Edward Abbey Quotes

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Edward Abbey was an American author. His best known works are his novel The Monkey Wrench Gang. He was born in Indiana in Pennsylvania. He has done his masters Degree in philosophy from University of New Mecxico. Edward Abbey died on March 14th 1989 undergoing some surgery, which became complicated at end. He left a message for everyone who asked about his final words, the message was “No Comments”, which showed his sence of humor at critical moments of his life. He also left instruction on what to do with his body after his death. 

Edward Abbey Quotes
A drink a day keeps the shrink away.
– Edward Abbey

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

Abolition of a woman’s right to abortion, when and if she wants it, amounts to compulsory maternity: a form of rape by the State.
– 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.
– Edward Abbey

As for the “solitary confinement of the mind,” my theory is that solipsism, like other absurdities of the professional philosopher, is a product of too much time wasted in library stacks between the covers of a book, in smoke-filled coffeehouses (bad for brains) and conversation-clogged seminars. To refute the solipsist or the metaphysical idealist all that you have to do is take him out and throw a rock at his head: if he ducks he’s a liar. His logic may be airtight but his argument, far from revealing the delusions of living experience, only exposes the limitations of logic.
– Edward Abbey

Belief in the supernatural reflects a failure of the imagination.
– Edward Abbey

Civilization is a youth with a molotov cocktail in his hand. Culture is the Soviet tank or L.A. cop that guns him down.
– Edward Abbey

Climbing K2 or floating the Grand Canyon in an inner tube; there are some things one would rather have done than do.
– Edward Abbey

England has never enjoyed a genuine social revolution. Maybe that’s what’s wrong with that dear, tepid, vapid, insipid, stuffy, little country.
– Edward Abbey
 
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

Grown men do not need leaders.
– Edward Abbey

Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.
– Edward Abbey

If the end does not justify the means – what can?
– Edward Abbey

It is the difference between men and women, not the sameness, that creates the tension and the delight.
– Edward Abbey

Love implies anger. The man who is angered by nothing cares about nothing.
– 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

Men love their ideas more than their lives. And the more preposterous the idea, the more eager they are to die for it. And to kill for it.
– Edward Abbey

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

Our ‘neoconservatives’ are neither new nor conservative, but old as Bablyon and evil as Hell.
– Edward Abbey 

Our culture runs on coffee and gasoline, the first often tasting like the second.
– Edward Abbey

Power is always dangerous. Power attracts the worst and corrupts the best.
– Edward Abbey

Say what you like about my bloody murderous government,’ I says, ‘but don’t insult me poor bleedin’ country.
– 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.
– Edward Abbey

Taxation: how the sheep are shorn.
– Edward Abbey

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

The distrust of wit is the beginning of tyranny.
– Edward Abbey

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

The missionaries go forth to Christianize the savages – as if the savages weren’t dangerous enough already.
– Edward Abbey 

The most common form of terrorism in the U.S.A. is that carried on by bulldozers and chain saws.
– Edward Abbey

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

There is science, logic, reason; there is thought verified by experience. And then there is California.
– Edward Abbey 

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

When a man’s best friend is his dog, that dog has a problem.
– Edward Abbey

Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.
– Edward Abbey

You can’t study the darkness by flooding it with light.
– Edward Abbey


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