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.
"The Dead Man at Grandview Point", p. 186
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 AbbeyConfessions of a Barbarian: Selections from the Journals of Edward Abbey, 1951-1989 (1994) p. 92
I'm a humanist; I'd rather kill a man than a snake.Edward Abbey"Serpents of Paradise", p. 18
"The city itself swung slowly toward us silent as a dream. No sign of life but puffs of steam from skyscraper chimneys, the motion of the traffic. The mighty towers stood like tombstones in a graveyard, leaning against the sky and waiting for -- for what? Someday we'll know."Edward Abbey"Manhattan Twilight, Hoboken Night", p. 98
One wishes to go on. On this great river one could glide forever — and here we discover the definition of bliss, salvation, Heaven, all the old Mediterranean dreams: a journey from wonder to wonder, drifting through eternity into ever-deeper, always changing grandeur, through beauty continually surpassing itself: the ultimate Homeric voyage.Edward AbbeyOn the Colorado River, in “Down the River with Major Powell”, p. 201
There is no force more potent in the modern world than stupidity fueled by greed.Edward AbbeyCh. 11 : Money Et Cetera, p. 100
Growth for the sake of growth is a cancerous madness.Edward AbbeyDesert Solitaire, "Water", p. 114 (1968)
Each thing in its way, when true to its own character, is equally beautiful.Edward Abbey"Cliffrose and Bayonets", p. 37
When I write "paradise" I mean not only apple trees and golden women but also scorpions and tarantulas and flies, rattlesnakes and Gila monsters, sandstorms, volcanoes and earthquakes, bacteria and bear, cactus, yucca, bladderweed, ocotillo and mesquite, flash floods and quicksand, and yes — disease and death and the rotting of flesh.Edward Abbey"Down the River", p. 147
He recalled Dr. Sarvis' favorite apothegm: When the situation is hopeless, there's nothing to worry about.Edward Abbeypage 294 (The Monkey Wrench Gang (1975))
Of course I litter the public highway. Every chance I get. After all, it's not the beer cans that are ugly; it's the highway that is ugly.Edward Abbey"The Second Rape of the West," The Journey Home, 1977
The idea of wilderness needs no defense. It only needs more defenders.Edward Abbey"Shadows from the Big Woods", p. 223
Capitalism: Nothing so mean could be right. Greed is the ugliest of the capital sins.Edward AbbeyCh. 11 : Money Et Cetera, p. 100
With the neutron bomb, which destroys life but not property, capitalism has found the weapon of its dreams.Edward AbbeyCh. 11 : Money Et Cetera, p. 100
Nothing could be older than the daily news, nothing deader than yesterday's newspaper.Edward AbbeyCh. 11 : Money Et Cetera, p. 100
The more corrupt a society, the more numerous its laws.Edward AbbeyIn A Voice Crying in the Wilderness (Vox Clamantis in Deserto) (1990)
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 AbbeyEdward Abbey, One Life at a Time, Please (1988).
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