This list of “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” quotes encompasses the absurd, drug-fueled tone of Terry Gilliam’s 1998 cult classic based on the exploits of Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson. Featuring career-defining performances by Johnny Depp as Hunter’s alter ego, Raul Duke and Benicio Del Toro as his attorney, Dr. Gonzo, the film beautifully captured the depravity of drug addiction while at the same time lending humor and poignancy to a novel that is often thought of as the pinnacle of Hunter S. Thompson’s turbulent career.

  1. “He who makes a beast out if himself gets rid of the pain of being a man." This “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” quote by British author Samuel Johnson is seen on the title card that opens the film, setting the tone for the insanity to follow.

  2. “One of these days I’ll toss a f**kin’ bomb in that place.” After being thrown out of a Debbie Reynolds show, Dr. Gonzo shouts this line to the security staff, only to relocate himself and Duke to the Bazooko Casino Circus, ether in hand.

  3. “We can’t stop here. This is bat country.” One of the most memorable “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” quotes in the entire film, this quote occurs during the opening scene after Duke, in a drug induced delirium, snorts coke from the blade of a large knife only to see giant bat-like creatures swooping down around his car.

  4. “Order some golf shoes. Otherwise we’ll never get out of this place alive.” After arriving at the Dolphin Hotel, Duke waits at the bar in the midst of a drug induced panic only to see the floor turned to a sludge while the other people in the room undergo a horrifying metamorphosis.

  5. “Now get in there and clean your shorts! Clean your shorts, g*ddamnit!” Gonzo loses his mind and threatening, amongst other things, to kill himself prompting Duke to lock him in the bathroom where he delivers this hilarious “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” quote.

  6. “There he goes. One of God's own prototypes. A high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.” A poetic description of his longtime friend and colleague, Dr. Gonzo, this “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” quote is delivered as a voice-over near the end of the film as Gonzo steps into a plane, leaving Duke behind.

  7. “Well, that's the last we should be hearing from Lucy man. She's probably stuffing herself down the incinerator about now. You know what we need? We need some opium.” After meeting and accidentally drugging a young painter, played by Christina Ricci, Gonzo realizes that he must sever ties with the girl, leading to an insane phone conversation which ends with this bizarre quote.

  8. “It's okay. He's just admiring the shape of your skull.” Another “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” quote from the opening sequence, this line was delivered by the mad Dr. Gonzo to a terrified hitchhiker, played by a young Tobey Maguire, after a long moment in which Duke, lost in a drug-induced haze, stairs awkwardly at he boy’s head.

  9. “As your attorney, I advise you to take a hit out of the little brown bottle in my shaving kit. You won't need much, just a tiny taste.” This quote from Gonzo precludes one of the most memorable and bizarre scenes in the film as Duke takes his attorney’s advice, only to find out that he has ingested adrenochrome, a drug made from the adrenaline extracted from the gland of a living donor.

  10. “There I was… Mother of God, ther I am!” In a flashback detailing Dr. Gonzo’s fall from promising attorney to insane, drug-addicted fiend, Duke utters this quote in response to seeing his younger self, played by the real Hunter S. Thompson.

- Joshua Wade