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 most joyful Hunter S. Thompson quotes that are free to learn and impress others
The downward spiral of Dumbness in America is about to hit a new low.
Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously.
The slow-rising central horror of "Watergate" is not that it might grind down to the reluctant impeachment of a vengeful thug of a president whose entire political career has been a monument to the same kind of cheap shots and treachery he finally got nailed for, but that we might somehow fail to learn something from it.
Anything that gets your blood racing is probably worth doing.
When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.
I learned a long time ago that reality was much weirder than anyone's imagination.
Sleep late, have fun, get wild, drink whisky and drive fast on empty streets with nothing in mind but falling in love and not getting arrested.
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.
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?
Anything that gets your blood racing is probably worth doing.
A man who procrastinates in his choosing will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance.
Hope rises and dreams flicker and die.
Love plans for tomorrow and loneliness thinks of yesterday. Life is beautiful and living is pain.
I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me.
You won't find reasonable men on the tops of tall mountains.
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.
My greatest talent is in my ability to choose good friends. It's about as important as things get.
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.
Graffiti is beautiful; like a brick in the face of a cop.
Call on God, but row away from the rocks.
We are living in dangerously weird times now.
Smart people just shrug and admit they're dazed and confused. The only ones left with any confidence at all are the New Dumb. It is the beginning of the end of our world as we knew it. Doom is the operative ethic.
I don't see how you can respect yourself if you must look in the hearts and minds of others for your happiness.
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.
Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body.
I am a generous man, by nature, and far more trusting than I should be.
Indeed. The real world is risky territory for people with generosity of spirit. Beware.
Football fans share a universal language that cuts across many cultures and many personality types. A serious football fan is never alone. We are legion, and football is often the only thing we have in common.
Every man is the sum total of his reactions to experience.
As your experiences differ and multiply, you become a different man, and hence your perspective changes. This goes on and on. Every reaction is a learning process; every significant experience alters your perspective.
Writing is the flip side of sex - it's good only when it's over.
The towers are gone now, reduced to bloody rubble, along with all hopes for Peace in Our Time, in the United States or any other country. Make no mistake about it: We are At War now & with somebody & and we will stay At War with that mysterious Enemy for the rest of our lives.
As far as I'm concerned, it's a damned shame that a field as potentially dynamic and vital as journalism should be overrun with dullards, bums, and hacks, hag-ridden with myopia, apathy, and complacence, and generally stuck in a bog of stagnant mediocrity.
The Raiders of old were vicious and crazy and cruel.
Hanging around their locker room was like hanging around the weight room at Folsom Prison.
Marathon running, like golf, is a game for players, not winners.
That is why Callaway sells golf clubs and Nike sells running shoes. But running is unique in that the world's best racers are on the same course, at the same time, as amateurs, who have as much chance of winning as your average weekend warrior would scoring a touchdown in the NFL.
I feel the same way about disco as I do about herpes.
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 off to forced conscious expansion: Tune in, freak out, get beaten.
For every moment of triumph, for every instance of beauty, many souls must be trampled.
I believe the Republicans have never thought that democracy was anything but a tribal myth.
Freedom is something that dies unless it's used.
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.
Faster, Faster, until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death.
The mind of America is seized by a fatal dry rot - and it's only a question of time before all that the mind controls will run amuck in a frenzy of stupid, impotent fear.
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.
At the top of the mountain we are all snow leopards.
Some may never live, but the crazy never die.
And in fact the only way I can deal with this eerie situation at all is to make a conscious decision that I have already lived and finished the life I planned to live - and everything from now on will be A New Life, a different thing, a gig that ends tonight and starts tomorrow morning.
Buy the ticket, take the ride.
The only difference between the sane and the insane is that the sane have the power to lock up the insane.
There's a terrible danger in voting for the lesser of two evils because the parties can set it up that way.
The person who doesn't scatter the morning dew will not comb gray hairs.
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.
Anything worth doing is worth doing well.
Rush Limbaugh is a lame professional swine, and he makes a good living at it.
He is like a hired geek in some traveling backwoods carnival - the freaks who bite the heads off chickens - but Limbaugh is a modernized geek who thinks he can bite the heads off of people.