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  • #1
    Edward R. Murrow
    “A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.”
    Edward R. Murrow


  • #2
    Dwight D. Eisenhower
    “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.”
    Dwight D. Eisenhower


  • #3
    Arianna Huffington
    “Why worry about minor little details like clean air, clean water, safe ports and the safety net when Jesus is going to give the world an "Extreme Makeover: Planet Edition" right after he finishes putting Satan in his place once and for all?”
    Arianna Huffington


  • #4
    Ken Kesey
    “Man, when you lose your laugh you lose your footing.”
    Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest


  • #5
    Ken Kesey
    “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, Kesey's Garage Sale


  • #6
    Ken Kesey
    “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, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest


  • #7
    Ken Kesey
    “You can't really be strong until you can see a funny side to things.”
    Ken Kesey


  • #8
    Ken Kesey
    “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. I've never seen anybody really find the answer. They think they have, so they stop thinking. But the job is to seek mystery, evoke mystery, plant a garden in which strange plants grow and mysteries bloom. The need for mystery is greater than the need for an answer.”
    Ken Kesey


  • #9
    Ken Kesey
    “This world . . . belongs to the strong, my friend! The ritual of our existence is based on the strong getting stronger by devouring the weak. We must face up to this. No more than right that it should be this way. We must learn to accept it as a law of the natural world. The rabbits accept their role in the ritual and recognize the wolf is the strong. In defense, the rabbit becomes sly and frightened and elusive and he digs holes and hides when the wolf is about. And he endures, he goes on. He knows his place. He most certainly doesn't challenge the wolf to combat. Now, would that be wise? Would it?”
    Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest


  • #10
    Ken Kesey
    “Look...Reality is greater than the sum of its parts, also a damn sight holier. And the lives of such stuff as dreams are made of may be rounded with a sleep but they are not tied neatly with a red bow. Truth doesn't run on time like a commuter train, though time may run on truth. And the Scenes Gone By and the Scenes to Come flow blending together in the sea-green deep while Now spreads in circles on the surface. So don't sweat it. For focus simply move a few inches back or forward. And once more...look.”
    Ken Kesey, Sometimes a Great Notion


  • #11
    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


  • #12
    Tom Wolfe
    “None of us are going to deny what other people are doing. If saying bullshit is somebody's thing, then he says bullshit. If somebody is an ass-kicker, then that's what he's going to do on this trip, kick asses. He's going to do it right out front and nobody is going to have anything to get pissed off about. He can just say, 'I'm sorry I kicked you in the ass, but I'm not sorry I'm an ass-kicker. That's what I do, I kick people in the ass.' Everybody is going to be what they are, and whatever they are, there's not going to be anything to apologize about. What we are, we're going to wail with on this whole trip.”
    Tom Wolfe, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test


  • #13
    Ken Kesey
    “The secret of being a top-notch con man is being able to know what the mark wants, and how to make him think he's getting it.”
    Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest


  • #14
    Ken Kesey
    “The fundamentalists have taken the fun out of the mental.”
    Ken Kesey


  • #15
    Tom Wolfe
    “YOU ARE HEREBY EMPOWERED!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
    Tom Wolfe, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test


  • #16
    Tom Wolfe
    “It's like a boulder rolling down a hill - you can watch it and talk about it and scream and say Shit! but you can't stop it. It's just a question of where it's going to go.”
    Tom Wolfe, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test


  • #17
    Ken Kesey
    “The story is told that when Joe was a child his cousins emptied his Christmas stocking and replaced the gifts with horse manure. Joe took one look and bolted for the door, eyes glittering with excitement. 'Wait, Joe, where are you going? What did ol' Santa bring you?' According to the story Joe paused at the door for a piece of rope. 'Brought me a bran'-new pony but he got away. I'll catch 'em if I hurry.' And ever since then it seemed that Joe had been accepting more than his share of hardship as good fortune, and more than his share of shit as a sign of Shetland ponies just around the corner, Thoroughbred stallions just up the road.”
    Ken Kesey, Sometimes a Great Notion


  • #18
    Ken Kesey
    “Man is certain of nothing but his ability to fail. It is the deepest faith we have, and the unbeliever- the blasphemer, the dissenter- will stimulate in us the most righteous of furies.”
    Ken Kesey


  • #19
    Ken Kesey
    “But a system made secure by the protective plating of humor and pretense always runs the risk of having its protection get out of hand. A relationship based on jokes invites jokes; jokes about anything -- and jokes about anything are now and then bound to cut too close to the truth.”
    Ken Kesey, Sometimes a Great Notion


  • #20
    Ken Kesey
    “They are in contact on a high-voltage wavelength of hate...”
    Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest


  • #21
    Ken Kesey
    “They're out there. First line of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.”
    Ken Kesey


  • #22
    Ken Kesey
    “Always stay in your own movie.”
    Ken Kesey


  • #23
    Ken Kesey
    “We are the culture. All those people that are doing those dumb TV things and promoting hate…that’s the ‘counter’culture.”
    Ken Kesey, Vintage Tomorrows: A Historian and a Futurist Journey Through Steampunk Into the Future of Technology


  • #24
    Ken Kesey
    “This is just shit. It's happening. No blame. Happening and on the rise it would appear. What can we do to delay it? Probably zilch. To stop it? Likely less. But to survive it? Now that sounds more promising. There is evidence of bad shit having been survived before. Ancient Advice Left in cave by Wise French Caveman: "When Bigbad Shit come, no run scream hide. Try paint picture of it on wall. Drum to it. Sing to it. Dance to it. This give you handle on it." So Twister is my try.
    Ken Kesey in a letter to Allen Ginsberg (August 1993)”
    Ken Kesey


  • #25
    Ken Kesey
    “Like a cartoon world, where the figures are flat and outlined in black, jerking through some kind of goofy story that might be real funny if it weren't for the cartoon figures being real guys... ”
    Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest


  • #26
    Ken Kesey
    “The world news might not be therapeutic.”
    Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest


  • #27
    Ken Kesey
    “But if the strength ain't real, I recall thinking the very last thing that day, before I finally passed out, then the weakness sure enough is. Weakness is true and real. I used to accuse the kid of faking his weakness. But faking proves the weakness is real. Or you wouldn't be so weak as to fake it. No, you can't ever fake being weak. You can only fake being strong. . .”
    Ken Kesey, Sometimes a Great Notion


  • #28
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.”
    Robert A. Heinlein


  • #29
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “Anybody can look at a pretty girl and see a pretty girl. An artist can look at a pretty girl and see the old woman she will become. A better artist can look at an old woman and see the pretty girl that she used to be. But a great artist-a master-and that is what Auguste Rodin was-can look at an old woman, protray her exactly as she is...and force the viewer to see the pretty girl she used to be...and more than that, he can make anyone with the sensitivity of an armadillo, or even you, see that this lovely young girl is still alive, not old and ugly at all, but simply prisoned inside her ruined body. He can make you feel the quiet, endless tragedy that there was never a girl born who ever grew older than eighteen in her heart...no matter what the merciless hours have done to her. Look at her, Ben. Growing old doesn't matter to you and me; we were never meant to be admired-but it does to them.”
    Robert A. Heinlein


  • #30
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “Sin lies only in hurting others unnecessarily. All other "sins" are invented nonsense.”
    Robert A. Heinlein




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