Hunter S. Thompson quotes

A list written by: Lee Sonogan


One of the best writers that has influenced me. The creator of Gonzo Journalism, his writing pushes boundaries. Personal and rant like, he was able to write some of the most interesting dialog and quotes ever. You need to check out Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

  • “If you’re going to be crazy, you have to get paid for it or else you’re going to be locked up.”
    Hunter S. Thompson
  • “A man who procrastinates in his choosing will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance.”
    Hunter S. Thompson, The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955-1967
  • “Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. I have always needed Fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio.”
    Hunter S. Thompson
  • “You better take care of me Lord, if you don’t you’re gonna have me on your hands.”
    ― Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  • “The greatest mania of all is passion: and I am a natural slave to passion: the balance between my brain and my soul and my body is as wild and delicate as the skin of a Ming vase.”
    Hunter S. Thompson, The Curse of Lono
  • “For every moment of triumph, for every instance of beauty, many souls must be trampled.”
    Hunter S. Thompson
  • “With the truth so dull and depressing, the only working alternative is wild bursts of madness and filigree.”
    Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72
  • “It gave me a strange feeling, and the rest of that night I didn’t say much, but merely sat there and drank, trying to decide if I was getting older and wiser, or just plain old.”
    Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary
  • “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 not just Whores for power and oil, but killer whores with hate and fear in our hearts.”
    Hunter S. Thompson, Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century
  • “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 reality and doing a little time on the Proud Highway.”
    Hunter S. Thompson

This guy has so much more relevent quotes to modern times. Do some research and check this self-confessed freak out! To sum up all these quotes and my feelings of my own writing.

“As things stand now, I am going to be a writer. I’m not sure that I’m going to be a good one or even a self-supporting one, but until the dark thumb of fate presses me to the dust and says ‘you are nothing’, I will be a writer.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Gonzo




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