Edward Abbey Quotes

In social affairs, I’m an optimist. I really do believe that our military-industrial civiliztion will soon collapse.

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.

Simplicity is always a virtue. One kid on a riverbank working out a Stephen Foster tune on his new harmonica heard from the correct esthetic distance projects more magic and power than the entire Vienna Philharmonic and Chorus laboring (once again) through the Mozart Requiem or Bach’s B Minor Mass.

Representative government has broken down. Our politicians represent not the people who vote for them but the commercial interests who finance their election campaigns. We have the best politicians that money can buy.

Why book reviewers hate my books: “Because the books are really no good? Perhaps. But I think I’ve got a better explanation. Almost all reviewers, these days, are members of and adherents to some anxious particular sect or faction. I.e., they are lesbians and New Agers or fem-libbers or (even worse) male fem-libbers or technophiles […]

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

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

New Yorkers like to boast that if you can survive in New York, you can survive anywhere. But if you can survive anywhere, why live in New York.

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

The wilderness needs no defense, only more defenders.