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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")

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

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


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

  • All he needed was a wheel in his hand and four on the road.
    (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")

  • I was halfway across America, at the dividing line between the East of my youth and the West of my future.
    (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")

  • 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")


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