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  • And though Remi was having worklife problems and bad lovelife with a sharp-tongued woman, he at least had learned to laugh almost better than anyone in the world, and I saw all the fun we were going to have in Frisco.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • The sun goes down long and red. All the magic names of the valley unrolled - Manteca, Madera, all the rest. Soon it got dusk, a grapy dusk, a purple dusk over tangerine groves and long melon field; the sun the color of pressed grapes, slashed with burgundy red, the fields the color of love and Spanish mysteries. I stuck my head out the window and took deep breaths of the fragant air. It was the most beautiful of all moments.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • He wasn't drunk on liquor, just drunk on what he liked - crowds of people milling.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • We tiptoed around each other like heartbreaking new friends.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • I realized these were all the snapshots which our children would look at someday with wonder, thinking their parents had lived smooth, well-ordered lives and got up in the morning to walk proudly on the sidewalks of life, never dreaming the raggedy madness and riot of our actual lives, our actual night, the hell of it, the senseless emptiness.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")


  • Isn't it true that you start your life as a sweet child believing in everything under his father's roof, then comes the day of the Laodiceans, when you you you are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked, and with the visage of a gruesome grieving ghost you go shuddering through nightmare life.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

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

  • As we rode in the bus in the weird phosphorescent void of the Lincoln Tunnel we leaned on each other with fingers waving and yelled and talked excitedly, and I was beginning to get the bug like Dean.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • The waves are Chinese, but the earth is an Indian thing.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • Hell man, I know very well you didn't come to me only to want to become a writer, and after all what do I really know about it except that you've got to stick to it with the energy of a benny addict.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • What difference does it make after all?--anonymity in the world of men is better than fame in heaven, for what's heaven? what's earth? All in the mind.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • I suddenly began to realize that everybody in America is a natural-born thief.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • It seemed like a matter of minutes when we began rolling in the foothills before Oakland and suddenly reached a height and saw stretched out ahead of us the fabulous white city of San Francisco on her eleven mystic hills with the blue Pacific and its advancing wall of potato-patch fog beyond, and smoke and goldenness in the late afternoon of time.
    (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")

  • At night in this part of the West the stars, as I had seen them in Wyoming, were as big as Roman Candles and as lonely as the Prince who's lost his ancestral home and journeys across the spaces trying to find it again, and knows he never will.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")


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