The best Quotes by Ken Kesey

The best Quotes by Ken Kesey

Ken Elton Kesey (September 17, 1935 – November 10, 2001) was an American novelist, essayist and countercultural figure. He considered himself a link between the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the hippies of the 1960s.

Man, when you lose your laugh you lose your footing.
He knows that you have to laugh at the things that hurt you just to keep yourself in balance, just to keep the world from running you plumb crazy.
They can't tell so much about you if you got your eyes closed.
Good writin' ain't necessarily good readin'.
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All I know is this: nobody's very big in the first place, and it looks to me like everybody spends their whole life tearing everybody else down.
The stars up close to the moon were pale; they got brighter and braver the farther they got out of the circle of light ruled by the giant moon.
The truth doesn't have to do with cruelty, the truth has to do with mercy.
People don't want other people to get high, because if you get high, you might see the falsity of the fabric of the society we live in.
The trouble with super heroes is what to do between phone booths.
I'd rather be a lightning rod than a seismograph.
You've got to get out and pray to the sky to appreciate the sunshine; otherwise you're just a lizard standing there with the sun shining on you.

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They was givin' me 10,000 watts a day, you know, and I'm hot to trot. The next woman takes me on's gonna light up like a pinball machine and pay off in silver dollars.
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If Mr. McMurphy doesn't want to take his medication orally, I'm sure we can arrange that he can have it some other way.
Which one of you nuts has got any guts?
In one week, I can put a bug so far up her ass, she don't know whether to shit or wind her wristwatch.
Why don't ya shut your goddamn mouth and play some music?
Is that crazy enough for ya? Want me to take a shit on the floor?
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Save one life, and you're a hero. Save 100 lives, well then, you're a nurse.
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All I was guilty of, was showing these men mercy when no one else would.
I believe there are some things that are worse to feel than simply feeling nothing.
You are not sorry, but you will be!
Bucket: "What the hell is this?"
Mildred: "Handled."
I don't feel quite free from the past the way you might.
The way to show strength is actually to show mercy.
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I sent a man to do what was clearly a woman's job.
You've given me more life than I ever deserved.
We could be free from whatever you and I did in our past. We wouldn't have a past. Only the future stretching out ahead of us as far as we can see.
And when the time comes, we'll be sitting on a balcony. A hacienda on the beach, margaritas in hand. And I could just slip away, While the sun sets over the ocean.
Every once in a while, it's important to adjust your altitude.
Welcome to colorful Colorado!
You don't need missionaries in Colorado; you got Colorado.
Colorado - fresh air and fond memories served daily.
What does daylight-saving time mean in Portland?
An extra hour of rain.
They say money can't buy happiness, but it can buy a flight to Oregon - and that's pretty much the same thing.
Lies are comforting. Truth is painful.

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