quote by 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

Sublime Tamer quotations

I have never thought much of the courage of a lion tamer.

Inside the cage he is at least safe from other men. There is not much harm in a lion. He has no ideals, no religion, no politics, no chivalry, no gentility; in short, no reason for destroying anything that he does not want to eat

I never thought much of the courage of a lion tamer.

Inside the cage he is at least safe from people.

Brave is the lion tamer, brave is the world subduer, but braver is the one who has subdued himself.

Calmly take what ill betideth; Patience wins the crown at length: Rich repayment him abideth Who endures in quiet strength. Brave the tamer of the lion; Brave whom conquered kingdoms praise; Bravest he who rules his passions, Who his own impatience sways.


Television is not the truth! Television is a goddamned amusement park.

Television is a circus, a carnival, a travelling troupe of acrobats and story-tellers, singers and dancers, jugglers, sideshow freaks, lion-tamers and football players. We're in the boredom-killing business!

I never use a score when conducting my orchestra.

.. Does a lion tamer enter a cage with a book on how to tame a lion?

The facile delusions which conceal from us our true situation all amount to this: that we are, or can be, wiser than the wisest men of the past. We are thus induced to play the part, not of attentive and docile listeners, but of impresarios and lion-tamers.

Club Secretary: I say, Lawrence. You are a clown! Lawrence: We can't all be lion tamers.

I've got a friend who is a lion tamer. He used to be a school teacher till he lost his nerve.


I think that if the beast who sleeps in man could be held down by threats of any kind, whether of jail or retribution, then the highest emblem of humanity would be the lion tamer, not the prophet who sacrificed himself.... What for centuries raised man above the beast is not the cudgel but the irresistible power of unarmed truth.

Everyone is in awe of the lion tamer in a cage with half a dozen lions-everyone but a school bus driver.

When I was a kid, I worked in the circus.

It was a touring circus that was owned by a man named Terrell Jacobs. It was just one big tent, and he was a lion tamer. He didn't have any kids, but the bit was that I would dress up as his son in an identical outfit.

For me, it's about the desire to win.

My audience becomes a crowd of wild animals and I have to be the lion-tamer or be eaten.

Daughter of Jove, relentless power, Thou tamer of the human breast, Whose iron scourge and tort'ring hour The bad affright, afflict the best!


To drown a river beneath its own impounded water, by damming, is to kill what it was and to settle for something else. When the damming happens without good reason . . . then it's a tragedy of diminishment for the whole planet, a loss of one more wild thing, leaving Earth just a little flatter and tamer and simpler and uglier than before.

I never use a score when conducting my orchestra.

Does a lion tamer enter a cage with a book on how to tame a lion?

Ideas are dangerous, but the man to whom they are least dangerous is the man of ideas. He is acquainted with ideas, and moves among them like a lion-tamer. Ideas are dangerous, but the man to whom they are most dangerous is the man of no ideas. The man of no ideas will find the first idea fly to his head like wine to the head of a teetotaller.

The tamer my love, the farther away it is from love.

In fierceness, in heat, in longing, in risk, I find something of love's nature. In my desire for you, I burn at the right temperature to walk through love's fire. So when you ask me why I cannot love you more calmly, I answer that to love you calmly is not to love you at all.

People think librarians are unromantic, unimaginative.

This is not true. We are people whose dreams run in particular ways. Ask a mountain climber what he feels when he sees a mountain; a lion tamer what goes through his mind when he meets a new lion; a doctor confronted with a beautiful malfunctioning body. The idea of a library full of books, the books full of knowledge, fills me with fear and love and courage and endless wonder.


I think what people see in me is one slice of who I am.

It does permeate my life in the sense that I don't like to be told what to do, or how to be, or how I can do it. But I'm probably a lot tamer than people would expect.

Each man's soul is a menagerie where Conscience, the animal-tamer, lives with a collection of wild beasts.

If the lion didn't bite the tamer every once in a while, it wouldn't be exciting.

Brave is the lion tamer, brave is the world subduer, but braver is the one who has subdued himself.

It is no accident that the photographer becomes a photographer any more than the lion tamer becomes a lion tamer.


Mom loved my brother more. Not that she didn't love me - I felt the wash of her love every day, pouring over me, but it was a different kind, siphoned from a different, and tamer, body of water. I was her darling daughter; Joseph was her it.

I’ll wait out here until the two of you are finished.

Just call out if you need anything. Like a priest, cop, or lion tamer. (Aimee)

I'm in favour of religion as a tamer of arrogance.

For a Greek Orthodox, the idea of God as creator outside the human is not God in God's terms. My God isn't the God of George Bush.

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