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A list of Jack Kerouac quotes. Here are the best quotes by Jack Kerouac on various subjects, including life, death, writing, and other topics. These novelist Jack Kerouac quotations cover the several decades of his career, and include famous quotes from his entire career. These memorable quotations have become part of the collective conscience of Jack Kerouac's contemporaries and will be remembered for generations.
Jack Kerouac is was an American novelist and poet. He is considered a literary iconoclast and alongside fellow writers William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, a pioneer of the Beat Generation and a cultural icon. Kerouac is recognized for his spontaneous method of writing, covering topics such as Catholic spirituality, jazz, promiscuity, Buddhism, drugs, poverty, and travel, basically topics that defined a new generation. On The Road, Kerouac's masterpiece, is considered one of the greatest books of the 20th century
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A pain stabbed my heart, as it did every time I saw a girl I loved who was going the opposite direction in this too-big world.
Will you love me in December as you do in May?
Don't use the phone. People are never ready to answer it. Use poetry.
My witness is the empty sky.
Happiness consists in realizing it is all a great strange dream.
All human beings are also dream beings. Dreaming ties all mankind together.
Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.
Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.
Pain or love or danger makes you real again...
What is that feeling when you're driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? - it's the too-huge world vaulting us, and it's good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.
God is an Indian giver who gives only occasionally.
One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.
Finding Nirvana is like locating silence.
Something good will come of all things yet.
I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion.
As far as I'm concerned the only thing to do is sit in a room and get drunk.
My eyes were glued on life and they were full of tears.
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.
The only truth is music.
Nobody knows what's going on to happen to anybody beside the forlorn rags of growing old.