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  • #1
    Hunter S. Thompson
    “You took too much man, too much, too much.”
    Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

  • #2
    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.”
    Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72

  • #3
    Hunter S. Thompson
    “He that is taught only by himself has a fool for a master.”
    Hunter S. Thompson

  • #4
    Hunter S. Thompson
    “If the right people had been in charge of Nixon's funeral, his casket would have been launched into one of those open-sewage canals that empty into the ocean just south of Los Angeles. He was a swine of a man and a jabbering dupe of a president. Nixon was so crooked that he needed servants to help him screw his pants on every morning. Even his funeral was illegal. He was queer in the deepest way. His body should have been burned in a trash bin.”
    Hunter S. Thompson, Where Were You When the Fun Stopped

  • #5
    Hunter S. Thompson
    “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.”
    Hunter S. Thompson

  • #6
    Hunter S. Thompson
    “Breakfast is the only meal of the day that I tend to view with the same kind of traditionalized reverence that most people associate with Lunch and Dinner. I like to eat breakfast alone, and almost never before noon; anybody with a terminally jangled lifestyle needs at least one psychic anchor every twenty-four hours, and mine is breakfast. In Hong Kong, Dallas or at home — and regardless of whether or not I have been to bed — 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, Rangoon crepes, a half-pound of either sausage, bacon, or corned beef hash with diced chiles, a Spanish omelette or eggs Benedict, a quart of milk, a chopped lemon for random seasoning, and something like a slice of Key lime pie, two margaritas, and six lines of the best cocaine for dessert… Right, and there should also be two or three newspapers, all mail and messages, a telephone, a notebook for planning the next twenty-four hours and at least one source of good music… All of which should be dealt with outside, in the warmth of a hot sun, and preferably stone naked.”
    Hunter S. Thompson

  • #7
    Hunter S. Thompson
    “In a closed society where everybody's guilty, the only crime is getting caught.”
    Hunter S. Thompson

  • #8
    Hunter S. Thompson
    “I will fight for your right to be weird- just as I know you will fight for mine.”
    Hunter S. Thompson

  • #9
    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 he make that grim connection..”
    Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

  • #10
    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 not independence in the everyday sense of the word, but pertaining to a freedom and mobility of thought that few people are able - or even have the courage - to achieve.”
    Hunter S. Thompson, Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century

  • #11
    Hunter S. Thompson
    “The brutal reality of politics would be probably intolerable without drugs.”
    Hunter S. Thompson, Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century

  • #12
    Hunter S. Thompson
  • #13
    Hunter S. Thompson
    “Still humping the American Dream”
    Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

  • #14
    Hunter S. Thompson
    “It seems like a lifetime, or at least a Main Era — the kind of peak that never comes again. San Francisco in the middle sixties was a very special time and place to be a part of. Maybe it meant something. Maybe not, in the long run... but no explanation, no mix of words or music or memories can touch that sense of knowing that you were there and alive in that corner of time and the world. Whatever it meant...

    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...

    And that, I think, was the handle — that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil. Not in any mean or military sense; we didn't need that. Our energy would simply PREVAIL. There was no point in fighting — on our side or theirs. We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave...

    So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high water mark — that place where the wave finally broke, and rolled back.”
    Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

  • #15
    Hunter S. Thompson
    “Going to trial with a lawyer who considers your whole life-style a Crime in Progress is not a happy prospect.”
    Hunter S. Thompson

  • #16
    Hunter S. Thompson
    “to whatever extent the Hell’s Angels may or may be latent sadomasochists or repressed homosexuals is to me--after nearly a year in the constant company of outlaw motorcyclists--almost entirely irrelevant. There are literary critics who insist that Ernest Hemingway was a tortured queer and that Mark Twain was haunted to the end of his days by a penchant for interracial buggery. It is a good way to stir up a tempest in the academic quarterlies, but it won’t change a word of what either man wrote, nor alter the impact of their work on the world they were writing about. Perhaps Manolete was a hoof fetishist, or suffered from terrible hemorrhoids as a result of long nights in Spanish horn parlors…but he was a great matador, and it is hard to see how any amount of Freudian theorizing can have the slightest effect on the reality of the thing he did best.”
    Hunter S. Thompson

  • #17
    Hunter S. Thompson
    “It's a strange world. Some people get rich and others eat shit and die.”
    Hunter S. Thompson, Generation of Swine: Tales of Shame and Degradation in the '80's

  • #18
    Hunter S. Thompson
    “rain is acid...
    sex is death....”
    Hunter S. Thompson

  • #19
    Hunter S. Thompson
    “Being shot out of a cannon will always be better than being squeezed out of a tube.”
    Hunter S. Thompson, Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century

  • #20
    “It's my belief that history is a wheel. 'Inconstancy is my very essence,' says the wheel. Rise up on my spokes if you like but don't complain when you're cast back down into the depths. Good time pass away, but then so do the bad. Mutability is our tragedy, but it's also our hope. The worst of time, like the best, are always passing away.”
    Tony Wilson, 24 Hour Party People



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