25 Captivating Hunter S. Thompson Quotes

Hunter S. Thompson was an American journalist and author. As the founder of the gonzo journalism movement, Thompson made a name for himself in movies. Here is a look at some of the most notable Hunter S. Thompson quotes to know.

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

“Anything that gets your blood racing is probably worth doing.”

“Buy the ticket, take the ride.”

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

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

“Hope rises and dreams flicker and die. Love plans for tomorrow and loneliness thinks of yesterday. Life is beautiful and living is pain.”


“Human beings are the only creatures on earth that claim a God and the only thing that behaves like it hasn’t got one.”

“I drink much less than most people think, and I think much more than most people would believe. I am quite sincere about some of the things that people take very lightly, and almost insultingly unconcerned about some of the things which most people take seriously.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

“Love plans for tomorrow and loneliness thinks of yesterday.”

“My greatest talent is in my ability to choose good friends. It’s about as important as things get.”

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

“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?”

“The downward spiral of Dumbness in America is about to hit a new low.”

“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.”

“Those who fail to learn from the brutal stompings visited on them in the past are doomed to be brutally stomped in the future.”

“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”

“We are living in dangerously weird times now. Smart people just shrug and admit they’re dazed and confused.”

“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.”

“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 a BBC program of the 1978 documentary with Hunter S. Thompson titled, “Fear and Loathing in Gonzovision.”