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"Anarchism is founded on the observation that since few men are wise enough to rule themselves, even fewer are wise enough to rule others." Edward Abbey
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"Love implies anger. The man who is angered by nothing cares about nothing." Edward Abbey
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"A drink a day keeps the shrink away" Edward Abbey
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"If the end does not justify the means - what can?" Edward Abbey
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"You can't study the darkness by flooding it with light." Edward Abbey
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"Our 'neoconservatives' are neither new nor conservative, but old as Babylon and evil as Hell" Edward Abbey
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"Power is always dangerous. Power attracts the worst and corrupts the best." Edward Abbey
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"The idea of wilderness needs no defense, it only needs defenders." Edward Abbey
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"Our culture runs on coffee and gasoline, the first often tasting like the second." Edward Abbey
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"When a man's best friend is his dog, that dog has a problem" Edward Abbey
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"No tyranny is so irksome as petty tyranny: the officious demands of policemen, government clerks, and electromechanical gadgets." Edward Abbey
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"When the philosopher's argument becomes tedious, complicated, and opaque, it is usually a sign that he is attempting to prove as true to the intellect what is plainly false to common sense" Edward Abbey
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"Say what you like about my bloody murderous government,' I says, 'but don't insult me poor bleedin' country" Edward Abbey
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"Baseball is a slow, sluggish game, with frequent and trivial interruptions, offering the spectator many opportunities to reflect at leisure upon the situation on the field: This is what a fan loves most about the game" Edward Abbey
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"In the modern techno-industrial culture, it is possible to proceed from infancy into senility without ever knowing manhood" Edward Abbey
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"Civilization is a youth with a molotov cocktail in his hand. Culture is the Soviet tank or L.A. cop that guns him down." Edward Abbey
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"For myself I hold no preferences among flowers, so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous. Bricks to all greenhouses! Black thumb and cutworm to the potted plant!" Edward Abbey
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"My sole literary ambition is to write one good novel, then retire to my hut in the desert, assume the lotus position, compose my mind and senses, and sink into meditation, contemplating my novel" Edward Abbey
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""One final paragraph of advice: Do not burn yourself out. Be as I am-a reluctant enthusiast... a part time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it is still there. So get out there and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, encounter the grizz, climb the mountains. Run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, that lovely, mysterious and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to your body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much: I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those deskbound people with their hearts in a safe deposit box and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this: you will outlive the bastards."" Edward Abbey
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"The only thing worse than a knee-jerk liberal is a knee-pad conservative." Edward Abbey
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"Anarchism is not a romantic fable but the hardheaded realization, based on five thousand years of experience, that we cannot entrust the management of our lives to kings, priests, politicians, generals, and county commissioners." Edward Abbey
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