, criticism of public land
policies, and anarchist political views. His best-known works include the novel
The Monkey Wrench Gang
, which has been cited as an inspiration by radical environmental groups
, and the non-fiction work Desert Solitaire
. Writer Larry McMurtry
referred to Abbey as the "Thoreau
of the American West
Abbey was born in Indiana, Pennsylvania
on January 29, 1927 to Mildred Postle wait and Paul Revere Abbey.
My job is to save the fucking wilderness. I don't know anything else worth saving.
One man alone can be pretty dumb sometimes, but for real bona fide stupidity, there ain't nothing can beat teamwork.
Heaven is home. Utopia is here. Nirvana is now.
We're all undesirable elements from somebody's point of view.
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.
Without courage, all other virtues are useless.
We know this apodictic rock beneath our feet. That dogmatic sun above our heads. The world of dreams, the agony of love and the foresight of death. That is all we know. And all we need to know? Challenge that statement.
I'd sooner exchange ideas with the birds on earth than learn to carry on intergalactic communications with some obscure race of humanoids on a satellite planet from the world of Betelgeuse.