Quotes From Fear And Loathing in Las Vegas

“Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” is a novel by Hunter S. Thompson, first published in 1971. The book is a semi-autobiographical account of Thompson’s trip to Las Vegas with his lawyer, Oscar Zeta Acosta, for the Mint 400 motorcycle race. The novel is known for its unconventional narrative style and themes of excess, decadence, and the failure of the American Dream.

Here are some quotes from “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” that capture the book’s unique and psychedelic tone:

  1. “We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.”
  2. “We can’t stop here! This is bat country!”
  3. “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.”
  4. “I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me.”
  5. “But what is the decision of the Great Court? It is not to be found in the books. It is the decision of the individual conscience in the individual case.”
  6. “Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously.”
  7. “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.”
  8. “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 up to forced conscious expansion: Tune in, freak out, get beaten.”
  9. “The only thing that saves us from the bureaucracy is inefficiency. An efficient bureaucracy is the greatest threat to liberty.”
  10. “I had the story, by god! It was a pure grapevine original and the hell of it was, there was no way to say where the vine had started and no way to trace it. All I had was the sensation of great heat, and the idea that it was coming from my left. I went with it.”