25 Breathtaking Hunter S. Thompsom Quotes

Hunter S. Thompsom was an American journalist and author. With many internationally known publications in his time, Thompson was the founder of the gonzo journalism movement. Here is a look at some of the most notable Hunter S. Thompson quotes ever recorded to get you inspired.

“A man who procrastinates in his choosing will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance.”

“America… just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable.”

“As far as I’m concerned, it’s a damned shame that a field as potentially dynamic and vital as journalism should be overrun with dullards, bums, and hacks, hag-ridden with myopia, apathy, and complacence, and generally stuck in a bog of stagnant mediocrity.”

“As long as I’m learning something, I figure I’m OK – it’s a decent day.”

“Buy the ticket, take the ride.”

“Faster, faster, faster, until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death.”


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

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

“I learned a long time ago that reality was much weirder than anyone’s imagination.”

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

“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.”

“Luck is a very thin wire between survival and disaster, and not many people can keep their balance on it.”

“Objective journalism is one of the main reasons that American politics has been allowed to be so corrupt for so long.”

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

“The mind of America is seized by a fatal dry rot – and it’s only a question of time before all that the mind controls will run amuck in a frenzy of stupid, impotent fear.”

“The only difference between the sane and the insane is that the sane have the power to lock up the insane.”

“There are many harsh lessons to be learned from the gambling experience, but the harshest one of all is the difference between having Fun and being Smart.”

“There is no such thing as paranoia. Your worst fears can come true at any moment.”

“Too weird to live, too rare to die!”

“We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.”

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

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

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

“You can turn your back on a person, but never turn your back on a drug, especially when its waving a razor sharp hunting knife in your eye.”

Here is an interview with Hunter S. Thompson as he goes on to discuss his life and career.