Edward Abbey
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"Edward Paul Abbey" was an American author and essayist noted for his advocacy of environmentalism/environmental issues, criticism of public land policies, and anarchist political views. His best-known works include the novel The Monkey Wrench Gang, which has been cited as an inspiration by Radical environmentalism/radical environmental groups, and the non-fiction work Desert Solitaire.

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Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul.

Anarchism is founded on the observation that since few men are wise enough to rule themselves, even fewer are wise enough to rule others.

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

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

Better a cruel truth than a comfortable delusion.

Hierarchical institutions are like giant bulldozers-- obedient to the whim of any fool who takes the controls.

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

May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.

No tyranny is so irksome as petty tyranny: the officious demands of policemen, government clerks, and electromechanical gadgets.

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

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.

A drink a day keeps the shrink away.

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

The tragedy of modern war is that the young men die fighting each other - instead of their real enemies back home in the capitals.

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

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