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Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” Quotes (85 Quotes)


  • I was having a wonderful time and the whole world opened up before me because I had no dreams.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • Keep it kickwriting at all costs too, that is, write only what kicks you and keeps you overtime awake from sheer mad joy.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • Soon it got dusk, a grapy dusk, a purple dusk over tangerine groves and long melon fields; the sun the color of pressed grapes, slashed with burgandy red, the fields the color of love and Spanish mysteries.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • Dean and I both swayed to the rhythm and the IT of our final excited joy in talking and living to the blank traced end of all innumerable riotous angelic particulars that had been lurking in our souls all our lives.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • They were like the man with the dungeon stone and gloom, rising from the underground, the sordid hipsters of America, a new beat generation that I was slowly joining.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")


  • I could hear Dean, blissful and blabbering and frantically rocking. Only a guy who's spent five years in jail can go to such maniacal helpless extremes; beseeching at the portals of the soft source, mad with a completely phsycial realization of the origins of life-bliss; blindly seeking to return the way he came
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • I was surprised, as always, be how easy the act of leaving was, and how good it felt. The world was suddenly rich with possibility.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • Life is life, and kind is kind
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • Texas is undeniable...We were already almost out of America and yet definitely in it and in the middle of where it's maddest.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • Dean's California--wild, sweaty, important, the land of lonely and exiled and eccentric lovers come to forgather like birds, and the land where everybody somehow looked like broken-down, handsome, decadent movie actors.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • Things are so hard to figure out when you live from day to day in this feverish and silly world.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • I had traveled eight thousand miles around the American continent and I was back on Times Square; and right in the middle of a rush hour, too, seeing with my innocent road-eyes the absolute madness and fantastic hoorair of New York with its millions and millions hustling forever for a buck among themselves, the mad dream-grabbing, taking, giving, sighing, dying, just so they could be buried in those awful cemetery cities beyond Long Island City.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • I wished I was on the same bus as her. A pain stabbed my heart as it did everytime I saw a girl I loved who was going the opposite direction in this too-big world of ours.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • Man, wow, there's so many things to do, so many things to write! How to even begin to get it all down and without modified restraints and all hung-up on like literary inhibitions and grammatical fears...
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • The best teacher is experience and not through someone's distorted point of view
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")


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