Quotation Explorer - 'Jack Kerouac'

Listen closely... the eternal hush of silence goes on and on throughout all this, and has been going on, and will go on and on. This is because the world is nothing but a dream and is just thought of and the everlasting eternity pays no attention to it. - Jack Kerouac
The Grim Reaper isn't grim at all; he's a life-saver. He isn't grim because he isn't anything. . . . he is nothing. And nothing is a hell of a lot better than anything. So long, boys. - Jack Kerouac
Don't use the phone. People are never ready to answer it. Use poetry. - Jack Kerouac
The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars. - Jack Kerouac
There is universal substance which is divine substance because where else can it be? - Jack Kerouac
...the restaurant itself is weird especially because of a big raunch mad thicklipped sloppy young Fillipino woman sitting alone at the end of the restaurant gobbling up her food obscenely and looking at us insolently as tho to say "Fuck you, I eat the way I like splashing gravy everywhere (p. 156) - Jack Kerouac
It is possible for the human spirit to win after all. - Jack Kerouac
I promise I shall never give up, and that I’ll die yelling and laughing, and that until then I’ll rush around this world I insist is holy and pull at everyone’s lapel and make them confess to me and to all. - Jack Kerouac
Never speaks a word, can't be wrong. - Jack Kerouac
Soon I'll find the right words, they'll be very simple. - Jack Kerouac
All human beings are also dream beings. Dreaming ties all mankind together. - Jack Kerouac
You boys going to get somewhere, or just going?" We didn't understand his question, and it was a damned good question. - Jack Kerouac
A man cannot impart the true feeling of things to others unless he himself has experienced what he is trying to tell of. - Jack Kerouac
You're a Genius all the time - Jack Kerouac
If critics say your work stinks it's because they want it to stink and they can make it stink by scaring you into conformity with their comfortable little standards. Standards so low that they can no longer be considered "dangerous" but set in place in their compartmental understandings. - Jack Kerouac
Man lowers his head and lunges into civilization, forgetting the days of his infancy when he sought truth in a snowflake or a stick. Man forgets the wisdom of the child. - Jack Kerouac
Be in love with your life. Every minute of it. - Jack Kerouac
The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved...the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars. - Jack Kerouac
This is the story of America. Everybody's doing what they think they're supposed to do. - Jack Kerouac
You, man must write exactly as everything rushes into your head and AT ONCE. The pain of writing is just that... - Jack Kerouac
A poet is a blind optimist.The world is against him formany reasons. But thepoet persists. He believesthat he is on the right track,no matter what any of his fellow men say. In hiseternal search for truth, thepoet is alone.He tries to be timeless in a society built on time. - Jack Kerouac
The only truth is music. - Jack Kerouac
And the story of love is a long sad tale ending in graves. - Jack Kerouac
It no longer makes me cry and die and tear myself to see her go because everything goes away from me like that now girls, visions, anything, just in the same way and forever and I accept lostness forever. - Jack Kerouac
Says, Rahula! Rahula! Face of Glory! Universe chawed and swallowed! - Jack Kerouac
The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing. - Jack Kerouac
And I go home having lost her love. And write this book. - Jack Kerouac
Is Virgin you trying to fathom me - Jack Kerouac
I was amazed by the fact that I was not the only writer living, not the only young man "with a locomotive in his chest, and that's a fact," not the only youth with a million hungers and not one of them appeasable, not the only one who is lonely among multitudes, and does not know why. - Jack Kerouac
I like too many things and get all confused and hung-up running from one falling star to another til I drop. - Jack Kerouac
I suddenly discovered the delight of rebellion. - Jack Kerouac
I went to sit in the bus station and think this over. I ate another apple pie and ice cream; that’spractically all I ate all the way across the country, I knew it was nutritious and it was delicious, ofcourse. - Jack Kerouac
My fault, my failure, is not in the passions I have, but in my lack of control of them. - Jack Kerouac
Did you ever stand on a street corner in American at five o'clock in the morning? I did. - Jack Kerouac
Scribbled secret notebooks, and wild typewritten pages, for yr own joy - Jack Kerouac
The fact was I had the vision... I think everyone has... what we lack is the method. - Jack Kerouac
I have such a hopeless dream of walking or being there at night, nothing happens, I just pass, everything is unbearably over with. - Jack Kerouac
Sometimes I'd yell questions at the rocks and trees, and across gorges, or yodel - "What is the meaning of the void?" The answer was perfect silence, so I knew. - Jack Kerouac
Be in love with your life, every detail of it. - Jack Kerouac
All that old road of the past unreeling dizzily as if the cup of life had been overturned and everything gone mad. My eyes ached in nightmare day (235). - Jack Kerouac
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