Few writers are better known for their intoxicated work—or sheer booze intake—than Hunter S. Thompson. While he preached the benefits of acid, cocaine, cigarettes and a laundry list of other uppers and downers, the gonzo journalist had plenty of things to say about liquor as well.
Thompson occasionally required his interviewers to glug down Wild Turkey—one of his favorite whiskey brands—before he would answer their questions. While we won’t demand it, we do suggest sipping a good pour of bourbon while reading Thompson’s words of whiskey-soaked wisdom. Here, how to drink, according to Raoul Duke, aka Dr. Gonzo, aka Hunter S. Thompson.
Some of Thompson’s best boozy quotes came in the form of life lessons, encouraging his followers to drink as he did.
- “I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me.”
- “Good people drink good beer.”
- “Sleep late, have fun, get wild, drink whiskey and drive fast on empty streets with nothing in mind but falling in love and not getting arrested...Res ipsa loquitur. Let the good times roll.”
- “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.”