But love of the wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only home we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need – if only we had eyes to see.
Edward Abbey (1927-1989) – Desert Solitaire (1968) “Down the River”, p. 147.

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 (1927-1989) – Desert Solitaire (1968) “Down the River”, p. 148.

The idea of wilderness needs no defense. It only needs more defenders.
Edward Abbey (1927-1989) – The Journey Home (1991) “Shadows from the Big Woods”, p. 223.

Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.
Edward Abbey (1927-1989) – Quoted in Readers Digest, Jan. 1970

Wilderness is an anchor to windward. Knowing it is there, we can also know that we are still a rich nation, tending our resources as we should — not a people in despair searching every last nook and cranny of our land for a board of lumber, a barrel of oil, a blade of grass, or a tank of water.
Senator Clinton P. Anderson (1895-1975) -“This we hold Dear,” American Forests, July 1963



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