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F&LILV Question #9 - Favorite Quotes

by Hunter S. Thompson

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F&LILV Question #9 - Favorite Quotes

Unread postby Liz » Wed Sep 14, 2005 9:31 am

What are your favorite quotes or passages from the book?
You can't judge a book by its cover.

The only thing that matters is the ending. It's the most important part of the story.

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Unread postby KYwoman » Wed Sep 14, 2005 9:48 am

Oh my, where do you start (or stop) with that one? There's so many....

Of course there's-

"We can't stop here. This is bat country."

The Wave Speech, the piece about Timothy Leary, and the opening paragraph alone are worth the price of the book.

I just flipped through the book at random and picked one...

"The decision to flee came suddenly. Or maybe not. Maybe I'd planned it all along-subconsciously waiting for the right moment. The bill was a factor, I think. Because I had no money to pay it..... We never knew the total, but just before we left my attorney figured we were running somewhere between $29 and $36 per hour, for forty-eight consecutive hours. 'Incredible', I said. 'How could it happen?' But by the time I asked this question, there was nobody around to answer. My attorney was gone." pg 69
"Buy the ticket, take the ride." :motorcycle:

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Unread postby lumineuse » Wed Sep 14, 2005 10:08 am

What a day to leave my book at home!

KY's right - where do you start or stop with this one? I don't think there's a page in the book where I didn't laugh out loud at something.
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Unread postby linda in QC » Wed Sep 14, 2005 10:21 am

Sadly I don't have the book, but I do have the soundtrack!

my favs are , buy the ticket, take the ride
and

I don't know all the words, but something to the effect that

In San Fransisco in the middle sixties....
that universal sense that whatever we were doing it was right....
we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave.... and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high water mark, that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back.
(his voice is awesome!)

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Unread postby linda in QC » Wed Sep 14, 2005 10:54 am

I really hate asking stupid questions but... :blush:

Who is Timothy Leary? :-?

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Unread postby lumineuse » Wed Sep 14, 2005 10:57 am

linda in QC wrote:I really hate asking stupid questions but... :blush:

Who is Timothy Leary? :-?


Timothy Leary was a kind of drug guru, who advocated the use of LSD as a means to enlightenment. He had a famous catchphrase at the time, that I can't remember clearly - something like "turn on, tune in, drop out". Someone else can correct me if I'm wrong. Anyway, Hunter's speech about him in the book is one of the absolute high points, along with the Wave speech. Timothy Leary led a lot a people down the garden path.
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Unread postby linda in QC » Wed Sep 14, 2005 11:08 am

Thank you Lumineuse :cool:

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Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Wed Sep 14, 2005 11:42 am

Just a heads up - we will be discussing the Wave passage and the Leary passage for those that are interested. :cool: Okay, favorite passages...

This line from their trip to the gun club jumped out at me in the beginning of the book. I just thought it was very lyrical. It reminded me of Hunter's writing in The Rum Diary. "The shooting provided a certain rhythm--sort of a steady bass line--to the high pitched chaos of the bike scene."

The whole passage on Circus Circus, from the time they spied the turnstiles until they jumped off the carousel cracked me up. Also the passge about the neon sign outside their window. As you all said, there are so many!
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming -
Wow! What a ride!

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Unread postby Endora » Wed Sep 14, 2005 11:50 am

KYwoman wrote:Oh my, where do you start (or stop) with that one? There's so many....

Of course there's-

"We can't stop here. This is bat country."

The Wave Speech, the piece about Timothy Leary, and the opening paragraph alone are worth the price of the book.



Good choice, KYW! Those two would be mine, to be sure, and I also love the scene where he almost escapes from the traffic cop, page 90:

Few people understand the psychology of dealing with a highway traffic cop. Your normal speeder will panic and immediately pull over to the side when he sees the big red light behind him...and will then start apologising, begging for mercy.
This is wrong. It arouses contempt in the cop heart. The thing to do- when you're running about a hundred and you suddenly find a red-flashing CHP tracker on your tail- what you want to do then is accelerate.


And of course every chapter heading, for example 5: A terrible Experience with Extremely Dangerous Drugs I just love the use of capitals in these! (But I'm one of nature's punctuation fiends. :blush: )
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Unread postby Liz » Wed Sep 14, 2005 12:53 pm

Endora wrote:
And of course every chapter heading, for example 5: A terrible Experience with Extremely Dangerous Drugs I just love the use of capitals in these! (But I'm one of nature's punctuation fiends. :blush: )


I hadn't really looked at the headings much, Endora. Thanks for pointing those out. Look at this one in light of your opinion yesterday about his making fun of the press:


5.
Covering the Story...
A Glimpse of the
Press in Action
...Ugliness & Failure


:ohyes:
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Unread postby Sands » Wed Sep 14, 2005 12:56 pm

The hitch-hiker scene is definitely one of my favourites, in the book and the film. I think it's because I've been on both sides of that coin -the hitcher who finds themselves trapped in a car with raving and possibly dangerous lunatics, and the slightly crazed car owners trying to put a hitch-hiker at ease and failing miserably. And every time I even think of Tobey Maguire's face in the film I crack up. Especially when Duke asks him if he's prejudiced and he says 'Hell, no!' :rotflmao:
'Well, it's a little difficult for me to tell right now because I'm kind of having a bad day'

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Unread postby lumineuse » Wed Sep 14, 2005 12:58 pm

Couldn't resist, mates - I had to go home and grab my book over lunch. Here's a few of my faves from the beginning of the book:

"No point mentioning those bats, I thought. The poor bastard will see them soon enough."

"My blood is too thick for California: I have never been able to properly explain myself in this climate."

We're right in the middle of a f**king reptile zoo! And somebody's giving booze to these goddamn things!"
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Unread postby Liz » Wed Sep 14, 2005 1:01 pm

KYwoman wrote:The Wave Speech, the piece about Timothy Leary, and the opening paragraph alone are worth the price of the book.


I totally agree, KY. But as you said, there are so many. Here is one that made me laugh out loud and also answers yesterday's question.

Pg. 44.
"This was Bob Hope's turf. Frank Sinatra's. Spiro Agnew's (a name I hadn't heard in a while). The lobby fairly reeked of high-grade formica and plastic palm trees--it was clearly a high-class refuge for Big Spenders." (notice the capitals, Endora)
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Unread postby Liz » Wed Sep 14, 2005 1:07 pm

lumineuse wrote:Couldn't resist, mates - I had to go home and grab my book over lunch.


:highfive:

Those are classics, Lumi.

Sands wrote:The hitch-hiker scene is definitely one of my favourites, in the book and the film. I think it's because I've been on both sides of that coin -the hitcher who finds themselves trapped in a car with raving and possibly dangerous lunatics, and the slightly crazed car owners trying to put a hitch-hiker at ease and failing miserably.


Sands, I'd much rather live vicariously through Duke and Gonzo. :freaked:
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Unread postby es » Wed Sep 14, 2005 2:42 pm

well can only quot from the movie but ;
"quick like a bunny" that was just so funny
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