Frasi di Edward Abbey

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Edward Abbey

Data di nascita: 29. Gennaio 1927
Data di morte: 14. Marzo 1989

Edward Paul Abbey è stato uno scrittore statunitense, noto per il suo interesse per l'ambiente e l'ecologia.

Tra i suoi scritti più famosi si può citare I sabotatori che divenne il testo ispiratore di molti movimenti ambientalisti e dei cosiddetti ecoterroristi, lo stesso titolo venne usato come neologismo per definire l'azione di sabotaggio contro le cosiddette corporation a salvaguardia dell'ambiente e degli spazi incontaminati. Wikipedia

Frasi Edward Abbey

„Sentimento senza azione è la rovina dell'anima.“

—  Edward Abbey

Deserto solitario

„La crescita fine a se stessa è l'ideologia delle cellule cancerose.“

—  Edward Abbey

Deserto solitario

„La violenza è americana quanto la torta di mele.“

—  Edward Abbey

Origine: Da I sabotatori.

„Equilibrio, questo è il segreto. Moderato estremismo.“

—  Edward Abbey

Origine: Da Bedrock and Paradox.

„Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.“

—  Edward Abbey, libro Desert Solitaire

"Down the River", p. 148
Desert Solitaire (1968)

„Come on in. The earth, like the sun, like the air, belongs to everyone — and to no one.“

—  Edward Abbey

“Come On In”, p. 88
The Journey Home (1977)

„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)
Origine: The Journey Home: Some Words in Defense of the American West

„A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.“

—  Edward Abbey

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

„Better a cruel truth than a comfortable delusion.“

—  Edward Abbey

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

„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)
Contesto: 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.

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

—  Edward Abbey

"Walking", p. 205
The Journey Home (1977)
Contesto: 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

„I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women 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

Quoted in Saving Nature's Legacy : Protecting and Restoring Biodiversity (1994) by Reed F. Noss, Allen Y. Cooperrider, and Rodger Schlickeisen, p. 338
Contesto: One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves 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’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.

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