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Quotes of the day: Ken Kesey

Published Wednesday, September 16, 2015 @ 5:56 PM EDT
Sep 16 2015

Kenneth Elton "Ken" Kesey (September 17, 1935 – November 10, 2001) was an American author and countercultural figure. He considered himself a link between the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the hippies of the 1960s. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


He who marches out of line hears another drum.

I'd rather be a lightning rod than a seismograph.

I'm so crazy I plan to vote for Eisenhower again this November.

If you seek the mystery instead of the answer, you'll always be seeking.

If you're on the bus, and you get left behind, then you'll find it again. If you're off the bus in the first place- then it won't make a damn.

Man, when you lose your laugh you lose your footing.

Nothing lasts.

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.

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.

People think love is an emotion. Love is good sense.

Ritual is necessary for us to know anything.

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

The fundamentalists have taken the fun out of the mental.

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

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

To hell with facts! We need stories!

We are always acting on what has just finished happening. It happened at least 1/30th of a second ago. We think we’re in the present, but we aren’t. The present we know is only a movie of the past.

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

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

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.

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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