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By: Joseph Licata

Hunter S. Thompson, one of the most prolific writers of our time, is possibly best known for his pieces Hell’s Angles, Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas and his novel The Rum Diary – which made it’s way to the silver screen in 2011 staring Johnny Depp (a great film if you haven’t seen it).

But buried deep in some of his writings are some of the best quotes you’ll ever want to use, but that are rarely seen. However you might know Hunter S. Thompson, hopefully you find these quotes as funny and inspiring as I do.

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

“Writing is the flip side of sex – it’s only good when it’s over.”

“Some may never live, but the crazy never die.”

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

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

“Anything worth doing, is worth doing right.”

“I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me.”

“A man can live on his wits and his balls for only so long.”

“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.”

“I’m a relatively respectable citizen. Multiple felon perhaps, but certainly not dangerous.”

“I will fight for your right to be weird- just as I know you will fight for mine.”

“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. My father taught me that, along with a few other things that have kept my life interesting.”

“If you’re going to be crazy, you have to get paid for it or else you’re going to be locked up.”

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

“I have no taste for either poverty or honest labor, so writing is the only recourse left for me.”

“Sex without love is as hollow and ridiculous as love without sex.”

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