Edward Abbey

1927 - 1989

A Quote by Edward Paul Abbey on truth

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What is truth?  I don't know and I'm sorry I brought it up.

Edward Abbey (1927 - 1989)

Source: The Varnished Truth: Truth Telling & Deceiving in Ordinary Life

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A Quote by Edward Paul Abbey on curmudgeon and truth-sayers

I have been called a curmudgeon, which my obsolescent dictionary defines as a 'surly, ill-mannered, bad-tempered fellow'. Nowadays, curmudgeon is likely to refer to anyone who hates hyprocrisy, cant, sham, dogmatic ideologies, and has the nerve to point out unpleasant facts and takes the trouble to impale these sins on the skewer of humor and roast them over the fires of fact, common sense, and native intelligence. In this nation of bleeting sheep and braying jackasses, it then becomes an honor to be labeled curmudgeon.

Edward Abbey (1927 - 1989)

Source: A Voice Crying in the Wilderness

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A Quote by Edward Paul Abbey on wilderness

A world without open country would be universal jail.

Edward Abbey (1927 - 1989)

Source: The Fool's Progress

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A Quote by Edward Paul Abbey on horse

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Man was created to complete the horse.

Edward Abbey (1927 - 1989)

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A Quote by Edward Paul Abbey on nature, healing, activist, life, reluctant enthusiast, adventure, and burn-out

One final paragraph of advice: Do not burn yourself out. Be as I am – a reluctant enthusiast... a part time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it is still there. So get out there and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, encounter the grizz, climb the mountains. Run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, that lovely, mysterious and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to your body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much: I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those deskbound people with their hearts in a safe deposit box and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this: you will outlive the bastards.

Edward Abbey (1927 - 1989)

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A Quote by Edward Paul Abbey on spirituality

The gurus come from the sickliest nation on earth to tell us how to live.  And we pay them for it.

Edward Abbey (1927 - 1989)

Source: A Voice Crying in the Wilderness (Vox Clamantis in Deserto): Notes from a Secret Journal, Pages: 5

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A Quote by Edward Paul Abbey on death, immortality, afterlife, and ecology

If my decompasing carcass helps nourish the roots of a juniper tree or the wings of a vulture - that is immortality enough for me.  And as much as anyone deserves.

Edward Abbey (1927 - 1989)

Source: A Voice Crying in the Wilderness (Vox Clamantis in Deserto): Notes from a Secret Journal, Pages: 44

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A Quote by Edward Paul Abbey on philosophy and ideas

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

Edward Abbey (1927 - 1989)

Source: A Voice Crying in the Wilderness (Vox Clamantis in Deserto): Notes from a Secret Journal, Pages: 1

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A Quote by Edward Paul Abbey on wit, humor, and laughter

The distrust of wit is the beginning of tyranny.

Edward Abbey (1927 - 1989)

Source: A Voice Crying in the Wilderness (Vox Clamantis in Deserto): Notes from a Secret Journal, Pages: 18

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A Quote by Edward Paul Abbey on diet, food, veganism, new age, and speciesist

Nobody seems more obsessed by diet than our anti-materialist, otherworldly, New Age, spiritual types.  But if the material world is merely illusion, an honest guru should be as content with Budweiser and bratwurst as with raw carrot juice, tofu, and seaweed slime.

Edward Abbey (1927 - 1989)

Source: A Voice Crying in the Wilderness (Vox Clamantis in Deserto): Notes from a Secret Journal, Pages: 17

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