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Quote: Our big social institutions do not reflect human nature; they distort it. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Our big social institutions do not reflect human nature; they distort it.


Quote: In social institutions, the whole is always less than the sum of its parts. There will never be a state as good as its people, or a church worthy of its congregation, or a university equal to its faculty and students. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

In social institutions, the whole is always less than the sum of its parts. There will never be a state as good as its people, or a church worthy of its congregation, or a university equal to its faculty and students.


Quote: We are kindred all of us, killer and victim, predator and prey, me and the sly coyote, the soaring buzzard, the elegant gopher snake, and trembling cottontail, the foul worms that feed on our entrails; all of them, all of us. Long live diversity, long live the earth! by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of Edward Abbey quote; white text on black background

We are kindred all of us, killer and victim, predator and prey, me and the sly coyote, the soaring buzzard, the elegant gopher snake, and trembling cottontail, the foul worms that feed on our entrails; all of them, all of us. Long live diversity, long live the earth!




Quote: The axiom of conditioned repetition, like the binomial theorem, is nothing but a piece of insolence. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The axiom of conditioned repetition, like the binomial theorem, is nothing but a piece of insolence.


Quote: The distrust of wit is the beginning of tyranny. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The distrust of wit is the beginning of tyranny.


Quote: There is no trajectory so pathetic as that of an artist in decline. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

There is no trajectory so pathetic as that of an artist in decline.


Quote: I love America because it is a confused, chaotic mess -- and I hope we can keep it this way for at least another thousand years. The permissive society is the free society. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

I love America because it is a confused, chaotic mess -- and I hope we can keep it this way for at least another thousand years. The permissive society is the free society.


Quote: Wealth should come like manna from heaven, unearned and uncalled for. Money should be like grace -- a gift. It is not worth sweating and scheming for. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Wealth should come like manna from heaven, unearned and uncalled for. Money should be like grace -- a gift. It is not worth sweating and scheming for.


Quote: Nature, like Maimonides said, is mainly a good place to throw beer cans on Sunday afternoons. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Nature, like Maimonides said, is mainly a good place to throw beer cans on Sunday afternoons.


Quote: How strange and wonderful is our home, our earth, with its swirling vaporous atmosphere, its flowing and frozen liquids, its trembling plants, its creeping, crawling, climbing creatures, the croaking things with wings that hang on rocks and soar through the fog, the furry grass, the scaly seas. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of Edward Abbey quote: How strange and wonderful is our home, our earth, with its swirling vaporous atmosphere, its flowing and frozen liquids, its trembling plants, its creeping, crawling, climbing creatures, the croaking things with wings that hang on rocks and soar through the fog, the furry grass, the scaly seas.- black text on quotes background

How strange and wonderful is our home, our earth, with its swirling vaporous atmosphere, its flowing and frozen liquids, its trembling plants, its creeping, crawling, climbing creatures, the croaking things with wings that hang on rocks and soar through the fog, the furry grass, the scaly seas.


Quote: If industrial man continues to multiply his numbers and expand his operations he will succeed in his apparent intention, to seal himself off from the natural and isolate himself within a synthetic prison of his own making. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

If industrial man continues to multiply his numbers and expand his operations he will succeed in his apparent intention, to seal himself off from the natural and isolate himself within a synthetic prison of his own making.


Quote: We live in a time of twin credulities: the hunger for the miraculous combined with a servile awe of science. The mating of the two gives us superstition plus scientism -- a Mongoloid metaphysic. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

We live in a time of twin credulities: the hunger for the miraculous combined with a servile awe of science. The mating of the two gives us superstition plus scientism -- a Mongoloid metaphysic.


Quote: What did Jesus say to the headwaiter at the Last Supper? 'Separate checks, please.' by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

What did Jesus say to the headwaiter at the Last Supper? 'Separate checks, please.'


Quote: The writer concerned more with technique than truth becomes a technician, not an artist. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The writer concerned more with technique than truth becomes a technician, not an artist.


Quote: The ever-rising cost of living: Someday soon, the corporate technicians will be locking meters on our noses and charging us a royalty on the air we breathe. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The ever-rising cost of living: Someday soon, the corporate technicians will be locking meters on our noses and charging us a royalty on the air we breathe.


Quote: The best American writers have come from the hinterlands -- Mark Twain, Theodore Dreiser, Jack London, Hemingway, Faulkner, Wolfe, Steinbeck. Most of them never even went to college. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The best American writers have come from the hinterlands -- Mark Twain, Theodore Dreiser, Jack London, Hemingway, Faulkner, Wolfe, Steinbeck. Most of them never even went to college.


Quote: One can imagine a sane, healthy, cheerful human society based on no more than the principles of common sense, as validated each day by work, play, and living experience. But this remains the most utopian and fantastic of ideals. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

One can imagine a sane, healthy, cheerful human society based on no more than the principles of common sense, as validated each day by work, play, and living experience. But this remains the most utopian and fantastic of ideals.


Quote: We're all undesirable elements from somebody's point of view. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

We're all undesirable elements from somebody's point of view.


Quote: There are no vacant lots in nature. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

There are no vacant lots in nature.


Quote: There is a deep, abiding, unshakable satisfaction in a life of complete failure. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

There is a deep, abiding, unshakable satisfaction in a life of complete failure.


Quote: Why is it that the destruction of something created by humans is called vandalism, yet the destruction of something created by God is called development? by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Why is it that the destruction of something created by humans is called vandalism, yet the destruction of something created by God is called development?


Quote: England has never enjoyed a genuine social revolution. Maybe that's what's wrong with that dear, tepid, vapid, insipid, stuffy, little country. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

England has never enjoyed a genuine social revolution. Maybe that's what's wrong with that dear, tepid, vapid, insipid, stuffy, little country.


Quote: Why the critics, like a flock of ducks, always move in perfect unison: Their authority with the public depends upon an appearance of unanimous agreement. One dissenting voice would shatter the whole fragile structure. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Why the critics, like a flock of ducks, always move in perfect unison: Their authority with the public depends upon an appearance of unanimous agreement. One dissenting voice would shatter the whole fragile structure.


Quote: A leader leads from in front, by the power of example. A ruler pushes from behind, by means of the club, the whip, the power of fear. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

A leader leads from in front, by the power of example. A ruler pushes from behind, by means of the club, the whip, the power of fear.


Quote: In this respect the differences between the USA and the USSR are those of evangelical dinosaurs competing for domination on one small planet: the first deifies Jesus Christ, the other Karl Marx. Neither has much practical interest in what those two sincere and hard-working fellows actually preached. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of Edward Abbey quote: In this respect the differences between the USA and the USSR are those of evangelical dinosaurs competing for domination on one small planet: the first deifies Jesus Christ, the other Karl Marx. Neither has much practical interest in what those two sincere and hard-working fellows actually preached.- black text on quotes background

In this respect the differences between the USA and the USSR are those of evangelical dinosaurs competing for domination on one small planet: the first deifies Jesus Christ, the other Karl Marx. Neither has much practical interest in what those two sincere and hard-working fellows actually preached.


Quote: A life without tragedy would not be worth living. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

A life without tragedy would not be worth living.


Quote: Most of the literary classics are worth reading, if you've nothing better to do. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Most of the literary classics are worth reading, if you've nothing better to do.


Quote: I have found through trial and error that I work best under duress. In fact I work only under duress. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

I have found through trial and error that I work best under duress. In fact I work only under duress.


Quote: Civilization, like an airplane in flight, survives only as it keeps going forward. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Civilization, like an airplane in flight, survives only as it keeps going forward.


Quote: The rich are not very nice. That's why they're rich. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The rich are not very nice. That's why they're rich.


Quote: I wait.  Now the night flows back, the mighty stillness embraces and includes me; I can see the stars again and the world of starlight.  I am twenty miles or more from the nearest fellow human, but instead of loneliness I feel loveliness.  Loveliness and a quiet exultation. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of Edward Abbey quote; white text on black background

I wait.  Now the night flows back, the mighty stillness embraces and includes me; I can see the stars again and the world of starlight.  I am twenty miles or more from the nearest fellow human, but instead of loneliness I feel loveliness.  Loveliness and a quiet exultation.


Quote: I would never betray a friend to serve a cause. Never reject a friend to help an institution. Great nations may fall in ruin before I would sell a friend to save them. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

I would never betray a friend to serve a cause. Never reject a friend to help an institution. Great nations may fall in ruin before I would sell a friend to save them.


Quote: Most of what we call the classics of world literature suggest artifacts in a wax museum. We have to hire and pay professors to get them read and talked about. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Most of what we call the classics of world literature suggest artifacts in a wax museum. We have to hire and pay professors to get them read and talked about.


Quote: I hate and fear violence myself, have always avoided barroom brawls, and tho' I'm a bit of a gun-nut, and a member of the NRA, I never shoot at anything but beer cans and mule deer. (In season.) And seldom hit either, except by accident. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

I hate and fear violence myself, have always avoided barroom brawls, and tho' I'm a bit of a gun-nut, and a member of the NRA, I never shoot at anything but beer cans and mule deer. (In season.) And seldom hit either, except by accident.


Quote: When guns are outlawed, only the Government will have guns. The Government -- and a few outlaws. If that happens, you can count me among the outlaws. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

When guns are outlawed, only the Government will have guns. The Government -- and a few outlaws. If that happens, you can count me among the outlaws.




Quote: Whenever I see a photograph of some sportsman grinning over his kill, I am always impressed by the striking moral and esthetic superiority of the dead animal to the live one. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Whenever I see a photograph of some sportsman grinning over his kill, I am always impressed by the striking moral and esthetic superiority of the dead animal to the live one.


Quote: I am delighted, one more time, by the daring of my species and the audacity of our flying machines. 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

I am delighted, one more time, by the daring of my species and the audacity of our flying machines. 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: One thing more dangerous than getting between a grizzly sow and her cub is getting between a businessman and a dollar bill. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

One thing more dangerous than getting between a grizzly sow and her cub is getting between a businessman and a dollar bill.


Quote: Are people more important than the grizzly bear? Only from the point of view of some people. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Are people more important than the grizzly bear? Only from the point of view of some people.


Quote: If people persist in trespassing upon the grizzlies' territory, we must accept the fact that the grizzlies, from time to time, will harvest a few trespassers. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

If people persist in trespassing upon the grizzlies' territory, we must accept the fact that the grizzlies, from time to time, will harvest a few trespassers.


Quote: It's true: Every time you kill an elk, you're saving some cow's life. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

It's true: Every time you kill an elk, you're saving some cow's life.


Quote: I had discovered that I am the kind of person who cannot live comfortably, tolerably, on all-flat terrain. For the sake of inner equilibrium there has to be at least one mountain range on at least one of the four quarters of my horizon -- and not more than a day's walk away. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of Edward Abbey quote; white text on black background

I had discovered that I am the kind of person who cannot live comfortably, tolerably, on all-flat terrain. For the sake of inner equilibrium there has to be at least one mountain range on at least one of the four quarters of my horizon -- and not more than a day's walk away.


Quote: Life is already too short to waste on speed. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Life is already too short to waste on speed.


Quote: An economic system which can only expand or expire must be false to all that is human. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

An economic system which can only expand or expire must be false to all that is human.


Quote: Be loyal to what you love, be true to the earth, fight your enemies with passion and laughter. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Be loyal to what you love, be true to the earth, fight your enemies with passion and laughter.


Quote: Baseball is a slow, sluggish game, with frequent and trivial interruptions, offering the spectator many opportunities to reflect at leisure upon the situation on the field: This is what a fan loves most about the game. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Baseball is a slow, sluggish game, with frequent and trivial interruptions, offering the spectator many opportunities to reflect at leisure upon the situation on the field: This is what a fan loves most about the game.


Quote: The city itself swung slowly toward us silent as a dream. No sign of life but puffs of steam from skyscraper chimneys, the motion of the traffic. The mighty towers stood like tombstones in a graveyard, leaning against the sky and waiting for -- for what? Someday we'll know. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of Edward Abbey quote; white text on black background

The city itself swung slowly toward us silent as a dream. No sign of life but puffs of steam from skyscraper chimneys, the motion of the traffic. The mighty towers stood like tombstones in a graveyard, leaning against the sky and waiting for -- for what? Someday we'll know.


Quote: God is a sound people make when they're too tired to think anymore. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

God is a sound people make when they're too tired to think anymore.


Quote: From the point of view of a tapeworm, man was created by God to serve the appetite of the tapeworm. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

From the point of view of a tapeworm, man was created by God to serve the appetite of the tapeworm.


Quote: There are some places so beautiful they can make a grown man break down and weep. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

There are some places so beautiful they can make a grown man break down and weep.


Quote: There is this to be said for walking: it is the one method of human locomotion by which a man or woman proceeds erect, upright, proud and independent, not squatting on the haunches like a frog.
Little boys love machines. Grown-up mean and women like to walk. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

There is this to be said for walking: it is the one method of human locomotion by which a man or woman proceeds erect, upright, proud and independent, not squatting on the haunches like a frog.
Little boys love machines. Grown-up mean and women like to walk.


Quote: It's all still there in heart and soul. The walk, the hills, the sky, the solitary pain and pleasure -- they will grow larger, sweeter, lovelier in the days and years to come. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

It's all still there in heart and soul. The walk, the hills, the sky, the solitary pain and pleasure -- they will grow larger, sweeter, lovelier in the days and years to come.


Quote: Walking takes longer... 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. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Walking takes longer... 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.


Quote: The night. The stars. The river. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The night. The stars. The river.


Quote: I choose to listen to the river for a while, thinking river thoughts, before joining the night and the stars. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

I choose to listen to the river for a while, thinking river thoughts, before joining the night and the stars.


Quote: Life is hard? True -- but let's love it anyhow, though it breaks every bone in our bodies. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Life is hard? True -- but let's love it anyhow, though it breaks every bone in our bodies.


Quote: What we need now are heroes and heroines, about a million of them, one brave deed is worth a thousand books. Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

What we need now are heroes and heroines, about a million of them, one brave deed is worth a thousand books. Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul.


Quote: No man likes to be smoked out of his hole in February. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

No man likes to be smoked out of his hole in February.


Quote: Quantum mechanics provides us with an approximate, plausible, conjectural explanation of what actually is, or was, or may be taking place inside a cyclotron during a dark night in February. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Quantum mechanics provides us with an approximate, plausible, conjectural explanation of what actually is, or was, or may be taking place inside a cyclotron during a dark night in February.




Quote: I want my body to help fertilize the growth of a cactus or cliff rose or sagebrush or tree. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

I want my body to help fertilize the growth of a cactus or cliff rose or sagebrush or tree.


Quote: In the American Southwest, I began a lifelong love affair with a pile of rock. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

In the American Southwest, I began a lifelong love affair with a pile of rock.


Quote: A crude meal, no doubt, but the best of all sauces is hunger. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

A crude meal, no doubt, but the best of all sauces is hunger.


Quote: Where all think alike there is little danger of innovation. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Where all think alike there is little danger of innovation.


Quote: Little boys love machines; girls adore horses; grown-up men and women like to walk. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Little boys love machines; girls adore horses; grown-up men and women like to walk.


Quote: If it's knowledge and wisdom you want, then seek out the company of those who do real work for an honest purpose. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

If it's knowledge and wisdom you want, then seek out the company of those who do real work for an honest purpose.


Quote: I am convinced now that the desert has no heart, that it presents a riddle which has no answer, and that the riddle itself is an illusion created by some limitation or exaggeration of the displaced human consciousness. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

I am convinced now that the desert has no heart, that it presents a riddle which has no answer, and that the riddle itself is an illusion created by some limitation or exaggeration of the displaced human consciousness.


Quote: Noontime here is like a drug. The light is psychedelic, the dry electric air narcotic. To me the desert is stimulating, exciting, exacting. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Noontime here is like a drug. The light is psychedelic, the dry electric air narcotic. To me the desert is stimulating, exciting, exacting.




Quote: I would not sacrifice a single living mesquite tree for any book ever written. One square mile of living desert is worth a hundred 'great books' -- and one brave deed is worth a thousand. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

I would not sacrifice a single living mesquite tree for any book ever written. One square mile of living desert is worth a hundred 'great books' -- and one brave deed is worth a thousand.


Quote: The extreme clarity of the desert light is equaled by the extreme individuation of desert life forms. Love flowers best in openness and freedom. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The extreme clarity of the desert light is equaled by the extreme individuation of desert life forms. Love flowers best in openness and freedom.


Quote: Cowboys make better lovers: Ask any cow. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Cowboys make better lovers: Ask any cow.


Quote: A cowboy is a hired hand on the middle of a horse contemplating the hind end of a cow. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

A cowboy is a hired hand on the middle of a horse contemplating the hind end of a cow.


Quote: A pretty girl can do no wrong. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

A pretty girl can do no wrong.


Quote: The industrial way of life leads to the industrial way of death. From Shiloh to Dachau, from Antietam to Stalingrad, from Hiroshima to Vietnam and Afghanistan, the great specialty of industry and technology has been the mass production of human corpses. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The industrial way of life leads to the industrial way of death. From Shiloh to Dachau, from Antietam to Stalingrad, from Hiroshima to Vietnam and Afghanistan, the great specialty of industry and technology has been the mass production of human corpses.


Quote: Nearly all of Latin America, from Chile to Mexico, is one long rack of torture. Financed, equipped, and refined by the U.S. government. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Nearly all of Latin America, from Chile to Mexico, is one long rack of torture. Financed, equipped, and refined by the U.S. government.


Quote: The basic science is not physics or mathematics but biology -- the study of life. We must learn to think both logically and bio-logically. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The basic science is not physics or mathematics but biology -- the study of life. We must learn to think both logically and bio-logically.


Quote: I thought of the wilderness we had left behind us, open to sea and sky, joyous in its plenitude and simplicity, perfect yet vulnerable, unaware of what is coming, defended by nothing, guarded by no one. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

I thought of the wilderness we had left behind us, open to sea and sky, joyous in its plenitude and simplicity, perfect yet vulnerable, unaware of what is coming, defended by nothing, guarded by no one.


Quote: Vaughan Telecom installers and contractors ensure the highest quality service for data and network cabling in Toronto and GTA area. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Vaughan Telecom installers and contractors ensure the highest quality service for data and network cabling in Toronto and GTA area.


Quote: Shakespeare wrote great poetry and preposterous plays. Who really cares, for example, which petty tyrant rules Milan? Or who succeeds to the throne of Denmark? Or why the barons ganged up on Richard II? by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Shakespeare wrote great poetry and preposterous plays. Who really cares, for example, which petty tyrant rules Milan? Or who succeeds to the throne of Denmark? Or why the barons ganged up on Richard II?




Quote: Life is too short for grief. Or regret. Or bullshit. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Life is too short for grief. Or regret. Or bullshit.


Quote: One of the pleasant things about small town life is that everyone, whether rich or poor, liked or disliked, has some kind of a role and place in the community. I never felt that living in a city -- as I once did for a couple of years. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

One of the pleasant things about small town life is that everyone, whether rich or poor, liked or disliked, has some kind of a role and place in the community. I never felt that living in a city -- as I once did for a couple of years.


Quote: I am happy to be a regional writer. My region is the American West, old Mexico, West Virginia, New York, Europe, Australia, the human heart, and the male groin. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

I am happy to be a regional writer. My region is the American West, old Mexico, West Virginia, New York, Europe, Australia, the human heart, and the male groin.


Quote: One day in Dipstick, Nebraska, or Landfill, Oklahoma, is worth more to me than an eternity in Dante's plastic Paradiso, or Yeats's gold-plated Byzantium. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

One day in Dipstick, Nebraska, or Landfill, Oklahoma, is worth more to me than an eternity in Dante's plastic Paradiso, or Yeats's gold-plated Byzantium.


Quote: Alaska is our biggest, buggiest, boggiest state. Texas remains our largest unfrozen state. But mountainous Utah, if ironed out flat, would take up more space on a map than either. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Alaska is our biggest, buggiest, boggiest state. Texas remains our largest unfrozen state. But mountainous Utah, if ironed out flat, would take up more space on a map than either.


Quote: How to Avoid Pleurisy: Never make love to a girl named Candy on the tailgate of a half-ton Ford pickup during a chill rain in April out on Grandview Point in San Juan County, Utah. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

How to Avoid Pleurisy: Never make love to a girl named Candy on the tailgate of a half-ton Ford pickup during a chill rain in April out on Grandview Point in San Juan County, Utah.


Quote: Ah yes, the head is full of books. The hard part is to force them down through the bloodstream and out through the fingers. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Ah yes, the head is full of books. The hard part is to force them down through the bloodstream and out through the fingers.


Quote: Phoenix, Arizona: an oasis of ugliness in the midst of a beautiful wasteland. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Phoenix, Arizona: an oasis of ugliness in the midst of a beautiful wasteland.


Quote: Narrow-minded provincialism: Sad to say but true -- I am more interested in the mountain lions of Utah, the wild pigs of Arizona, than I am in the fate of all the Arabs of Araby, all the Wogs of Hindustan, all the Ethiopes of Abyssinia. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Narrow-minded provincialism: Sad to say but true -- I am more interested in the mountain lions of Utah, the wild pigs of Arizona, than I am in the fate of all the Arabs of Araby, all the Wogs of Hindustan, all the Ethiopes of Abyssinia.


Quote: My books always make the best-seller lists in Wolf Hole, Arizona, and Hanksville, Utah. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

My books always make the best-seller lists in Wolf Hole, Arizona, and Hanksville, Utah.


Quote: No man-made structure in all of American history has been hated so much, by so many, for so long, with such good reason, as that Glen Canyon Dam at Page, Arizona, Shithead Capital of Coconino County. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

No man-made structure in all of American history has been hated so much, by so many, for so long, with such good reason, as that Glen Canyon Dam at Page, Arizona, Shithead Capital of Coconino County.


Quote: Page, Arizona, Shithead Capital of Coconino County: any town with thirteen churches and only four bars has got an incipient social problem. That town is looking for trouble. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Page, Arizona, Shithead Capital of Coconino County: any town with thirteen churches and only four bars has got an incipient social problem. That town is looking for trouble.


Quote: What ideal, immutable Platonic cloud could equal the beauty and perfection of any ordinary everyday cloud floating over, say, Tuba City, Arizona, on a hot day in June? by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

What ideal, immutable Platonic cloud could equal the beauty and perfection of any ordinary everyday cloud floating over, say, Tuba City, Arizona, on a hot day in June?


Quote: Anarchism is democracy taken seriously. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Anarchism is democracy taken seriously.


Quote: There is a certain animal vitality in most of us which carries us through any trouble but the absolutely overwhelming. Only a fool has no sorrow, only an idiot has no grief -- but then only a fool and an idiot will let grief and sorrow ride him down into the grave. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of Edward Abbey quote; white text on black background

There is a certain animal vitality in most of us which carries us through any trouble but the absolutely overwhelming. Only a fool has no sorrow, only an idiot has no grief -- but then only a fool and an idiot will let grief and sorrow ride him down into the grave.




Quote: There never was a good war or a bad revolution. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

There never was a good war or a bad revolution.


Quote: We are preoccupied with time. If we could learn to love space as deeply as we are now obsessed with time, we might discover a new meaning in the phrase 'to live like men. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

We are preoccupied with time. If we could learn to love space as deeply as we are now obsessed with time, we might discover a new meaning in the phrase 'to live like men.


Quote: When a man's best friend is his dog… That dog has a problem. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

When a man's best friend is his dog… That dog has a problem.


Quote: Freedom begins between the ears. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Freedom begins between the ears.


Quote: Water, water, water... There is no shortage of water in the desert but exactly the right amount...unless you try to establish a city where no city should be. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Water, water, water... There is no shortage of water in the desert but exactly the right amount...unless you try to establish a city where no city should be.

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Water, water, water.... There is no shortage of water in the desert but exactly the right amount , a perfect ratio of water to rock, water to sand, insuring that wide free open, generous spacing among plants and animals, homes and towns and cities, which makes the arid West so different from any other part of the nation. There is no lack of water here unless you try to establish a city where no city should be.




Quote: The missionaries go forth to Christianize the savages -- as if the savages weren't dangerous enough already. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

The missionaries go forth to Christianize the savages -- as if the savages weren't dangerous enough already.


Quote: Abolition of a woman's right to abortion, when and if she wants it, amounts to compulsory maternity: a form of rape by the State. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Abolition of a woman's right to abortion, when and if she wants it, amounts to compulsory maternity: a form of rape by the State.


Quote: If the end does not justify the means -- what can? by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

If the end does not justify the means -- what can?


Quote: A drink a day keeps the shrink away. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

A drink a day keeps the shrink away.


Quote: Climbing K2 or floating the Grand Canyon in an inner tube; there are some things one would rather have done than do. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Climbing K2 or floating the Grand Canyon in an inner tube; there are some things one would rather have done than do.


Quote: Taxation: how the sheep are shorn. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Taxation: how the sheep are shorn.


Quote: That which today calls itself science gives us more and more information, and indigestible glut of information, and less and less understanding. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

That which today calls itself science gives us more and more information, and indigestible glut of information, and less and less understanding.


Quote: Anarchism is founded on the observation that since few men are wise enough to rule themselves, even fewer are wise enough to rule others. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Anarchism is founded on the observation that since few men are wise enough to rule themselves, even fewer are wise enough to rule others.


Quote: Our culture runs on coffee and gasoline, the first often tasting like the second. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Our culture runs on coffee and gasoline, the first often tasting like the second.


Quote: Grown men do not need leaders. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Grown men do not need leaders.


Quote: Love implies anger. The man who is angered by nothing cares about nothing. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Love implies anger. The man who is angered by nothing cares about nothing.


Quote: Civilization is a youth with a molotov cocktail in his hand. Culture is the Soviet tank or L.A. cop that guns him down. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Civilization is a youth with a molotov cocktail in his hand. Culture is the Soviet tank or L.A. cop that guns him down.


Quote: One man alone can be pretty dumb sometimes, but for real bona fide stupidity, there ain't nothin' can beat teamwork. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

One man alone can be pretty dumb sometimes, but for real bona fide stupidity, there ain't nothin' can beat teamwork.


Quote: Power is always dangerous. Power attracts the worst and corrupts the best. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Power is always dangerous. Power attracts the worst and corrupts the best.


Quote: You can't study the darkness by flooding it with light. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

You can't study the darkness by flooding it with light.


Quote: Belief in the supernatural reflects a failure of the imagination. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Belief in the supernatural reflects a failure of the imagination.


Quote: There is science, logic, reason; there is thought verified by experience. And then there is California. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

There is science, logic, reason; there is thought verified by experience. And then there is California.


Quote: Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.


Quote: Too many American authors have a servile streak where their backbone should be. Where's our latest Nobel laureate? More than likely you'll find him in the Rose Garden kissing the First Lady's foot. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Too many American authors have a servile streak where their backbone should be. Where's our latest Nobel laureate? More than likely you'll find him in the Rose Garden kissing the First Lady's foot.


Quote: What is the purpose of the giant sequoia tree? The purpose of the giant sequoia tree is to provide shade for the tiny titmouse. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

What is the purpose of the giant sequoia tree? The purpose of the giant sequoia tree is to provide shade for the tiny titmouse.


Quote: Better a cruel truth than a comfortable delusion. by author Edward Abbey overlaid on photo of photo of author Edward Abbey with quote

Better a cruel truth than a comfortable delusion.


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