30 Ken Kesey Quotes And Sayings For Inspiration

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Kenneth Elton Kesey (September 17, 1935 – November 10, 2001) was an American novelist, essayist, and countercultural figure. Hope, our collection of Ken Kesey Quotes will inspire you to think creatively.

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

– Ken Kesey

Ken Kesey Quotes

1. “He who marches out of step hears another drum.” – Ken Kesey

2. “We can count how many seeds are in the apple, but not how many apples are in the seed.” – Ken Kesey

3. “The man who seeks revenge digs two graves.” – Ken Kesey

4. “In any given situation there will always be more dumb people than smart people.” – Ken Kesey

5. “You have to laugh at the things that hurt you just to keep in balance.” – Ken Kesey

6. “Man is certain of nothing but his ability to fail.” – Ken Kesey

7. “Good writing ain’t necessarily good reading.” – Ken Kesey

8. “You get your visions through whatever gate you’re granted.” – Ken Kesey

9. “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

10. “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

11. “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

12. “The job of the writer is to kiss no ass, no matter how big and holy and white and tempting and powerful.” – Ken Kesey

13. “When you love someone it is forever, or it was never really love at all.” – Ken Kesey

14. “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

15. “I had to keep on acting deaf if I wanted to hear at all.” – Ken Kesey

16. “Always stay in your own movie.” – Ken Kesey

17. “Take what you can use and let the rest go by.” – Ken Kesey

18. “It is just as much an offense to take offense as it is to give offense.” – Ken Kesey

19. “The truth doesn’t have to do with cruelty, the truth has to do with mercy.” – Ken Kesey

20. “Sometimes we don’t even realize what we really care about, because we get so distracted by the symbols.” – Ken Kesey

21. “Sometimes the need for mystery is greater than the need for an answer.” – Ken Kesey

22. “We think we’re in the present, but we aren’t. The present we know is only a movie of the past.” – Ken Kesey

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

24. “A man has to know he had a choice before he can enjoy what he chose. I know now. That a human has to make it with other humans . . . before he can make it with himself.” – Ken Kesey

25. “To hell with facts! We need stories!” – Ken Kesey

26. “Sometimes the only way to keep from losing everything is to give everything up.” – Ken Kesey

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

28. “The answer is never the answer. What’s really interesting is the mystery.” – Ken Kesey

29. “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.” – Ken Kesey

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

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