Most people (some of his fans included) think of Hunter S. Thompson as a madman, a drug addict, and a man who lived on the edge his entire life, and they're right.
But as much as these were part of his persona they shouldn’t overshadow the fact that Hunter was, first and foremost, a damn good writer.
The man could paint a scene of depravity, or debauchery, or democratic process gone awry, like he was both a participant and an omniscient narrator watching from above, and this duality let him shape the reality of situations as he saw fit.
His unique perspective on life allowed him to make observations which were mistakenly seen as nonsense, words strung together because they sound good, but between the lines faithful readers could find actual words of wisdom.
From simple platitudes like "no sympathy for the devil" to deeper philosophical statements like "In a closed society where everybody's guilty, the only crime is getting caught", there's no denying Hunter had some mighty sane things to say about this mad world we live in.