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


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  • 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")

  • 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")

  • 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")

  • Here I was at the end of America...no more land...and nowhere was nowhere to go but back
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • I was having a wonderful time and the whole world opened up before me because I had no dreams.
    (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")

  • The road must eventually lead to the whole world.
    (Jack Kerouac, "On the Road")

  • 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")

  • 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")

  • 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")

  • I was surprised, as always, be how easy the act of leaving was, and how good it felt. The world was suddenly rich with possibility.
    (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")

  • 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")

  • When you start separating people from their rivers, what have you got? Bureaucracy!
    (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")


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