Ken Kesey Quotes

Ken Kesey Quotes

But he won’t let the pain blot out the humor no more’n he’ll let the humor blot out the pain.

They can't tell so much about you if you got your eyes closed.

It's the truth, even if it didn't happen...

...if they don't exist, how can a man see them?

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

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

He couldn't seem to get his teeth into anything. Except books. The things in books was darn near more real to him than the things breathing and eating.

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.

. . .sometimes reading the same page over and over, until one sleepy afternoon something clicked, like a lock unlocking, and she saw those printed doors swing open on a vast house of words.

The way I remember it the tribe got paid some huge amount."
"That's what they said to him. He said, What can you pay for the way a man lives? He said, What can you pay for the way a man is? They didn't understand.

Society is what decides who's sane and who isn't, so you got to measure up.

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.

He's the sort of guy that gets a laugh out of people.

But I remember one thing: it wasn't me that started acting deaf, it was people that first started acting like I was too dumb to hear or see or say anything at all.

I don't seem able to get it straight in my mind....

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