Talk:Edward Abbey

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Ah, nice to see that "Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell" is actually a real quote. He says that in a lot of ways, but that's the rendering that sounds best. It'd be good to get some more page numbers, but it's nice to see a lot more stuff sourced now. Sarge Baldy 19:58, 6 June 2006 (UTC)


One quote, "We know this apodictic rock...," is listed twice in a single edit (diff), attributed to two sources. If it appears in both works it should only be listed once, with a source note to that effect. ~ Ningauble 13:42, 22 December 2008 (UTC)

Source needed for "One final paragraph of advice"[edit]

The brilliant paragraph beginning, "One final paragraph of advice:" is widely quoted but rarely sourced. WQ quotes from Saving Nature's Legacy which evidently references it to a speech recorded in High Country News, 1976. However, the text of that issue is available at and the paragraph quoted does not appear. Does anyone have another source, or a fuller recording of that speech? 20:27, 16 April 2015 (UTC)

Saving Nature's Legacy includes the quote on p. 338 but does not actually cite any specific text. Outdoors in the Southwest: An Adventure Anthology admits there is no agreement on the source for the quote. That book's author says "In the late 1970s Abbey made these remarks in a speech to a meeting of environmental activists, but exactly where is unclear-- some sources states [sic] it was a Vail, Colorado, conference in 1976 and others that it was at a meeting in Missoula, Montana, in 1978. Cited in Steve Van Matre and Bill Weiler, eds., The Earth Speaks (Greenville, WV: Institute for Earth Education, 1983), 57." Outdoors in the Southwest: An Adventure Anthology, Andrew Gulliford, ed., (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2014) 15, note 35. --Fathomharvill (talk) 13:16, 13 November 2016 (UTC)