79 Of The Most Resplendent Edward Abbey Quotes

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79 Of The Most Resplendent Edward Abbey Quotes

Edward Paul Abbey (January 29, 1927 – March 14, 1989) was author & essayist mostly known for his work on environmental issues, criticism of public land policies, and anarchist political views. Two of the  best-known works of  Edward Abbey  include the novel The Monkey Wrench Gang,  and  Desert Solitaire the non-fiction work. Now that we have a little introduction of Edward Abbey lets have a look at his most famous quotes. These quotes are of extreme value and inspiration to some.


If my decomposing carcass helps nourish the roots of a juniper tree or the wings of a vulture–that is immortality enough for me. And as much as anyone deserves.
EDWARD ABBEY, Desert Solitair


Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.

May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.

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

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

The idea of wilderness needs no defense, it only needs defenders.
A PATRIOT MUST ALWAYS BE READY TO DEFEND HIS COUNTRY AGAINST HIS GOVERNMENT – EDWARD ABBEY

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

The tragedy of modern war is that the young men die fighting each other – instead of their real enemies back home in the capitals.

 Better a cruel truth than a comfortable delusion.


All governments require enemy governments. EDWARD ABBEY, A Voice Crying in the Wilderness


Balance, that’s the secret. Moderate extremism. The best of both worlds.EDWARD ABBEY, Desert Solitaire


Better a cruel truth than a comfortable delusion .EDWARD ABBEY, A Voice Crying in the Wilderness

BETTER A CRUEL TRUTH THAN A COMFORTABLE DELUSION


Has joy any survival value in the operations of evolution? I suspect that it does; I suspect that the morose and fearful are doomed to quick extinction. Where there is no joy there can be no courage; and without courage all other virtues are useless.EDWARD ABBEY, Desert Solitaire


Congress is always willing to appropriate money for more and bigger paved roads, anywhere — particularly if they form loops.EDWARD ABBEY, Desert Solitare


The tragedy of modern war is not so much that the young men die but that they die fighting each other–instead of their real enemies back home in the capitals.EDWARD ABBEY, A Voice Crying in the Wilderness

ALL GOVERNMENTS REQUIRE ENEMY GOVERNMENTS


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, Desert Solitaire


The ideal society can be described, quite simply, as that in which no man has the power or means to coerce others. EDWARD ABBEY, A Voice Crying in the Wilderness

Wilderness IS NOT A LUXURY BUT A NECESSITY OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT, AND AS VITAL TO OUR LIVES AS WATER AND GOOD BREAD – 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 Voice Crying in the Wilderness


Paradise is not a garden of bliss and changeless perfection where the lions lie down like lambs (what would they eat?) and the angels and cherubim and seraphim rotate in endless idiotic circles, like clockwork, about an equally inane and ludicrous — however roseate — unmoved mover. That particular painted fantasy of a realm beyond time and space which Aristotle and the church fathers tried to palm off on us has met, in modern times, only neglect and indifference passing on into oblivion it so richly deserved, while the paradise of which I write and wish to praise is with us yet, the here and now, the actual, tangible, dogmatically real earth on which we stand.EDWARD ABBEY, Desert Solitaire


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, Desert Solitaire


The distrust of wit is the beginning of tyranny.EDWARD ABBEY, A Voice Crying in the Wilderness

CIVILIZATION, LIKE AN AIRPLANE IN FLIGHT, SURVIVES ONLY AS IT KEEPS GOING FORWARD


Water, water, water…. There is no shortage of water in the desert but exactly the right amount , a perfect ratio of water to rock, water to sand, insuring that wide free open, generous spacing among plants and animals, homes and towns and cities, which makes the arid West so different from any other part of the nation. There is no lack of water here unless you try to establish a city where no city should be. EDWARD ABBEY, Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness


Beware the writer who always encloses the word “reality” in quotation marks: He’s trying to slip something over on you.EDWARD ABBEY, A Voice Crying in the Wilderness


Society is like a stew. If you don’t keep it stirred up, you get a lot of scum on top. EDWARD ABBEY, A Voice Crying in the Wilderness


Nobody seems more obsessed by diet than our anti-materialist, otherworldly, New Age, spiritual types. But if the material world is merely an illusion, an honest guru should be as content with Budweiser and bratwurst as with raw carrot juice, tofu, and seaweed slime.EDWARD ABBEY, A Voice Crying in the Wilderness

THE BEST CURE FOR THE ILLS OF DEMOCRACY IS MORE DEMOCRACY

THE BEST CURE FOR THE ILLS OF DEMOCRACY IS MORE DEMOCRACY


Anarchism is democracy taken seriously.EDWARD ABBEY, One Life at a Time, Please


Civilization, like an airplane in flight, survives only as it keeps going forward.EDWARD ABBEY, A Voice Crying in the Wilderness


The best cure for the ills of democracy is more democracy.EDWARD ABBEY, A Voice Crying in the Wildernes


Humility is a virtue when you have no other.EDWARD ABBEY, A Voice Crying in the Wilderness


In the land of bleating sheep and braying jackasses, one brave and honest man is bound to create a scandal.EDWARD ABBEY, Postcards from Ed: Dispatches and Salvos from an American Iconoclast

HUMILITY IS A VIRTUE WHEN YOU HAVE NO OTHER


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, A Voice Crying in the Wilderness


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.EDWARD ABBEY, Confessions of a Barbarian: Selections from the Journals of Edward Abbey


Walking is the only form of transportation in which a man proceeds erect — like a man — on his own legs, under his own power. There is immense satisfaction in that.EDWARD ABBEY, Postcards from Ed

HEAVEN IS HOME. UTOPIA IS HERE. NIRVANA IS NOW.


Heaven is home. Utopia is here. Nirvana is now.EDWARD ABBEY, Abbey’s Road


Edward Abbey Desert Solitaire Quotes

Here we have brought together all the quotes from Desert Solitaire quotes that will be your most favorite quotes. Hope you will like all these quotes and share it with your friends and family.


“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, Desert Solitaire


“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, Desert Solitaire


“A man could be a lover and defender of the wilderness without ever in his lifetime leaving the boundaries of asphalt, powerlines, and right-angled surfaces. We need wilderness whether or not we ever set foot in it. We need a refuge even though we may never need to set foot in it. We need the possibility of escape as surely as we need hope; without it the life of the cities would drive all men into crime or drugs or psychoanalysis.” ― Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire


“If my decomposing carcass helps nourish the roots of a juniper tree or the wings of a vulture—that is immortality enough for me. And as much as anyone deserves.” ― Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire

Anarchism IS democracy taken seriously.


“Men come and go, cities rise and fall, whole civilizations appear and disappear-the earth remains, slightly modified. The earth remains, and the heartbreaking beauty where there are no hearts to break….I sometimes choose to think, no doubt perversely, that man is a dream, thought an illusion, and only rock is real. Rock and sun.” ― Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness


“Water, water, water….There is no shortage of water in the desert but exactly the right amount , a perfect ratio of water to rock, water to sand, insuring that wide free open, generous spacing among plants and animals, homes and towns and cities, which makes the arid West so different from any other part of the nation. There is no lack of water here unless you try to establish a city where no city should be.” ― Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness


“Wilderness. The word itself is music.” ― Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire


“An economic system which can only expand or expire must be false to all that is human.” ― Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire


“Where all think alike there is little danger of innovation.” ― Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire

SOCIETY IS LIKE A STEW. IF YOU DON'T KEEP IT STIRRED UP, YOU GET A LOT OF SCUM ON TOP.


“There’s another disadvantage to the use of the flashlight: like many other mechanical gadgets it tends to separate a man from the world around him. If I switch it on my eyes adapt to it and I can see only the small pool of light it makes in front of me; I am isolated. Leaving the flashlight in my pocket where it belongs, I remain a part of the environment I walk through and my vision though limited has no sharp or definite boundary.” ― Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire


“The fire. The odor of burning juniper is the sweetest fragrance on the face of the earth, in my honest judgment; I doubt if all the smoking censers of Dante’s paradise could equal it. One breath of juniper smoke, like the perfume of sagebrush after rain, evokes in magical catalysis, like certain music, the space and light and clarity and piercing strangeness of the American West. Long may it burn.”
― Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire


“No more cars in national parks. Let the people walk. Or ride horses, bicycles, mules, wild pigs–anything–but keep the automobiles and the motorcycles and all their motorized relatives out. We have agreed not to drive our automobiles into cathedrals, concert halls, art museums, legislative assemblies, private bedrooms and the other sanctums of our culture; we should treat our national parks with the same deference, for they, too, are holy places. An increasingly pagan and hedonistic people (thank God!), we are learning finally that the forests and mountains and desert canyons are holier than our churches. Therefore let us behave accordingly.”
― Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire

THE DISTRUST OF WIT IS THE BEGINNING OF TYRANNY. ~EDWARD ABBEY


“Each thing in its way, when true to its own character, is equally beautiful. (p 41)”
― Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire


“A crude meal, no doubt, but the best of all sauces is hunger.”
― Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire


“most of my wandering in the desert i’ve done alone. not so much from choice as from necessity – i generally prefer to go into places where no one else wants to go. i find that in contemplating the natural world my pleasure is greater if there are not too many others contemplating it with me, at the same time.”
― Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire

THE IDEA OF WILDERNESS NEEDS NO DEFENSE, IT ONLY NEEDS DEFENDERS.


“If industrial man continues to multiply his numbers and expand his operations he will succeed in his apparent intention, to seal himself off from the natural and isolate himself within a synthetic prison of his own making.”
― Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire


“Industrial tourism is a threat to the national parks. But the chief victims of the system are the motorized tourists. They are being robbed and robbing themselves. So long as they are unwilling to crawl out of their cars they will not discover the treasures of the national parks and will never escape the stress and turmoil of the urban-suburban complexes which they had hoped, presumably, to leave behind for a while.”
― Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire


“A giant thirst is a great joy when quenched in time.”
― Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire

BALANCE, THAT'S THE SECRET. MODERATE EXTREMISM. THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS. – EDWARD ABBEY


“Paradise is not a garden of bliss and changeless perfection where the lions lie down like lambs (what would they eat?) and the angels and cherubim and seraphim rotate in endless idiotic circles, like clockwork, about an equally inane and ludicrous — however roseate — unmoved mover. That particular painted fantasy of a realm beyond time and space which Aristotle and the church fathers tried to palm off on us has met, in modern times, only neglect and indifference passing on into oblivion it so richly deserved, while the paradise of which I write and wish to praise is with us yet, the the here and now, the actual, tangible, dogmatically real earth on which we stand.”
― Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire


“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, Desert Solitaire


“Has joy any survival value in the operations of evolution? I suspect that it does; I suspect that the morose and fearful are doomed to quick extinction. Where there is no joy there can be no courage; and without courage all other virtues are useless.” ― Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire


“We need the possibility of escape as surely as we need hope.”
― Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire


“Wilderness and motors are incompatible and the former can best be experienced, understood and enjoyed when the machines are left behind where they belong — on the superhighways and in the parking lots, on the reservoirs and in the marinas.” ― Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire

GROWTH FOR THE SAKE OF GROWTH IS THE IDEOLOGY OF THE CANCER CELL. – EDWARD ABBEY


“Gaze not too long into the abyss, lest the abyss gaze into thee.”
― Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire


“Balance, that’s the secret. Moderate extremism. The best of both worlds.”
― Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire


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