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Edward Abbey
Born (1927-01-29)January 29, 1927
Indiana, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died March 14, 1989(1989-03-14) (aged 62)
Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
Occupation Essayist, novelist

If the end does not justify the means - what can?
When a man's best friend is his dog, that dog has a problem.
You can't study the darkness by flooding it with light.
Civilization is a youth with a molotov cocktail in his hand. Culture is the Soviet tank or L.A. cop that guns him down.
Edward Abbey
The tragedy of modern war is that the young men die fighting each other – instead of their real enemies back home in the capitals.
Edward Abbey
Say what you like about my bloody murderous government,' I says, 'but don't insult me poor bleedin' country.
Edward Abbey
One man alone can be pretty dumb sometimes, but for real bona fide stupidity, there ain't nothin' can beat teamwork.
Edward Abbey
For myself I hold no preferences among flowers, so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous. Bricks to all greenhouses! Black thumb and cutworm to the potted plant!
Edward Abbey
Taxation: how the sheep are shorn.
Belief in the supernatural reflects a failure of the imagination.
Our culture runs on coffee and gasoline, the first often tasting like the second.
Edward Abbey
The idea of wilderness needs no defense, it only needs defenders.
Grown men do not need leaders.
A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.
Edward Abbey
There is science, logic, reason; there is thought verified by experience. And then there is California.
Edward Abbey
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
Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.
Love implies anger. The man who is angered by nothing cares about nothing.
Climbing K2 or floating the Grand Canyon in an inner tube; there are some things one would rather have done than do.
Edward Abbey
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.
Edward Abbey
What is the purpose of the giant sequoia tree? The purpose of the giant sequoia tree is to provide shade for the tiny titmouse.
Edward Abbey
Power is always dangerous. Power attracts the worst and corrupts the best.
That which today calls itself science gives us more and more information, and indigestible glut of information, and less and less understanding.
Edward Abbey

Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.
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.
Edward Abbey
A drink a day keeps the shrink away.
Our 'neoconservatives' are neither new nor conservative, but old as Bablyon and evil as Hell.
Edward Abbey
The missionaries go forth to Christianize the savages – as if the savages weren't dangerous enough already.
Edward Abbey