Words of wisdom: 14 of Hunter S Thompson’s greatest quotes

Hunter S Thompson, the author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, creator of Gonzo journalism, and all round lunatic, certainly knew how to live life to the fullest. He had a fairly unique, but very interesting take on life. Read just about anything he wrote, and you will soon understand what I mean. He did exactly what he wanted, when he wanted, and didn’t let anybody else make him feel remorse or embarrassment for his choices and actions.

Today would have been his 77th birthday, and in honour of this, I thought I would share a few of my favourite quotes from the man himself.

Enjoy, and happy birthday Hunter.

hunter 1

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


“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 5

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


“Let us toast to animal pleasures, to escapism, to rain on the roof and instant coffee, to unemployment insurance and library cards, to absinthe and good-hearted landlords, to music and warm bodies and contraceptives… and to the “good life”, whatever it is and wherever it happens to be.”

hunter 2

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


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

hunter 7

“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.”


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

hunter 8

“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 off to forced conscious expansion: Tune in, freak out, get beaten.”


“Sleep late, have fun, get wild, drink whiskey and drive fast on empty streets with nothing in mind but falling in love and not getting arrested.”

hunter 6

“There he goes. One of God’s own prototypes. A high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.”


“THE EDGE, there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.”

hunter 3

“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?”


“If you’re going to be crazy, you have to get paid for it or else you’re going to be locked up.”

hunter 4