Call on God, but row away from the rocks.
Writing is the flip side of sex - it's good only when it's over.
Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!
Buy the ticket, take the ride.
Freedom is something that dies unless it's used.
Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously.
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?
I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me.
I'm a relatively respectable citizen. Multiple felon perhaps, but certainly not dangerous.
If I'd written all the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people - including me - would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism.
Anything that gets your blood racing is probably worth doing.
Walk tall, kick ass, learn to speak Arabic, love music and never forget you come from a long line of truth seekers, lovers and warriors.
It's a strange world. Some people get rich and others eat sh** and die.
The best fiction is far more true than any journalism.
Gonzo journalism is a style of reporting based on William Faulkner's idea that the best fiction is far more true than any kind of journalism...
Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism.
We were somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert, when the drugs began to take hold.
How long can we maintain? I wonder. How long before one of us starts raving and jabbering at this boy? What will he think then? This same lonely desert was the last known home of the Manson family. Will he make that grim connection..
I have no taste for either poverty or honest labor, so writing is the only recourse left for me
Publishers are notoriously slothful about numbers, unless they're attached to dollar signs - unlike journalists, quarterbacks, and felony criminal defendants who tend to be keenly aware of numbers at all times.
As things stand now, I am going to be a writer. I'm not sure that I'm going to be a good one or even a self-supporting one, but until the dark thumb of fate presses me to the dust and says 'you are nothing', I will be a writer.
I feel the same way about disco as I do about herpes.
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.
Nixon was so crooked that he needed servants to help him screw his pants on every morning.
The writer must be a participant in the scene... like a film director who writes his own scripts, does his own camera work, and somehow manages to film himself in action, as the protagonist or at least the main character.
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