too weird to live: favorite hunter thompson quotes

Hunter S. Thompson: My Hero and Role Model

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Hunter Thompson died five years ago this week. Here are my favorite quotes:

A word to the wise is infuriating.

Call on God, but row away from the rocks.

For every moment of triumph, for every instance of beauty, many souls must be trampled.

I feel the same way about disco as I do about herpes.

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

I wouldn’t recommend sex, drugs or insanity for everyone, but they’ve always worked for me.

If I’d written all the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people – including me – would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism.

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.

No man is so foolish but he may sometimes give another good counsel, and no man so wise that he may not easily err if he takes no other counsel than his own. He that is taught only by himself has a fool for a master.

Politics is the art of controlling your environment.

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 music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There’s also a negative side.

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