the elemental fire and proceeds as best he can about his business, suffering quietly, martyr to his madness. Much to learn.


Quote: Those who fear death most are those who enjoy life least. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Those who fear death most are those who enjoy life least.


Quote: The great question of life is not the question of death but the question of life. Fear of death shames us all. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The great question of life is not the question of death but the question of life. Fear of death shames us all.


Quote: Democracy -- rule by the people -- sounds like a fine thing; we should try it sometime in America. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Democracy -- rule by the people -- sounds like a fine thing; we should try it sometime in America.


Quote: In the dog-eat-dog economy, the Doberman is boss. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

In the dog-eat-dog economy, the Doberman is boss.


Quote: Who needs astrology? The wise man gets by on fortune cookies. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Who needs astrology? The wise man gets by on fortune cookies.


Quote: Motherhood is an essential, difficult, and full-time job. Women who do not wish to be mothers should not have babies. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Motherhood is an essential, difficult, and full-time job. Women who do not wish to be mothers should not have babies.


Quote: It may be true that there are no atheists in foxholes. But you don't find many Christians there, either. Or, about as many of one as the other. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

It may be true that there are no atheists in foxholes. But you don't find many Christians there, either. Or, about as many of one as the other.


Quote: Belief? What do I believe in? I believe in sun. In rock. In the dogma of the sun and the doctrine of the rock. I believe in blood, fire, woman, rivers, eagles, storm, drums, flutes, banjos, and broom-tailed horses. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Belief? What do I believe in? I believe in sun. In rock. In the dogma of the sun and the doctrine of the rock. I believe in blood, fire, woman, rivers, eagles, storm, drums, flutes, banjos, and broom-tailed horses.


Quote: A critic is to an author as a fungus to an oak. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

A critic is to an author as a fungus to an oak.


Quote: Going to bed with Gertrude Stein, Jeane Kirkpatrick, Susan Sontag, or Margaret Thatcher: There are some things one prefers neither to do nor to have done. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Going to bed with Gertrude Stein, Jeane Kirkpatrick, Susan Sontag, or Margaret Thatcher: There are some things one prefers neither to do nor to have done.


Quote: All revolutions have failed? Perhaps. But rebellion for good cause is self- justifying -- a good in itself. Rebellion transforms slaves into human beings, if only for an hour. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

All revolutions have failed? Perhaps. But rebellion for good cause is self- justifying -- a good in itself. Rebellion transforms slaves into human beings, if only for an hour.


Quote: Football is a game for trained apes. That, in fact, is what most of the players are -- retarded gorillas wearing helmets and uniforms. The only thing more debased is the surrounding mob of drunken monkeys howling the gorillas on. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Football is a game for trained apes. That, in fact, is what most of the players are -- retarded gorillas wearing helmets and uniforms. The only thing more debased is the surrounding mob of drunken monkeys howling the gorillas on.


Quote: God bless America. Let's try to save some of it. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

God bless America. Let's try to save some of it.


Quote: Epitaphs for a gravestone: 'Please: no hooliganism'; or 'Es prohibe se hace agua aqui'; or 'No comment'. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Epitaphs for a gravestone: 'Please: no hooliganism'; or 'Es prohibe se hace agua aqui'; or 'No comment'.


Quote: The world is older and bigger than we are. This is a hard truth for some folks to swallow. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The world is older and bigger than we are. This is a hard truth for some folks to swallow.


Quote: I am hopeful, though not full of hope, and the only reason I don't believe in happy endings is because I don't believe in endings. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

I am hopeful, though not full of hope, and the only reason I don't believe in happy endings is because I don't believe in endings.


Quote: Any hack can safely rail away at foreign powers beyond the sea; but a good writer is a critic of the society he lives in. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Any hack can safely rail away at foreign powers beyond the sea; but a good writer is a critic of the society he lives in.


Quote: The rifle and handgun are 'equalizers' -- the weapons of a democracy. Tanks and bombers represent dictatorship. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The rifle and handgun are 'equalizers' -- the weapons of a democracy. Tanks and bombers represent dictatorship.


Quote: My notion of a great novel is something like a five-hundred-page shaggy-dog story, with only the punch line omitted. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

My notion of a great novel is something like a five-hundred-page shaggy-dog story, with only the punch line omitted.


Quote: High technology has done us one great service: It has retaught us the delight of performing simple and primordial tasks -- chopping wood, building a fire, drawing water from a spring. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

High technology has done us one great service: It has retaught us the delight of performing simple and primordial tasks -- chopping wood, building a fire, drawing water from a spring.


Quote: Generally speaking, it's a matter of only mild intellectual interest to me whether the earth goes around the sun or the sun goes around the earth. In fact, I don't care a rat's ass either way. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Generally speaking, it's a matter of only mild intellectual interest to me whether the earth goes around the sun or the sun goes around the earth. In fact, I don't care a rat's ass either way.


Quote: My Aunt Ida at age eighty-three: 'Yeah,' she said, 'I'll be dead pretty soon. And frankly, I don't give a damn.' by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

My Aunt Ida at age eighty-three: 'Yeah,' she said, 'I'll be dead pretty soon. And frankly, I don't give a damn.'


Quote: In both metaphysics and art, honesty is the best policy. Keep it clean. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

In both metaphysics and art, honesty is the best policy. Keep it clean.


Quote: Orthodoxy is a relaxation of the mind accompanied by a stiffening of the heart. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Orthodoxy is a relaxation of the mind accompanied by a stiffening of the heart.


Quote: What is truth? I don't know and I'm sorry I brought it up. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

What is truth? I don't know and I'm sorry I brought it up.


Quote: Love flowers best in openness and freedom. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Love flowers best in openness and freedom.


Quote: The ideal society can be described, quite simply, as that in which no man has the power of means to coerce others. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The ideal society can be described, quite simply, as that in which no man has the power of means to coerce others.


Quote: If there's anyone still present whom I've failed to insult ... I apologize. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

If there's anyone still present whom I've failed to insult ... I apologize.


Quote: Saving the world was merely a hobby. My *vocation* has been that of

 inspector of desert water holes. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Saving the world was merely a hobby. My *vocation* has been that of

inspector of desert water holes.


Quote: King Arthur and his armored goons of the Round Table functioned as the Politburo of a slave state: Camelot. Of all who have written on the Matter of Arthur, from Malory to White, only Mark Twain understood this. But Mark Twain was a great writer. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

King Arthur and his armored goons of the Round Table functioned as the Politburo of a slave state: Camelot. Of all who have written on the Matter of Arthur, from Malory to White, only Mark Twain understood this. But Mark Twain was a great writer.


Quote: In the land of bleating sheep and braying jackasses, one brave and honest man is bound to create a scandal. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

In the land of bleating sheep and braying jackasses, one brave and honest man is bound to create a scandal.


Quote: Music begins where words leave off. Music expresses the inexpressible. If there is a Kingdom of Heaven, it lies in music. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Music begins where words leave off. Music expresses the inexpressible. If there is a Kingdom of Heaven, it lies in music.


Quote: Those who dream of the joys of living in a space colony should live in a space colony. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Those who dream of the joys of living in a space colony should live in a space colony.


Quote: Instant communication is not communication at all but merely a frantic, trivial, nerve-wracking bombardment of cliches, threats, fads, fashions, gibberish and advertising. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Instant communication is not communication at all but merely a frantic, trivial, nerve-wracking bombardment of cliches, threats, fads, fashions, gibberish and advertising.


Quote: One must be reasonable in one's demands on life. For myself, all that I ask is: (1) accurate information; (2) coherent knowledge; (3) deep understanding; (4) infinite loving wisdom; (5) no more kidney stones, please. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

One must be reasonable in one's demands on life. For myself, all that I ask is: (1) accurate information; (2) coherent knowledge; (3) deep understanding; (4) infinite loving wisdom; (5) no more kidney stones, please.


Quote: Life is unfair. And it's not fair that life is unfair. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Life is unfair. And it's not fair that life is unfair.


Quote: I do not believe in personal immortality; it seems so unnecessary. Show me one man who deserves to live forever. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

I do not believe in personal immortality; it seems so unnecessary. Show me one man who deserves to live forever.


Quote: Recorded history is largely an account of the crimes and disasters committed by banal little men at the levers of imperial machines. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Recorded history is largely an account of the crimes and disasters committed by banal little men at the levers of imperial machines.


Quote: Our job is to record, each in his own way, this world of light and shadow and time that will never come again exactly as it is today. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Our job is to record, each in his own way, this world of light and shadow and time that will never come again exactly as it is today.


Quote: In the modern world, all literary art is necessarily political -- especially that which pretends not to be. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

In the modern world, all literary art is necessarily political -- especially that which pretends not to be.


Quote: War: First day in the U.S. Army, the government placed a Bible in my left hand, a bayonet in the other. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

War: First day in the U.S. Army, the government placed a Bible in my left hand, a bayonet in the other.


Quote: I now find the most marvelous things in the everyday, the ordinary, the common, the simple and tangible. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

I now find the most marvelous things in the everyday, the ordinary, the common, the simple and tangible.


Quote: Nobody has so many friends that he can afford to lose one. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Nobody has so many friends that he can afford to lose one.


Quote: I have been a lucky man. But someone has to be. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

I have been a lucky man. But someone has to be.


Quote: The world of employer and employee, like that of master and slave, debases both. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The world of employer and employee, like that of master and slave, debases both.


Quote: The artist's job? To be a miracle worker: make the blind see, the dull feel, the dead to live. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The artist's job? To be a miracle worker: make the blind see, the dull feel, the dead to live.


Quote: Has joy any survival value in the operations of evolution? I suspect that it does; I suspect that the morose and fearful are doomed to quick extinction. Where there is no joy there can be no courage; and without courage all other virtues are useless. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Has joy any survival value in the operations of evolution? I suspect that it does; I suspect that the morose and fearful are doomed to quick extinction. Where there is no joy there can be no courage; and without courage all other virtues are useless.

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Has joy any survival value in the operations of evolution? I suspect that it does; I suspect that the morose and fearful are doomed to quick extinction. Where there is no joy there can be no courage; and without courage all other virtues are useless. Therefore the frogs, the toads, keep on singing even though we know, if they don't, that the sound of their uproar must surely be luring all the snakes and ringtail cats and kit foxes and coyotes and great horned owls toward the scene of their happiness.


Quote: Without courage, all other virtues are useless. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Without courage, all other virtues are useless.


Quote: The industrial corporation is the natural enemy of nature. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The industrial corporation is the natural enemy of nature.


Quote: It is vital that we avoid any hint of moral superiority in our dealings with one another in the environmental movement; if it developed into factionalism it would destroy us, as factionalism has destroyed so many other progressive movements in America. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

It is vital that we avoid any hint of moral superiority in our dealings with one another in the environmental movement; if it developed into factionalism it would destroy us, as factionalism has destroyed so many other progressive movements in America.


Quote: The love of a man for his wife, his child, of the land where he lives and works, is for me the real meaning of mystical experience. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The love of a man for his wife, his child, of the land where he lives and works, is for me the real meaning of mystical experience.


Quote: All we have, it seems to me, is the beauty of art and nature and life, and the love which that beauty inspires. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

All we have, it seems to me, is the beauty of art and nature and life, and the love which that beauty inspires.


Quote: Most new books drop immediately into the oblivion they so richly deserve. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Most new books drop immediately into the oblivion they so richly deserve.


Quote: Reincarnation? There is such a thing. What could be more Mozartian than the Nutcracker Suite? by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Reincarnation? There is such a thing. What could be more Mozartian than the Nutcracker Suite?


Quote: A society that feels itself too poor to afford the preservation of wilderness is not worthy of the name civilization. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

A society that feels itself too poor to afford the preservation of wilderness is not worthy of the name civilization.


Quote: I took the other road, all right, but only because it was the easy road for me, the way I wanted to go. If I've encountered some unnecessary resistance that's because most of the traffic is going the other way. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

I took the other road, all right, but only because it was the easy road for me, the way I wanted to go. If I've encountered some unnecessary resistance that's because most of the traffic is going the other way.


Quote: Once upon a time, I dreamed of becoming a great man. Later, a good man. Now, finally, I find it difficult enough and honor enough to be -- a man. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Once upon a time, I dreamed of becoming a great man. Later, a good man. Now, finally, I find it difficult enough and honor enough to be -- a man.


Quote: Why I oppose the nuclear-arms race: I prefer the human race. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Why I oppose the nuclear-arms race: I prefer the human race.


Quote: Except for the scale of the operation, there was nothing unusual about Hitler's massacre of the Jews. Genocide's an old tradition, as human as mother love or cherry pie. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Except for the scale of the operation, there was nothing unusual about Hitler's massacre of the Jews. Genocide's an old tradition, as human as mother love or cherry pie.




Quote: As between the skulking and furtive poacher, who hunts for the sake of meat, and the honest gentleman shooter, who kills for the pleasure of sport, I find the former a higher type of humanity. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

As between the skulking and furtive poacher, who hunts for the sake of meat, and the honest gentleman shooter, who kills for the pleasure of sport, I find the former a higher type of humanity.


Quote: It is not death or dying that is tragic, but rather to have existed without fully participating in life- that is the deepest personal tragedy. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

It is not death or dying that is tragic, but rather to have existed without fully participating in life- that is the deepest personal tragedy.


Quote: Money confers the power to command the labor of others. Love of money is love of power. And love of power is the root of evil. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Money confers the power to command the labor of others. Love of money is love of power. And love of power is the root of evil.


Quote: If you feel that you're not ready to die, never fear; nature will give you complete and adequate assistance when the time comes. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

If you feel that you're not ready to die, never fear; nature will give you complete and adequate assistance when the time comes.


Quote: The author: an imaginary person who writes real books. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The author: an imaginary person who writes real books.




Quote: If, as some say, evil lies in the hearts and not the institutions of men, then there's hardly a distinction worth making between, say, Hitler's Germany and Rebecca's Sunnybrook Farm. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

If, as some say, evil lies in the hearts and not the institutions of men, then there's hardly a distinction worth making between, say, Hitler's Germany and Rebecca's Sunnybrook Farm.


Quote: The consolation of reading biography: Most great men have led lives even more miserable than our own. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The consolation of reading biography: Most great men have led lives even more miserable than our own.


Quote: Roosters: The cry of the male chicken is the most barbaric yawp in all of nature. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Roosters: The cry of the male chicken is the most barbaric yawp in all of nature.


Quote: Representative government has broken down. Our politicians represent not the people who vote for them but the commercial interests who finance their election campaigns. We have the best politicians that money can buy. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Representative government has broken down. Our politicians represent not the people who vote for them but the commercial interests who finance their election campaigns. We have the best politicians that money can buy.


Quote: I once sat on the rim of a mesa above the Rio Grande for three days and nights, trying to have a vision. I got hungry and saw God in the form of a beef pie. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

I once sat on the rim of a mesa above the Rio Grande for three days and nights, trying to have a vision. I got hungry and saw God in the form of a beef pie.


Quote: I wouldn't trade a good horse for the best Rolls-Royce ever made -- unless I could trade the Rolls for two good horses. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

I wouldn't trade a good horse for the best Rolls-Royce ever made -- unless I could trade the Rolls for two good horses.




Quote: Salome had but seven veils; the artist has a thousand. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Salome had but seven veils; the artist has a thousand.


Quote: When the writer has done his best, he then should proceed to do his second best. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

When the writer has done his best, he then should proceed to do his second best.


Quote: But of the seven deadly sins, wrath is the healthiest -- next only to lust. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

But of the seven deadly sins, wrath is the healthiest -- next only to lust.


Quote: My cousin Elroy spent seven years as an IBM taper staring at THINK signs on the walls before he finally got a good idea: He quit. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

My cousin Elroy spent seven years as an IBM taper staring at THINK signs on the walls before he finally got a good idea: He quit.


Quote: One thing worse than self-hatred is chiggers. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

One thing worse than self-hatred is chiggers.


Quote: I would like to evoke the sense of wonder and magic in the reader but without invoking the mystical, the supernatural or the transcendent. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

I would like to evoke the sense of wonder and magic in the reader but without invoking the mystical, the supernatural or the transcendent.


Quote: Beauty is only skin deep; ugliness goes all the way through. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Beauty is only skin deep; ugliness goes all the way through.


Quote: The critics say that Shostakovich's Fourth Symphony has no form. They are wrong; it has the form of Shostakovich's Fourth Symphony. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The critics say that Shostakovich's Fourth Symphony has no form. They are wrong; it has the form of Shostakovich's Fourth Symphony.


Quote: Mozart, striving for perfection, wrote the same symphony forty-one times. In his case, it worked. He wrote a perfect symphony. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Mozart, striving for perfection, wrote the same symphony forty-one times. In his case, it worked. He wrote a perfect symphony.


Quote: The tragic sense of life: our heroic acceptance of the suffering of others. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The tragic sense of life: our heroic acceptance of the suffering of others.


Quote: Longevity, like intelligence and good looks and health and strength of character, is largely a matter of genetic heritage. Choose your parents with care. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Longevity, like intelligence and good looks and health and strength of character, is largely a matter of genetic heritage. Choose your parents with care.


Quote: I hate intellectual discussion. When I hear the words 'phenomenology' or 'structuralism', I reach for my buck knife. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

I hate intellectual discussion. When I hear the words 'phenomenology' or 'structuralism', I reach for my buck knife.


Quote: Opera: I like it, except for all those howling sopranos and caterwauling tenors. (Why can't tenors sing like men?). by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Opera: I like it, except for all those howling sopranos and caterwauling tenors. (Why can't tenors sing like men?).


Quote: There comes a time in the life of us all when we must lay aside our books or put down our tools and leave our place of work and walk forth on the road to meet the enemy face-to-face. Once and for all and at last. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

There comes a time in the life of us all when we must lay aside our books or put down our tools and leave our place of work and walk forth on the road to meet the enemy face-to-face. Once and for all and at last.


Quote: How to Overthrow the System: brew your own beer; kick in your Tee Vee; kill your own beef; build your own cabin and piss off the front porch whenever you bloody well feel like it. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

How to Overthrow the System: brew your own beer; kick in your Tee Vee; kill your own beef; build your own cabin and piss off the front porch whenever you bloody well feel like it.


Quote: Tee Vee football: one team wins, one team loses -- they tie -- who cares? And why? by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Tee Vee football: one team wins, one team loses -- they tie -- who cares? And why?


Quote: Don't talk to me about other worlds, separate realities, lost continents or invisible realms -- I know where I belong. Heaven is home. Utopia is here. Nirvana is now. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Don't talk to me about other worlds, separate realities, lost continents or invisible realms -- I know where I belong. Heaven is home. Utopia is here. Nirvana is now.


Quote: Where all pretend to be thinking alike, it's likely that no one is thinking at all. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Where all pretend to be thinking alike, it's likely that no one is thinking at all.


Quote: The one thing ... that is truly ugly is the climate of hate and intimidation, created by a noisy few, which makes the decent majority reluctant to air in public their views on anything controversial. ... Where all pretend to be thinking alike, it's likely that no one is thinking at all. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of Edward Abbey quote: The one thing ... that is truly ugly is the climate of hate and intimidation, created by a noisy few, which makes the decent majority reluctant to air in public their views on anything controversial. ... Where all pretend to be thinking alike, it's likely that no one is thinking at all.- black text on quotes background

The one thing ... that is truly ugly is the climate of hate and intimidation, created by a noisy few, which makes the decent majority reluctant to air in public their views on anything controversial. ... Where all pretend to be thinking alike, it's likely that no one is thinking at all.


Quote: Whatever we cannot easily understand we call God; this saves much wear and tear on the brain tissues. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Whatever we cannot easily understand we call God; this saves much wear and tear on the brain tissues.


Quote: Three words remain that can yet stir the blood of man: the word 'rebellion'; the word 'revolt'; the word 'revolution'. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Three words remain that can yet stir the blood of man: the word 'rebellion'; the word 'revolt'; the word 'revolution'.


Quote: Tofu and futons. The adepts of Orientalism seem to spend most of their lives reclining. They can't quite summon the energy to crawl up onto a chair. Even their Yogic exercises are carried out in a prone or sitting position. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Tofu and futons. The adepts of Orientalism seem to spend most of their lives reclining. They can't quite summon the energy to crawl up onto a chair. Even their Yogic exercises are carried out in a prone or sitting position.


Quote: Anywhere, anytime, I'd sacrifice the finest nuance for a laugh, the most elegant trope for a smile. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Anywhere, anytime, I'd sacrifice the finest nuance for a laugh, the most elegant trope for a smile.


Quote: I would give ten years off the beginning of my life to see, only once, Tyrannosaurus rex come rearing up from the elms of Central Park, a Morgan police horse screaming in its jaws. We can never have enough of nature. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

I would give ten years off the beginning of my life to see, only once, Tyrannosaurus rex come rearing up from the elms of Central Park, a Morgan police horse screaming in its jaws. We can never have enough of nature.


Quote: The rebel is doomed to a violent death. The rest of us can look forward to sedated expiration in a coma inside an oxygen tent, with tubes inserted in every bodily orifice. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The rebel is doomed to a violent death. The rest of us can look forward to sedated expiration in a coma inside an oxygen tent, with tubes inserted in every bodily orifice.


Quote: In the end, for all our differences and conflicts, most women and men share the same food, work, shelter, bed, life, joy, anguish, and fate. We need each other. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

In the end, for all our differences and conflicts, most women and men share the same food, work, shelter, bed, life, joy, anguish, and fate. We need each other.


Quote: Life without music would be an intolerable insult. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Life without music would be an intolerable insult.


Quote: It is not enough to understand the natural world; the point is to defend and

 preserve it. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

It is not enough to understand the natural world; the point is to defend and

preserve it.


Quote: The feminist notion that the whole of human history has been nothing but a vast intricate conspiracy by men to enslave their wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters presents us with an intellectual neurosis for which we do not yet have a name. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The feminist notion that the whole of human history has been nothing but a vast intricate conspiracy by men to enslave their wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters presents us with an intellectual neurosis for which we do not yet have a name.




Quote: Anarchism is not a romantic fable but the hardheaded realization, based on five thousand years of experience, that we cannot entrust the management of our lives to kings, priests, politicians, generals, and county commissioners. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Anarchism is not a romantic fable but the hardheaded realization, based on five thousand years of experience, that we cannot entrust the management of our lives to kings, priests, politicians, generals, and county commissioners.


Quote: I always wanted to be a cowboy. But alas! I was burdened early with certain inescapable obligations to world literature. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

I always wanted to be a cowboy. But alas! I was burdened early with certain inescapable obligations to world literature.




Quote: Writing on the wall: Will trade three blind crabs for two with no teeth. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Writing on the wall: Will trade three blind crabs for two with no teeth.


Quote: I might also say, regarding reviews and reviewers, that I have yet to read a review of any of my own books which I could not have written much better myself. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

I might also say, regarding reviews and reviewers, that I have yet to read a review of any of my own books which I could not have written much better myself.


Quote: The feminists have a legitimate grievance. But so does everyone else. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The feminists have a legitimate grievance. But so does everyone else.


Quote: The hawk's cry is as sharp as its beak. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The hawk's cry is as sharp as its beak.


Quote: Is the Archbishop's blessing any more meaningful than the Politician's handshake? The come, they go, with bigger things than us on their minds. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Is the Archbishop's blessing any more meaningful than the Politician's handshake? The come, they go, with bigger things than us on their minds.


Quote: I always write with my .357 magnum handy. Why? Well, you never know when God may try to interfere. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

I always write with my .357 magnum handy. Why? Well, you never know when God may try to interfere.


Quote: The night I filled an inside straight: Even a blind hog's gonna root up an acorn once in a while. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The night I filled an inside straight: Even a blind hog's gonna root up an acorn once in a while.


Quote: Christian theology: nothing so grotesque could possibly be true. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Christian theology: nothing so grotesque could possibly be true.


Quote: All power rests on hierarchy: An army is nothing but a well-organized lynch mob. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

All power rests on hierarchy: An army is nothing but a well-organized lynch mob.


Quote: Paradise for a happy man lies in his own good nature. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Paradise for a happy man lies in his own good nature.


Quote: An empty man is full of himself. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

An empty man is full of himself.


Quote: In the modern technoindustrial culture, it is possible to proceed from infancy into senility without ever knowing manhood. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

In the modern technoindustrial culture, it is possible to proceed from infancy into senility without ever knowing manhood.


Quote: If the world is irrational, we can never know it -- either it or its irrationality. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

If the world is irrational, we can never know it -- either it or its irrationality.


Quote: It is not the writer's task to answer questions but to question answers. To be impertinent, insolent, and, if necessary, subversive. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

It is not the writer's task to answer questions but to question answers. To be impertinent, insolent, and, if necessary, subversive.


Quote: The knowledge that refuge is available, when and if needed, makes the silent inferno of the desert more easily bearable. Mountains complement desert as desert complements city, as wilderness complements and completes civilization. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The knowledge that refuge is available, when and if needed, makes the silent inferno of the desert more easily bearable. Mountains complement desert as desert complements city, as wilderness complements and completes civilization.




Quote: J. Edgar Hoover, J. Bracken Lee, J. Parnell Thomas, J. Paul Getty -- you can always tell a shithead by that initial initial. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

J. Edgar Hoover, J. Bracken Lee, J. Parnell Thomas, J. Paul Getty -- you can always tell a shithead by that initial initial.


Quote: What's the difference between the Lone Ranger and God? There really is a Lone Ranger. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

What's the difference between the Lone Ranger and God? There really is a Lone Ranger.


Quote: Great art is indefinable but that's all right; it exists anyway. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Great art is indefinable but that's all right; it exists anyway.


Quote: Every writer has his favorite coterie of enemies: Mine is the East Coast literati -- those prep school playmates and their Ivy League colleagues. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Every writer has his favorite coterie of enemies: Mine is the East Coast literati -- those prep school playmates and their Ivy League colleagues.


Quote: Alaska's chief attractions are: (a) its small and insignificant human population, thanks to the miserable climate; and (b) its large and magnificent wildlife population, thanks to (a). Both of these attractions are being rapidly diminished, however, by (c) the Law of Growth and Space-Age Sleaze. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of Edward Abbey quote: Alaska's chief attractions are: (a) its small and insignificant human population, thanks to the miserable climate; and (b) its large and magnificent wildlife population, thanks to (a). Both of these attractions are being rapidly diminished, however, by (c) the Law of Growth and Space-Age Sleaze.- black text on quotes background

Alaska's chief attractions are: (a) its small and insignificant human population, thanks to the miserable climate; and (b) its large and magnificent wildlife population, thanks to (a). Both of these attractions are being rapidly diminished, however, by (c) the Law of Growth and Space-Age Sleaze.


Quote: The ideal kitchen-sink novel: Throw in everything but the kitchen sink. Then add the kitchen sink. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The ideal kitchen-sink novel: Throw in everything but the kitchen sink. Then add the kitchen sink.


Quote: To the intelligent man or woman, life appears infinitely mysterious. But the stupid have an answer for every question. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

To the intelligent man or woman, life appears infinitely mysterious. But the stupid have an answer for every question.


Quote: The rich can buy everything but health, virtue, friendship, wit, good looks, love, pride, intelligence, grace, and, if you need it, happiness. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The rich can buy everything but health, virtue, friendship, wit, good looks, love, pride, intelligence, grace, and, if you need it, happiness.


Quote: Most every charge you level at American capitalism applies with equal force to communism, with this nice difference, that the Reds make no pretense at such frivolities as civil liberties or environmentalism. The differences in degree are so great that they result in a radical difference in kind. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of Edward Abbey quote: Most every charge you level at American capitalism applies with equal force to communism, with this nice difference, that the Reds make no pretense at such frivolities as civil liberties or environmentalism. The differences in degree are so great that they result in a radical difference in kind.- black text on quotes background

Most every charge you level at American capitalism applies with equal force to communism, with this nice difference, that the Reds make no pretense at such frivolities as civil liberties or environmentalism. The differences in degree are so great that they result in a radical difference in kind.


Quote: Married couples who quarrel bitterly every day may really need each other as deeply as those who appear to be desperately in love. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Married couples who quarrel bitterly every day may really need each other as deeply as those who appear to be desperately in love.


Quote: All living things on earth are kindred. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

All living things on earth are kindred.


Quote: Industrialism, whether of the capitalist or socialist coloration, is the

 basic tyrant of the modern age. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Industrialism, whether of the capitalist or socialist coloration, is the

basic tyrant of the modern age.


Quote: As a confirmed melancholic, I can testify that the best and maybe only antidote for melancholia is action. However, like most melancholics, I suffer also from sloth. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

As a confirmed melancholic, I can testify that the best and maybe only antidote for melancholia is action. However, like most melancholics, I suffer also from sloth.




Quote: Wilderness and motors are incompatible and the former can best be experienced, understood and enjoyed when the machines are left behind where they belong -- on the superhighways and in the parking lots, on the reservoirs and in the marinas. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Wilderness and motors are incompatible and the former can best be experienced, understood and enjoyed when the machines are left behind where they belong -- on the superhighways and in the parking lots, on the reservoirs and in the marinas.


Quote: I intend to be good for the rest of my natural life -- if I live that long. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

I intend to be good for the rest of my natural life -- if I live that long.


Quote: The death penalty would be even more effective, as a deterrent, if we executed a few innocent people more often. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The death penalty would be even more effective, as a deterrent, if we executed a few innocent people more often.


Quote: There has never been an 'original' sin: each is quite banal. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

There has never been an 'original' sin: each is quite banal.


Quote: Original sin, the true original sin, is the blind destruction for the sake of greed of this natural paradise which lies all around us -- if only we were worthy of it. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Original sin, the true original sin, is the blind destruction for the sake of greed of this natural paradise which lies all around us -- if only we were worthy of it.


Quote: The nuclear bomb took all the fun out of war. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The nuclear bomb took all the fun out of war.


Quote: The one great gift to humankind from our nuclear physicists has been the nuclear bomb. How can we ever thank them? by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The one great gift to humankind from our nuclear physicists has been the nuclear bomb. How can we ever thank them?


Quote: America My Country: last nation on earth to abolish human slavery; first of all nations to drop the nuclear bomb on our fellow human beings. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

America My Country: last nation on earth to abolish human slavery; first of all nations to drop the nuclear bomb on our fellow human beings.


Quote: Our modern industrial economy takes a mountain covered with trees, lakes, running streams and transforms it into a mountain of junk, garbage, slime pits, and debris. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Our modern industrial economy takes a mountain covered with trees, lakes, running streams and transforms it into a mountain of junk, garbage, slime pits, and debris.


Quote: Humankind will not be free until the last Kremlin commissar is strangled with the entrails of the last Pentagon chief of staff. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Humankind will not be free until the last Kremlin commissar is strangled with the entrails of the last Pentagon chief of staff.


Quote: The world is full of burled and gnarly knobs on which you can hang a metaphysical system. If you must. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The world is full of burled and gnarly knobs on which you can hang a metaphysical system. If you must.


Quote: The only thing worse than a knee-jerk liberal is a knee-pad conservative. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The only thing worse than a knee-jerk liberal is a knee-pad conservative.


Quote: Counterpart to the knee-jerk liberal is the new knee-pad conservative, always groveling before the rich and the powerful. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Counterpart to the knee-jerk liberal is the new knee-pad conservative, always groveling before the rich and the powerful.


Quote: When riding my old Harley a ninety per at midnight down the Via Roma in Naples, I kept one consolation firmly in mind: If anything goes wrong, I'll never have time to regret it. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

When riding my old Harley a ninety per at midnight down the Via Roma in Naples, I kept one consolation firmly in mind: If anything goes wrong, I'll never have time to regret it.


Quote: A woman, as much as a man, is responsible by the age of forty for the character of her face. But women, obeying the biological imperative, strive harder to preserve a youthful appearance (the reproductive look) and lose it sooner. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

A woman, as much as a man, is responsible by the age of forty for the character of her face. But women, obeying the biological imperative, strive harder to preserve a youthful appearance (the reproductive look) and lose it sooner.


Quote: Only a fool would leave the enjoyment of rainbows to the opticians. Or give the science of optics the last word on the matter. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Only a fool would leave the enjoyment of rainbows to the opticians. Or give the science of optics the last word on the matter.


Quote: Rocks, like louseworts and snail darters and pupfish and 3rd world black, lesbian, feminist, militant poets, have rights, too. Especially the right to exist. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Rocks, like louseworts and snail darters and pupfish and 3rd world black, lesbian, feminist, militant poets, have rights, too. Especially the right to exist.


Quote: The moral duty of the free writer is to begin his work at home: to be a critic of his own community, his own country, his own government, his own culture. The more freedom the writer possesses, the greater the moral obligation to play the role of critic. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The moral duty of the free writer is to begin his work at home: to be a critic of his own community, his own country, his own government, his own culture. The more freedom the writer possesses, the greater the moral obligation to play the role of critic.


Quote: Nothing could be more reckless than to base one's moral philosophy on the latest pronouncements of science. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Nothing could be more reckless than to base one's moral philosophy on the latest pronouncements of science.


Quote: Everyone should learn a manual trade: It's never too late to become an honest person. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Everyone should learn a manual trade: It's never too late to become an honest person.


Quote: The itch for naming things is almost as bad as the itch for possessing things. Let them and leave them alone -- they'll survive for a few more thousand years, more or less, without any glorification from us. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The itch for naming things is almost as bad as the itch for possessing things. Let them and leave them alone -- they'll survive for a few more thousand years, more or less, without any glorification from us.


Quote: For chrissake folks what is this life if full of care we have no time to stand and stare? Take off your shoes for a while, unzip your fly, piss hearty, dig your toes in the hot sand, feel that raw and rugged earth, split a couple of big toenails, draw blood! Why not? by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of Edward Abbey quote; white text on black background

For chrissake folks what is this life if full of care we have no time to stand and stare? Take off your shoes for a while, unzip your fly, piss hearty, dig your toes in the hot sand, feel that raw and rugged earth, split a couple of big toenails, draw blood! Why not?




Quote: The national parks belong to everyone. To the people. To all of us. The government keeps saying so and maybe, in this one case at least, the government is telling the truth. Hard to believe, but possible. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The national parks belong to everyone. To the people. To all of us. The government keeps saying so and maybe, in this one case at least, the government is telling the truth. Hard to believe, but possible.


Quote: One single act of defiance against power, against the State that seems omnipotent but is not, transforms and transfigures the human personality. At least for a time. For a while. Perhaps that is enough. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

One single act of defiance against power, against the State that seems omnipotent but is not, transforms and transfigures the human personality. At least for a time. For a while. Perhaps that is enough.


Quote: Among politicians and businessmen, *Pragmatism* is the current term for 'To hell with our children.' by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Among politicians and businessmen, *Pragmatism* is the current term for 'To hell with our children.'


Quote: Put the park rangers to work. Lazy scheming loafers, they've wasted too many years selling tickets at toll booths and sitting behind desks filling out charts and tables. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Put the park rangers to work. Lazy scheming loafers, they've wasted too many years selling tickets at toll booths and sitting behind desks filling out charts and tables.


Quote: It is always dishonest for a reviewer to review the author instead of the author's book. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

It is always dishonest for a reviewer to review the author instead of the author's book.


Quote: Every moment is precious. And precarious. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Every moment is precious. And precarious.


Quote: When I hear the word 'culture', I reach for my checkbook. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

When I hear the word 'culture', I reach for my checkbook.




Quote: A rancher is a farmer who farms the public lands with a herd of four-legged lawn mowers. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

A rancher is a farmer who farms the public lands with a herd of four-legged lawn mowers.


Quote: This is the most beautiful place on Earth. There are many such places. Every man, every woman, carries in heart and mind the image of the ideal place, the right place, the one true home, known or unknown, actual or visionary. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

This is the most beautiful place on Earth. There are many such places. Every man, every woman, carries in heart and mind the image of the ideal place, the right place, the one true home, known or unknown, actual or visionary.


Quote: Government: If you refuse to pay unjust taxes, your property will be confiscated. If you attempt to defend your property, you will be arrested. If you resist arrest, you will be clubbed. If you defend yourself against clubbing, you will be shot dead. These procedures are known as the Rule of Law. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of Edward Abbey quote: Government: If you refuse to pay unjust taxes, your property will be confiscated. If you attempt to defend your property, you will be arrested. If you resist arrest, you will be clubbed. If you defend yourself against clubbing, you will be shot dead. These procedures are known as the Rule of Law.- black text on quotes background

Government: If you refuse to pay unjust taxes, your property will be confiscated. If you attempt to defend your property, you will be arrested. If you resist arrest, you will be clubbed. If you defend yourself against clubbing, you will be shot dead. These procedures are known as the Rule of Law.


Quote: One word is worth a thousand pictures. If it's the right word. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

One word is worth a thousand pictures. If it's the right word.


Quote: It is the difference between men and women, not the sameness, that creates the tension and the delight. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

It is the difference between men and women, not the sameness, that creates the tension and the delight.


Quote: Scientific method: There's a madness in the method. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Scientific method: There's a madness in the method.


Quote: The sexual revolution transformed the American West: Now even cowboys can get laid. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The sexual revolution transformed the American West: Now even cowboys can get laid.


Quote: In the Soviet Union, government controls industry. In the United States, industry controls government. That is the principal structural difference between the two great oligarchies of our time. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

In the Soviet Union, government controls industry. In the United States, industry controls government. That is the principal structural difference between the two great oligarchies of our time.


Quote: In history-as-politics, the 'future' is that vacuum in time waiting to be filled with the antics of statesmen. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

In history-as-politics, the 'future' is that vacuum in time waiting to be filled with the antics of statesmen.


Quote: If America could be, once again, a nation of self-reliant farmers, craftsmen, hunters, ranchers, and artists, then the rich would have little power to dominate others. Neither to serve nor to rule: That was the American dream. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

If America could be, once again, a nation of self-reliant farmers, craftsmen, hunters, ranchers, and artists, then the rich would have little power to dominate others. Neither to serve nor to rule: That was the American dream.


Quote: Of all bores, the worst is the sparkling bore. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Of all bores, the worst is the sparkling bore.


Quote: My sole literary ambition is to write one good novel, then retire to my hut in the desert, assume the lotus position, compose my mind and senses, and sink into meditation, contemplating my novel. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

My sole literary ambition is to write one good novel, then retire to my hut in the desert, assume the lotus position, compose my mind and senses, and sink into meditation, contemplating my novel.


Quote: Art, science, philosophy, religion -- each offers at best only a crude simplification of actual living experience. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Art, science, philosophy, religion -- each offers at best only a crude simplification of actual living experience.




Quote: Mayonnaise, like hollandaise, was invented by the French to cover up the flavor of spoiled flesh, stale vegetables, rotten fish. Beware the sauce! Where food comes beslobbered with an elegant slime you may well suspect the integrity of the basic ingredients. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Mayonnaise, like hollandaise, was invented by the French to cover up the flavor of spoiled flesh, stale vegetables, rotten fish. Beware the sauce! Where food comes beslobbered with an elegant slime you may well suspect the integrity of the basic ingredients.


Quote: Man's deliberate destruction of his own habitat -- planet Earth -- could serve as a mighty theme for a mighty book worthy of a modern Melville or Tolstoy. But our best fictioneers confine themselves to domestic drama -- soap opera with literary trimmings. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Man's deliberate destruction of his own habitat -- planet Earth -- could serve as a mighty theme for a mighty book worthy of a modern Melville or Tolstoy. But our best fictioneers confine themselves to domestic drama -- soap opera with literary trimmings.


Quote: Why must love always be accompanied -- sooner or later -- by sorrow and pain? Why not? Because pure bliss is for pure idiots. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Why must love always be accompanied -- sooner or later -- by sorrow and pain? Why not? Because pure bliss is for pure idiots.




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