Monday, April 7, 2014

Words to Live By


Reading through the FB this morning and my buddy Dave had one of my favorite quotes from possibly my favorite author, Ed Abbey.

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. - Edward Abbey

3 comments:

  1. Nice Post Joe. Could not have been said any better by Mr. Abbey.

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  2. Yeah, his books are the best and some great perspective especially when living out west.

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  3. love the post brother especially as I sit at my desk and look out the window and let my mind wander to years past and time spent in wild and beautiful places. Looking forward to getting caught up with you again this summer old friend and once again sharing the water.

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