Hunter S. Thompson Quotes

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  • In the terms of our Great Society the Hell's Angels and their ilk are losers - dropouts, failures and malcontents. They are rejects looking for a way to get even with a world in which they are only a problem.The Hell's Angels are not visionaries, but diehards, and if they are the forerunners or the vanguard of anything it is not the "moral revolution" in vogue on college campuses, but a fast-growing legion of young unemployables whose untapped energy will inevitably find the same kind of destructive outlet that "outlaws" like the Hell's Angels have been finding for years.

  • 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.

    Hunter S. Thompson (2012). “Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955-1967”, p.137, Ballantine Books
  • John F. Kennedy, who seized the White House from Richard Nixon in a frenzied campaign that turned a whole generation of young Americans into political junkies, got shot in the head for his efforts, murdered in Dallas by some hapless geek named Oswald who worked for either Castro, the mob, Jimmy Hoffa, the CIA, his dominatrix landlady or the odious, degenerate FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover. The list is long and crazy - maybe Marilyn Monroe's first husband fired those shots from the grassy knoll. Who knows?

  • North Vegas is where you go if you're a hooker turning forty and the syndicate men on the strip decide you're no longer much good for business out there with the high rollers.

    Hunter S. Thompson (2011). “The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time”, p.543, Simon and Schuster
  • I was kind of relieved with the way the book [The Proud Highway] came out. It's beyond an autobiography or a biography. I never knew what was going to come up next.

  • 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. The others-the living-are those who pushed their control as far as they felt they could handle it, and then pulled back, or slowed down, or did whatever they had to when it came time to choose between Now and Later. But the edge is still Out there.

    FaceBook post by Hunter S. Thompson from Sep 05, 2014
  • 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.

    1969 'Those Daring Young Men In Their Flying Machines Ain't What They Used To Be!', in Pageant, Sep.
  • There was no time for scholarly details, and, besides, I have always believed that a man can fairly be judged by the standards and taste of his choices in matters of high-level plagiarism.

    "Prisoner of Denver", Vanity Fair, June 2004.
  • If you get people asking the wrong questions, you don't have to worry about the answers.

  • Goddammit. Yeah, I have. First, there's a huge difference between being arrested and being guilty. Second, see, the law changes and I don't. How I stand vis-à-vis the law at any given moment depends on the law. The law can change from state to state, from nation to nation, from city to city. I guess I have to go by a higher law. How's that? Yeah, I consider myself a road man for the lords of karma.

    Interview with John Glassie, February 4, 2003.
  • Houston is a cruel, crazy town on a filthy river in East Texas with no zoning laws and a culture of sex, money and violence. It's a shabby, sprawling metropolis ruled by brazen women, crooked cops and super-rich pansexual cowboys who live by the code of the West -- which can mean just about anything you need it to mean, in a pinch.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    Hunter S. Thompson (2011). “Hey Rube: Blood Sport, the Bush Doctrine, and the Downward S”, p.146, Simon and Schuster
  • I feel the same way about disco as I do about herpes.

    Speech given to the University of Colorado Student Union, November 1, 1977.
  • 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 (2011). “The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time”, p.104, Simon and Schuster
  • It was wonderful, a stunning happy ending to what began as another tragic rock & roll story, as if Bob Dylan had been arrested in Miami for jacking off in a seedy little XXX theater while stroking the spine of a fat young boy.

    Hunter S. Thompson (2011). “Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century”, p.150, Penguin UK
  • 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 (2011). “The Rum Diary: A Novel”, p.46, Simon and Schuster
  • I hate pain, despite my ability to tolerate it beyond all known parameters, which is not necessarily a good thing.

    Hunter S. Thompson (2012). “Hey Rube: Blood Sport, the Bush Doctrine, and the Downward Spiral of Dumbness”, p.265, Pan Macmillan
  • I'm not a liberal, by the way.I believe I have every right to have guns. I just bought another huge weapon. A lot of people shouldn't own guns. I should. I have a safety record. Guns are a lot of fun out here.

  • Today's pig is tomorrows bacon!

    Hunter S. Thompson (2011). “Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child in the F”, p.109, Simon and Schuster
  • I would feel real trapped in this life if I didn't know I could commit suicide at any time.

  • Sportswriters are a rude and brainless subculture of fascist drunks, a gang of vicious monkeys jerking off in a zoo cage... more disgusting by nature than maggots oozing out the carcass of a dead animal.

  • I don't think that my kind of journalism has ever been universally popular. It's lonely out here.

    Hunter S. Thompson, Beef Torrey, Kevin Simonson (2008). “Conversations with Hunter S. Thompson”, Univ Pr of Mississippi
  • Richard Nixon looks like a flaming liberal today, compared to a golem like George Bush. Indeed. Where is Richard Nixon now that we finally need him?

    Hunter S. Thompson, Jann Wenner (2011). “Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone: The Essential Writing of Hunter S. Thompson”, p.487, Simon and Schuster
  • What the hell is the sense of trying to hold the Democratic party together, if it's really a party of expediency, something that's put together every four years?

    Hunter S. Thompson (2012). “Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72”, p.455, Simon and Schuster
  • No, this is not a good town for psychedelic drugs. Reality itself is too twisted.

    Hunter S. Thompson (2010). “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream”, p.47, Vintage
  • Jack Kerouac influenced me quite a bit as a writer... in the Arab sense that the enemy of my enemy was my friend.

    Hunter S. Thompson, Beef Torrey, Kevin Simonson (2008). “Conversations with Hunter S. Thompson”, p.148, Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream

    Hunter S. Thompson (2011). “The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time”, p.105, Simon and Schuster
  • 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 (2012). “The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time”, p.93, Pan Macmillan
  • I think it might be better to have the President sort of like the King of England - or the Queen - and have the real business of the presidency conducted by ... a city manager-type, a Prime Minister, somebody who's directly answerable to Congress, rather than a person who moves all his friends into the White House and does whatever he wants for four years.

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