80+ Best Hunter S. Thompson Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Counterculture icon Hunter Stockton Thompson was an American journalist best known for writing 1971’s ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’, and the founder of the gonzo journalism movement. Famous Hunter S. Thompson quotes will inspire you to start your day with enthusiasm and make you enjoy life to the absolute fullest.

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Most Famous Hunter S. Thompson Quotes

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

Luck is a very thin wire between survival and disaster, and not many people can keep their balance on it. ― Hunter S. Thompson

I was not proud of what I had learned, but I never doubted that it was worth knowing. ― Hunter S. Thompson

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

hunter s thompson quotes about freedom

Freedom is something that dies unless it’s used. ― Hunter S. Thompson

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

I learned a long time ago that reality was much weirder than anyone’s imagination. ― Hunter S. Thompson

I have a theory that the truth is never told during the nine-to-five hours. ― Hunter S. Thompson

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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. ― Hunter S. Thompson

It never got weird enough for me. ― Hunter S. Thompson

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

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Good people drink good beer. ― Hunter S. Thompson

Yes sir, I am a tortured man for all seasons, as they say, and I have powerful friends in high places. Birds sing where I walk, and children smile when they see me coming. ― Hunter S. Thompson

When the going gets weird, the weird turn professional. ― Hunter S. Thompson

The world is still a weird place, despite my efforts to make clear and perfect sense of it. ― Hunter S. Thompson

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Too weird to live, too rare to die! ― Hunter S. Thompson

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

Some may never live, but the crazy never die. ― Hunter S. Thompson

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

The Greatest Hunter S. Thompson Quotes

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

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

There are many harsh lessons to be learned from the gambling experience, but the harshest one of all is the difference between having Fun and being Smart. ― Hunter S. Thompson

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

Richard Nixon was an evil man – evil in a way that only those who believe in the physical reality of the Devil can understand it. He was utterly without ethics or morals or any bedrock sense of decency. ― Hunter S. Thompson

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

Good news is rare these days, and every glittering ounce of it should be cherished and hoarded and worshipped and fondled like a priceless diamond. ― Hunter S. Thompson

All the blood is drained out of democracy – it dies – when only half the population votes. ― Hunter S. Thompson

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. ― Hunter S. Thompson

The only difference between the sane and the insane is that the sane have the power to lock up the insane. ― Hunter S. Thompson

I am not a yachting person, by nature, but I have just enough experience on the sea under sail to feel a certain nostalgia for it when I see a big white racing yacht heeled over at cruising speed on the ocean, and I can still tie a mean bowline knot on just about anything in less than 10 seconds. ― Hunter S. Thompson

Justice is expensive in America. There are no Free Passes… You might want to remember this, the next time you get careless and blow off a few Parking Tickets. They will come back to haunt you the next time you see a Cop car in your rear-view mirror. ― Hunter S. Thompson

As long as I’m learning something, I figure I’m OK – it’s a decent day. ― Hunter S. Thompson

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

There is always room for losers in the football business. They are the mother’s milk of gambling, and why not? Somebody has to do it, or there won’t be any winners. ― Hunter S. Thompson

For every moment of triumph, for every instance of beauty, many souls must be trampled. ― Hunter S. Thompson

Inspirational Hunter S. Thompson Quotes

I am an Addictive Personality, they say, a natural slave to passion – and many Doctors have warned me against it. I am a High-risk Patient. ― Hunter S. Thompson

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

Rude people will now & then ask me why I think I know so much about Politics. I tell them it’s because I’m Smart… But that is a lie: The real reason is because I’m an incurable Gambling addict. ― Hunter S. Thompson

‘Crazy’ is a term of art; ‘Insane’ is a term of law. Remember that, and you will save yourself a lot of trouble. ― Hunter S. Thompson

There is nothing more helpless and irresponsible than a man in the depths of an ether binge. ― Hunter S. Thompson

We can’t stop here, this is bat country! ― Hunter S. Thompson

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. ― Hunter S. Thompson

One of the most basic factors in sports is that winning becomes a habit, and losing is the same way. When failure starts to feel normal in your life or your work or even your darkest vices, you won’t have to go looking for trouble, because trouble will find you. Count on it. ― Hunter S. Thompson

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

Yesterday’s weirdness is tomorrow’s reason why. ― Hunter S. Thompson

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

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

Never trust a cop in a raincoat. ― Hunter S. Thompson

Beware of enthusiasm and of love, both are temporary and quick to sway. ― Hunter S. Thompson

If asked if you care about the world’s problems, look deep into the eyes of he who asks, he will never ask you again. ― Hunter S. Thompson

Never give your real name. ― Hunter S. Thompson

Profound Hunter S. Thompson Quotes

If ever asked to look at yourself, don’t look. ― Hunter S. Thompson

Never do anything the person standing in front of you can’t understand. ― Hunter S. Thompson

Never create anything, it will be misinterpreted, it will chain you and follow you for the rest of your life. ― Hunter S. Thompson

Weird behavior is natural in smart children, like curiosity is to a kitten. ― Hunter S. Thompson

You better take care of me Lord, if you don’t you’re gonna have me on your hands. ― Hunter S. Thompson

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

I feel the same way about disco as I do about herpes. ― Hunter S. Thompson

It was one of those fine little love stories that can make you smile in your sleep at night. ― Hunter S. Thompson

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

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

Buy the ticket, take the ride. ― Hunter S. Thompson

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

I have no taste for either poverty or honest labor, so writing is the only recourse left for me. ― Hunter S. Thompson

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

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

Happy,” I muttered, trying to pin the word down. But it is one of those words, like Love, that I have never quite understood. Most people who deal in words don’t have much faith in them and I am no exception – especially the big ones like Happy and Love and Honest and Strong. They are too elusive and far to relative when you compare them to sharp, mean little words like Punk and Cheap and Phony. I feel at home with these, because they’re scrawny and easy to pin, but the big ones are tough and it takes either a priest or a fool to use them with any confidence. ― Hunter S. Thompson

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

On my tombstone they will carve, “IT NEVER GOT FAST ENOUGH FOR ME. ― Hunter S. Thompson

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

It was like falling down an elevator shaft and landing in a pool full of mermaids. ― Hunter S. Thompson

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

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