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


  • It was a rainy night. It was the myth of a rainy night.
    (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")

  • Keep it kickwriting at all costs too, that is, write only what kicks you and keeps you overtime awake from sheer mad joy.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • Life is life, and kind is kind
    (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")


  • 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")

  • Nobody knows what's going on to happen to anybody beside the forlorn rags of growing old
    (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")

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

  • Oh these dumb dumb dumb Okies, they'll never change, how com-pletely and how unbelievably dumb, the moment it comes time to act, this paralysis, scared, hysterical, nothing frightens em more than what they WANT- it's MY FATHER MY FATER MY FATHER all over again!
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • Prison is where you promise yourself the right to live.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • She spoke of evenings in the country making popcorn on the porch. Once this would have gladdened my heart but because her heart was not glad when she said it I knew there was nothing in it but the idea of what one should do.
    (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")

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


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