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Hunter Stockton Thompson (July 18, 1937 – February 20, 2005) was an American journalist and author, and the founder of the gonzo journalism movement. He first rose to prominence with the publication of Hell's Angels (1967), a book for which he spent a year living and riding with the Hells Angels motorcycle club to write a first-hand account of the lives and experiences of its members.

In 1970, he wrote an unconventional magazine feature titled "The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved" for Scanlan's Monthly, which both raised his profile and established him as a writer with counterculture credibility. It also set him on a path to establishing his own subgenre of New Journalism that he called "Gonzo", which was essentially an ongoing experiment in which the writer becomes a central figure and even a participant in the events of the narrative.

Thompson remains best known for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1971), a book first serialized in Rolling Stone in which he grapples with the implications of what he considered the failure of the 1960s counterculture movement. It was adapted on film twice: loosely in Where the Buffalo Roam starring Bill Murray as Thompson in 1980, and directly in 1998 by director Terry Gilliam in a film starring Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro. The Doonesbury cartoon character Uncle Duke – who was modeled after Thompson – pens an essay about "my shoplifting conviction" titled "Fear and Loathing at Macy's Menswear", a reference to Thompson's book.

Politically minded, Thompson ran unsuccessfully for sheriff of Pitkin County, Colorado, in 1970 on the Freak Power ticket. His run for sheriff is chronicled in the documentary film Freak Power: The Ballot or the Bomb. He became well known for his dislike of Richard Nixon, who he claimed represented "that dark, venal, and incurably violent side of the American character". He covered Nixon's 1972 reelection campaign for Rolling Stone and later collected the stories in book form as Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72.

Thompson's output notably declined from the mid-1970s, as he struggled with the consequences of fame, and he complained that he could no longer merely report on events, as he was too easily recognized. He was also known for his lifelong use of alcohol and illegal narcotics, his love of firearms, and his iconoclastic contempt for authoritarianism. He often remarked: "I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me."

Thompson died by suicide at the age of 67, following a series of health problems. In accordance with his wishes, his ashes were fired out of a cannon in a ceremony funded by his friend Johnny Depp and attended by friends including then-Senator John Kerry and Jack Nicholson. Hari Kunzru wrote, "the true voice of Thompson is revealed to be that of American moralist ... one who often makes himself ugly to expose the ugliness he sees around him."

quote by Hunter S. Thompson: Not a wasted word. This has been a main point to my literary thinking all my life. with background image: orange moon during nighttime
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Not a wasted word. This has been a main point to my literary thinking all my life.

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quote by Hunter S. Thompson: I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me. with background image: green ceramic mug on wooden desk
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I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me.

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quote by Hunter S. Thompson: A nervous blonde nymphet who thought that politics was some kind of game played by old people, like bridge. with background image: city lights from hill
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A nervous blonde nymphet who thought that politics was some kind of game played by old people, like bridge.

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quote by Hunter S. Thompson: The waitress had the appearance of a very old hooker who had finally found her place in life. with background image: castle surrounded fog
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The waitress had the appearance of a very old hooker who had finally found her place in life.

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quote by Hunter S. Thompson: 'Crazy' is a term of art; 'Insane' is a term of law. Remember that, and you will save yourself a lot of trouble. with background image: red tulips
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'Crazy' is a term of art; 'Insane' is a term of law. Remember that, and you will save yourself a lot of trouble.

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quote by Hunter S. Thompson: Faster, faster, until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death. with background image: landscape photography of mountain
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Faster, faster, until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death.

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quote by Hunter S. Thompson: He could shake your hand and stab you in the back at the same time. with background image: yellow sunflowers under white clouds and blue sky
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He could shake your hand and stab you in the back at the same time.

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quote by Hunter S. Thompson: Turn the goddam music up! My heart feels like an alligator! with background image: four men sitting beside table
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Turn the goddam music up! My heart feels like an alligator!

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quote by Hunter S. Thompson: I'll call New York for some cash. with background image: white beans on white background

I'll call New York for some cash.

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quote by Hunter S. Thompson: They're gonna make it look like suicide. I know how those bastards think. with background image: wide lake over sunset view
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They're gonna make it look like suicide. I know how those bastards think.

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quote by Hunter S. Thompson: Whatever he might have denied me was unimportant; it was the fact that he could deny me anything at all, even what I didn't want. with background image: toddlers standing outdoors
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Whatever he might have denied me was unimportant; it was the fact that he could deny me anything at all, even what I didn't want.

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quote by Hunter S. Thompson: I couldn't imagine, and I don't say this with any pride, but I really couldn't imagine writing without a desperate deadline. with background image: bird in the sky
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I couldn't imagine, and I don't say this with any pride, but I really couldn't imagine writing without a desperate deadline.

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quote by Hunter S. Thompson: They say that he who flies highest, falls farthest -- and who am I to argue? But we can't forget that he who doesn't flap his wings, never flies at all. with background image: brown grass field near gray rocky mountain during daytime
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They say that he who flies highest, falls farthest -- and who am I to argue? But we can't forget that he who doesn't flap his wings, never flies at all.

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quote by Hunter S. Thompson: Fiction is a bridge to the truth that journalism can't reach. with background image: rainbow
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Fiction is a bridge to the truth that journalism can't reach.

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quote by Hunter S. Thompson: If you consider the great journalists in history, you don't see too many objective journalists on that list. with background image: palm tree under orange sky
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If you consider the great journalists in history, you don't see too many objective journalists on that list.

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quote by Hunter S. Thompson: Timothy Leary and I kept the same hours. He believed, as I do, that After midnight, all things are possible. with background image: calm body of water near alp mountains during nighttime
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Timothy Leary and I kept the same hours. He believed, as I do, that After midnight, all things are possible.

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quote by Hunter S. Thompson: I never claimed to be anything more than a nice guy and an athlete. with background image: silhouette of mountains during starry night
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I never claimed to be anything more than a nice guy and an athlete.

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quote by Hunter S. Thompson: Jesus! Did I say that? Or just think it? Was I talking? Did they hear me? I glanced over at my attorney, but he seemed oblivious. with background image: red strawberry fruit on red surface
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Jesus! Did I say that? Or just think it? Was I talking? Did they hear me? I glanced over at my attorney, but he seemed oblivious.

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quote by Hunter S. Thompson: Smart people understand that there is no such thing as paranoia. It is just another mask for ignorance. with background image: gray concrete surface
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Smart people understand that there is no such thing as paranoia. It is just another mask for ignorance.

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quote by Hunter S. Thompson: One of them is knowing the difference between Morality and Wisdom. Morality is temporary, Wisdom is permanent… Ho ho. Take that one to bed with you tonight. with background image: black and yellow wall sconce
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One of them is knowing the difference between Morality and Wisdom. Morality is temporary, Wisdom is permanent… Ho ho. Take that one to bed with you tonight.

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quote by Hunter S. Thompson: Maybe the who secret of turning a crowd on is getting turned on yourself by the crowd. with background image: pink tulip flower
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Maybe the who secret of turning a crowd on is getting turned on yourself by the crowd.

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quote by Hunter S. Thompson: Given my calling I had to stumble across people who felt the same way. I was a young reporter. with background image: red rose
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Given my calling I had to stumble across people who felt the same way. I was a young reporter.

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quote by Hunter S. Thompson: These things happen. One day you run everything, and the next day you run like a dog. with background image: green sports court illustration
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These things happen. One day you run everything, and the next day you run like a dog.

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quote by Hunter S. Thompson: Reality itself is too twisted. with background image: donkey
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Reality itself is too twisted.

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quote by Hunter S. Thompson: A little bit of this town goes a very long way. After five days in Vegas you feel like you've been here for five years. with background image: man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered
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A little bit of this town goes a very long way. After five days in Vegas you feel like you've been here for five years.

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quote by Hunter S. Thompson: On some days you get what you want, and on others, you get what you need. with background image: forest trees photograph
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On some days you get what you want, and on others, you get what you need.

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quote by Hunter S. Thompson: Sometimes you're fooled quickly. You want to be fooled. If you can't trust your first impression you're going to have a harder time than you should. with background image: silhouette of man and woman during sunset
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Sometimes you're fooled quickly. You want to be fooled. If you can't trust your first impression you're going to have a harder time than you should.

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quote by Hunter S. Thompson: The first impression is always the right one. I rarely change my mind upward about people. with background image: white and black soccer ball on grass field
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The first impression is always the right one. I rarely change my mind upward about people.

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quote by Hunter S. Thompson: To make a point of declaring friendship is to cheapen it. For men's emotions are very rarely put into words successfully. with background image: brown sands
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To make a point of declaring friendship is to cheapen it. For men's emotions are very rarely put into words successfully.

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quote by Hunter S. Thompson: The McGovern McCarthy type candidacies have disappointed too many people, because of a disillusionment with the candidates themselves. with background image: bird on pier
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The McGovern McCarthy type candidacies have disappointed too many people, because of a disillusionment with the candidates themselves.

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quote by Hunter S. Thompson: Love plans for tomorrow and loneliness thinks of yesterday. with background image: rainbow
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Love plans for tomorrow and loneliness thinks of yesterday.

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quote by Hunter S. Thompson: Not even the foulest atrocities of Adolf Hitler ever shocked me so badly as these photographs did. with background image: green ceramic mug on wooden desk
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Not even the foulest atrocities of Adolf Hitler ever shocked me so badly as these photographs did.

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quote by Hunter S. Thompson: My greatest talent is in my ability to choose good friends. It's about as important as things get. with background image: man sitting on concrete brick with opened laptop on his lap
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My greatest talent is in my ability to choose good friends. It's about as important as things get.

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quote by Hunter S. Thompson: I went to the Democratic Convention as a journalist, and returned a cold-blooded revolutionary. with background image: brown and grey trees and rock formation painting
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I went to the Democratic Convention as a journalist, and returned a cold-blooded revolutionary.

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quote by Hunter S. Thompson: God's mercy on you degenerate swine. with background image: Oak Creek Sedona
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God's mercy on you degenerate swine.

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quote by Hunter S. Thompson: Crack is ruining the drug culture. with background image: three people paddling in canoe
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Crack is ruining the drug culture.

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quote by Hunter S. Thompson: There is nothing Modern about doing dumb things for dumb reasons. with background image: selective focus photo of four green humming birds with red flowers
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There is nothing Modern about doing dumb things for dumb reasons.

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quote by Hunter S. Thompson: In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upward mobile. with background image: scenery of aurora
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In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upward mobile.

--Hunter S. Thompson

Longer Version:

In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upward mobile -- and the rest of us are fucked until we can put our acts together: Not necessarily to Win, but mainly to keep from Losing Completely.




quote by Hunter S. Thompson: We are turning into a nation of whimpering slaves to Fear. with background image: black pug puppy
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We are turning into a nation of whimpering slaves to Fear.

--Hunter S. Thompson

Longer Version:

We are turning into a nation of whimpering slaves to Fear--fear of war, fear of poverty, fear of random terrorism, fear of getting down-sized or fired because of the plunging economy, fear of getting evicted for bad debts or suddenly getting locked up in a military detention camp on vague charges of being a Terrorist sympathizer.






quote by Hunter S. Thompson: It was obvious that he was a man who marched through life to the rhythms of some drum I would never hear. with background image: red rose wallpaper
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It was obvious that he was a man who marched through life to the rhythms of some drum I would never hear.

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quote by Hunter S. Thompson: Any combination of a 250-pound Mexican and LSD-25 is a potentially terminal menace for anything it can reach. with background image: orange room with open door
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Any combination of a 250-pound Mexican and LSD-25 is a potentially terminal menace for anything it can reach.

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quote by Hunter S. Thompson: It was one of those fine little love stories that can make you smile in your sleep at night. with background image: pink rose in close up photography
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It was one of those fine little love stories that can make you smile in your sleep at night.

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quote by Hunter S. Thompson: The association of motorcycles with LSD is no accident of publicity. They are both a means to an end, to the place of definitions. with background image: purple flowers under sunny sky
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The association of motorcycles with LSD is no accident of publicity. They are both a means to an end, to the place of definitions.

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quote by Hunter S. Thompson: Wake up and ponder the future. with background image: flowers
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Wake up and ponder the future.

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quote by Hunter S. Thompson: Never mind the track. The track is for punks. We are Road People. We are Cafe Racers. with background image: man and woman holding hand while walking on bridge
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Never mind the track. The track is for punks. We are Road People. We are Cafe Racers.

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quote by Hunter S. Thompson: I may sound a little black, but I'm really pretty well adjusted. with background image: assorted books on wooden table
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I may sound a little black, but I'm really pretty well adjusted.

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quote by Hunter S. Thompson: Right' i said. 'but first, we need the car. and after that, the cocaine. and then the tape recorder, for special music, and some acapulco shirts. with background image: black textile on white textile
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Right' i said. 'but first, we need the car. and after that, the cocaine. and then the tape recorder, for special music, and some acapulco shirts.

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quote by Hunter S. Thompson: I don't see how you can respect yourself if you must look in the hearts and minds of others for your happiness. with background image: yellow flower
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I don't see how you can respect yourself if you must look in the hearts and minds of others for your happiness.

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quote by Hunter S. Thompson: Sex, drugs, and insanity have always worked for me, but I wouldn't recommend them for everyone. with background image: man sitting on concrete brick with opened laptop on his lap
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Sex, drugs, and insanity have always worked for me, but I wouldn't recommend them for everyone.

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quote by Hunter S. Thompson: At the top of the mountain we are all snow leopards. with background image: sunflower field under white sky during daytime
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At the top of the mountain we are all snow leopards.

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quote by Hunter S. Thompson: Fishing from a boat seems like dilettante bullshit -- like hunting wild boar with a can of spray paint from the safety of a pick-up truck. with background image: silhouette photo of couple standing on beach watching sunset
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Fishing from a boat seems like dilettante bullshit -- like hunting wild boar with a can of spray paint from the safety of a pick-up truck.

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quote by Hunter S. Thompson: Those who fail to learn from the brutal stompings visited on them in the past are doomed to be brutally stomped in the future. with background image: A white stripe pattern made up of concrete facade ribs
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Those who fail to learn from the brutal stompings visited on them in the past are doomed to be brutally stomped in the future.

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quote by Hunter S. Thompson: A man never stoops so low as when he rises to the challenge of politics. with background image: blooming yellow sunflower field
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A man never stoops so low as when he rises to the challenge of politics.

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