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


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  • 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")

  • In my madness I was actually in love with her for the few hours it all lasted; it was the same unmistakable ache and stab across the mind, the same sighs, the same pain, and above all the same reluctance and fear to approach.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • And so we picked up our bags, he the trunk with his one good arm and I the rest, and staggered to the cable-car stop; in a moment rolled down the hill with our legs dangling to the sidewalk from the jiggling shelf, two broken-down heroes of the Western night.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")


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