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Love flowers best in openness and freedom.
 

Love implies anger. The man who is angered by nothing cares about nothing.
 

May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.
 

My job is to save the fucking wilderness. I don't know anything else worth saving.
 

No tyranny is so irksome as petty tyranny: the officious demands of policemen, government clerks, and electromechanical gadgets.
 

Of course I litter the public highway. Every chance I get. After all, it's not the beer cans that are ugly; it's the highway that is ugly.
 

One man alone can be pretty dumb sometimes, but for real bona fide stupidity, there ain't nothing can beat teamwork.
[Teamwork]
 

Orthodoxy is a relaxation of the mind accompanied by a stiffening of the heart.
 

Our 'neoconservatives' are neither new nor conservative, but old as Bablyon and evil as Hell.
 

Our culture runs on coffee and gasoline, the first often tasting like the second.
 

Power is always dangerous. Power attracts the worst and corrupts the best.
 

Reason has seldom failed us because it has seldom been tried.
[Reason]
 

Say what you like about my bloody murderous government,' I says, 'but don't insult me poor bleedin' country.
 

Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul.
 

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.
 

That which today calls itself science gives us more and more information, and indigestible glut of information, and less and less understanding.
 

The "Terror" of the French Revolution lasted for ten years. The terror that preceded and led to it lasted for a thousand years.
 

The distrust of wit is the beginning of tyranny.
 

The idea of wilderness needs no defense. It only needs more defenders.
 


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