edward abbey Quotes

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.
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— 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.
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— Edward Abbey
I'm tired of doing what I don't want to do to live the way I don't want to live.
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— Edward Abbey
To the intelligent man or woman, life appears infinitely mysterious. But the stupid have an answer for every question.
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— Edward Abbey
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.
tags: time language culture human earth star space loyalty spiritual race
— 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.
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— Edward Abbey
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.
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— Edward Abbey
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.
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— Edward Abbey
You can't study the darkness by flooding it with light.
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— Edward Abbey
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.
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— Edward Abbey
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.
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— Edward Abbey
Freedom begins between the ears.
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— Edward Abbey
Anarchism is founded on the observation that since few men are wise enough to rule themselves, even fewer are wise enough to rule others.
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— Edward Abbey
The idea of wilderness needs no defense, it only needs defenders.
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— Edward Abbey
There is a deep, abiding, unshakable satisfaction in a life of complete failure.
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— Edward Abbey
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.
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— Edward Abbey
I choose to listen to the river for a while, thinking river thoughts, before joining the night and the stars.
tags: thoughts star night thinking
— Edward Abbey
Love implies anger. The man who is angered by nothing cares about nothing.
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— Edward Abbey
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.
tags: people broken government money
— Edward Abbey
A house built on greed cannot long endure.
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— Edward Abbey
And if the computer gives you any back talk, pour some well-sugared office coffee into its evil little silicon brain.
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— Edward Abbey
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.
tags: men women heart beautiful earth true right mind
— Edward Abbey
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.
tags: power america dreams artist american
— Edward Abbey
I am not an atheist but an earthiest. Be true to the earth.
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— Edward Abbey
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.
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— Edward Abbey
Baseball serves as a good model for democracy in action: Every player is equally important and each has a chance to be a hero.
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— Edward Abbey
So I lived alone. The first thing I did was take off my pants. Naturally.
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— Edward Abbey
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.
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— Edward Abbey
Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.
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— Edward Abbey
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.
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— 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.
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— Edward Abbey
Power is always dangerous. Power attracts the worst and corrupts the best.
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— Edward Abbey
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!
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— Edward Abbey
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.
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— Edward Abbey
If you feel that you're not ready to die, never fear; nature will give you complete and adequate assistance when the time comes.
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— Edward Abbey
edward abbey
Birth    : January 29, 1927
Death  : March 14, 1989
Occupation  : Author