Edward Abbey Quotes

20 of the best book quotes from Edward Abbey
  1. #1
    “Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
  2. #2
    “The extreme clarity of the desert light is equaled by the extreme individuation of desert life forms. Love flowers best in openness and freedom.”
  3. #3
    “A man on foot, on horseback or on a bicycle will see more, feel more, enjoy more in one mile than the motorized tourists can in a hundred miles.”
  4. #4
    “A man could be a lover and defender of the wilderness without ever in his lifetime leaving the boundaries of asphalt, power lines, and right-angled surfaces.”
  5. #5
    “We need wilderness whether or not we ever set foot in it.”
  6. #6
    “We need a refuge even though we may never need to set foot in it.”
  1. #7
    “We need the possibility of escape as surely as we need hope; without it the life of the cities would drive all men into crime or drugs or psychoanalysis.”
  2. #8
    “If my decomposing 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.”
  3. #9
    “Men come and go, cities rise and fall, whole civilizations appear and disappear-the earth remains, slightly modified.”
  4. #10
    “I sometimes choose to think, no doubt perversely, that man is a dream, thought an illusion, and only rock is real. Rock and sun.”
  5. #11
    “There is no lack of water here unless you try to establish a city where no city should be.”
  6. #12
    “There is no shortage of water in the desert but exactly the right amount , a perfect ratio of water to rock, water to sand, insuring that wide free open, generous spacing among plants and animals, homes and towns and cities, which makes the arid West so different from any other part of the nation.”

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  1. #13
    “The word itself is music.”
  2. #14
    “The odor of burning juniper is the sweetest fragrance on the face of the earth, in my honest judgment.”
  3. #15
    “An economic system which can only expand or expire must be false to all that is human.”
  4. #16
    “There’s another disadvantage to the use of the flashlight: like many other mechanical gadgets it tends to separate a man from the world around him. If I switch it on my eyes adapt to it and I can see only the small pool of light it makes in front of me; I am isolated. Leaving the flashlight in my pocket where it belongs, I remain a part of the environment I walk through and my vision though limited has no sharp or definite boundary.”
  5. #17
    “No more cars in national parks. Let the people walk. Or ride horses, bicycles, mules, wild pigs--anything--but keep the automobiles and the motorcycles and all their motorized relatives out. We have agreed not to drive our automobiles into cathedrals, concert halls, art museums, legislative assemblies, private bedrooms and the other sanctums of our culture; we should treat our national parks with the same deference, for they, too, are holy places.”
  6. #18
    “Each thing in its way, when true to its own character, is equally beautiful.”
  7. #19
    “A crude meal, no doubt, but the best of all sauces is hunger.”
  8. #20
    “If industrial man continues to multiply his numbers and expand his operations he will succeed in his apparent intention, to seal himself off from the natural and isolate himself within a synthetic prison of his own making.”
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