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The Best Quotes from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Updated on August 18, 2016
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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is quite simply one of my favorite books of all time. I first discovered Hunter S. Thompson my senior year in high school. I was looking for a topic for my speech class and one of my teachers recommended Hunter S. Thompson, and lent me this book. Needless to say, I fell in love with it.

This is my "tribute" hub to the book.... a series of my favorite quotes, along with the page numbers where you can find them. For those of you who have read the book, this will be a great "re-discovery" of your own love for it; and for those who haven't, I hope that these quotes will give you a taste of the amazing read....and inspire you to get a copy of your own. :)

*He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man. -Dr. Johnson

*Once you get locked into a serious drug collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can. (4)

*The only way to prepare for a trip like this, I felt, was to dress up like human peacocks and get crazy, then screech off across the desert and cover the story. Never lose sight of the primary responsibility. (12)

*Every now and then when your life gets complicated and the weasels start closing in, the only real cure is to load up on heinous chemicals and then drive like a bastard form Hollywood to Las Vegas. To relax, as it were, in the womb of the desert sun, just roll the roof back and screw it on, grease the face with white tanning butter and move out with the music at top volume, and at least a pint of ether. (12)

*But our trip was different. It was a classic affirmation of everything right and true and decent in the national character. It was a gross physical salute to the fantastic possibilities of life in this country-but only for those with true grit. And we were chock full of that. (18)

*Kill the body and the head will die. (22)

*In a town full of bedrock crazies, nobody even notices an acid freak. (24)

*Las Vegas is not the kind of town where you want to drive down main street aiming a black bazooka-looking instrument at people. (29)

*Always quit winners. (41)

*This is the main advantage of ether: it makes you behave like the village drunkard in some early Irish novel... total loss of all basic motor skills: blurred vision, no balance, numb tongue. severance of all connection between the body and the brain. which is interesting because the brain continues to function more or less normally... you can actually watch yourself behaving in this terrible way, but you can't control it. (45)

*No, this is not a good town for psychedelic drugs. Reality itself is too twisted. (47)

*Green water and the white rabbit...(58)

*There was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning....that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of old and evil. Not in any mean or military sense; we didn't need that. Our energy would simply prevail. There was no point in fighting-on our side or theirs. We had all the momentum; We were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave...(68)

* can go up on a steep hill...and look west, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark - that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back. (68)

*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. (72)

*To infiltrate the infiltrators, would be to accept the fate of all spies: 'as always, if you or any member of your organization is apprehended by the enemy, the secretary will deny any knowledge, etc'..(81)

*...a generation of permanent cripples, failed seekers, who never understood the essential old-mystic fallacy of the Acid Culture: the desperate assumption that somebody-or at least some force - is tending that Light at the end of the tunnel. (178-179)

*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. (193)

*Every now and then you run up on one of those days when everything's in vain...a stone bummer from start to finish; and if you know what's good for you, on days like these you sort of hunker down in a safe corner and watch. Maybe think a bit. (199)

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Did you enjoy this novel? What is your favorite quote? What are your other favorite Hunter S. Thompson novels? Leave a comment below sharing your thoughts! :)


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      Rolling Stoned 

      7 years ago

      "There he goes, one of God's own prototypes. Some kind of high powered mutant never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die." If I am not mistaken this was a statement about his lawyer, as he watched him board the plane at the airport. It was always my favorite line in the book. If you enjoy Hunter S. Thompson then I suggest you check out Chuck Palahniuk. He wrote the book Fight Club and many other really great novels. One of his best is called Rant : An Oral Biography of Buster Casey, and Invisible Monsters is really really good as well. Another really awesome book is called American Psycho by Perry Easton Ellis. If anyone happens to stumble across this I highly suggest you check these books out from your local library. You will not be disappointed.

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      8 years ago from Ralegh, NC

      My personal favorite - which made it to the movie as well:

      "We had two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers... and also a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of beer, a pint of raw ether and two dozen amyls. Not that we needed all this for the trip, but once you get locked in a serious drug collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can. The only thing that worried me was the ether. There is nothing in the world more helpless, and irresponsible, and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge."


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