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Hunter S Thompson
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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. Hunter S Thompson

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

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 generation. Hunter S Thompson

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

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. Hunter S Thompson

In my heart, I am always a Raider. Hunter S Thompson

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. Hunter S Thompson

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. 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. Hunter S Thompson

The Jews don't beleive in Jesus! Why should I?! WHOOOEEEE!! Hunter S Thompson

"Perceive" is the word that became in the '72 campaign what "charisma" was for the 1960, '64 and even the '68 campaigns. "Perceive" is the new key word. When you say perceive you imply the difference between what the candidate is and the way the public or the voters see him. Hunter S Thompson

There's no point in getting into politics at all unless you plan to lash things around. Hunter S Thompson

Las Vegas is a society of armed masturbators/gambling is the kicker here/sex is extra/weird trip for high rollers ... house-whores for winners, hand jobs for the bad luck crowd. Hunter S Thompson

I believe that the major operating ethic in American society right now, the most universal want and need is to be on TV. I've been on TV. I could be on TV all the time if I wanted to. But most people will never get on TV. It has to be a real breakthrough for them. And trouble is, people will do almost anything to get on it. You know, confess to crimes they haven't committed. You don't exist unless you're on TV. Yeah, it's a validation process. Hunter S Thompson

The first paragraph. The last paragraph. That's where the story is going and how it's going to end. Or else you'll go off in a hundred different directions. Hunter S Thompson

They say that "he who flies highest, falls farthest" ? and who am I to argue? But we can't forget that "he who doesn't flap his wings, never flies at all. Hunter S Thompson

I couldn't imagine, and I don't say this with any pride, but I really couldn't imagine writing without a desperate deadline. Hunter S Thompson

By the time I got to high school I knew what I was gonna do. Mainly because I looked around and saw there wasn't much else I was able to do. I was a criminal. I was a juvenile delinquent. Hunter S Thompson

I guess I'm just courtly until people get in my way. You'll find most Southerners are like that. Hunter S Thompson

Given my calling I had to stumble across people who felt the same way. I was a young reporter. Hunter S Thompson

My greatest talent is in my ability to choose good friends. It's about as important as things get. Hunter S Thompson

The first impression is always the right one. I rarely change my mind upward about people. Hunter S Thompson

Sometimes you're fooled quickly. You want to be fooled. If you can't trust your first impression you're going to have a harder time than you should. Hunter S Thompson

It's hard to say what I meant by "as we know it." I'm not about to go up on a mountain on new year's eve and wait for the lightening to strike. Hunter S Thompson

The years after 2000 will be a monumental change in the way life is lived here. It will be harder and harder to relate to our children. I don't know what it's going to be. I don't plan to be around in the year 2000. I'll be taken away by the Sufi God. Hunter S Thompson

["Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas"] is a very hard book to translate to film because there's so much interior monologue. The what if factor. I tried to write it cinematically and let the dialogue carry it but I forgot about the interior monologue. It's kind of hard to show what's going on in the head. I think we should do it like a documentary. Hunter S Thompson

["Where the Buffalo Roam" is] horrible pile of crap. [Bill] Murray did a good job. But it was a bad script. You can't beat a bad script. It was just a horrible movie. A cartoon. But Bill Murray did a good job. We actually wrote and shot several different endings and beginnings and they all got cut out in the end. It was disappointing. Hunter S Thompson

Jim Harrison is someone I always enjoy, one of the great contemporary writers. I like Tim Ferris' Big Boom Theory. I'm getting into a different kind of reading, not straight novels. Hunter S Thompson

I'd almost prefer [Richard] Nixon. I'd say [Bill] Clinton is every bit as corrupt as Nixon, but a lot smoother. Hunter S Thompson

I was kind of relieved with the way the book [The Proud Highway] came out. It's beyond an autobiography or a biography. I never knew what was going to come up next. Hunter S Thompson

I got tired and embarrassed by the constant poverty of those years. I told Doug [ Brinkley] this is really going to be a horrible downer of a book [The Proud Highway] if all it's going to be is about being broke. I didn't like being reminded of desperation at all times. Hunter S Thompson

It might be a little rough on some people for a while, but I think it's the only way to deal with drugs. Look at Prohibition: all it did was make a lot of criminals rich. Should be legalized for a matter of sanity. Hunter S Thompson

I'm doing an introduction for one of Ralph's [Steadman] books. He's doing something called Gonzo, the Art I think he's stealing from me. I like Steadman and his coattail abilities. Ralph is better at business than I am. He has always managed to get free whiskey. Hunter S Thompson

[Polo Is My Life] is what's called a sex book - you know, sex, drugs and rock and roll. It's about the manager of a sex theater who's forced to leave and flee to the mountains. He falls in love and gets in even more trouble than he was in the sex theater in San Francisco. Most of my stories are tales of anguish, stress and grief. Hunter S Thompson

Allen [ Ginsberg] was a particular friend, one of my heroes, really. I knew him almost as long as I've been writing. Hunter S Thompson

I was once arrested with [Allen] Ginsburg. He was a big help to me. He was one of the few people who read unknown writer's work. Maybe he was just hustling me. He liked to flirt, Allen. They called him a monster but he was only falling in love. Hunter S Thompson

I think George Washington owned guns. I've never seen any contradiction with that. Hunter S Thompson

I'm not a liberal, by the way.I believe I have every right to have guns. I just bought another huge weapon. A lot of people shouldn't own guns. I should. I have a safety record. Guns are a lot of fun out here. Hunter S Thompson

Good people drink good beer. Just look around any public barroom and you will see: Bad people drink bad beer. Think about it. Hunter S Thompson

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

I've always considered writing the most hateful kind of work. I suspect it's a bit like f***ing which is fun only for amateurs. Old whores don't do much giggling. Hunter S Thompson

Freedom, Truth, Honour you could rattle off a hundred such words and behind every one of them would gather a thousand punks, pompous little farts, waving the banner with one hand and reaching under the table with the other. Hunter S Thompson

I still feel needles in my back when I think about all the horrible disasters that would have befallen me if I had permanently moved to San Francisco and rented a big house, joined the company dole, become national-affairs editor for some upstart magazine that was the plan around 1967. But that would have meant going to work on a regular basis, like nine to five, with an office I had to pull out. Hunter S Thompson

They say that "he who flies highest, falls farthest" and who am I to argue? But we can't forget that "he who doesn't flap his wings, never flies at all. Hunter S Thompson



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