Hunter Thompson on Mediocrity

Only those who can see above and beyond the American goal of respectable mediocrity can enjoy a life that leads to anything but a struggle to attain that end.

~Hunter Thompson

Hunter Thompson on Jail

And I realized at that point that, even though I was absolutely right, if I persisted with my righteous complaint, I would probably wind up in jail.

~ Hunter Thompson / Kingdom of Fear

Hunter Thompson on Writing

“One of the few ways I can almost be certain I’ll understand something is by sitting down and writing about it. Because by forcing yourself to write about it and putting it down in words, you can’t avoid having your say on the subject.”

~ Hunter Thompson

Hunter Thompson on Punishment

“You will be flogged for being right and flogged for being wrong, and it hurts both ways–but it doesn’t hurt as much when you’re right.”

~ Hunter Thompson

Hunter Thompson on Fear

“Fear is a healthy instinct, not a sign of weakness. It’s a natural self-defense mechanism common to felines, wolves, hyenas, & most humans.”

~ Hunter Thompson

Hunter Thompson on Fate

“No man who has chosen well and wisely will ever credit it to fate; the only real fatalist is a man on his way down the pipe.”

~ Hunter Thompson

Hunter Thompson on Self-Respect

“I don’t see how you can respect yourself if you must look in the hearts and minds of others for your happiness.”

~ Hunter Thompson

Hunter Thompson on Trying

“You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try”

~ Hunter Thompson

Hunter Thompson on Life and Risk

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely.”

~ Hunter Thompson

Hunter Thompson on Grudges

“I’ve never been one to get ugly about past blunders, or to hold grudges any longer than absolutely necessary.”

~ Hunter Thompson

Hunter Thompson on Choices

“Whether to float with the tide, or to swim for a goal. It is a choice we must all make consciously or unconsciously at one time in our lives.”

~ Hunter Thompson

Hunter Thompson on Vengeance

“Because sooner or later the enemy will make a mistake and then you start grinding him down.”

~ Hunter Thompson

Hunter Thompson on Revenge

“There is not much mental distance between a feeling of having been screwed and the ethic of total retaliation.”

~ Hunter Thompson

Hunter Thompson on Adventure

“Who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed?”

~ Hunter Thompson

Hunter Thompson on Ideas

“On some days you have good ideas and on some days you have bad ones. The trick is knowing the difference. Instantly.”

~ Hunter Thompson

Hunter Thompson on Work

“I tend to work only as hard as I think I have to work.”

~ Hunter Thompson

Hunter Thompson on Peace

“I figure anybody who can find peace and personal happiness without ripping off somebody else deserves to be left alone.”

~ Hunter Thompson

Hunter Thompson on Risk

“Where would the world be if all men had sought security and not taken risks or gambled with their lives?”

~ Hunter Thompson

Hunter Thompson on Procrastination

“A man who procrastinates in his choosing will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance.”

~ Hunter Thompson

Hunter Thompson on Luck

“Luck is a very thin wire between survival and disaster, and not many people can keep their balance on it.”

~ Hunter Thompson

Hunter Thompson on Work

“There is plenty of money in the world but there are damn few jobs an intelligent man can do without compromising himself intolerably.”

~ Hunter Thompson

Hunter Thompson on Truth and Justice

“There is not much evidence in history of either God or Justice. The best we can hope for is Truth.”

~ Hunter Thompson

Hunter Thompson on Learning from Mistakes

“Those who fail to learn from the brutal stompings visited on them in the past are doomed to be brutally stomped in the future.”

~ Hunter Thompson

Hunter Thompson on Words

“Words are merely tools and if you use the right ones you can actually put even your life in order.”

~ Hunter Thompson

Hunter Thompson on Friends

My greatest talent is in my ability to choose good friends. It’s about as important as things get.”

~ Hunter Thompson