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23 Brilliant Life Lessons From Hunter S. Thompson

Wild dude.
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One of the most prolific writers of all time never had a problem speaking his mind. Here's some wisdom he's dropped over the years.

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

2.) “Writing is the flip side of sex - it's only good when it's over.”

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

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

5.) “Freedom is something that dies unless it's used.”

6.) “Anything worth doing, is worth doing right.”

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

8.) "Take it from me, there's nothing like a job well done. Except the quiet enveloping darkness at the bottom of a bottle of Jim Beam after a job done any way at all.”

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

10.) “No sympathy for the devil; keep that in mind. Buy the ticket, take the ride...and if it occasionally gets a little heavier than what you had in mind, well...maybe chalk it off to forced conscious expansion: Tune in, freak out, get beaten.”

11.) “With the possible exception of things like box scores, race results, and stock market tabulations, there is no such thing as Objective Journalism. The phrase itself is a pompous contradiction in terms.”

12.) “It's a strange world. Some people get rich and others eat sh** and die.”

13.) “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.”

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

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

16.) “Good people drink good beer.”

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

18.) “So we shall let the reader answer this question for himself: 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?” 

19.) “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.” 

20.) “We cannot expect people to have respect for law and order until we teach respect to those we have entrusted to enforce those laws.” 

21.) If asked if you care about the world's problems, look deep into the eyes of he who asks, he will never ask you again.

22.) “Walk tall, kick ass, learn to speak Arabic, love music and never forget you come from a long line of truth seekers, lovers and warriors.” 

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