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  • 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")

  • We agreed to love each other madly.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • I like too many things and get all confused and hung-up running from one falling star to another till I drop. This is the night, what it does to you.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • If you can't boogie I know I'll show you how.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • Not only was there no traffic but the rain came down in buckets and I had no shelter. I had to run under some pines to take cover; this did no good; I began crying and swearing and socking myself on the head for being such a damn fool.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • All he needed was a wheel in his hand and four on the road.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • The cowboy music twanged in the roadhouse and carried across the fields, all sadness. It was all right with me. I kissed my baby and we put out the lights.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • He has to blow across bridges and come back and do it with such infinite feeling soul-exploratory for the tune of the moment that everybody knows it's not the tune that counts but IT.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • We fumed and screamed in our mountain nook, mad drunken Americans in the mighty land. We were on the roof of America and all we could do was yell, I guess--across the night...
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • I looked up at the dark sky and prayed to God for a better break in life and a better chance to do something for the little people I loved.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")


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