23 Fascinating Ralph Steadman Quotes

Ralph Steadman is a British artist known best for his work with the American author Hunter S. Thompson. From film posters to political and social caricatures, Steadman has had a fulfilling career in illustrations and design. Here is a look at some of the most memorable Ralph Steadman quotes ever documented.

“America is ripe for lies and lethargy. The pure mountain air is going and gone. It is a huge burden and a sadness for us all.”

“Animal Farm has seen off all the opposition. It’s as valid today as it was fifty years ago.”

“At first, I thought ‘this series is going to be all about death and desecration,’ but instead became a more complex landscape of human relationships.”

“Business should never be allowed to justify mean, thug ugly deals for any reason.”

“Call immediately. Time is running out. We both need to do something monstrous before we die.”


“Evil is always devising more corrosive misery through man’s restless need to exact revenge out of his hate.”

“Funny thing about Americans. They are the first to adopt weird lifestyles and radical views but they are the most conservative race on earth.”

“God invented mankind because he loved silly stories.”

“I am ashamed of a human race that can continue to allow the sordid ambitions of politicized groups who genuinely feel that right is on their side, and can therefore instigate such atrocities in the name of their own sense of right and wrong.”

“I get my best ideas in a thunderstorm. I have the power and majesty of nature on my side.”

“I see if I can make human beings look like reptiles.”

“It makes me so desperately sad to witness just how unforgivably wretched our world has become.”

“Like you do about Nelson Mandela, you can’t help feeling the guy’s a good man.”

“Man’s idea of God, and a God’s collusion, is an essential part of the equation to wage war.”

“Moral authority has been laid to rest, world opinion is no more than a game show and the difference between good and evil is about as relevant as changing channels.”

“Suspicion and doubt lead to animosity and hatred.”

“The kids are not brought up to have minds of their own as individuals.”

“There’s no such thing as a mistake, really. It’s just an opportunity to do something else.”

“What I used to do with a passion, foolishly and vainly imagining I would change the world for the better, I no longer tolerate in myself or anyone else. But draw, always draw – and WRITE.”

“Whats a gonzotic frenzy? Well its me in the throes of an ink splattering attempt to capture the feeling I have at that particular time.”

“You know, we’re really destroying ourselves because we’re really making the motivating force of anything we do selfish.”

“You see that’s what I think is such a terrible, terrible betrayal, the trust that people have in government.”

“You see, nature will do exactly what it must, and if we are a hindrance to its development, to even its destructive powers to reform itself and we are in a way, we will go.”

Here is a world interview with Ralph Steadman, the famous British cartoonist. From his drawings of successive American Presidents to his distinct splatter style, here is a look at his life and career in this new film.

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