One man alone can be pretty dumb sometimes, but for real bona fide stupidity, there ain't nothin' can beat teamwork.
If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws.
hough men now possess the power to dominate and exploit every corner of the natural world, nothing in that fact implies that they have the right or the need to do so.
For myself I hold no preferences among flowers, so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous. Bricks to all greenhouses! Black thumb and cutworm to the potted plant!
No tyranny is so irksome as petty tyranny the officious demands of policemen, government clerks, and electromechanical gadgets.
My sole literary ambition is to write one good novel, then retire to my hut in the desert, assume the lotus position, compose my mind and senses, and sink into meditation, contemplating my novel
When the philosopher's argument becomes tedious, complicated, and opaque, it is usually a sign that he is attempting to prove as true to the intellect what is plainly false to common sense
Baseball is a slow, sluggish game, with frequent and trivial interruptions, offering the spectator many opportunities to reflect at leisure upon the situation on the field: This is what a fan loves most about the game
A drink a day keeps the shrink away
A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.
Belief in the supernatural reflects a failure of the imagination
Desert Solitaire (1968), "Cliffrose and Bayonets", p. 26.
Love flowers best in openness and freedom.
That which today calls itself science gives us more and more information, and indigestible glut of information, and less and less understanding.
Society is like a stew. If you don't stir it up every once in a while then a layer of scum floats to the top.
Taxation: how the sheep are shorn
High technology has done us one great service: It has retaught us the delight of performing simple and primordial tasks - chopping wood, building a fire, drawing water from a spring
Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.
The tragedy of modern war is that the young men die fighting each other - instead of their real enemies back home in the capitals.
Anarchism is founded on the observation that since few men are wise enough to rule themselves, even fewer are wise enough to rule others.
The missionaries go forth to Christianize the savages - as if the savages weren't dangerous enough already
Love implies anger. The man who is angered by nothing cares about nothing.
There is science, logic, reason; there is thought verified by experience. And then there is California.
Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul.
What we need now are heroes and heroines, about a million of them, one brave deed is worth a thousand books. Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul.