Happy Birthday, Edward Abbey, born 29 January 1927, died 14 March 1989
- Ah yes, the head is full of books. The hard part is to force them down through the bloodstream and out through the fingers.
- A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.
- May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.
- You can’t study the darkness by flooding it with light.
- Abolition of a woman’s right to abortion, when and if she wants it, amounts to compulsory maternity: a form of rape by the State.
- My loyalties will not be bound by national borders, or confined in time by one nation’s history, or limited in the spiritual dimension by one language and culture. I pledge my allegiance to the damned human race, and my everlasting love to the green hills of Earth, and my intimations of glory to the singing stars, to the very end of space and time.
- 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.
Abbey was an American author and essayist noted for his advocacy of environmental issues, criticism of public land policies, and anarchist political views. His best-known works include The Monkey Wrench Gang and Desert Solitaire.
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