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

  • Every now and then a clear harmonic cry gave new suggestions of a tune that would someday be the only tune in the word and would raise mean's souls to joy.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • This is the story of America. Everybody's doing what they think they're supposed to do.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • I have finally taught Dean that he can do anything he wants, become mayor of Denver, marry a millionairess, or become the greatest poet since Rimbaud. But he keeps rushing out to see the midget auto races
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • I yelled for joy. We passed the bottle. The great blazing stars came out, the far receding hills got dim. I felt like an arrow that could shoot out all the way.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")


  • My aunt once said that the world would never find peace until men fell at their women's feet and asked for forgiveness.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • The bus roared on. I was going home in October. Everybody goes home in October.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • For the first time in my life the weather was not something that touched me, that caressed me, froze or sweated me, but became me.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • This was a manuscript of the night we couldn't read.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • I left with my canvas bag in which a few fundamental things were packed and took off for the Pacific Ocean with the fifty dollars in my pocket.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • I'd sleep and forget it; I had my own life, my own sad and ragged life forever.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • Nobody knows what's going on to happen to anybody beside the forlorn rags of growing old
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • All around me were the noise of the crazy gold-coast city. And this was my Hollywood career - this was my last night in Hollywood, and I was spreading mustard on my lap in back of a parking-lot john.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • The bus roared through Indiana cornfields that night; the moon illuminated the ghostly gathered husks; it was almost Halloween. I made the acquaintance of a girl and we necked all the way to Indianapolis. She was nearsighted. When we got off to eat I had to lead her by the hand to the lunch counter. She bought my meals; my sandwiches were all gone. In exchange I told her long stories.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • Go moan for man. It's the pathos of people that gets us down, all the lovers in this dream.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")


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