Today’s Literary Birthday
Happy Birthday, Ken Kesey, born 17 September 1935, died 10 November 2001
Top 10 Ken Kesey Quotes
- What I always wanted to be was a magician… My real upbringing when I was a teenager was doing magic shows, all over the state, with my father and brothers. Doing magic, you not only have to be able to do a trick, you have to have a little story line to go with it. And writing is essentially a trick.
- To hell with facts! We need stories!
- If you’re a Conservative, why aren’t you behind conserving the land?
- Me and Norman Mailer have talked about how hard it is in America to get better. Especially at writing.
- When Shakespeare was writing, he wasn’t writing for stuff to lie on the page; it was supposed to get up and move around.
- Truth doesn’t run on time like a commuter train.
- I sometimes have these spells of compulsive truth. But as Lady Macbeth would say, “The fit is momentary.”
- There’s no better way in the world to aggravate somebody who’s trying to make it hard for you than by acting like you’re not bothered.
- Kerouac had lots of class—stumbling drunk in the end, but read those last books. He never blames anybody else; he always blames himself.
- He who marches out of line hears another drum.
Kesey was best known for his novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write