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    What is the purpose of the giant sequoia tree? The purpose of the giant sequoia tree is to provide shade for the tiny titmouse.
    — Edward Abbey
    If the end does not justify the means - what can?
    — Edward Abbey
    The purpose of love, sex, and marriage is the production and raising of children. But look about you: Most people have no business having children. They are unqualified, either genetically or culturally or both, to reproduce such sorry specimens as themselves. Of all our privileges, the license to breed is the one most grossly abused.
    — Edward Abbey
    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.
    — Edward Abbey
    A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.
    — Edward Abbey
    I'm tired of doing what I don't want to do to live the way I don't want to live.
    — Edward Abbey
    tags: live 
     
    To the intelligent man or woman, life appears infinitely mysterious. But the stupid have an answer for every question.
    — Edward Abbey
    tags: men  women  questions 
     
    My loyalties will not be bound by national borders, or confined in time by one nation's history, or limited in the spiritual dimension by one language and culture. I pledge my allegiance to the damned human race, and my everlasting love to the green hills of Earth, and my intimations of glory to the singing stars, to the very end of space and time.
    — Edward Abbey
    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.
    — Edward Abbey
    tags: earth  wings 
     
    Society is like a stew. If you don't stir it up every once in a while then a layer of scum floats to the top.
    — Edward Abbey
    tags: society 
     
    The love of wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyong reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth, the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only paradise we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need, if only we had the eyes to see.
    — Edward Abbey
    tags: earth  eyes  loyalty  hunger 
     
    You can't study the darkness by flooding it with light.
    — Edward Abbey
    tags: darkness 
     
    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.
    — Edward Abbey
    Only the half-mad are wholly alive.
    — Edward Abbey
    May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.
    — Edward Abbey
    tags: dangerous 
     
    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.
    — Edward Abbey
    Freedom begins between the ears.
    — Edward Abbey
    tags: freedom 
     
    Anarchism is founded on the observation that since few men are wise enough to rule themselves, even fewer are wise enough to rule others.
    — Edward Abbey
    tags: men  rules  wise 
     
    The idea of wilderness needs no defense, it only needs defenders.
    — Edward Abbey
    tags: ideas 
     
    There is a deep, abiding, unshakable satisfaction in a life of complete failure.
    — Edward Abbey
    tags: failure 
     
    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.
    — Edward Abbey
    tags: thoughts  simplicity  sky 
     
    I choose to listen to the river for a while, thinking river thoughts, before joining the night and the stars.
    — Edward Abbey
    tags: thoughts  star  night  thinking 
     
    Love implies anger. The man who is angered by nothing cares about nothing.
    — Edward Abbey
    tags: men  anger  care 
     
    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.
    — Edward Abbey
    A house built on greed cannot long endure.
    — Edward Abbey
    tags: greed 
     
    And if the computer gives you any back talk, pour some well-sugared office coffee into its evil little silicon brain.
    — Edward Abbey
    tags: evil  brain  computer 
     
    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.
    — Edward Abbey
    tags: men  women  heart  beautiful  earth  true  right  mind 
     
    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.
    — Edward Abbey
    I am not an atheist but an earthiest. Be true to the earth.
    — Edward Abbey
    tags: earth  true  atheist 
     
    We can have wilderness without freedom; we can have wilderness without human life at all, but we cannot have freedom without wilderness, we cannot have freedom without leagues of open space beyond the cities, where boys and girls, men and women, can live at least part of their lives under no control but their own desires and abilities, free from any and all direct administration by their fellow men.
    — Edward Abbey
    tags: desires  men  women  freedom  live  human  control  girls  space  boys 
     
    Baseball serves as a good model for democracy in action: Every player is equally important and each has a chance to be a hero.
    — Edward Abbey
    So I lived alone. The first thing I did was take off my pants. Naturally.
    — Edward Abbey
    tags: alone 
     
    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.
    — Edward Abbey
    tags: law  rules  tax  property 
     
    Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.
    — Edward Abbey
    tags: growth 
     
    Let us hope our weapons are never needed -but do not forget what the common people knew when they demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny. If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government - and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws.
    — Edward Abbey
    The real work of men was hunting meat. The invention of agriculture was a giant step in the wrong direction, leading to serfdom, cities, and empire. From a race of hunters, artists, warriors, and tamers of horses, we degraded ourselves to what we are now: clerks, functionaries, laborers, entertainers, processors of information.
    — Edward Abbey
    tags: men  work  wrong  real  artist  race 
     
    Power is always dangerous. Power attracts the worst and corrupts the best.
    — Edward Abbey
    tags: power  corrupt  dangerous 
     
    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!
    — Edward Abbey
    tags: live  victim 
     
    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.
    — Edward Abbey
    tags: time  people  facts 
     
    If you feel that you're not ready to die, never fear; nature will give you complete and adequate assistance when the time comes.
    — Edward Abbey
    tags: time  nature  die 
     
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    edward abbey
    Birth    : January 29, 1927
    Death  : March 14, 1989
    Occupation  : Author