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Edward Abbey Quotes

I hope you find these Edward Abbey Quotes inspiring and motivational.

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

Related topics: Nature

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


 

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

Taxation: how the sheep are shorn.
- Edward Abbey

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


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One man alone can be pretty dumb sometimes,
but for real bona fide stupidity, there ain't nothin' can beat teamwork.
- 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

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

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

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

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

Grown men do not need leaders.
- Edward Abbey

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

Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.
- Edward Abbey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

Adolescence is just one big walking pimple.
- Carol Burnett

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

My God, this is a hell of a job. I have no trouble with my enemies.
I can take care of my enemies all right.
But my damn friends, my goddamn friends.
They're the ones that keep me walking the floor at night.
- Warren G. Harding

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Every day I spend time on the treadmill.
I am walking faster, stronger and harder than I was two months ago.
- Grete Waitz

There's no way to be able to tell what it's like to
be a country singer until you're walking in the shoes.
- Tanya Tucker

That is what war is and dancing it is forward and back,
when one is out walking one wants not to go back the
way they came but in dancing and in war it is forward and back.
- Gertrude Stein

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

Bores put you in a mental cemetery while you are still walking.
- Elsa Maxwell

When I am traveling in a carriage, or walking after a good meal,
or during the night when I cannot sleep;
it is on such occasions that ideas flow best and most abundantly.
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Writing is like walking in a deserted street.
Out of the dust in the street you make a mud pie.
- John le Carre

I continued studying by myself in the field of jazz
with my own technique of improvisation,
walking bass lines, rhythms, all kinds of stuff,
which I created for myself.
- Miroslav Vitous

As people are walking all the time, in the same spot,
a path appears.
- John Locke

I may not be walking with you all the way,
or even much of the way, as I walk with you now.
- Arthur Ashe

Ever see a little kid walking around talking to himself? I'm the same way.
- Chubby Checker

I love walking down the street and seeing faces and
drama and happiness and sadness and dirt and cleanliness.
- Ric Ocasek

For me optimism is two lovers walking into the sunset arm in arm.
Or maybe into the sunrise - whatever appeals to you.
- Krzysztof Kieslowski

Reactionary: a man walking backwards with his face to the future.
- Aneurin Bevan

In the beginning you must subject yourself to the influence of nature.
You must be able to walk firmly on the ground before
you start walking on a tightrope.
- Henri Matisse

And I've been walking 'round with memories way too long.
- Iris Dement

Remember: Always walk in the light.
And if you feel like you're not walking in it,
go find it.
Love the light.
- Roberta Flack

I thought Out of Action was better as a catalogue than
the honeycomb because the honeycomb was like walking
into one compartment and then another compartment.
- Richard Serra


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