Hunter S. Thompson Quotes

Hunter S. Thompson

I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me.

Hunter S. Thompson
(Quoted in Life magazine, 1981)

A man who procrastinates in his choosing will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance.

Hunter S. Thompson (The Proud Highway, 1955 - 1967)

My concept of death for a long time was to come down that mountain road at 120 and just keep going straight right there, burst out through the barrier and hang out above all that . . . and there I'd be, sitting in the front seat, stark naked, with a case of whiskey next to me and a case of dynamite in the trunk . . . honking the horn, and the lights on, and just sit there in space for an instant, a human bomb, and fall down into that mess of steel mills. It'd be a tremendous goddam explosion. No pain. No one would get hurt. I'm pretty sure, unless they've changed the highway, that launching place is still there. As soon as I get home, I ought to take the drive just to check it out.

Hunter S. Thompson (Quoted in St. Petersburg Times, 2005)

I was not proud of what I had learned but I never doubted that it was worth knowing.

Hunter S. Thompson (The Rum Diary, 1960+)

Some may never live, but the crazy never die.

Hunter S. Thompson

When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.

Hunter S. Thompson (Quoted in Rolling Stone magazine, 1974)

There are times, however, and this is one of them, when even being right feels wrong. What do you say, for instance, about a generation that has been taught that rain is poison and sex is death? If making love might be fatal and if a cool spring breeze on any summer afternoon can turn a crystal blue lake into a puddle of black poison right in front of your eyes, there is not much left except TV and relentless masturbation. It's a strange world. Some people get rich and others eat shit and die.

Hunter S. Thompson (Gonzo Papers - Volume 2, 1988)

The TV business is uglier than most things. It is normally perceived as some kind of cruel and shallow money trench through the heart of the journalism industry, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free and good men die like dogs, for no good reason.

Hunter S. Thompson (Quoted in the San Francisco Examiner, 1985)

For every moment of triumph, for every instance of beauty, many souls must be trampled.

Hunter S. Thompson

Fear is just another word for ignorance.

Hunter S. Thompson (Interview, 2003)

In a closed society where everybody’s guilty, the only crime is getting caught. In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity.

Hunter S. Thompson (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, 1971)

Myths and legends die hard in America. We love them for the extra dimension they provide, the illusion of near-infinite possibility to erase the narrow confines of most men's reality. Weird heroes and mould-breaking champions exist as living proof to those who need it that the tyranny of 'the rat race' is not yet final.

Hunter S. Thompson (The Great Shark Hunt, 1979)

Call on God, but row away from the rocks.

Hunter S. Thompson

In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upwardly mobile - and the rest of us are fucked until we can put our acts together: not necessarily to win, but mainly to keep from losing completely. We owe that to ourselves and our crippled self-image as something better than a nation of panicked sheep.

Hunter S. Thompson (The Great Shark Hunt, 1979)

A word to the wise is infuriating.

Hunter S. Thompson

Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously.

Hunter S. Thompson (The Proud Highway, 1955 - 1967)

That was always the difference between Muhammad Ali and the rest of us. He came, he saw, and if he didn't entirely conquer - he came as close as anybody we are likely to see in the lifetime of this doomed generation.

Hunter S. Thompson (The Great Shark Hunt, 1979)

Freedom is something that dies unless it's used.

Hunter S. Thompson (Quoted in Ancient Gonzo Wisdom: Interviews with Hunter S. Thompson, 2009)

We are all alone, born alone, die alone, and - in spite of True Romance magazines - we shall all someday look back on our lives and see that, in spite of our company, we were alone the whole way. I do not say lonely - at least, not all the time - but essentially, and finally, alone. This is what makes your self-respect so important, and I don't see how you can respect yourself if you must look in the hearts and minds of others for your happiness.

Hunter S. Thompson (The Proud Highway, 1955 - 1967)

The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong , but to those who see it coming and jump aside.

Hunter S. Thompson (The Rum Diary, 1960+)

Sex without love is as hollow and ridiculous as love without sex.

Hunter S. Thompson (The Proud Highway, 1955 - 1967)

The Edge... there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.

Hunter S. Thompson (Hell's Angels, 1967)

It was the Law of the Sea, they said. Civilization ends at the waterline. Beyond that, we all enter the food chain, and not always right at the top.

Hunter S. Thompson (Generation of Swine: Tales of Shame and Degradation in the 80's, 1988)

Buy the ticket take the Ride.

Hunter S. Thompson (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, 1971)

If I'd written all the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people - including me - would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism.

Hunter S. Thompson (Quoted in Rolling Stone magazine, 1973)

Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!

Hunter S. Thompson

Hunter S. Thompson Biography

Born: July 18, 1937
Died: February 20, 2005

Hunter Stockton Thompson was an American writer and journalist. He is best known as the creator of Gonzo journalism and for his highly succesful books.

Notable Works
The Rum Diary (1960+)
Hell's Angels (1966)
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1971)
The Great Shark Hunt (1979)
The Curse of Lono (1980)

Misattributed Quotes
No man is so foolish but he may sometimes give another good counsel, and no man so wise that he may not easily err if he takes no other counsel than his own. He that is taught only by himself has a fool for a master.
Ben Johnson in Exploratas or Discoveries.