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


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  • 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")

  • 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")


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