Edward Abbey Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Edward Abbey quotes, Edward Abbey sayings, and Edward Abbey proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

A true conservative must necessarily be a conservationalist. Edward Abbey
Beware of your wishes: They will probably come true. Edward Abbey
A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government. Edward Abbey
When the situation is desperate, it is too late to be serious. Be playful. Edward Abbey
A great thirst is a great joy when quenched in time. Edward Abbey
Charity should be spontaneous. Calculated altruism is an affront. Edward Abbey
Romanticism was more than merely an alternative to a sterile classicism; romanticism made possible, especially in art, a great expansion of the human consciousness. Edward Abbey
Concrete is heavy; iron is hard but the grass will prevail. Edward Abbey
Metaphysics is a cobweb that the mind weaves around things. Edward Abbey
In metaphysics, the notion that earth and all that's on it is a mental construct is the product of people who spend their lives inside rooms. It is an indoor philosophy. Edward Abbey
Homosexuality, like androgyny, might be an instinctive racial response to overpopulation, crowding, and stress. Both flourish when empire reaches its apogee. Edward Abbey
Every man has two vocations: his own and philosophy. Edward Abbey
The city itself swung slowly toward us silent as a dream. No sign of life but puffs of steam from skyscraper chimneys, the motion of the traffic. The mighty towers stood like tombstones in a graveyard, leaning against the sky and waiting for -- for what? Someday we'll know. Edward Abbey
One word is worth a thousand pictures. If it's the right word. Edward Abbey
There is this to be said for walking: it's the one mode of human locomotion by which a man proceeds on his own two feet, upright, erect, as a man should be, not squatting on his rear haunches like a frog. Edward Abbey
Who needs astrology? The wise man gets by on fortune cookies. Edward Abbey
Charity should be spontaneous. Calculated altruism is an affront Edward Abbey
Somewhere in the depths of soltitude, beyond wilderness and freedom, lay the trap of madness. Edward Abbey
Society is a like a stew. If you don't stir it up every once in a while then a layer of scum floats to the top. Edward Abbey
Climbing K2 or floating the Grand Canyon in an inner tube; there are some things one would rather have done than do. Edward Abbey
Most academic economists know nothing of economy. In fact, they know little of anything. Edward Abbey
All living things on earth are kindred. Edward Abbey
The more fantastic an ideology or theology, the more fanatic its adherents. Edward Abbey
The “terror” of the French Revolution lasted for ten years. The terror that preceded and led to it lasted for a thousand years. Edward Abbey
The knowledge that refuge is available, when and if needed, makes the silent inferno of the desert more easily bearable. Mountains complement desert as desert complements city, as wilderness complements and completes civilization. Edward Abbey
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. Edward Abbey
The industrial corporation is the natural enemy of nature. Edward Abbey
The nuclear bomb took all the fun out of war. Edward Abbey
Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul. Edward Abbey
There is a fine art to making enemies and it requires diligent cultivation. It's not as easy as it looks. Edward Abbey