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Quote Unquote; Stylish Art Prints With Hunter S. Thompson’s Wisest Words

While they might not have much hang-in-there-kitty appeal, Hunter S. Thompson wrote enough wise words to inspire generations. You’ve read the books and watched the films, here’s how to hang the chaotically beautiful wisdom of Dr. Thompson on your walls. 

Take The Ride Hunter S Thompson art print fear loathingBuy the Ticket, Take The Ride print; €20, Earmark.

“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.” ~ Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

  Sleep Late Hunter quote print art thompson
The Crazy Never Die Print; from €8, Red Bubble. Sleep Late quote print; from €7.50, Red Bubble.

“Maybe there is no Heaven. Or maybe this is all pure gibberish—a product of the demented imagination of a lazy drunken hillbilly with a heart full of hate who has found a way to live out where the real winds blow—to sleep late, have fun, get wild, drink whisky, and drive fast on empty streets with nothing in mind except falling in love and not getting arrested . . . Res ipsa loquitur. Let the good times roll.” ~ Hunter S. Thompson, Generation of Swine: Tales of Shame and Degradation in the ’80’s.

The Happier Man Hunter S Thompson print art quotesThe Happier Man art quote; Red Bubble.

“As an afterthought, it seems hardly proper to write of life without once mentioning happiness; 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?” ~ Extract from Security, written by 17 year old Thompson.

The Music Business Hunter S Thompson print art quoteClosed Society Hunter S Thompson print art quote
The Music Industry Hunter S. Thompson quote; €16, Creative Sobriety. Closed society print; from €9, Red Bubble.

The above Music Business print is an oft made misquote. The actual quote, from Generations of Swine; Tales of Shame and Degradation in the ’80s, went: “The TV business is uglier than most things. It is normally perceived as some kind of cruel and shallow money trench through the heart of the journalism industry, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free and good men die like dogs, for no good reason. Which is more or less true. For the most part, they are dirty little animals with huge brains and no pulse.” (Thanks to Urban Legends for doing all the digging). Notice it’s lacking the “negative side” zinger too. Nice print though.

Hunter S Thompson quotes art print
Hunter quote print; from €40,
Fine Art America
  What A Ride Hunter S Thompson print
Advocate Drugs print; €4, Amazon. What A Ride print; €8.50, Type Place.

The “Life Should Not Be A Journey” quote is actual a weirdly contentious one on some quote-fan forums (I find myself in strange places in the name of gentle research). The controversy stems from the fact that the original source has been lost to the misquotes and bastardisations that the internet breeds (here’s a thread that include a poster who swears he coined this quote on his My Space page in 2005) with many suggesting that Thompson’s quote ends with “Geronimo” not “Wow, what a ride“. I’m sure the less pedantic among us will be happy to give this one to Hunter either way. 

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  • Reply DrBOP April 24, 2013 at 1:51 am

    NICE collection……thanks for harvesting…..and NICE catch on “the music business” quote…..been correcting that one for DECADES……funny, though, that one of his most familiar/famous ones hasn’t popped up……”when the going gets weird……the weird turn pro”…….gawwwd, I miss the fucker…..

    Keep on chooglin’!

  • Reply Niamh April 24, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Thanks Doc, glad you like the selection fellow choogler!

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