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Edward Abbey Quotes

Edward Abbey Quote: “Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.”
Edward Abbey Quote: “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 Quote: “Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul.”
Edward Abbey Quote: “Anarchism is democracy taken seriously.”
Edward Abbey Quote: “When the situation is hopeless, there’s nothing to worry about.”
Edward Abbey Quote: “Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.”
Edward Abbey Quote: “Power is always dangerous. Power attracts the worst and corrupts the best.”
Edward Abbey Quote: “A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.”
Edward Abbey 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.”
Edward Abbey Quote: “Life is unfair. And it’s not fair that life is unfair.”
Edward Abbey Quote: “The earth, like the sun, like the air, belongs to everyone and to no one.”
Edward Abbey Quote: “Better a cruel truth than a comfortable delusion.”
Edward Abbey Quote: “God bless America. Let’s try to save some of it.”
Edward Abbey Quote: “The idea of wilderness needs no defense. It only needs more defenders. Remaining silent about the destruction of nature is an endorsement of that destruction.”
Edward Abbey Quote: “Guns don’t kill people; people kill people. Of course, people with guns kill more people. But that’s only natural. It’s hard. But it’s fair.”
Edward Abbey Quote: “A man on foot, on horseback or on a bicycle will see more, feel more, enjoy more in one mile than the motorized tourists can in a hundred miles.”
Edward Abbey Quote: “The idea of wilderness needs no defense, it only needs defenders.”
Edward Abbey Quote: “Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself.”
Edward Abbey 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?”
Edward Abbey 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.”
Edward Abbey 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.”
Edward Abbey 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.”
Edward Abbey 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.”
Edward Abbey 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.”
Edward Abbey 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.”
Edward Abbey Quote: “Balance, that’s the secret. Moderate extremism. The best of both worlds.”
Edward Abbey Quote: “Paradise for a happy man lies in his own good nature.”
Edward Abbey Quote: “The longest journey begins with a single step, not with a turn of the ignition key.”
Edward Abbey Quote: “There is science, logic, reason; there is thought verified by experience. And then there is California.”
Edward Abbey 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.”
Edward Abbey Quote: “Heaven is home. Utopia is here. Nirvana is now.”
Edward Abbey Quote: “Humans were free before the word freedom became necessary.”
Edward Abbey Quote: “There is beauty, heartbreaking beauty, everywhere.”
Edward Abbey Quote: “It’s a fool’s life, a rogue’s life, and a good life if you keep laughing all the way to the grave.”
Edward Abbey Quote: “Simplicity is always a virtue.”
Edward Abbey 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.”
Edward Abbey Quote: “Be loyal to what you love, be true to the earth, fight your enemies with passion and laughter.”
Edward Abbey Quote: “Only the half-mad are wholly alive.”
Edward Abbey Quote: “There is a deep, abiding, unshakable satisfaction in a life of complete failure.”
Edward Abbey Quote: “When a man must be afraid to drink freely from his country’s river and streams that country is no longer fit to live in.”
Edward Abbey Quote: “I choose to listen to the river for a while, thinking river thoughts, before joining the night and the stars.”
Edward Abbey Quote: “Cold morning on Aztec Peak Fire Lookout. First, build fire in old stove. Second, start coffee. Then, heat up last night’s pork chops and spinach for breakfast. Why not? And why the hell not?”
Edward Abbey Quote: “You can’t study the darkness by flooding it with light.”
Edward Abbey Quote: “Desire, said the Buddha, is the cause of suffering. But without desire, what delight?”
Edward Abbey Quote: “Where all think alike there is little danger of innovation.”
Edward Abbey Quote: “We need the possibility of escape as surely as we need hope.”
Edward Abbey Quote: “Beware of the man who has no enemies.”
Edward Abbey Quote: “To die alone, on rock under sun at the brink of the unknown, like a wolf, like a great bird, seems to me very good fortune indeed.”
Edward Abbey Quote: “The tragedy of modern war is that the young men die fighting each other – instead of their real enemies back home in the capitals.”
Edward Abbey Quote: “Death is every man’s final critic. To die well you must live bravely.”
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