Edward Abbey


American Author and Essayist noted for advocacy of environmental issues and criticism of public land policies

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Anarchism? You bet your sweet Betsy. The only cure for the ills of democracy is more democracy. Much more.

A giant thirst is a great joy when quenched in time.

A mother's sorrow is more true, honorable, and beautiful than the detachment of the sage.

A world without huge regions of total wilderness would be a cage; a world without lions and tigers and vultures and snakes and elk and bison would be - will be - a human zoo. A high-tech slum.

All power rests on hierarchy: An army is nothing but a well-organized lynch mob.

Anarchy works. Italy has proved it for a thousand years.

A good book is a kind of paper club, serving to rouse the slumbrous and to silence the obtuse.

A part of our nature rebels against this truth and against that other part which would accept it. A second truth of equal weight contradicts the first, proclaiming through art, religion, philosophy, science and even war that human life, in some way not easily definable, is significant and unique and supreme beyond all the limits of reason and nature. And this second truth we can deny only at the cost of denying our humanity.

A world without open country would be universal jail.

All revolutions have failed? Perhaps. But rebellion for good cause is self- justifying -- a good in itself. Rebellion transforms slaves into human beings, if only for an hour.

And if the computer gives you any back talk, pour some well-sugared office coffee into its evil little silicon brain.

A good philosopher is one who does not take ideas seriously.

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

A writer must be hard to live with: when not working he is miserable, and when he is working he is obsessed. Or so it is with me. Thus my writing life consists of spells of languor alternating with fits and spasms of mad typing. At all times, though, I keep a journal, a record book, and most everything begins in the form of notes scribbled down on the pages of that journal.

All serious writers want the obvious rewards: fame, money, women, love -- and most of all, an audience!

And the so-called 'political process' is a fraud: Our elected officials, like our bureaucratic functionaries, like even our judges, are largely the indentured servants of the commercial interests.

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American Author and Essayist noted for advocacy of environmental issues and criticism of public land policies