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Thu Jan 12, 2012, 08:07 AM

"The nuclear bomb took all the fun out of war" and other fun quotes by Edward Abbey

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Lovely winter reading. I will send you to the originator for the long list: http://llamakeeper.com/abbey_quotes.html

"If America could be, once again, a nation of self-reliant farmers, craftsmen, hunters, ranchers, and artists, then the rich would have little power to dominate others. Neither to serve nor to rule: That was the American dream." -- Edward Abbey

This one is Freudian:
"Running the big rapids is like sex: half the fun lies in the anticipation. Two thirds of the thrill with the approach. The remainder is only ecstasy-or darkness." -- Edward Abbey

"The idea of wilderness needs no defense. It only needs more defenders." --Edward Abbey

"Society is like a stew. If you don't keep it stirred up, you get a lot of
scum on top." --Edward Abbey

"The rich are not very nice. That's why they're rich." --Edward Abbey
...for the 99%.

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Response to Kolesar (Original post)

Thu Jan 12, 2012, 08:27 AM

1. "There are two kinds of people I cannot abide: bigots and any well-organized ethnic group." ...

 

"There are two kinds of people I cannot abide: bigots and any well-organized ethnic group." -- Edward Abbey

"There has got to be a God; the world could not have become so fucked up by
chance alone." --Edward Abbey


"Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell." --Edward Abbey

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Response to Kolesar (Original post)

Thu Jan 12, 2012, 10:07 AM

2. Love Abbey and have all his books.

I'll have to go back a re-read them.
His comment about sending immigrants from Mexico back with rifles is classic Abbey.

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Response to Bonhomme Richard (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 12, 2012, 10:30 AM

3. I gave mine away to a friend who read them

I mailed the Monkey Wrench Gang to a friend of mine who was in jail. I didn't know he was in jail at the time! He loved it.

The real find is "Jonathan Troy". It had limited distribution, Abbey was not proud of it, so it never went back into print.

One of my favorite quotes was that his royalties moved him up into the lower middle class.

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