“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?”
"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. The others-the living-are those who pushed their control as far as they felt they could handle it, and then pulled back, or slowed down, or did whatever they had to when it came time to choose between Now and Later."
"Just sick enough to be totally confident"
"I have a theory that the truth is never told during the 9 to 5 hours."
Hunter S. Thompson
He who makes a beast of himself, gets rid of the pain of being a man.
Rolling Stone magazine, for which he wrote a lot of his best stuff in the '70s, published a note he wrote to Anita four days before he killed himself in the kitchen.
"No More Games. No More Bombs. No More Walking. No More Fun. No More Swimming. 67. That is 17 years past 50. 17 more than I needed or wanted. Boring. I am always bitchy. No Fun -- for anybody. 67. You are getting Greedy. Act your old age. Relax -- This won't hurt."
With a sort of cryptic, ironic, metaphorical hilarity, he took a black marker and titled the note: "Football Season Is Over."
Douglas Brinkley, a historian and Thompson's "official biographer," had a more mundane explanation for the title. In his piece on the Rolling Stone Web site, he wrote: "An avid NFL fan, Hunter traditionally embraced the Super Bowl in January as the high-water mark of his year. February, by contrast, was doldrums time." (Washington Post)