Edward Abbey Quote Thread

Time to bring back Abbey.................

Is it possible to grow wiser without knowing it? One hopes so. We all hope so.
– Edward Abbey

Beware of the man who has no enemies.
– Edward Abbey
“Instant communication is not communication at all but merely a frantic, trivial, nerve-wracking bombardment of cliches, threats, fads, fashions, gibberish and advertising.”
Edward Abbey
"The desert will still be here in the spring. And then comes another thought. When I return will it be the same? Will I be the same? Will anything ever be quite the same again? If I return."

- from Desert Solitaire

and although not an actual Abbey quote: included in "The Monkey Wrench Gang"

"oh my desert
yours is the only death I cannot bear"

from "Requiem for Sonora" by Richard Shelton
"How to Overthrow the System: brew your own beer; kick in your Tee Vee; kill
your own beef; build your own cabin and piss off the front porch whenever you
bloody well feel like it."

--Edward Abbey
One of my favorite authors. Have all of his books.
"Most of my wandering in the desert I have done alone. Not so much by choice as from necessity- I generally prefer to go into places where no one else wants to go....desert solitaire.
Brought home a new 2015 chev 2500 4 x. A week ago. Going tomorrow to look at a 2011 North Star 850 sc....what I have pretty much decided on. Pretty slim pop up picking up here in WA.
Thanks to allofya for all the posts, have learned a lot reading here the last few weeks. Lots more to learn as I go. Will post pics when set up
DirtyDog said:
....... Yeah wow real words of wisdom there!Already posted this elsewhere but this thread would not be complete without it: Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul
This quote was used in a documentary we watched this evening - Damnation - I wanted to read this quote one more time and hope to god my soul doesn't go to ruin.
I'm late to the party... Your comment was while I was on Lake Powell. That's funny!

I believe Abbey would call that: "Lake foul."

Thanks for the reminder. It's winter and I'm needing a book to read. Something I already know and love. I don't do a lot of rereading but there are a few exceptions. Every few years I'll reread Wendel Berrys' Memories of old Jack. it's one of my favorites. This time I'll dig out one of my old Abbey's.
Edward Abbey

"Benedicto: May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. May your rivers flow without end, meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells, past temples and castles and poets towers into a dark primeval forest where tigers belch and monkeys howl, through miasmal and mysterious swamps and down into a desert of red rock, blue mesas, domes and pinnacles and grottos of endless stone, and down again into a deep vast ancient unknown chasm where bars of sunlight blaze on profiled cliffs, where deer walk across the white sand beaches, where storms come and go as lightning clangs upon the high crags, where something strange and more beautiful and more full of wonder than your deepest dreams waits for you -- beyond that next turning of the canyon walls."

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“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.”
Desert Solitaire

While we all use motorized transport to get to places it is important to slowdown and remember that not everyplace has to be reachable by car, or bike, or horseback or even foot. Some places should just remain wild and free from human intrusion all together. And I will be the first to admit to sometimes being guilty of rushing somewhere because I want to get to THAT place.
I'm working on cultivating this: "It's a fool's life, a rogue's life, and a good life if you keep laughing all the way to the grave" :)
"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."
I’ve been hearing about this bench that had a Edward Abbey quote on it for sometime. I also thought it was time to put the quote out there in a different way. The whereabouts were just how I like it, VAGUE!! It took 2 different days and a few trails. It wasn’t easy to find, but we’ll worth the view, especially after some rain. “May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing views. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.” I did stay on the bench for some time. I couldn’t leave.
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