Edward Abbey Quotes

Edward Abbey

(1927 - 1989)

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In social institutions, the whole is always less than the sum of its parts. There will never be a state as good as its people, or a church worthy of its congregation, or a university equal to its faculty and students.

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The only thing worse than a knee-jerk liberal is a knee-pad conservative.

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Better a cruel truth than a comfortable delusion.

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Hierarchical institutions are like giant bulldozers-- obedient to the whim of any fool who takes the controls.

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

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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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No tyranny is so irksome as petty tyranny: the officious demands of policemen, government clerks, and electromechanical gadgets.

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The idea of wilderness needs no defense, it only needs defenders.

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Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.

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May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.

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