In of 1958, Hunter S. Thompson was 22 years old when he wrote this letter to his friend Hume Logan in response to a request for life advice april.
Thompson’s letter, present in Letters of Note, provides a few of the most thoughtful and profound advice I’ve ever run into.
April 22, 1958 57 Perry Street New York
You may well ask advice: ah, just what a rather peoples and incredibly dangerous thing to do! For to provide advice to a person whom asks what direction to go together with life suggests something very near to egomania. To presume to aim a guy off to the right and ultimate goal— to aim having a shaking hand into the RIGHT direction is something only a fool would simply just simply take upon himself.
I’m not a trick, but We respect your sincerity in asking my advice. You are asked by me though, in paying attention as to what We state, to consider that most advice can only just be something of this man who offers it. What’s truth to at least one are catastrophe to some other. I really do perhaps maybe not see life during your eyes, nor you through mine. You specific advice, it would be too much like the blind leading the blind if I were to attempt to give.
“To be, or perhaps not to be: that’s the concern: Whether ’tis nobler in your head to suffer the slings and arrows of crazy fortune, or even to just just simply take hands against a ocean of troubles that is…Shakespeare)