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Top 53 Edward Abbey Quotes (ENVIRONMENT)

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The duty of a patriot is to protect his country from its government.
The duty of a patriot is to protect his country from its government.
The idea of wilderness needs no defense, it only needs defenders.
The idea of wilderness needs no defense, it only needs defenders.
Better a cruel truth than a comfortable delusion.
Better a cruel truth than a comfortable delusion.
To the intelligent man or woman, life appears infinitely mysterious. But the stupid have an answer for every question.
To the intelligent man or woman, life appears infinitely mysterious. But the stupid have an answer for every question.
Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.
Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.
Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.
Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.
A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.

7 Inspirational Edward Abbey Quotes About the Wilderness

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

Edward Abbey
There are some places so beautiful they can make a grown man break down and weep.
There are some places so beautiful they can make a grown man break down and weep.
We need wilderness whether or not we ever set foot in it. We need a refuge even though we may not ever need to go there.
We need wilderness whether or not we ever set foot in it. We need a refuge even though we may not ever need to go there.
I am not an atheist but an earthiest. Be true to the earth.
I am not an atheist but an earthiest. Be true to the earth.
If people persist in trespassing upon the grizzlies' territory, we must accept the fact that the grizzlies, from time to time, will harvest a few trespassers.
If people persist in trespassing upon the grizzlies’ territory, we must accept the fact that the grizzlies, from time to time, will harvest a few trespassers.
I hold no preference among flowers, so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous.
I hold no preference among flowers, so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous.
Each thing in its way, when true to its own character, is equally beautiful.
Each thing in its way, when true to its own character, is equally beautiful.

8 Edward Abbey Quotes on Life that will Make You Think

Why is it that the destruction of something created by humans is called vandalism, yet the destruction of something created by God is called development?
Why is it that the destruction of something created by humans is called vandalism, yet the destruction of something created by God is called development?
Life is too short for grief. Or regret. Or bullshit.
Life is too short for grief. Or regret. Or bullshit.
The best thing about graduating from the university was that I finally had time to sit on a log and read a good book.
The best thing about graduating from the university was that I finally had time to sit on a log and read a good book.
You can't study the darkness by flooding it with light.
You can’t study the darkness by flooding it with light.
Our culture runs on coffee and gasoline, the first often tasting like the second.
Our culture runs on coffee and gasoline, the first often tasting like the second.
A drink a day keeps the shrink away.
A drink a day keeps the shrink away.
A great thirst is a great joy when quenched in time.
A great thirst is a great joy when quenched in time.
Our 'neoconservatives' are neither new nor conservative, but old as Babylon and evil as Hell.
Our ‘neoconservatives’ are neither new nor conservative, but old as Babylon and evil as Hell.

9 Edward Abbey Quotes on Government and America

“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
Power is always dangerous. Power attracts the worst and corrupts the best.
Power is always dangerous. Power attracts the worst and corrupts the best.
There is science, logic, reason; there is thought verified by experience. And then there is California.
There is science, logic, reason; there is thought verified by experience. And then there is California.
All governments need enemies. How else to justify their existence?
All governments need enemies. How else to justify their existence?
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.
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.
I despise my own nation most. Because I know it best. Because I still love it, suffering from Hope. For me, that’s patriotism.
I despise my own nation most. Because I know it best. Because I still love it, suffering from Hope. For me, that’s patriotism.
God bless America. Let's try to save some of it.
God bless America. Let’s try to save some of it.
A world without open country would be universal jail.
A world without open country would be universal jail.
Taxation: how the sheep are shorn.
Taxation: how the sheep are shorn.

11 Edward Abbey Quotes on Success

Where there is no joy there can be no courage; and without courage all other virtues are useless.
Where there is no joy there can be no courage; and without courage all other virtues are useless.
Freedom begins between the ears.
Freedom begins between the ears.
Where all think alike there is little danger of innovation.
Where all think alike there is little danger of innovation.
Love implies anger. The man who is angered by nothing cares about nothing.
Love implies anger. The man who is angered by nothing cares about nothing.
One man alone can be pretty dumb sometimes, but for real bona fide stupidity, there ain't nothin' can beat teamwork.
One man alone can be pretty dumb sometimes, but for real bona fide stupidity, there ain’t nothin’ can beat teamwork.
Ah yes, the head is full of books. The hard part is to force them down through the bloodstream and out through the fingers.
Ah yes, the head is full of books. The hard part is to force them down through the bloodstream and out through the fingers.
I stand for what I stand on.
I stand for what I stand on.
When the situation is hopeless, there’s nothing to worry about.
When the situation is hopeless, there’s nothing to worry about.
Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul.
Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul.
There's no limit to the human capacity for the homing sentiment.
There’s no limit to the human capacity for the homing sentiment.
Balance, that's the secret. Moderate extremism.
Balance, that’s the secret. Moderate extremism.

5 Edward Abbey Quotes on Death and War

Those who fear death most are those who enjoy life least.
Those who fear death most are those who enjoy life least.
The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.
The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.
The tragedy of modern war is that the young men die fighting each other - instead of their real enemies back home in the capitals.
The tragedy of modern war is that the young men die fighting each other – instead of their real enemies back home in the capitals.
Guns don't kill people; people kill people.
Guns don’t kill people; people kill people.
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.
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.

3 Edward Abbey Quotes on Anarchism

“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
Anarchism is democracy taken seriously.
Anarchism is democracy taken seriously.
Anarchism is founded on the observation that since few men are wise enough to rule themselves, even fewer are wise enough to rule others.
Anarchism is founded on the observation that since few men are wise enough to rule themselves, even fewer are wise enough to rule others.

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