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Ken Kesey Quotes and Sayings
Quotes by Ken Kesey

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You can't really be strong until you see a funny side to things.
- Ken Kesey

Me and Norman Mailer have talked about how hard it
is in America to get better.
Especially at writing.
- Ken Kesey

It's time to move on to the next step in the psychedelic revolution.
We've reached a certain point, but we're not moving any more.
- Ken Kesey

There's a lot of people who don't understand the circle crops in England.
Pure enigma.
- Ken Kesey

 

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.
- Ken Kesey

Take what you can use and let the rest go by.
- Ken Kesey

Fascism wants Baptism coast to coast.
- Ken Kesey

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The '60s aren't over; they won't be over until the Fat Lady gets high.
- Ken Kesey

The Republican consciousness has no integrity and it
falls apart once you check it out.
If you're a Christian, why would you want to fry this dude?
- Ken Kesey

Tricker the Squirrel is the best piece I ever wrote.
It's intricate.
- Ken Kesey

Man, when you lose your laugh you lose your footing.
- Ken Kesey

I was raised a Christian and was a stone-faced acid head.
- Ken Kesey

Listen, wait, and be patient.
Every shaman knows you have to deal with the fire that's in your audience's eye.
- Ken Kesey

I'd rather be a lightning rod than a seismograph.
- Ken Kesey

I used to think we were going to win in the '60s.
Nixon went out and I thought we won.
- Ken Kesey

When we first broke into that forbidden box in the other dimension,
we knew we had discovered something as surprising and
powerful as the New World when Columbus came stumbling onto it.
- Ken Kesey

The fundamentalists have taken the fun out of the mental.
- Ken Kesey

People think love is an emotion.
Love is good sense.
- Ken Kesey

The truth doesn't have to do with cruelty,
the truth has to do with mercy.
- Ken Kesey

When you're around the whole Dead scene,
they're there as a tribal thing; they're there as part
of a rendezvous and a pow-wow.
- Ken Kesey

Nowhere else in history has there ever been a flag
that stands for the right to burn itself.
This is the fractal of our flag.
It stands for the right to destroy itself.
- Ken Kesey

If you're a Conservative, why aren't you behind conserving the land?
- Ken Kesey

Leary can get a part of my mind that's kind of rusted shut grinding again,
just by being around him and talking.
- Ken Kesey

When Shakespeare was writing, he wasn't writing for
stuff to lie on the page;
it was supposed to get up and move around.
- Ken Kesey

Ritual is necessary for us to know anything.
- Ken Kesey

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.
- Ken Kesey

The Grateful Dead are our religion.
This is a religion that doesn't pay homage to the God
that all the other religions pay homage to.
- Ken Kesey

You don't lead by pointing and telling people some place to go.
You lead by going to that place and making a case.
- Ken Kesey

Loved.
You can't use it in the past tense.
Death does not stop that love at all.
- Ken Kesey

If grass were legalized, it would help our drug problem enormously.
- Ken Kesey

The trouble with super heroes is what to do between phone booths.
- Ken Kesey

I've been to too many Dead concerts.
There've been smokin' holes where my memory used to be.
- Ken Kesey

The Haight is just a place; the '60s was a spirit.
- Ken Kesey

There's something about taking a plow and breaking new ground.
It gives you energy.
- Ken Kesey

To hell with facts!
We need stories!
- Ken Kesey

Allen Ginsberg is a tremendous warrior as time goes by.
He's a warrior first and a poet second.
- Ken Kesey

The frontiers we broke into in the '60s are still largely unexplored.
- Ken Kesey

Take time to play!
Ask for what you want.
Laugh.
Live loudly.
Be avid.
Learn a new thing.
Be Yourself!
- Mary Anne Radmacher

When dealing with people, remember you are
not dealing with creatures of logic,
but creatures of emotion.
- Dale Carnegie

Don't Take Anything Personally.
Nothing others do is because of you.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz (don Miguel Ruiz)

Change what you see,
by changing how you see.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

Powerful Dreams Inspire Powerful Action.
When you can taste, smell, and touch your dreams,
you can enroll the world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
- Joseph Campbell

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow,
you gotta put up with the rain.
- Dolly Parton

You are never too old to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.
- C. S. Lewis

Do you feel stuck?
Whether in a project, a job, a relationship,
or some other situation,
there is a time for perseverance,
and a time for letting go and moving on.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Footprints in the sands of time...
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Why are you going there?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is without meaning.
You bring the meaning to it.
The meaning of life is
whatever you ascribe it to be.
Being alive is the meaning.
- Joseph Campbell

You are Never Too Old to Give or Get Gold Stars.
Show Your Honest Appreciation - Today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

How do you want to be remembered?
Live life full out - Begin today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.
- John Lennon

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

Choose the World You See,
and See the World You Choose.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Feeling sorry for yourself, and your present condition,
is not only a waste of energy
but the worst habit you could possibly have.
- Dale Carnegie

Whatever you do, you need courage.
Whatever course you decide upon,
there is always someone to tell you
that you are wrong.
There are always difficulties arising
that tempt you to believe your critics are right.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do not blame the thistle that you see no beauty.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
- widely misattributed to Mark Twain

It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are,
or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy.
It is what you think about.
- Dale Carnegie

Simply do your best, and you will avoid
self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
- don Miguel Ruiz

You Create Your Own Reality.
- Anonymous

If you aren't in the moment,
you are either looking forward to uncertainty,
or back to pain and regret.
- Jim Carrey

You don't have the power to make life "fair,"
but you do have the power to make life joyful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing,
of just going along,
listening to all the things you can't hear,
and not bothering.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Majority rule only works if you're also
considering individual rights,
because you can't have five wolves and one sheep
voting on what to have for dinner.
- Larry Flynt


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