Quote of the Day: Curmudgeon

Edward Abbey.jpgI have been called a curmudgeon, which my obsolescent dictionary defines as a “surly, ill-mannered, bad-tempered fellow.” … Nowadays, ‘curmudgeon’ is likely to refer to anyone who hates hypocrisy, cant, sham, dogmatic ideologies, the pretenses and evasions of euphemism, and has the nerve to point out unpleasant facts and takes the trouble to impale these sins on the skewer of humor and roast them over the fires of empiric fact, common sense, and native intelligence. In this nation of bleating sheep and braying jackasses, it then becomes an honor to be labeled curmudgeon.

Edward Abbey, 1927-1989. US Army military policeman (twice promoted, twice demoted), US Park Service Ranger, author, and environmentalist. His last words were, “No comment.” (Thanks for the inspiration FBB)

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