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  • #1
    Hunter S. Thompson
    “Strange memories on this nervous night in Las Vegas. Five years later? Six? It seems like a lifetime, or at least a Main Era—the kind of peak that never comes again. San Francisco in the middle sixties was a very special time and place to be a part of. Maybe it meant something. Maybe not, in the long run . . . but no explanation, no mix of words or music or memories can touch that sense of knowing that you were there and alive in that corner of time and the world. Whatever it meant. . . .

    History is hard to know, because of all the hired bullshit, but even without being sure of “history” it seems entirely reasonable to think that every now and then the energy of a whole generation comes to a head in a long fine flash, for reasons that nobody really understands at the time—and which never explain, in retrospect, what actually happened.

    My central memory of that time seems to hang on one or five or maybe forty nights—or very early mornings—when I left the Fillmore half-crazy and, instead of going home, aimed the big 650 Lightning across the Bay Bridge at a hundred miles an hour wearing L. L. Bean shorts and a Butte sheepherder's jacket . . . booming through the Treasure Island tunnel at the lights of Oakland and Berkeley and Richmond, not quite sure which turn-off to take when I got to the other end (always stalling at the toll-gate, too twisted to find neutral while I fumbled for change) . . . but being absolutely certain that no matter which way I went I would come to a place where people were just as high and wild as I was: No doubt at all about that. . . .

    There was madness in any direction, at any hour. If not across the Bay, then up the Golden Gate or down 101 to Los Altos or La Honda. . . . You could strike sparks anywhere. There was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning. . . .

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

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

  • #2
    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?”
    Hunter S. Thompson

  • #3
    Hunter S. Thompson
    “Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously.”
    Hunter S. Thompson

  • #4
    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, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

  • #5
    Margaret Mead
    “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”
    Margaret Mead

  • #6
    “χαλεπὰ τὰ καλά

    Nothing beautiful without struggle.”
    Plato, The Republic

  • #7
    T.S. Eliot
    “The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
    It isn't just one of your holiday games;
    You may think at first I'm as mad as a hatter
    When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.
    First of all, there's the name that the family use daily,
    Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James,
    Such as Victor or Jonathan, or George or Bill Bailey -
    All of them sensible everyday names.
    There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,
    Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames:
    Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter -
    But all of them sensible everyday names.
    But I tell you, a cat needs a name that's particular,
    A name that's peculiar, and more dignified,
    Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,
    Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?
    Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum,
    Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat,
    Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum -
    Names that never belong to more than one cat.
    But above and beyond there's still one name left over,
    And that is the name that you never will guess;
    The name that no human research can discover -
    But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.
    When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
    The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
    His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
    Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:
    His ineffable effable
    Deep and inscrutable singular Name.”
    T.S. Eliot, Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

  • #8
    Maya Angelou
    “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”
    Maya Angelou

  • #9
    Maya Angelou
    “You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.”
    Maya Angelou

  • #10
    Maya Angelou
    “My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.”
    Maya Angelou

  • #11
    Maya Angelou
    “When we find someone who is brave, fun, intelligent, and loving, we have to thank the universe.”
    Maya Angelou

  • #12
    Maya Angelou
    “In all the world, there is no heart for me like yours.
    In all the world, there is no love for you like mine.”
    Maya Angelou

  • #13
    Maya Angelou
    “Did you want to see me broken?
    Bowed head and lowered eyes?
    Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
    Weakened by my soulful cries.

    You may shoot me with your words,
    You may cut me with your eyes,
    You may kill me with your hatefulness,
    But still, like air, I’ll rise.”
    Maya Angelou

  • #14
    Maya Angelou
    “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud. Do not complain. Make every effort to change things you do not like. If you cannot make a change, change the way you have been thinking. You might find a new solution.”
    Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter
    tags: 2008

  • #15
    Maya Angelou
    “Life is going to give you just what you put in it. Put your whole heart in everything you do, and pray, then you can wait.”
    Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

  • #16
    Maya Angelou
    “Just like moons and suns,
    With certainty of tides,
    Just like hopes springing high,
    Still I'll rise.”
    Maya Angelou

  • #17
    Maya Angelou
    “At the end of the day people won't remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.”
    Maya Angelou

  • #18
    Maya Angelou
    “When you do nothing you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better.”
    Maya Angelou

  • #19
    Maya Angelou
    “Hope for the best, be prepared for the worse. Life is shocking, but you must never appear to be shocked. For no matter how bad it is it could be worse and no matter how good it is it could be better.”
    Maya Angelou

  • #20
    Maya Angelou
    “In all the institutions I try to be present and accountable for all I do and leave undone. I know that eventually I shall have to be present and accountable n the presence of God. I do not wish to be found wanting.”
    Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter

  • #21
    Maya Angelou
    “I know that I'm not the easiest person to live with. The challenge I put on myself is so great that the person I live with feels himself challenged. I bring a lot to bear, and I don't know how not to.”
    Maya Angelo, phenomenal woman

  • #22
    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

  • #23
    Hunter S. Thompson
    “All my life, my heart has sought a thing I cannot name.

    Remembered line from a long-
    forgotten poem”
    Hunter S. Thompson, Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga

  • #24
    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, he will never ask you again.
    4) Never give your real name.
    5) If ever asked to look at yourself, don't look.
    6) Never do anything the person standing in front of you can't understand.
    7) Never create anything, it will be misinterpreted, it will chain you and follow you for the rest of your life.”
    Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

  • #25
    Hunter S. Thompson
    “For every moment of triumph, for every instance of beauty, many souls must be trampled.”
    Hunter S. Thompson

  • #26
    Hunter S. Thompson
    “Buy the ticket, take the ride.”
    Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

  • #27
    Hunter S. Thompson
    “Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, “Wow what a ride!”
    Hunter S. Thompson, The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955-1967

  • #28
    Hunter S. Thompson
    “I'm a relatively respectable citizen. Multiple felon perhaps, but certainly not dangerous.”
    Hunter S. Thompson

  • #29
    Hunter S. Thompson
    “and the sad notes floated out to the
    patio and hung in the trees like birds too tired to fly”
    Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary

  • #30
    Hunter S. Thompson
    “I will fight for your right to be weird- just as I know you will fight for mine.”
    Hunter S. Thompson

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