Hunter Stockton Thompson is an American journalist and author who became very popular among the people who believed in American counterculture due to his fearless, aggressive and macho lifestyle. He is also well known as the founder of gonzo journalism.
Hunter S. Thompson was born on July 18, 1937 in a middle-class family in Louisville, the largest city in the US. His father died when he was 14, so his mother raised Thompson alone.
Thompson was interested in sports at a young age, he wanted to become an athlete, but it was probably not written in his luck. During high school, he became a member of an Athenaeum group that involved Thompson in criminal activity. He was jailed for 60 days and his career & studies were completely ruined.
Later he joined the Air Force after taking basic training from Lackland Air Force Base. But a few years later, he was given an early honorable discharge as an airman first class. After leaving the Air Force, He began his journalism career as a sports editor for a newspaper.
In 1970, he published a sports article titled “The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved” under Scanlan’s Monthly Publication, which strengthened his journalist profile.
People really liked Thompson’s writing style. This inspired Thompson to create a New Journalism subgenre “Gonzo”. Thompson has written many famous books in addition to articles in newspapers, the first of which is Hell’s Angels Book. This book is based on the experiences of the days he spent with the Hells Angels motorcycle gang.
Some of his other popular books include the rum diary book, the proud highway, fear and loathing book and the great shark hunt. The mid-1970s saw a major downfall in Thompson’s writing output and career that left him deeply depressed.
Apart from his writings, Hunter S. Thompson is also known for his lifelong use of alcohol and drugs. He once said that “I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me.”
Due to intoxication all his life, he had many health problems. Meanwhile, troubled by career slow down and health problems, at the age of 67, Hunter S. Thompson committed suicide by shooting himself at his home on February 20, 2005.
Hunter S Thompson Quotes :
We are all alone, born alone, die alone. — Hunter S Thompson
A man who procrastinates in his choosing will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance. — Hunter S Thompson
In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity. — Hunter S Thompson
I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me. — Hunter S Thompson
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 S Thompson
No sympathy for the devil; keep that in mind. Buy the ticket, take the ride. — Hunter S Thompson
Too weird to live, too rare to die! — Hunter S Thompson
Some may never live, but the crazy never die. — Hunter S Thompson
If you’re going to be crazy, you have to get paid for it or else you’re going to be locked up. — Hunter S Thompson
Freedom is something that dies unless it’s used. — Hunter S Thompson
I was not proud of what I had learned but I never doubted that it was worth knowing. — Hunter S Thompson
Yesterday’s weirdness is tomorrow’s reason why. — Hunter S Thompson
The tension between these two poles – a restless idealism on one hand and a sense of impending doom on the other – kept me going. — Hunter S Thompson
If you care about the world’s problems, look deep into the eyes of he who asks, he will never ask you again. — Hunter S Thompson
Anything worth doing, is worth doing right. — Hunter S Thompson
The greatest mania of all is passion: and I am a natural slave to passion. — Hunter S Thompson
Morality is temporary, wisdom is permanent. — Hunter S Thompson
With the truth so dull and depressing, the only working alternative is wild bursts of madness and filigree. — Hunter S Thompson
The possibility of physical and mental collapse is now very real. No sympathy for the Devil, keep that in mind. — Hunter S Thompson
If you think the world is weird now, imagine how weird it would be if wild beasts had no fear. — Hunter S Thompson
You can’t miss what you never had. — Hunter S Thompson
Pray to God, but row away from the rocks. — Hunter S Thompson
The delicate illusions that get us through life can only stand so much strain. — Hunter S Thompson
No matter how much I wanted all those things that I needed money to buy, there was some devilish current pushing me off in another direction — toward anarchy and poverty and craziness. — Hunter S Thompson
To make a point of declaring friendship is to cheapen it. — Hunter S Thompson
You won’t find reasonable men on the tops of tall mountains. — Hunter S Thompson
Live steady. Don’t fuck around. Give anything weird a wide berth — including people. — Hunter S Thompson
An outlaw can be defined as somebody who lives outside the law, beyond the law and not necessarily against it. — Hunter S Thompson
It won’t last. Nothing lasts. But I’m happy now. — Hunter S Thompson
The brutal reality of politics would be probably intolerable without drugs. — Hunter S Thompson
Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism. — Hunter S Thompson
There are always risks in challenging excessive police power, but the risks of not challenging it are more dangerous. — Hunter S Thompson
It’s a strange world. Some people get rich and others eat shit and die. — Hunter S Thompson
Every reaction is a learning process; every significant experience alters your perspective. — Hunter S Thompson
I am a road man for the lords of karma. — Hunter S Thompson
The Angels don’t like to be called losers, but they have learned to live with it. — Hunter S Thompson
Hunter S Thompson Quotes On Life :
Know your dope fiend. your life may depend on it! — Hunter S Thompson
Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously. — Hunter S Thompson
Life is beautiful and living is pain. — Hunter S Thompson
Hunter S Thompson Love Quotes :
Beware of enthusiasm and of love, both are temporary and quick to sway. — Hunter S Thompson
Love plans for tomorrow and loneliness think of yesterday. — Hunter S Thompson
Hunter S Thompson Quotes On Fear :
I understand that fear is my friend, but not always. Never turn your back on Fear. It should always be in front of you, like a thing that might have to be killed. — Hunter S Thompson
People who claim to know jackrabbits will tell you they are primarily motivated by Fear, Stupidity, and Craziness. — Hunter S Thompson
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Hunter S Thompson Music Quotes :
I’ve always compared writing to music. That’s the way I feel about good paragraphs. When it really works, it’s like music. — Hunter S Thompson
Turn the goddam music up! My heart feels like an alligator! — Hunter S Thompson