Quotations From HUNTER S THOMPSON


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  • That's where Time magazine lives ... way out there on the puzzled, masturbating edge, peering through the keyhole and selling what they see to the big wide world of chamber of commerce voyeurs who support the public prints.
    Hunter S. Thompson (b. 1939), U.S. journalist. repr. In The Great Shark Hunt (1979). "The Ultimate Free Lancer," Distant Drummer (Nov. 1967).

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  • That was always the difference between Muhammad Ali and the rest of us. He came, he saw, and if he didn't entirely conquer—he came as close as anybody we are likely to see in the lifetime of this doomed generation.
    Hunter S. Thompson (b. 1939), U.S. journalist. repr. in The Great Shark Hunt, pt. 4 (1979). "Last Tango in Vegas: Fear and Loathing in the Far Room," Rolling Stone (May 18, 1978).
  • The trouble with Nixon is that he's a serious politics junkie. He's totally hooked ... and like any other junkie, he's a bummer to have around: especially as President.
    Hunter S. Thompson (b. 1939), U.S. journalist. "Jacket Copy for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," The Great Shark Hunt (1979).
  • 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.
    Hunter S. Thompson (b. 1939), U.S. journalist. repr. in The Great Shark Hunt, pt. 1 (1979). "Fear and Loathing at the Superbowl," Rolling Stone (New York, Feb. 15, 1973).

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  • Publishers are notoriously slothful about numbers, unless they're attached to dollar signs—unlike journalists, quarterbacks, and felony criminal defendents who tend to be keenly aware of numbers at all times.
    Hunter S. Thompson (b. 1939), U.S. journalist. repr. In Songs Of The Doomed (1991). "A Letter to The Champion: a publication of the National Assoc. Of Criminal Defense Lawyers," (July 1990).
  • Going to trial with a lawyer who considers your whole life-style a Crime in Progress is not a happy prospect.
    Hunter S. Thompson (b. 1939), U.S. journalist. letter to The Champion, repr. In Songs of the Doomed (1991). The Champion (July 1990). The Champion is a publication of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

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