Hunter S. Thompson quote

"A little bit of this town goes a very long way."

Hunter S. Thompson

Born: July 18, 1937

Die: February 20, 2005

Occupation: Journalist

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Hunter S. Thompson

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

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At the top of the mountain we are all snow leopards.

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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...

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Timothy Leary and I kept the same hours. He believed, as I do, that “After midnight, all things are possible.

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In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity.

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As your attorney, it is my duty to inform you that it is not important that you understand what I'm doing or why you're paying me so much money. What's important is that you continue to do so.

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All energy flows according to the whims of the great Magnet. What a fool I was to defy him.

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We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like "I feel a bit lightheaded; maybe you should drive...." And suddenly there...

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No matter how much I wanted all those things that I needed money to buy, there was some devilish current pushing me off in another direction -- toward anarchy and poverty and craziness. That maddening...

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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.

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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...

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

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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.

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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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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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But after a while you learn to cope with things like seeing your dead grandmother crawling up your leg with a knife in her teeth. Most acid fanciers can handle this sort of thing.

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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...

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To make a point of declaring friendship is to cheapen it. For men's emotions are very rarely put into words successfully.

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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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Every reaction is a learning process; every significant experience alters your perspective. So it would seem foolish, would it not, to adjust our lives to the demands of a goal we see from a different...

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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',...

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He could shake your hand and stab you in the back at the same time.

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We are turning into a nation of whimpering slaves to Fear—fear of war, fear of poverty, fear of random terrorism, fear of getting down-sized or fired because of the plunging economy, fear of getting...

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For a loser, Vegas is the meanest town on earth.

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Publishers are notoriously slothful about numbers, unless they're attached to dollar signs - unlike journalists, quarterbacks, and felony criminal defendants who tend to be keenly aware of numbers at all...

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I have no taste for either poverty or honest labor, so writing is the only recourse left for me

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We have become a Nazi monster in the eyes of the whole world - bullies and bastards who would rather kill than live peacefully. We are whores for power and oil with hate and fear in our hearts

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The whole framework of the presidency is getting out of hand. It's come to the point where you almost can't run unless you can cause people to salivate and whip on each other with big sticks. You almost...

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I don't see how you can respect yourself if you must look in the hearts and minds of others for your happiness.

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The brutal reality of politics would be probably intolerable without drugs.

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My blood is too thick for California: I have never been able to properly explain myself in this climate.

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Still humping the American Dream

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Who said anything about slicing you up? ... I just wanted to carve a little Z on your forehead-- nothing serious.

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Any combination of a 250-pound Mexican and LSD-25 is a potentially terminal menace for anything it can reach

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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.

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Hunter S. Thompson

Good people drink good beer.

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Hunter S. Thompson

Call on God, but row away from the rocks.

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I will fight for your right to be weird- just as I know you will fight for mine.

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right' i said. 'but first, we need the car. and after that, the cocaine. and then the tape recorder, for special music, and some acapulco shirts.

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I wouldn't be at all surprised, as hideous and dumb as it sounds, at an invasion of Iraq.

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They're gonna make it look like suicide. I know how those bastards think.

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My first feeling was a wild desire to drive a stake in the sand and claim the place for myself. The beach was white as salt, and cut off from the world by a ring of steep hills that faced the sea. We were...

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Beware of looking for goals: look for a way of life.

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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...

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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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With the truth so dull and depressing, the only working alternative is wild bursts of madness and filigree.

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Those who fail to learn from the brutal stompings visited on them in the past are doomed to be brutally stomped in the future.

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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.

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The waitress had the appearance of a very old hooker who had finally found her place in life

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We must have football. What would this country be without football in October?

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Weird behavior is natural in smart children, like curiosity is to a kitten.

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There is a huge body of evidence to support the notion that me and the police were put on this earth to do extremely different things and never to mingle professionally with each other, except at official...

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In the meantime, I would drink, rest, and ponder the meaning of this mob.

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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.

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Hit him again, Jack! He's crazy!

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I harbor a secret urge to whack a salesman in the face, crack his teeth and put red bumps around his eyes.

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Like most of the others, I was a seeker, a mover, a malcontent, and at times a stupid hell-raiser.

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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.

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You can’t play city rules when you live in a jungle.

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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

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He had come so far from himself that I don't think he knew who he was anymore.

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I wanted to take off all my clothes and never wear them again.

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and the sad notes floated out to the patio and hung in the trees like birds too tired to fly

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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.

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You can't hoard fun. It has no shelf life.

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One of the few ways I can almost be certain I'll understand something is by sitting down and writing about it. Because by forcing yourself to write about it and putting it down in words, you can't avoid...

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It was a maddening image and the only way to whip it was to hang on until dusk and banish the ghosts with rum.

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I'm a relatively respectable citizen. Multiple felon perhaps, but certainly not dangerous.

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Morality is temporary, wisdom is permanent.

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Writing is the flip side of sex - it's good only when it's over.

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Sex, drugs, and insanity have always worked for me, but I wouldn't recommend them for everyone.

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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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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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Sex without love is as hollow and ridiculous as love without sex.

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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...

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Just the other day the AP wire had a story about a man from Arkansas who entered some kind of contest and won a two-week vacation--all expenses paid--wherever he wanted to go. Any place in the world: Mongolia,...

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The regrets I have are so minor. You know, would I leave my Keith Richards hat, with the silver skull on it, on the stool at the coffee shop at LaGuardia? I wouldn't do that again. But overall, no, I don't...

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It is Nixon himself who represents that dark, venal and incurably violent side of the American character that almost every country in the world has learned to fear and despise. Our Barbie-doll president,...

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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...

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I have long admired Ron Whitehead. He is crazy as nine loons, and his poetry is a dazzling mix of folk wisdom and pure mathematics

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The car suddenly veered off the road and we came to a sliding halt in the gravel. I was hurled against the dashboard. My attorney was slumped over the wheel. “What’s wrong?” I yelled. “We can’t...

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Coming of age in a fascist police state will not be a barrel of fun for anybody, much less for people like me, who are not inclined to suffer Nazis gladly and feel only contempt for the cowardly flag-suckers...

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Things are no longer what they seem to be. My telephones are haunted, and animals whisper at me from unseen places.

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Get out of control, but appear under control. It?s not bad to alarm other people, though ? it?s good for them.

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Old elephants limp off to the hills to die; old Americans go out to the highway and drive themselves to death with huge cars.

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Human beings are the only creatures on earth that claim a God and the only thing that behaves like it hasn't got one.

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If you can't make yourself understood by your friends, you'll be in trouble when your enemies come for you.

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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...

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Never turn your back on fear. It should always be in front of you, like a thing that might have to be killed.

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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.

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A man can live on his wits and his balls for only so long.

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It's a strange world. Some people get rich and others eat sh** and die.

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There are always risks in challenging excessive police power, but the risks of not challenging it are more dangerous, even fatal.

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Hunter S. Thompson

Fiction is a bridge to the truth that journalism can't reach.

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Beware of looking for goals: look for a way of life. Decide how you want to live and then see what you can do to make a living WITHIN that way of life.

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Breakfast is a personal ritual that can only be properly observed alone, and in a spirit of genuine excess. The food factor should always be massive: four Bloody Marys, two grapefruits, a pot of coffee,...

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Those of us that had been up all night were in no mood for coffee and donuts, we wanted strong drink. We were, after all, the cream of the national sporting press.

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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.

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I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me.

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When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.

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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.

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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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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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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...

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You better take care of me Lord, if you don't you're gonna have me on your hands.

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Buy the ticket, take the ride.

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You can turn your back on a person, but never turn your back on a drug, especially when its waving a razor sharp hunting knife in your eye.

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I feel the same way about disco as I do about herpes.

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For every moment of triumph, for every instance of beauty, many souls must be trampled.

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

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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...

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

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Politics is the art of controlling your environment.

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A word to the wise is infuriating.

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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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The person who doesn't scatter the morning dew will not comb gray hairs.

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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.

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If I'd written all the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people - including me - would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity...

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That was always the difference between Muhammad Ali and the rest of us. He came, he saw, and if he didn't entirely conquer - he came as close as anybody we are likely to see in the lifetime of this doomed...

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I just usually go with my own taste. If I like something, and it happens to be against the law, well, then I might have a problem.

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Of all the men that have run for president in the twentieth century, only George McGovern truly understood what a monument America could be to the human race.

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I learned a long time ago that reality was much weirder than anyone's imagination.

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

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'Crazy' is a term of art; 'Insane' is a term of law. Remember that, and you will save yourself a lot of trouble.

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All the blood is drained out of democracy - it dies - when only half the population votes.

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Democracy as a system has evolved into something that Thomas Jefferson didn't anticipate.

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Yesterday's weirdness is tomorrow's reason why.

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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.

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I believe the Republicans have never thought that democracy was anything but a tribal myth.

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

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

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Duke is an ugly word in Kentucky. Nothing in the world compares to the joy of beating those hateful swine from Duke.

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Truth is weirder than any fiction I've seen.

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As long as I'm learning something, I figure I'm OK - it's a decent day.

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Gambling can turn into a dangerous two-way street when you least expect it. Weird things happen suddenly, and your life can go all to pieces.

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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.

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

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I hate pain, despite my ability to tolerate it beyond all known parameters, which is not necessarily a good thing.

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Nixon was so crooked that he needed servants to help him screw his pants on every morning.

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Remember this, folks - I am a Hillbilly, and I don't always Bet the same way I talk. Good advice is one thing, but smart gambling is quite another.

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There is no fool like a careless gambler who starts taking victory for granted.

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There is no such thing as paranoia. Your worst fears can come true at any moment.

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By any accepted standard, I have had more than nine lives. I counted them up once, and there were 13 times I almost and maybe should have died.

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Fiction is based on reality unless you're a fairytale artist.

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Freedom is something that dies unless it's used.

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I had a soft-spot in my heart for Ronald Reagan, if only because he was a sportswriter in his youth.

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I have always hated bowling, and I don't mind admitting it.

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I have always loved blizzards, if only because of the driving experience - which is definitely an acquired taste.

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I have never believed much in luck, and my sense of humor has tended to walk on the dark side.

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I was 22 when JFK was murdered, and I will never recover from it... Never.

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I've already become a mastodon in print - I don't see a consciousness for my kind of journalism.

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Hunter S. Thompson

Jack Kerouac influenced me quite a bit as a writer... in the Arab sense that the enemy of my enemy was my friend.

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Nixon was no more a saint than he was a great president.

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Not everybody is comfortable with the idea that politics is a guilty addiction. But it is.

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Objective journalism is one of the main reasons that American politics has been allowed to be so corrupt for so long.

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Richard Nixon was a criminally insane Monster - Bill Clinton is a black-hearted Swine of a friend.

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Some may never live, but the crazy never die.

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The next MVP of the Super Bowl is just as likely to have been a full-time grocery store bagger last year as a Heisman Trophy winner.

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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.

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There might be some serious fun in politics.

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Victory is a fleeting thing in the gambling business. Today's winners are tomorrow's blinking toads, dumb beasts with no hope.

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Without gambling, I would not exist.

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The trouble with Nixon is that he's a serious politics junkie. He's totally hooked and like any other junkie, he's a bummer to have around, especially as President.

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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.

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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,...

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February is always a bad month for TV sports. Football is gone, basketball is plodding along in the annual midseason doldrums, and baseball is not even mentioned.

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I am surprised and embarrassed to be a part of the first American generation to leave the country in far worse shape than it was when we first came into it.

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I wasn't trying to be an outlaw writer. I never heard of that term; somebody else made it up. But we were all outside the law: Kerouac, Miller, Burroughs, Ginsberg, Kesey; I didn't have a gauge as to who...

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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...

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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...

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If Sunday is the Lord's day, then Saturday belongs to the Devil. It is the only night of the week when he gives out Free passes to the Late show at the Too Much Fun Club.

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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...

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I have long understood that losing always comes with the territory when you wander into the gambling business, just as getting crippled for life is an acceptable risk in the linebacker business. They both...

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Quacks are a part of our culture, and we all fall prey to them. Who among us can say, for sure, that even our own personal physicians are honest and competent?

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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.

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The writer must be a participant in the scene... like a film director who writes his own scripts, does his own camera work, and somehow manages to film himself in action, as the protagonist or at least...

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All gamblers lose regularly, but they rarely discuss it in public. Losing is bad for the image, dude. Nobody buys Hot Tips from Losers. Remember that.

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By disgracing and degrading the presidency of the United States, by fleeing the White House like a diseased cur, Richard Nixon broke the heart of the American Dream.

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I am a professional sportswriter, among other things, and I take the games seriously. It is only one of my many powerful addictions, and I don't mind admitting any of them.

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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 and I learned, early on, that Habitual Domination was a natural...

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I can't think in terms of journalism without thinking in terms of political ends. Unless there's been a reaction, there's been no journalism. It's cause and effect.

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I guess that's one of the things about growing up in the fifties - it never occurred to me that you wouldn't be at least as successful as your parents.

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I have learned, in my life and work as a sportswriter, that big-time Sports and big-time Politics are not so far apart in America. They are both a means to the same end, which is victory... And why not?...

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I have warned many times about the guaranteed dangers of betting with your heart instead of your head - big darkness, soon come - but every once in a while you get a fair chance to have it both ways, and...

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I think I'm one of the most patriotic people that I've ever encountered in America. I consider myself a bedrock patriot. I participate very actively in local politics, because my voice might be worthwhile....

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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...

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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...

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March is a month without mercy for rabid basketball fans. There is no such thing as a 'gentleman gambler' when the Big Dance rolls around. All sheep will be fleeced, all fools will be punished severely......

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Nixon represents that dark, venal and incurably violent side of the American character almost every other country in the world has learned to fear and despise.

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Nixon was a bad loser. He hated losing worse than death, and that is why I enjoyed him. We were both football fans, both addicts; and on some days, nothing else mattered.

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Nixon was a crook, of course, but he was also a rabid football fan - and he knew the game, which still astounds me, but I have always had a soft spot for him because of it.

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One thing I have learned in my painful career as a gambler is that bragging when you get lucky and win a few games will plunge you into gloom and unacceptable beatings very soon. It happens every time.

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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.

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Hunter S. Thompson

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...

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Hunter S. Thompson

The behavior of the crowd at Churchill Downs is like 100,000 vicious Hyenas going berserk all at once in a space about the size of a 777 jet or the White House lawn.

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Hunter S. Thompson

The best thing about the Kentucky Derby is that it is only two minutes long. It is the quickest event in sports, except for Sumo-wrestling & Mike Tyson fights. Maybe Drag-racing is quicker, but I have...

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Hunter S. Thompson

The Hell's Angels try not to do anything halfway, and anyone who deals in extremes is bound to cause trouble, whether he means to or not. This, along with a belief in total retaliation for any offense...

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Hunter S. Thompson

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.

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Hunter S. Thompson

The only thing wrong with the NBA - or any other professional sport, for that matter - is a wild epidemic of Dumbness and overweening Greed. There is no Mystery about it, and no need to change any rules.

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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.

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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.

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Hunter S. Thompson

With the possible exception of things like box scores, race results, and stock market tabulations, there is no such thing as Objective Journalism. The phrase itself is a pompous contradiction in terms.

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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.

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Hunter S. Thompson

It is not necessary to accept the choices handed down to you by life as you know it.

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Hunter S. Thompson

There is no story unless you've written it.

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Hunter S. Thompson

There is an ancient Celtic axiom that says 'Good people drink good beer.' Which is true, then as now. Just look around you in any public barroom and you will quickly see: Bad people drink bad beer. Think...

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Hunter S. Thompson

Walk tall, kick ass, learn to speak Arabic, love music and never forget you come from a long line of truth seekers, lovers and warriors.

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Hunter S. Thompson

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...

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Hunter S. Thompson

No, this is not a good town for psychedelic drugs. Reality itself is too twisted.

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Hunter S. Thompson

You can't miss what you never had.

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Hunter S. Thompson

Myths and legends die hard in America. We love them for the extra dimension they provide, the illusion of near-infinite possibility to erase the narrow confines of most men's reality. Weird heroes and...

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Hunter S. Thompson

When you write for a living and you can't do anything else, you know that sooner or later that the deadline is going to come screaming down on you like a goddamn banshee. There's no avoiding it...So one...

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Hunter S. Thompson

Most of my friends are into strange things I don't really understand - and with a few shameful exceptions I wish them all well. Who am I, after all, to tell some friend he shouldn't change his name to...

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Hunter S. Thompson

A sense of humor is the main measure of sanity.

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Hunter S. Thompson

I measure my life in pages. If I have pages at dawn, it's been a good night.

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Hunter S. Thompson

There is nothing worse than a man in the throws of an ether bender.

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Hunter S. Thompson

Graffiti is beautiful; like a brick in the face of a cop.

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Hunter S. Thompson

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...

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Hunter S. Thompson

Faster, Faster, until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death.

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Hunter S. Thompson

To give advice to a man who asks what to do with his life implies something very close to egomania. To presume to point a man to the right and ultimate goal - to point with a trembling finger in the RIGHT...

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Hunter S. Thompson

Cover a war in a place where you can't drink beer or talk to a woman? Hell no!

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Hunter S. Thompson

How long can we maintain? I wonder. How long before one of us starts raving and jabbering at this boy? What will he think then? This same lonely desert was the last known home of the Manson family. Will...

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Hunter S. Thompson

I learned from #‎ Hemingway that you could be a #‎ writer and get away with it.

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Hunter S. Thompson

Bill Clinton does not inhale marijuana, right? You bet. Like I chew on LSD but I don't swallow it.'

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Hunter S. Thompson

I have always loved marijuana. It has been a source of joy and comfort to me for many years. And I still think of it as a basic staple of life, along with beer and ice and grapefruits - and millions of...

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Hunter S. Thompson

They don't hardly make 'em like him any more - but just to be on the safe side, he should be castrated anyway.

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Hunter S. Thompson

Jesus man! You don't look for acid! Acid finds you when *it* thinks you're ready.

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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. The others-the living-are those who pushed their control as far as they...

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Hunter S. Thompson

These things happen. One day you run everything, and the next day you run like a dog.

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Hunter S. Thompson

The first time I managed to pick up a basketball I knew I was destined to lead the UK to another National championship. ... Even now, so many years later, I still believe Kentucky will go undefeated in...

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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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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...

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Hunter S. Thompson

In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upward mobile.

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Hunter S. Thompson

We have bigger things to brood on and enormous reasons for wallowing in terminal craziness until we finally hit bottom.

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Hunter S. Thompson

I miss Nixon. Compared to these Nazis we have in the White House now, Richard Nixon was a flaming liberal.

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Hunter S. Thompson

You took too much man, too much, too much.

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Hunter S. Thompson

The room was very quiet. I walked over to the TV set and turned it on to a dead channel-white noise at maximum decibels, a fine sound for sleeping, a powerful continuous hiss to drown out everything strange.

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Hunter S. Thompson

And the whole Bush family, from Texas, should be boiled in poisoned oil.

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Hunter S. Thompson

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...

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Hunter S. Thompson

You won't find reasonable men on the tops of tall mountains.

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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 off to forced conscious expansion:...

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Hunter S. Thompson

On my tombstone they will carve, "IT NEVER GOT FAST ENOUGH FOR ME.

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Hunter S. Thompson

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...

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Hunter S. Thompson

We must ride this strange torpedo out until the end.

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Hunter S. Thompson

A man who has blown all his options can’t afford the luxury of changing his ways. He has to capitalize on whatever he has left, and he can’t afford to admit — no matter how often he’s reminded...

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Hunter S. Thompson

The Sixties were an era of extreme reality. I miss the smell of tear gas. I miss the fear of getting beaten.

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Hunter S. Thompson

Richard Nixon has never been one of my favorite people anyway. For years I've regarded his existence as a monument to all the rancid genes and broken chromosones that corrupt the possibilities of the American...

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Hunter S. Thompson

In four short years he has turned our country from a prosperous nation at peace into a desperately indebted nation at war. But so what? He is the President of the United States, and you're not. Love it...

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Hunter S. Thompson

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?

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Hunter S. Thompson

Did you see Bush on TV, trying to debate? Jesus, he talked like a donkey with no brains at all...It was pitiful...I almost felt sorry for him, until I heard someone call him 'Mr. President,' and then I...

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Hunter S. Thompson

Nixon was a professional politician, and I despised everything he stood for -- but if he were running for president this year against the evil Bush-Cheney gang, I would happily vote for him.

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Hunter S. Thompson

Bush is a natural-born loser with a filthy-rich daddy who pimped his son out to rich oil-mongers. He hates music, football and sex, in no particular order, and he is no fun at all.

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Hunter S. Thompson

I voted for Ralph Nader in 2000, but I will not make that mistake again. The joke is over for Nader. He was funny once, but now he belongs to the dead.

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Hunter S. Thompson

If we get chased out of Iraq with our tail between our legs, that will be the fifth consecutive Third-world country with no hint of a Navy or an Air Force to have whipped us in the past 40 years.

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Hunter S. Thompson

The mind and body must be subjected to extreme stimulus, by means of drugs and music.

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Hunter S. Thompson

Crack is ruining the drug culture.

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Hunter S. Thompson

Just sick enough to be totally confident

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Hunter S. Thompson

I need beaches, and blackness, and moonlit nakedness.

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Hunter S. Thompson

We are all wired into a survival trip, now.

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Hunter S. Thompson

Fiction is based on reality unless you're a fairy-tale artist, you have to get your knowledge of life from somewhere. You have to know the material you're writing about before you alter it.

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Hunter S. Thompson

It is all well and good for children and acid freaks to still believe in Santa Claus — but it is still a profoundly morbid day for us working professionals. It is unsettling to know that one out of every...

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Hunter S. Thompson

Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism.

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Hunter S. Thompson

Good mescaline comes on slow. The first hour is all waiting, then about halfway through the second hour you start cursing the creep who burned you, because nothing is happening...and then ZANG!

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Hunter S. Thompson

Have an objective to give your bender a theme. For instance, stalking and killing a wild pig with a bowie knife.

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Hunter S. Thompson

Avoid being seized by the police. The cops are not your friends. Don't tell them anything.

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Hunter S. Thompson

Don't have sex in the lobby - it's usually awkward.

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Hunter S. Thompson

Journalism, to me, is just another drug - a free ride to scenes I'd probably miss if I stayed straight.

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Hunter S. Thompson

Most people who deal in words don't have much faith in them and I am no exception.

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Hunter S. Thompson

Las Vegas is the savage heart of the American Dream.

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Hunter S. Thompson

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.

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Hunter S. Thompson

George McGovern, for all his mistakes... understands what a fantastic monument to all the best instincts of the human race this country might have been, if we could have kept it out of the hands of greedy...

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Hunter S. Thompson

You'd be surprised at the things people will do in order to get their names or pictures in the paper.

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Hunter S. Thompson

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?

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Hunter S. Thompson

The massive, frustrated energies of a mainly young, disillusioned electorate that has long since abandoned the idea that we all have a duty to vote. This is like being told you have a duty to buy a new...

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Hunter S. Thompson

Some people will say that words like scum and rotten are wrong for Objective Journalism -- which is true, but they miss the point. It was the built-in blind spots of the Objective rules and dogma that...

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Hunter S. Thompson

We are turning into a nation of whimpering slaves to Fear

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Hunter S. Thompson

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.

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Hunter S. Thompson

I went to the Democratic Convention as a journalist, and returned a cold-blooded revolutionary.

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Hunter S. Thompson

A man has to BE something; he has to matter.

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Hunter S. Thompson

At age 22 I set what I insist is an all-time record for distance hitchhiking in Bermuda shorts: 3,700 miles in three weeks.

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Hunter S. Thompson

I never claimed to be anything more than a nice guy and an athlete.

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Hunter S. Thompson

Nixon had the unique ability to make his enemies seem honorable, and we developed a keen sense of fraternity. Some of my best friends have hated Nixon all their lives. My mother hates Nixon, my son hates...

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Hunter S. Thompson

Never fire a warning shot. It is a waste of ammunition.

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Hunter S. Thompson

Every deadline was a crisis … No doubt it has something to do with a deep-seated personality defect, or maybe a kink in whatever blood vessel leads into the pineal gland … On the other hand, it might...

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Hunter S. Thompson

One of the advantages of being dead, I guess, is that somebody else can edit all this.

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Hunter S. Thompson

I find that by putting things in writing I can understand them and see them a little more objectively ... For words are merely tools and if you use the right ones you can actually put even your life in...

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Hunter S. Thompson

We came down here to see this teddible scene: people all pissed out of their minds and vomiting on themselves and all that and now, you know what? It's us

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Hunter S. Thompson

Never mind the track. The track is for punks. We are Road People. We are Cafe Racers.

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Hunter S. Thompson

It will be a Religious War, a sort of Christian Jihad, fueled by religious hatred and led by merciless fanatics on both sides. It will be guerilla warfare on a global scale, with no front lines and no...

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Hunter S. Thompson

Who knows? If there is in fact, a heaven and a hell, all we know for sure is that hell will be a viciously overcrowded version of Phoenix & a clean well lighted place full of sunshine and bromides and...

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Hunter S. Thompson

The streets of every city in America are filled with men who would pay all the money they could lay their hands on to be transformed, even for a day, into hairy, hard-fisted brutes who walk all over cops,...

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Hunter S. Thompson

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...

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Hunter S. Thompson

I drink much less than most people think, and I think much more than most people would believe. I am quite sincere about some of the things that people take very lightly, and almost insultingly unconcerned...

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Hunter S. Thompson

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...

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Hunter S. Thompson

Women are terrified of being raped, but somewhere in the back of the womb there is one rebellious nerve end that tingles with curiosity whenever the word is mentioned.

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Hunter S. Thompson

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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Hunter S. Thompson

The main problem in any democracy is that crowd-pleasers are generally brainless swine who can go out on a stage & whup their supporters into an orgiastic frenzy - then go back to the office & sell every...

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Hunter S. Thompson

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...

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Hunter S. Thompson

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...

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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.

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Hunter S. Thompson

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...

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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.

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Hunter S. Thompson

All my life, my heart has sought a thing I cannot name. Remembered line from a long- forgotten poem

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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...

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Hunter S. Thompson

It never got weird enough for me.

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Hunter S. Thompson

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

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Hunter S. Thompson

and he would probably not agree with my conviction that a sense of humor is the main measure of sanity. But who can say for sure? Humor is a very private thing.

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Hunter S. Thompson

I felt a strange tightness coming over me, and I reacted instinctively – for the first time in a long, long while – by slipping my notebook into my belt and reaching down to take off my watch. The...

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Hunter S. Thompson

The scene I had just witnessed (a couple making love in the ocean) brought back a lot of memories – not of things I had done but of things I had failed to do, wasted hours and frustrated moments and...

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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.

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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.

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Hunter S. Thompson

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.

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Hunter S. Thompson

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.

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Hunter S. Thompson

Fear is a healthy instinct, not a sign of weakness. It is a natural self-defense mechanism that is common to felines, wolves, hyenas, and most humans. Even fruit bats know fear, and I salute them for it....

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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...

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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...

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Hunter S. Thompson

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

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Hunter S. Thompson

It is like sitting in a traffic jam on the San Diego Freeway with your windows rolled up and Portuguese music booming out of the surround-sound speakers while animals gnaw on your neck and diseased bill...

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Hunter S. Thompson

God's mercy on you degenerate swine.

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Hunter S. Thompson

This is the fast lane, folks...and some of us like it here.

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Hunter S. Thompson

On some days you get what you want, and on others, you get what you need.

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Hunter S. Thompson

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....

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Hunter S. Thompson

I knew a Buddhist once, and I've hated myself ever since.

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Hunter S. Thompson

Though I was careful never to mention it, I began to see a new dimension in everything that happened.

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Hunter S. Thompson

There may be flies on you and me, but there are no flies on Jesus.

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Hunter S. Thompson

It was the kind of town that made you feel like Humphrey Bogart: you came in on a bumpy little plane, and, for some mysterious reason, got a private room with balcony overlooking the town and the harbor;...

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Hunter S. Thompson

Old God sure was in a good mood when he made this place.

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Hunter S. Thompson

I don't mean to say that I'm about to state my credo here on this page, but merely to affirm, sincerely for the first time in my life, my belief in man as an individual and independent entity. Certainly...

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Hunter S. Thompson

The downward spiral of Dumbness in America is about to hit a new low.

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Hunter S. Thompson

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

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Hunter S. Thompson

Paranoia is just another mask for ignorance.

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Hunter S. Thompson

Sane is rich and powerful. Insane is wrong and poor and weak. The rich are free, the poor are put in cages. Res Ipsa Loquitur, amen. Mahalo.

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Hunter S. Thompson

we left about midnight and walked down the hill in silence. the night was muggy, and all around me i felt the same pressure, a sense of time rushing by while it seemed to be standing still. whenever i...

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Hunter S. Thompson

Ignore that nightmare in the bathroom. Just another ugly refugee from the Love Generation, some doom-struck gimp who couldn't handle the pressure. My attorney has never been able to accept the notion -...

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Hunter S. Thompson

I shared a vagrant optimism 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 felt that the...

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Hunter S. Thompson

1) Never trust a cop in a raincoat. 2) Beware of enthusiasm and of love, both are temporary and quick to sway. 3) If asked if you care about the world's problems, look deep into the eyes of he who asks,...

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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...

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Hunter S. Thompson

October is the cruelest month of any election year, but by then, the pain is so great that even the strong are like jelly and time has lost all meaning for anybody still involved in a political campaign....

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Hunter S. Thompson

The real power in America is held by a fast-emerging new Oligarchy of pimps and preachers who see no need for Democracy or fairness or even trees, except maybe the ones in their own yards, and they don't...

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Hunter S. Thompson

My life has been the polar opposite of safe, but I am proud of it and so is my son, and that is good enough for me. I would do it all over again without changing the beat, although I have never recommended...

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Hunter S. Thompson

In San Francisco - life goes on. Hope rises and dreams flicker and die. Love plans for tomorrow and loneliness thinks of yesterday. Life is beautiful and living is pain. The sound of music floats down...

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Hunter S. Thompson

We were somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert, when the drugs began to take hold.

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Hunter S. Thompson

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.

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Hunter S. Thompson

Hallucinations are bad enough. But after awhile you learn to cope with things like seeing your dead grandmother crawling up your leg with a knife in her teeth. Most acid fanciers can handle this sort of...

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Hunter S. Thompson

I felt like a monster reincarnation of Horatio Alger: A man on the move, and just sick enough to be totally confident.

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Hunter S. Thompson

Too weird to live, too rare to die!

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Hunter S. Thompson

We came out here to find the American Dream, and now that we're right in the vortex you want to quit ... You must realize that we've found the main nerve." I know," he said. "That's what gives me the Fear.

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Hunter S. Thompson

We can't stop here, this is bat country!

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Hunter S. Thompson

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

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Hunter S. Thompson

Kill the body and the head will die.

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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...

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Hunter S. Thompson

The only thing that really worried me was the ether. There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge. And I knew we'd get into that...

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Hunter S. Thompson

Jesus! Did I SAY that? Or just think it? Was I talking? Did they hear me? I glanced over at my attorney, but he seemed oblivious...

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Hunter S. Thompson

Anything that gets your blood racing is probably worth doing.

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Hunter S. Thompson

Wake up and ponder the future

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Hunter S. Thompson

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...

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Hunter S. Thompson

Sportswriters are a rude and brainless subculture of fascist drunks

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Hunter S. Thompson

There’s a lot of things wrong with this country, but one of the few things still right with it is that a man can steer clear of the organized bullshit if he really wants to. It’s a goddamned luxury,...

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Hunter S. Thompson

It drops us into a vigorous current, a constant state of misguided control. The doomed generation takes a final step forward, ignoring all the signs that state the obvious, and leaps into a trip no drug...

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Hunter S. Thompson

I felt a tremendous distance between myself and everything real.

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Hunter S. Thompson

Don't judge your taco by its price

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Hunter S. Thompson

Not a wasted word. This has been a main point to my literary thinking all my life.

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Hunter S. Thompson

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...

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Hunter S. Thompson

I have stolen more quotes and thoughts and purely elegant little starbursts of writing from the Book of Revelation than anything else in the English language - and it is not because I am a biblical scholar,...

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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,...

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Hunter S. Thompson

A little bit of this town goes a very long way.

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Hunter S. Thompson

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...

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Hunter S. Thompson

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...

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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?

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Hunter S. Thompson

An outlaw can be defined as somebody who lives outside the law, beyond the law and not necessarily against it.

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Hunter S. Thompson

Reality itself is too twisted.

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Hunter S. Thompson

I am a road man for the lords of karma.

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Hunter S. Thompson

No one holds command over me. No man. No god. No Prince. What is a claim of age for ones who are immortal? What is a claim of power for ones who defy death? Call your damnable hunt. We shall see whom I...

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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.

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Turn the goddam music up! My heart feels like an alligator!

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Familiarity seems to breed contempt

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As you were, I was. As I am, you will be.

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