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Edward Abbey Quotes

Baseball serves as a good model for democracy in action: Every player is equally important and each has a chance to be a hero.
— Edward Abbey —

Most of my wandering in the desert i've done alone. not so much from choice as from necessity - i generally prefer to go into places where no one else wants to go. i find that in contemplating the natural world my pleasure is greater if there are not too many others contemplating it with me, at the same time.

— Edward Abbey

It is my belief that the writer, the free-lance author, should be and must be a critic of the society in which he lives. ... That is all I ask of the author. To be a hero, appoint himself a moral leader, wanted or not. I believe that words count, that writing matters, that poems, essays, and novels - in the long run - make a difference. If they do not, then in the words of my exemplar Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, the writer's work is of no more importance than the barking of village dogs at night.

— Edward Abbey

Yes, I know, if the American Indians had enforced such a policy none of us pale-faced honkies would be here. But the Indians were foolish, and divided, and failed to keep our WASP ancestors out. They've regretted it ever since.

— Edward Abbey

The rich can buy everything but health, virtue, friendship, wit, good looks, love, pride, intelligence, grace, and, if you need it, happiness.

— Edward Abbey

The hawk's cry is as sharp as its beak.

— Edward Abbey

Poetry
even bad poetry
may be our final hope.

— Edward Abbey

There is a kind of poetry in simple fact.

— Edward Abbey

I've never yet read a review of one of my own books that I couldn't have written much better myself.

— Edward Abbey

Indolence and melancholy: Each generates the other. If one can speak of such feeble passions as generating anything.

— Edward Abbey

Tofu and futons. The adepts of Orientalism seem to spend most of their lives reclining. They can't quite summon the energy to crawl up onto a chair. Even their Yogic exercises are carried out in a prone or sitting position.

— Edward Abbey

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