Edward Abbey Quotes
(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.
Hierarchical institutions are like giant bulldozers-- obedient to the whim of any fool who takes the controls.
A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.
Anarchism is founded on the observation that since few men are wise enough to rule themselves, even fewer are wise enough to rule others.
No tyranny is so irksome as petty tyranny: the officious demands of policemen, government clerks, and electromechanical gadgets.
The idea of wilderness needs no defense, it only needs defenders.
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.