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


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  • When I got better I realized what a rat he was, but then I had to understand the impossible complexity of his life, how he had to leave me there, sick, to get on with his wives and woes.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • I took a straight picture that made me look like a thirty-year-old Italian who'd kill anybody who said something against his mother.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • It was a fine night, a warm night, a wine-drinking night, a moony night, and a night to hug your girl and talk and spit and be heavengoing. This we did.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • She was a nice little girl, simple and true, and tremendously frightened of sex. I told her it was beautiful. I wanted to prove this to her. She let me prove it, but I was too impatient and proved nothing.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • 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")


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