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Edward Abbey Quotes and Sayings
Quotes by Edward Abbey

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Walking takes longer...
than any other known form of locomotion except crawling.
Thus it stretches time and prolongs life.
Life is already too short to waste on speed.
- Edward Abbey

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Power is always dangerous.
Power attracts the worst and corrupts the best.
- 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

Love implies anger.
The man who is angered by nothing cares about nothing.
- Edward Abbey

 

When a man's best friend is his dog,
that dog has a problem.
- Edward Abbey

Our culture runs on coffee and gasoline,
the first often tasting like the second.
- 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

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

Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.
- Edward Abbey

Grown men do not need leaders.
- Edward Abbey

Say what you like about my bloody murderous government,'
I says,
'but don't insult me poor bleedin' country.
- Edward Abbey

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 missionaries go forth to Christianize the savages -
as if the savages weren't dangerous enough already.
- Edward Abbey

There is science, logic, reason; there is thought verified by experience.
And then there is California.
- 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

If the end does not justify the means -
what can?
- Edward Abbey

Climbing K2 or floating the Grand Canyon in an inner tube;
there are some things one would rather have done than do.
- Edward Abbey

Taxation: how the sheep are shorn.
- Edward Abbey

You can't study the darkness by flooding it with light.
- Edward Abbey

That which today calls itself science gives us more and more information,
and indigestible glut of information,
and less and less understanding.
- Edward Abbey

Belief in the supernatural reflects a failure of the imagination.
- 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

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

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

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.
- Edward Abbey

Our 'neoconservatives' are neither new nor conservative,
but old as Bablyon and evil as Hell.
- Edward Abbey

A drink a day keeps the shrink away.
- Edward Abbey

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.
- Edward Abbey

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

My father considered a walk among the mountains
as the equivalent of churchgoing.
- Aldous Huxley

Travelers, there is no path.
Paths are made by walking.
- Antonio Machado

There's a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.
- the character Morpheus in the movie The Matrix

All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

Walking is the best possible exercise.
Habituate yourself to walk very fast.
- Thomas Jefferson

If you are walking to seek, ye shall find.
- Sommeil Liberosensa

I always like walking in the rain,
so no one can see me crying.
- Charlie Chaplin

Walking is good for solving problems -
it's like the feet are little psychiatrists.
- Pepper Giardino

Walking with a friend in the dark is better
than walking alone in the light.
- Helen Keller

It is no use walking anywhere to preach
unless our walking is our preaching.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Walking is Zen, sitting is Zen.
Then what will be the quality?
Watchfully alert, joyously unmotivated,
centered, loving, flowing, one walks.
And the walking is sauntering.
Loving, alert, watchful, one sits, unmotivated -
not sitting for anything in particular,
just enjoying how beautiful
just sitting doing nothing is,
how relaxing, how restful.
- Osho

Thirty was so strange for me.
I've really had to come to terms with the fact that
I am now a walking and talking adult.
- C. S. Lewis

Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time.
- Steven Wright

Since the day of my birth, my death began its walk.
It is walking toward me, without hurrying.
- Jean Cocteau

Today, walking the beach, I was reminded of the bounty
of the earth in the form of wild blackberries -
a free feast, with no one else bothering to partake.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Crazy is walking down the street
with half a cantaloupe on your head,
muttering; "I'm a hamster, I'm a hamster."
- the movie Spy Hard (1996)

I get pretty much all the exercise I need walking down
airport concourses carrying bags.
- Guy Clark

My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty.
She's ninety-seven now, and we don't know where the hell she is.
- Ellen DeGeneres

It was so cold today that I saw a dog chasing a cat,
and the dog was walking.
- Mickey Rivers

My biggest dream is that my words will inspire heart,
hope and personal responsibility in people around the globe
long after my feet in these shoes aren't walking the planet.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I was a dog in a past life.
Really.
I'll be walking down the street and dogs will do a sort of double take.
Like, Hey, I know him.
- William H. Macy

Adolescence is just one big walking pimple.
- Carol Burnett

I get bored with establishing shots of people getting
out of cars and walking into buildings,
getting into elevators and then 45 seconds later they have a line.
- Dick Wolf

When I write stories I am like someone who is in her own country,
walking along streets that she has known since she was a child,
between walls and trees that are hers.
- Natalia Ginzburg

Walking is man's best medicine.
- Hippocrates

I live by a hill.
I began walking it and then I began jogging it and
then I began sprinting it.
- Tea Leoni

I went to my room and packed a change of clothes,
got my banjo, and started walking down the road.
Soon I found myself on the open highway headed east.
- Burl Ives

And I remember walking in there and,
I must say,
I was quite unnerved the closer I got to it.
- William Scranton

I have no trouble with y enemies.
But my god damn friends...
they are the ones that keep me walking the floors at night.
- Oscar Levant

To this day, I don't like people walking on stage not looking good.
You have to look good.
If you feel special about yourself then you're going to play special.
- Benny Goodman

Walking into a show when I was 16, at that time when it was the No.
1 hit show, and replacing a character comes with so many expectations.
I felt a lot of pressure with that.
- Sarah Chalke

The real American type can never be a ballet dancer.
The legs are too long, the body too supple and the
spirit too free for this school of affected grace and toe walking.
- Isadora Duncan

When How Green Was My Valley finally wrapped,
I thought John Ford was a walking god.
- Maureen O'Hara

There's nothing like walking out and watching the people get turned on.
Nothing in the world could replace it.
- Louis Prima

When humanness is lost the radical difference between
the bodies in the pit and people walking on the street is lost.
- Edward Bond

I'm in the kitchen and I'm not walking out.
- Charles Rangel

I remember lying down for a nap one day at about 4:00
and walking up at 11:00 the next morning.
- April Winchell

There were two free public libraries within walking distance of my home;
I remember taking six books home from every visit,
the limit set by the library.
- Martin Lewis Perl

I've been working with the land for most of my life;
walking it and photographing it.
And I love it to bits.
- Fay Godwin

I feel like I'm walking on eggs and can't take another step.
- Bill Buckner

I was lusted after walking down the streets of New York.
- Janice Dickinson


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