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


  • Besides, all my New York friends were in the negative, nightmare position of putting down society and giving their tired bookish or political or psychoanalytical reasons, but Dean just raced in society, eager for bread and love.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round heads in the square holes. The ones who see things differently...
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • When you start separating people from their rivers, what have you got? Bureaucracy!
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • I was a man of the earth, precisely as I had dreamed I would be.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")


  • It was a rainy night. It was the myth of a rainy night.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • So I rushed past the pretty girls, and the prettiest girls in the world live in Des Moines.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • Better to sleep in an uncomfortable bed free, than sleep in a comfortable bed unfree.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • They have worries, they're counting the miles, they're thinking about where to sleep tonight, how much money for gas, the weather, how they'll get there - and all the time they'll get there anyway, you see.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • Holy flowers floating in the air, were all these tired faces in the dawn of Jazz America.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • You have absolutely no regard but yourself and your damned kicks. All you think about is what's hanging between your legs and how much money or fun you can get out of people and then you just throw them aside. Not only that but you're silly about it. It never occurs to you that life is serious and that there are people trying to make something decent out of it instead of just goofing all the time.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • I was halfway across America, at the dividing line between the East of my youth and the West of my future.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • It was my dream that screwed up, the stupid hearthside idea that it would be wonderful to follow one great red line across America instead of trying various roads and routes.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • Somebody had tipped the American continent like a pinball machine and all the goofballs had come rolling to LA in the southwest corner. I cried for all of us. There was no end to the American sadness and the American madness. Someday we'll all start laughing and roll on the ground when we realize how funny it's been.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • But they need to worry and betray time with urgencies false and otherwise, purely anxious and whiny, their souls really won't be at peace unless they can latch to an established and proven worry and having once found it they assume facial expressions to fit and go with it, which is, you see, unhappiness, and all the time it all flies by them and they know it and that too worries them no end.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")


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