Hunter Stockton Thompson was born on July 18, 1937 in Louisville, Kentucky. He was a journalist and author. He was the founder of gonzo journalism movement. His most famous work is “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”. He was also known for use of drugs and alcohol. He committed suicide at the age of 67. Here are famous Hunter S Thompson quotes that throw light of his viewpoint about life.


“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, The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955-1967

“A man who procrastinates in his choosing will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance.”
Hunter S. Thompson, The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955-1967

“I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me.”
Hunter S. Thompson

“So we shall let the reader answer this question for himself: who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed?”
Hunter S. Thompson

“Sex without love is as hollow and ridiculous as love without sex.”
Hunter S. Thompson

“The person who doesn’t scatter the morning dew will not comb grey hairs.”
Hunter S. Thompson

“Call on God, but row away from the rocks.”
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“Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously.”
Hunter S Thompson Quotes

“No sympathy for the devil; keep that in mind. Buy the ticket, take the ride…and if it occasionally gets a little heavier than what you had in mind, well…maybe chalk it up to forced consciousness expansion: Tune in, freak out, get beaten.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

“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: A Strange and Terrible Saga

“Let us toast to animal pleasures, to escapism, to rain on the roof and instant coffee, to unemployment insurance and library cards, to absinthe and good-hearted landlords, to music and warm bodies and contraceptives… and to the “good life”, whatever it is and wherever it happens to be.”
Hunter S. Thompson, The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman

“Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. I have always needed Fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio.”
Hunter S. Thompson

“I wanted to take off all my clothes and never wear them again.”
Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary

“Whatever he might have denied me was unimportant; it was the fact that he could deny me anything at all, even what I didn’t want.”
Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary
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“Some may never live, but the crazy never die.”
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“If you’re going to be crazy, you have to get paid for it or else you’re going to be locked up.”
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“Too weird to live, too rare to die!”
Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

“When the going gets weird, the weird turn professional.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72

“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

“I am a road man for the lords of karma.”
Hunter S. Thompson

“A cap of good acid costs five dollars and for that you can hear the Universal Symphony with God singing solo and Holy Ghost on drums.”
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“Every now and then you run up on one of those days when everything’s in vain … a stone bummer from start to finish; and if you know what’s good for you, on days like these you sort of hunker down in a safe corner and watch.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

“Why did she have to happen? Just when I was doing so good without her.”
Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary

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“It never got weird enough for me.”
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“I have a theory that the truth is never told during the nine-to-five hours.”
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“I was not proud of what I had learned but I never doubted that it was worth knowing.”
Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary

“We cannot expect people to have respect for law and order until we teach respect to those we have entrusted to enforce those laws.”
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“Good people drink good beer.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

“Journalism is “a low trade and a habit worse than heroin, a strange seedy world of misfits and drunkards and failures.”
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“The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but to those who can see it coming and jump aside.”
Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary

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“We can’t stop here, this is bat country!”
Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

“Freedom is something that dies unless it’s used.”
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“Maybe it meant something. Maybe not, in the long run, but no explanation, no mix of words or music or memories can touch that sense of knowing that you were there and alive in that corner of time and the world. Whatever it meant.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

“Yesterday’s weirdness is tomorrow’s reason why.”
Hunter S. Thompson, The Curse of Lono

“It was obvious that he was a man who marched through life to the rhythms of some drum I would never hear.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Hell’s Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga

“There may be flies on you and me, but there are no flies on Jesus.”
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“Kill the body and the head will die.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

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“America…just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable.”
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“Weird behavior is natural in smart children, like curiosity is to a kitten.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child in the

“You better take care of me Lord, if you don’t you’re gonna have me on your hands.”
Hunter S Thompson Quotes, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

“The greatest mania of all is passion: and I am a natural slave to passion: the balance between my brain and my soul and my body is as wild and delicate as the skin of a Ming vase.”
Hunter S. Thompson, The Curse of Lono

“For every moment of triumph, for every instance of beauty, many souls must be trampled.”
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“All we have to do is get out and vote, while it’s still legal, and we will wash those crooked warmongers out of the White House.”
Hunter S. Thompson

“There was absolutely no choice but to cut her adrift and hope her memory was fucked.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

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“I feel the same way about disco as I do about herpes.”
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“It was one of those fine little love stories that can make you smile in your sleep at night.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century

“Buy the ticket, take the ride.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

“Anything worth doing, is worth doing right.”
Hunter S. Thompson

“With the truth so dull and depressing, the only working alternative is wild bursts of madness and filigree.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72

“What do you want? Where’s the goddamn ice I ordered? Where’s the booze? There’s a war on, man! People are being killed!”
Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

“I am more than just a Serious basketball fan. I am a life-long Addict. I was addicted from birth, in fact, because I was born in Kentucky.”
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“It gave me a strange feeling, and the rest of that night I didn’t say much, but merely sat there and drank, trying to decide if I was getting older and wiser, or just plain old.”
Hunter S Thompson Quotes, The Rum Diary

“I have no taste for either poverty or honest labor, so writing is the only recourse left for me.”
Hunter S. Thompson, The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955-1967

“I’ve always considered writing the most hateful kind of work. I suspect it’s a bit like fucking, which is only fun for amateurs. Old whores don’t do much giggling.”
Hunter S. Thompson, The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time

“A word to the wise is infuriating. ”
Hunter S. Thompson

“Sleep late, have fun, get wild, drink whiskey and drive fast on empty streets with nothing in mind but falling in love and not getting arrested.”
Hunter S. Thompson

“The waitress had the appearance of a very old hooker who had finally found her place in life.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

“God’s mercy on you degenerate swine.”
Hunter S. Thompson

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“It was like falling down an elevator shaft and landing in a pool full of mermaids.”
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“In a nation run by swine, all pigs are upward-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.”
Hunter S. Thompson, The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time

“The highways are crowded with people who drive as if their sole purpose in getting behind the wheel is to avenge every wrong done them by man, beast or fate. The only thing that keeps them in line is their fear of death, jail and lawsuits.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Hell’s Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga

“There he goes. One of God’s own prototypes. A high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

“There was an awful suspicion in my mind that I’d finally gone over the hump, and the worst thing about it was that I didn’t feel tragic at all, but only weary, and sort of comfortably detached.”
Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary

“I’ve always considered writing the most hateful kind of work. I suspect it’s a bit like fucking — which is fun only for amateurs. Old whores don’t do much giggling. Nothing is fun when you have to do it — over and over, again and again… ”
Hunter S. Thompson, The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time

“We have bigger things to brood on and enormous reasons for wallowing in terminal craziness until we finally hit bottom.”
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“No, this is not a good town for psychedelic drugs. Reality itself is too twisted.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

“You can’t miss what you never had.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Polo Is My Life

“Faster, Faster, until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death.”
Hunter S. Thompson

“We were somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert, when the drugs began to take hold.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

“Pray to God, but row away from the rocks.”
Hunter S. Thompson

“Anything that gets your blood racing is probably worth doing.”
Hunter S. Thompson

“As you were, I was. As I am, you will be.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Hell’s Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga

“Don’t judge your taco by its price.”
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“I would feel real trapped in this life if I didn’t know I could commit suicide at any time.”
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“Turn the goddam music up! My heart feels like an alligator!”
Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

“On some days you get what you want, and on others, you get what you need.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century

“To make a point of declaring friendship is to cheapen it. For men’s emotions are very rarely put into words successfully. ”
Hunter S. Thompson, The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955-1967

“If you can’t make yourself understood by your friends, you’ll be in trouble when your enemies come for you.”
Hunter S. Thompson

“Never turn your back on fear. It should always be in front of you, like a thing that might have to be killed.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century

“I drink much less than most people think, and I think much more than most people would believe.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955-1967

“All political power comes from the barrel of either guns, pussy, or opium pipes, and people seem to like it that way.”
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“I felt a tremendous distance between myself and everything real.”
Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary

“Poor bastard. Wait ’till he sees the bats. ”
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“I’m a relatively respectable citizen. Multiple felon perhaps, but certainly not dangerous.”
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“I haven’t found a drug yet that can get you anywhere near as high as a sitting at a desk writing, trying to imagine a story no matter how bizarre it is, [or] going out and getting into the weirdness of reality and doing a little time on the Proud Highway.”
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“This is the fast lane, folks…and some of us like it here.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century

“But our trip was different. It was a classic affirmation of everything right and true and decent in the national character. It was a gross, physical salute to the fantastic possibilities of life in this country-but only for those with true grit. And we were chock full of that.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

“The importance of Liking Yourself is a notion that fell heavily out of favor during the coptic, anti-ego frenzy of the Acid Era–but nobody guessed back then that the experiment might churn up this kind of hangover: a whole subculture of frightened illiterates with no faith in anything.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72

“Going to trial with a lawyer who considers your whole life-style a Crime in Progress is not a happy prospect.”
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“Take it from me, there’s nothing like a job well done. Except the quiet enveloping darkness at the bottom of a bottle of Jim Beam after a job done any way at all.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

“With a bit of luck, his life was ruined forever. Always thinking that just behind some narrow door in all of his favorite bars, men in red woolen shirts are getting incredible kicks from things he’ll never know.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

“Graffiti is beautiful; like a brick in the face of a cop.”
Hunter S Thompson Quotes

“Sounds of life and movement, people getting ready and people giving up, the sound of hope and the sound of hanging on, and behind them all, the quiet, deadly ticking of a thousand hungry clocks.”
Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary

“You took too much man, too much, too much.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

“Paranoia is just another mask for ignorance. The truth, when you finally chase it down is almost always far worse than your darkest visions and fears.”
Hunter S. Thompson

“He wandered into the Newsroom and asked for a job the same way he’d walk into a barbershop and ask for a haircut, and with no more idea of being turned down.”
Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary

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“One of them is knowing the difference between Morality and Wisdom. Morality is temporary, Wisdom is permanent… Ho ho. Take that one to bed with you tonight.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century

“I will fight for your right to be weird- just as I know you will fight for mine.”
Hunter S. Thompson

“I’m a word freak. I like words. I’ve always compared writing to music. That’s the way I feel about good paragraphs. When it really works, it’s like music.”
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“He had come so far from himself that I don’t think he knew who he was anymore.”
Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary

“The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There’s also a negative side.”
Hunter S. Thompson

“Writing is the flip side of sex – it’s only good when it’s over.”
Hunter S. Thompson

“There was madness in any direction, at any hour. You could strike sparks anywhere. There was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

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“At the top of the mountain we are all snow leopards.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century

“He that is taught only by himself has a fool for a master.”
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“She was wearing the same clothes, but now she looked haggard and dirty. The delicate illusions that get us through life can only stand so much strain.”
Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary

“My blood is too thick for California: I have never been able to properly explain myself in this climate.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

“I never knew where I was going, but I ripped the tits off of everything that got in my way. By the time they figured me out, it was too late.”
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“We’d be fools not to ride this strange torpedo all the way out to the end.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

“In the meantime, I would drink, rest, and ponder the meaning of this mob.”
Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary

“Old God sure was in a good mood when he made this place.”
Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary

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“You won’t find reasonable men on the tops of tall mountains.”
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“What kind of rat bastard psychotic would play that song- right now, at this moment?”
Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

“The possibility of physical and mental collapse is now very real. No sympathy for the Devil, keep that in mind. Buy the ticket, take the ride.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

“Still humping the American Dream.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

“Ah, that we lack the courage of our romantic convictions; and thereby miss the wine of life, forgoing the very thing that makes living worthwhile.”
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“An outlaw can be defined as somebody who lives outside the law, beyond the law and not necessarily against it.”
Hunter S. Thompson

“Live steady. Don’t fuck around. Give anything weird a wide berth–including people. It’s not worth it. I learned this the hard way, through brutal overindulgence.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72

“I had come to regard him as a loner with no real past and a future so vague that there was no sense talking about it.”
Hunter S Thompson Quotes, The Rum Diary

“There is something fresh and crisp about the first hours of a Caribbean day, a happy anticipation that something is about to happen, maybe just up the street or around the next corner.”
Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary

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“A man can live on his wits and his balls for only so long.”
Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary

“All energy flows according to the whims of the great Magnet. What a fool I was to defy him.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

“You can’t hoard fun. It has no shelf life.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century

“It’s a strange world. Some people get rich and others eat shit and die.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Generation of Swine: Tales of Shame and Degradation in the ’80’s

“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

“A little bit of this town goes a very long way. After five days in Vegas you feel like you’ve been here for five years.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

“Though I was careful never to mention it, I began to see a new dimension in everything that happened.”
Hunter S Thompson Quotes, The Rum Diary

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