Hunter S. Thompson Quotes

Born July 18, 1937
Died February 20, 2005

Who the Hell is Hunter S. Thompson?

Hunter S. Thompson was an American journalist and writer who founded the gonzo journalism.

Thompson is best known for 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' which was made into a great cult movie by former Monty Python member Terry Gilliam starring Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro.

Books by Hunter S. Thompson

Best Quotes by Hunter S. Thompson

“A man has to be something; he has to matter.”

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

“All my life, my heart has sought a thing I cannot name.”

Hunter S. Thompson
Hell's Angels

“Anything worth doing, is worth doing right.”

Hunter S. Thompson

“Beware of enthusiasm and of love, both are temporary and quick to sway.”

Hunter S. Thompson
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

“Freedom is something that dies unless it's used.”

Hunter S. Thompson

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

Hunter S. Thompson

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

Hunter S. Thompson

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

Hunter S. Thompson

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

Hunter S. Thompson
The Proud Highway

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

Hunter S. Thompson
The Rum Diary

“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

“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.”

Hunter S. Thompson
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

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

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 out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!”

Hunter S. Thompson
The Proud Highway

“Morality is temporary, wisdom is permanent.”

Hunter S. Thompson
Kingdom of Fear

“Never do anything the person standing in front of you can't understand.”

Hunter S. Thompson
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

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

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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“Some may never live, but the crazy never die.”

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. I do not say lonely—at least, not all the time—but essentially, and finally, alone. This is what makes your self-respect so important, and I don't see how you can respect yourself if you must look in the hearts and minds of others for your happiness.”

Hunter S. Thompson
The Proud Highway

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

Hunter S. Thompson
Kingdom of Fear

“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.”

Hunter S. Thompson

“Yesterday's weirdness is tomorrow's reason why.”

Hunter S. Thompson
The Curse of Lono