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

Edward Abbey on growth
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Why wilderness? Because we like the taste of freedom; because we like the smell of danger.

Edward Abbey on wilderness
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A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.

Edward Abbey on patriotism
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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 on nature
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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 on society
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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 on capitals
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Belief in the supernatural reflects a failure of the imagination.

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

Edward Abbey on teamwork
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I wish to bean inspector of volcanoes.

I want to study cloud formationsand memorize the windand learn by heart the habits ofthe ponderosa pine.

Edward Abbey on nature
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Though men now possess the power to dominate and exploit every corner of the natural world, nothing in that fact implies that they have the right or the need to do so.

Edward Abbey on power
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The idea of wilderness needs no defense, it only needs defenders.

Edward Abbey on defenders
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A crude meal, no doubt, but the best of all sauces is hunger.

Edward Abbey on hunger
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About Edward Abbey

Name Edward Abbey
Quotes 27 quotations
Nationality American
Profession Author
Birthday October 16
About Abbey attended college in New Mexico, and then worked as a park ranger and fire lookout for the National Park Service in the Southwest. It was during this time that he developed the relationship with the area's environment that influenced his writing.
Top topics real, wilderness, nature, idea, live

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.

Edward Abbey on superstition
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That's the best thing about walking, the journey itself.

It doesn't matter much whether you get where you're going or not. You'll get there anyway. Every good hike brings you eventually back home.

Edward Abbey on walking
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For myself I hold no preferences among flowers, so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous. Bricks to all greenhouses! Black thumb and cutworm to the potted plant!

Edward Abbey on nature
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Our 'neoconservatives' are neither new nor conservative, but old as Bablyon and evil as Hell.

Edward Abbey on conservative
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WEALTH AND HOW TO ACHIEVE IT:Let us define the wealthy man as he who has everything he desires. How to reach that happy condition? Two ways

Edward Abbey on wealth
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It is my belief that the writer, the free-lance author, should be and must be a critic of the society in which he lives. It is easy enough, and always profitable, to rail away at national enemies beyond the sea, at foreign powers beyond our borders who question the prevailing order.But 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 culture. If the writer is unwilling to fill this part, then the writer should abandon pretense and find another line of work: become a shoe repairman, a brain surgeon, a janitor, a cowboy, a nuclear physicist, a bus driver.

Edward Abbey on authors
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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.

Edward Abbey on time
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I have enough money in the bank now to buy enough beans and rice for twenty-five years. To the end (sometimes longed for). Why not kidnap Suzy and sneak off to the life of a semi-hermit? A tempting, constantly tempting idea. ......Peace. Simplicity. Order, ceremony and ritual. Voluntary poverty. An end to clutter and this vulgar, stifling, crushing burden of things

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

Edward Abbey on economics
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We need wilderness whether or not we ever set foot in it.

We need a refuge even though we may never need to go there.... We need the possibility of escape as surely as we need hope.

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

Edward Abbey on calls
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Mildly talented in a variety of ways but with no genuine ability in any one field, she was like me, the perennial hapless self-amused dilettante, half-worried by the slippage of time but determined to enjoy failure anyway.

Edward Abbey on ability
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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 on giant
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No tyranny is so irksome as petty tyranny: the officious demands of policemen, government clerks, and electromechanical gadgets.

Edward Abbey on tyranny
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I don't see how poetry can ever be easy.

.. Real poetry, the thick, dense, intense, complicated stuff that lives and endures, requires blood sweat; blood and sweat are essential elements in poetry as well as behind it.

Edward Abbey on poetry
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