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Thompson 992 people liked it like "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." — Hunter S. Thompson (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) tags: life 502 people liked it like "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 tags: gonzo, happiness, risk 448 people liked it like "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 438 people liked it like "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) 409 people liked it like "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: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman 1955-67) 384 people liked it like "When the going gets weird the weird turn professional." — Hunter S. Thompson (Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72) tags: life 336 people liked it like "Some may never live, but the crazy never die." — Hunter S. Thompson 328 people liked it like
"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 321 people liked it like "Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously." — Hunter S. Thompson tags: life 320 people liked it like "Sex without love is as hollow and ridiculous as love without sex." — Hunter S. Thompson tags: sex 297 people liked it like "It never got weird enough for me." — Hunter S. Thompson 284 people liked it like "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 tags: crazy 269 people liked it like "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 (Generation of Swine: Tales of Shame & Degradation in the '80's) tags: gonzo 207 people liked it like "We can't stop here, this is bat country!" — Hunter S. Thompson (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) 204 people liked it like "I have a theory that the truth is never told during the nine-to-five hours. " — Hunter S. Thompson tags: journalist, truth 201 people liked it like "I was not proud of what I had learned but I never doubted that it was worth knowing." — Hunter S. Thompson (The Rum Diary) 187 people liked it like
"A man who procrastinates in his choosing will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance." — Hunter S. Thompson 177 people liked it like "All my life, my heart has sought a thing I cannot name. Remembered line from a longforgotten poem" — Hunter S. Thompson (Hell's Angels) 173 people liked it like "Every now and then when your life gets complicated and the weasels start closing in, the only cure is to load up on heinous chemicals and then drive like a bastard from Hollywood to Las Vegas ... with the music at top volume and at least a pint of ether." — Hunter S. Thompson (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) tags: american-dream, fear-and-loathing-in-las-vegas 169 people liked it like "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) 151 people liked it like "Freedom is something that dies unless it's used." — Hunter S. Thompson 149 people liked it like "Too strange to live, too rare to die!" — Hunter S. Thompson (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) tags: life-and-death 144 people liked it like "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 tags: inspiration 138 people liked it like "We had two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers... and also a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of Budweiser, a pint of raw ether and two dozen amyls. Not that we needed all that for the trip, but once you get locked into a serious drug collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can." — Hunter S. Thompson (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) tags: drugs, excess 136 people liked it like
"Yesterday's weirdness is tomorrow's reason why." — Hunter S. Thompson (The Curse of Lono) tags: gonzo, hst 135 people liked it like "Good people drink good beer." — Hunter S. Thompson (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) 131 people liked it like "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" — Hunter S. Thompson tags: inspiration 129 people liked it like "I feel the same way about disco as I do about herpes." — Hunter S. Thompson 121 people liked it like "Maybe there is no Heaven. Or maybe this is all pure gibberish—a product of the demented imagination of a lazy drunken hillbilly with a heart full of hate who has found a way to live out where the real winds blow—to sleep late, have fun, get wild, drink whisky, and drive fast on empty streets with nothing in mind except falling in love and not getting arrested . . . Res ipsa loquitur. Let the good times roll." — Hunter S. Thompson tags: gonzo, heaven, life 117 people liked it like "Like most others, I was a seeker, a mover, a malcontent, and at times a stupid hell-raiser. I was never idle long enough to do much thinking, but I felt somehow that some of us were making real progress, that we had taken an honest road, and that the best of us would inevitably make it over the top. At the same time, I shared a dark suspicion that the life we were leading was a lost cause, that we were all actors, kidding ourselves along on a senseless odyssey. It was the tension between these two poles - a restless idealism on one hand and a sense of impending doom on the other - that kept me going." — Hunter S. Thompson (The Rum Diary) 108 people liked it like "No More Games. No More Bombs. No More Walking. No More Fun. No More Swimming. 67. That is 17 years past 50. 17 more than I needed or wanted. Boring. I am always bitchy. No Fun — for anybody. 67. You are getting Greedy. Act your old age. Relax — This won't hurt" — Hunter S. Thompson tags: bombs, death, depression, fun, greed, suicide 102 people liked it like "We are going to punish somebody for this attack, but just who or where will be blown to smithereens for it is hard to say. Maybe Afghanistan, maybe Pakistan or Iraq, or possibly all three at once. Who knows? Not even the Generals in what remains of the Pentagon or the New York papers calling for war seem to know who did it or where to look for them.
This is going to be a very expensive war, and Victory is not guaranteed--for anyone, and certainly not for a baffled little creep like George W. Bush. All he knows is that his father started the war a long time ago, and that he, the goofy child President, has been chosen by Fate and the global Oil industry to finish it off." — Hunter S. Thompson tags: hey-rube98 people liked it like "We cannot expect people to have respect for law and order until we teach respect to those we have entrusted to enforce those laws." — Hunter S. Thompson tags: expectation, law, order, respect 98 people liked it like "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) 95 people liked it like "Some people will tell you that slow is good – but I’m here to tell you that fast is better. I’ve always believed this, in spite of the trouble it’s caused me. Being shot out of a cannon will always be better than being squeezed out of a tube. That is why God made fast motorcycles, Bubba…" — Hunter S. Thompson (Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century) 93 people liked it like "You better take care of me Lord, if you don't you're gonna have me on your hands." — Hunter S. Thompson (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) 88 people liked it like "For every moment of triumph, for every instance of beauty, many souls must be trampled." — Hunter S. Thompson tags: inspiration 84 people liked it like "A word to the wise is infuriating. " — Hunter S. Thompson tags: communication, humor 84 people liked it like "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) 82 people liked it like "If you're going to be crazy, you have to get paid for it or else you're going to be locked up." — Hunter S. Thompson tags: inspiration 80 people liked it
like "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 79 people liked it like "It was like falling down an elevator shaft and landing in a pool full of mermaids." — Hunter S. Thompson 75 people liked it like "Strange memories on this nervous night in Las Vegas. Five years later? Six? It seems like a lifetime, or at least a Main Era—the kind of peak that never comes again. San Francisco in the middle sixties was a very special time and place to be a part of. 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. . . . History is hard to know, because of all the hired bullshit, but even without being sure of “history” it seems entirely reasonable to think that every now and then the energy of a whole generation comes to a head in a long fine flash, for reasons that nobody really understands at the time—and which never explain, in retrospect, what actually happened. My central memory of that time seems to hang on one or five or maybe forty nights—or very early mornings—when I left the Fillmore half-crazy and, instead of going home, aimed the big 650 Lightning across the Bay Bridge at a hundred miles an hour wearing L. L. Bean shorts and a Butte sheepherder's jacket . . . booming through the Treasure Island tunnel at the lights of Oakland and Berkeley and Richmond, not quite sure which turn-off to take when I got to the other end (always stalling at the toll-gate, too twisted to find neutral while I fumbled for change) . . . but being absolutely certain that no matter which way I went I would come to a place where people were just as high and wild as I was: No doubt at all about that. . . . There was madness in any direction, at any hour. If not across the Bay, then up the Golden Gate or down 101 to Los Altos or La Honda. . . . You could strike sparks anywhere. There was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning. . . . And that, I think, was the handle—that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil. Not in any mean or military sense; we didn’t need that. Our energy would simply prevail. There was no point in fighting—on our side or theirs. We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave. . . . So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark—that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back." — Hunter S. Thompson (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) 74 people liked it like "I understand that fear is my friend, but not always. Never turn your back on Fear. It should always be in front of you, like a thing that might have to be killed. My father taught me that, along with a few other things that have kept my life interesting." — Hunter S. Thompson (Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-crossed Child in the Final
Days of the American Century) 74 people liked it like "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) 72 people liked it like "As things stand now, I am going to be a writer. I'm not sure that I'm going to be a good one or even a self-supporting one, but until the dark thumb of fate presses me to the dust and says 'you are nothing', I will be a writer." — Hunter S. Thompson (Gonzo) 71 people liked it like "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 Final Days of the American Century) 70 people liked it like "On my tombstone they will carve, "IT NEVER GOT FAST ENOUGH FOR ME." — Hunter S. Thompson tags: cafe-racing, ducati, motorcycle 66 people liked it like "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)
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