Edward Abbey Quotes  

Black Hills


Edward Abbey is definitly one of my favorite authors. From Down The River, to The Monkey Wrench Gang, and Desert Solitaire, I've throughly enjoyed everything he's written. I love his irreverance, and his no BS way of telling a story or laying out his opinion. I think Ed was a true conservationist, he also had a bit of the anarchist in him. I envy his lifestyle and how lucky he was to get out and see all the country he saw.

I highly reccomend that you read his writing, the three books above are my favorites.

I've also got a couple of good Abbey bumper stickers here.  This one is about terrorism and this one is about wilderness.

Anyway, in no particular order, here are some of my favorite Ed quotes.

"Every man should be his own guru; every woman her own gurette." --Edward Abbey

"The world is older and bigger than we are. This is a hard truth for some folks to swallow." -- Edward Abbey

"The nuclear bomb took all the fun out of war." --Edward Abbey

"If America could be, once again, a nation of self-reliant farmers, craftsmen, hunters, ranchers, and artists, then the rich would have little power to dominate others. Neither to serve nor to rule: That was the American dream." -- Edward Abbey

"There are two kinds of people I cannot abide: bigots and any well-organized ethnic group." -- Edward Abbey

"Why must love always be accompanied--sooner or later--by sorrow and pain? Why not? Because pure bliss is for pure idiots." --Edward Abbey

"We spend more time working for our labor-saving machines than they do working for us." --Edward Abbey

"A journey into the wilderness is the freest, cheapest, most nonprivileged of pleasures. Anyone with two legs and the price of a pair of army surplus combat boots may enter." --Edward Abbey

"According to the current doctrines of mysticoscientism, we human animals are really and actually nothing but "organic patterns of nodular energy composed of collocations of infinitesimal points oscillating on the multi-dimensional coordinates of the space-time continuum". I'll have to think about that. Sometime. Meantime, I'm going to gnaw on this sparerib, drink my Blatz beer, and contemplate the a posteriori coordinates of that young blonde over yonder, the one in the tennis skirt, tying her shoelaces." --Edward Abbey

"When I hear the word "culture", I reach for my checkbook." --Edward Abbey

"New Yorkers like to boast that if you can survive in New York, you can survive anywhere. But if you can survive anywhere, why live in New York?" --Edward Abbey

"Running the big rapids is like sex: half the fun lies in the anticipation. Two thirds of the thrill with the approach. The remainder is only ecstasy-or darkness." -- Edward Abbey

"As a confirmed melancholic, I can testify that the best and maybe only antidote for melancholia is *action*. However, like most melancholics, I suffer also from sloth." --Edward Abbey

"The purpose of love, sex, and marriage is the production and raising of children. But look about you: Most people have no business having children. They are unqualified, either genetically or culturally or both, to reproduce such sorry specimens as themselves. Of all our privileges, the license to breed is the one most grossly abused." --Edward Abbey

"The ever-rising cost of living: Someday soon, the corporate technicians will be locking meters on our noses and charging us a royalty on the air we breathe." --Edward Abbey

"Phoenix, Arizona: an oasis of ugliness in the midst of a beautiful wasteland." --Edward Abbey

"Charity should be spontaneous. Calculated altruism is an affront." --Edward Abbey

"The idea of wilderness needs no defense. It only needs more defenders." --Edward Abbey

"There has never been a day in my life when I was not in love." --Edward Abbey

"Life is unfair. And it's not fair that life is unfair." --Edward Abbey

"I have found through trial and error that I work best under duress. In fact
I work only under duress." --Edward Abbey

"A man without passion would be like a body without a soul. Or even more
grotesque, like a soul without a body." --Edward Abbey

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

"The sense of justice springs from self-respect; both are coeval with our
birth. Children are born with an innate sense of justice; it usually takes
twelve years of public schooling and four more years of college to beat it
out of them." --Edward Abbey

"In my case, saving the world was only a hobby." --Edward Abbey

"Saving the world was merely a hobby. My *vocation* has been that of
inspector of desert water holes." --Edward Abbey

"Life is hard? True--but let's love it anyhow, though it breaks every bone in
our bodies." --Edward Abbey

"Beware of your wishes: They will probably come true." --Edward Abbey

"Men have never loved one another much, for reasons we can readily
understand: Man is not a lovable animal." --Edward Abbey

"One thing worse than self-hatred is chiggers." --Edward Abbey

"The rich are not very nice. That's why they're rich." --Edward Abbey

"Life is too tragic for sadness: Let us rejoice." --Edward Abbey

"Life is too short for grief. Or regret. Or bullshit." --Edward Abbey

"The function of an ideal is not to be realized but, like that of the North
Star, to serve as a guiding point." --Edward Abbey

"What is truth? I dont know and I'm sorry I brought it up." --Edward Abbey

"There are no vacant lots in nature." --Edward Abbey

"A true conservative must necessarily be a conservationalist." --Edward Abbey

"What is reason? Knowledge informed by sympathy, intelligence in the arms of
love." --Edward Abbey

"Voluntary simplicity." --Edward Abbey

"Scientific method: There's a madness in the method." --Edward Abbey

"There has got to be a God; the world could not have become so fucked up by
chance alone." --Edward Abbey

"It is not enough to understand the natural world; the point is to defend and
preserve it." --Edward Abbey

"Beauty is only skin deep; ugliness goes all the way through." --Edward Abbey

"God bless America. Let's save some of it." --Edward Abbey

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

"Girls, like flowers, bloom but once. But once is enough." --Edward Abbey

"I am my brother's keeper, says the chickenshit liberal. Perhaps he does not
realize that he now has more than 2 1/2 billion brothers." --Edward Abbey

"Industrialism, whether of the capitalist or socialist coloration, is the
basic tyrant of the modern age." --Edward Abbey

"Paradise for a happy man lies in his own good nature." --Edward Abbey

"Truth is merely common sense, say the naive realist. Really? Then where,
precisely, is the location of--a rainbow? In the air? In the eye? In
between? Or somewhere else?" --Edward Abbey

"As war and government prove, insanity is the most contagious of diseases." --Edward Abbey

"Society is like a stew. If you don't keep it stirred up, you get a lot of
scum on top." --Edward Abbey

"But love of the wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only home we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need - if only we had eyes to see." --Ed Abbey