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Edward Abbey

Data de nascimento: 29. Janeiro 1927
Data de falecimento: 14. Março 1989

Edward Paul Abbey foi um escritor e ensaísta estadunidense eco anarquista conhecido por sua obra The Monkey Wrench Gang, a qual tem sido apontada como inspiradora de grupos ambientalistas radicais.

Citações Edward Abbey

„Sem coragem, todas as outras virtudes são inúteis.“

—  Edward Abbey

Without courage, all other virtues are useless.
Confessions of a Barbarian: Selections from the Journals of Edward Abbey, 1951-1989 (1994)

„Um homem cheio de si é sempre vazio.“

—  Edward Abbey

An empty man is full of himself
"A Voice Crying in the Wilderness: Notes from a Secret Journal" (Vox Clamantis in Deserto); Illustrated by Andrew Rush (1990), St. Martin's Griffin. ISBN 0312064888.

„O céu é o lar. Utopia é aqui. Nirvana é agora.“

—  Edward Abbey

Heaven is home. Utopia is here. Nirvana is now.
Abbey's Road (1979)

„All we have, it seems to me, is the beauty of art and nature and life, and the love which that beauty inspires.“

—  Edward Abbey

“Fire Lookout: Numa Ridge”, p. 57
The Journey Home (1977)
Fonte: The Journey Home: Some Words in Defense of the American West

„Better a cruel truth than a comfortable delusion.“

—  Edward Abbey

A Voice Crying in the Wilderness (Vox Clamantis in Deserto) (1990)

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„Civilization is mutual aid and self-defense; culture is the judge, the lawbook and the forces of Law & Ordure“

—  Edward Abbey, livro Desert Solitaire

"Episodes and Visions", p. 308
Desert Solitaire (1968)
Contexto: To make the distinction unmistakably clear: Civilization is the vital force in human history; culture is that inert mass of institutions and organizations which accumulate around and tend to drag down the advance of life; Civilization is Giordano Bruno facing death by fire; culture is the Cardinal Bellarmino, after ten years of inquisition, sending Bruno to the stake in the Campo di Fiori; Civilization is Sartre; culture Cocteau; Civilization is mutual aid and self-defense; culture is the judge, the lawbook and the forces of Law & Ordure (sic); Civilization is uprising, insurrection, revolution; culture is the war of state against state, or of machines against people, as in Hungary and Vietnam; Civilization is tolerance, detachment and humor, or passion, anger, revenge; culture is the entrance examination, the gas chamber, the doctoral dissertation and the electric chair; Civilization is the Ukrainian peasant Nestor Makhno fighting the Germans, then the Reds, then the Whites, then the Reds again; culture is Stalin and the Fatherland; Civilization is Jesus turning water into wine; culture is Christ walking on the waves; Civilization is a youth with a Molotov cocktail in his hand; culture is the Soviet tank or the L. A. cop that guns him down; Civilization is the wild river; culture, 592,000 tons of cement; Civilization flows; culture thickens and coagulates, like tired, sick, stifled blood.

„Every good hike brings you eventually back home. Right where you started.“

—  Edward Abbey

“Walking” p. 205
The Journey Home (1977)
Contexto: The longest journey begins with a single step, not with the turn of an ignition key. That’s the best thing about walking, the journey itself. It doesn’t much matter whether you get where you’re going or not. You’ll get there anyway. Every good hike brings you eventually back home. Right where you started.

„Civilization flows; culture thickens and coagulates, like tired, sick, stifled blood.“

—  Edward Abbey, livro Desert Solitaire

"Episodes and Visions", p. 308
Desert Solitaire (1968)
Contexto: To make the distinction unmistakably clear: Civilization is the vital force in human history; culture is that inert mass of institutions and organizations which accumulate around and tend to drag down the advance of life; Civilization is Giordano Bruno facing death by fire; culture is the Cardinal Bellarmino, after ten years of inquisition, sending Bruno to the stake in the Campo di Fiori; Civilization is Sartre; culture Cocteau; Civilization is mutual aid and self-defense; culture is the judge, the lawbook and the forces of Law & Ordure (sic); Civilization is uprising, insurrection, revolution; culture is the war of state against state, or of machines against people, as in Hungary and Vietnam; Civilization is tolerance, detachment and humor, or passion, anger, revenge; culture is the entrance examination, the gas chamber, the doctoral dissertation and the electric chair; Civilization is the Ukrainian peasant Nestor Makhno fighting the Germans, then the Reds, then the Whites, then the Reds again; culture is Stalin and the Fatherland; Civilization is Jesus turning water into wine; culture is Christ walking on the waves; Civilization is a youth with a Molotov cocktail in his hand; culture is the Soviet tank or the L. A. cop that guns him down; Civilization is the wild river; culture, 592,000 tons of cement; Civilization flows; culture thickens and coagulates, like tired, sick, stifled blood.

„The tank, the B-52, the fighter-bomber, the state-controlled police and military are the weapons of dictatorship. The rifle is the weapon of democracy.“

—  Edward Abbey

Abbey's Road (1979)
Contexto: The tank, the B-52, the fighter-bomber, the state-controlled police and military are the weapons of dictatorship. The rifle is the weapon of democracy. Not for nothing was the revolver called an "equalizer." Egalite implies liberte. And always will. Let us hope our weapons are never needed — but do not forget what the common people of this nation knew when they demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny.

„The industrial way of life leads to the industrial way of death.“

—  Edward Abbey

Fonte: A Voice Crying in the Wilderness (Vox Clamantis in Deserto) (1990), Ch. 11 : Money Et Cetera, p. 100
Contexto: The industrial way of life leads to the industrial way of death. From Shiloh to Dachau, from Antietam to Stalingrad, from Hiroshima to Vietnam and Afghanistan, the great specialty of industry and technology has been the mass production of human corpses.

„Love can defeat that nameless terror. Loving one another, we take the sting from death.“

—  Edward Abbey, livro Down the River

Down the River (1982)
Contexto: Love can defeat that nameless terror. Loving one another, we take the sting from death. Loving our mysterious blue planet, we resolve riddles and dissolve all enigmas in contingent bliss.

„The domination of nature leads to the domination of human nature.“

—  Edward Abbey

"A Walk in the Desert Hills", page 44
Beyond the Wall: Essays from the Outside (1984)
Contexto: If the life of natural things, millions of years old, does not seem sacred to us, then what can be sacred? Human vanity alone? Contempt for the natural world implies contempt for life. The domination of nature leads to the domination of human nature.

„The longest journey begins with a single step, not with the turn of an ignition key.“

—  Edward Abbey

“Walking” p. 205
The Journey Home (1977)
Contexto: The longest journey begins with a single step, not with the turn of an ignition key. That’s the best thing about walking, the journey itself. It doesn’t much matter whether you get where you’re going or not. You’ll get there anyway. Every good hike brings you eventually back home. Right where you started.

„To be everywhere at once is to be nowhere forever, if you ask me.“

—  Edward Abbey

"Walking", p. 205
The Journey Home (1977)
Contexto: There are some good things to be said about walking. Not many, but some. Walking takes longer, for example, than any other known form of locomotion except crawling. Thus it stretches time and prolongs life. Life is already too short to waste on speed. I have a friend who's always in a hurry; he never gets anywhere. Walking makes the world much bigger and thus more interesting. You have time to observe the details. The utopian technologists foresee a future for us in which distance is annihilated and anyone can transport himself anywhere, instantly. Big deal, Buckminster. To be everywhere at once is to be nowhere forever, if you ask me. <!-- π

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