Inspirational Ken Kesey Quotes

Ken Kesey (September 17, 1935 – November 10, 2001) was an American novelist, essayist, and countercultural figure. This post features some Inspirational Ken Kesey Quotes.

Ken Kesey Quotes
Ken Kesey Quotes

Ken Kesey Quotes

“It isn’t by getting out of the world that we become enlightened, but by getting into the world…by getting so tuned in that we can ride the waves of our existence and never get tossed because we become the waves.”
― Ken Kesey

“Man, when you lose your laugh you lose your footing.”
― Ken Kesey

“You can’t really be strong until you can see a funny side to things.”
Ken Kesey

“If you don’t watch it people will force you one way or the other, into doing what they think you should do, or into just being mule-stubborn and doing the opposite out of spite.”
― Ken Kesey

“Never before did I realize that mental illness could have the aspect of power, power. Think of it: perhaps the more insane a man is, the more powerful he could become. Hitler an example. Fair makes the old brain reel, doesn’t it?”
― Ken Kesey

“Plant a garden in which strange plants grow and mysteries bloom.”
Ken Kesey quotes

“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.”
― Ken Kesey

“They can’t tell so much about you if you got your eyes closed.”
― Ken Kesey

“He Who Marches Out Of Step Hears Another Drum.”
― Ken Kesey

“That ain’t me, that ain’t my face. It wasn’t even me when I was trying to be that face. I wasn’t even really me them; I was just being the way I looked, the way people wanted.”
― Ken Kesey

“But it’s the truth even if it didn’t happen.”
― Ken Kesey

“What makes people so impatient is what I can’t figure; all the guy had to do was wait.”
― Ken Kesey

“To hell with facts! We need stories!”
― Ken Kesey

“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”
― Ken Kesey

“You had a choice: you could either strain and look at things that appeared in front of you in the fog, painful as it might be, or you could relax and lose yourself.”
― Ken Kesey

“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.”
― Ken Kesey

“No, my friend. We are lunatics from the hospital up the highway, psycho-ceramics, the cracked pots of mankind. Would you like me to decipher a Rorschach for you?”
Ken Kesey quotes

“I don’t think you fully understand the public, my friend; in this country, when something is out of order, then the quickest way to get it fixed is the best way.”
― Ken Kesey

“But he won’t let the pain blot out the humor no more’n he’ll let the humor blot out the pain.”
― Ken Kesey

“The answer is never the answer. What’s really interesting is the mystery. If you seek the mystery instead of the answer, you’ll always be seeking. I’ve never seen anybody really find the answer. They think they have, so they stop thinking. But the job is to seek mystery, evoke mystery, plant a garden in which strange plants grow and mysteries bloom. The need for mystery is greater than the need for an answer.”
― Ken Kesey

“Because he knows 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. He knows there’s a painful side; he knows my thumb smarts and his girlfriend has a bruised breast and the doctor is losing his glasses, but he won’t let the pain blot out the humor no more’n he’ll let the humor blot out the pain.”
― Ken Kesey

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