35 Inspirational Jack Kerouac Quotes

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Jack Kerouac was an American novelist and poet of French-Canadian descent. (Born on March 12, 1922, and Died on October 21, 1969)

Following are the Inspirational Jack Kerouac Quotes (Author of On the Road)

Jack Kerouac Quotes

“Maybe that’s what life is… a wink of the eye and winking stars.” — Jack Kerouac

“So long and take it easy, because if you start taking things seriously, it is the end of you.” — Jack Kerouac

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” — Jack Kerouac

“Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now.” — Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac Quotes

“All human beings are also dream beings. Dreaming ties all mankind together.” — Jack Kerouac

“Rest and be kind, you don’t have to prove anything.” — Jack Kerouac

“Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.” — Jack Kerouac

“Don’t drink to get drunk. Drink to enjoy life.” — 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… burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow Roman candles.” — Jack Kerouac

“I am always thinking ‘What am I doing here? Is this the way I am supposed to feel?’” — Jack Kerouac

“There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.” — Jack Kerouac

“Accept loss forever. Be submissive to everything, open, listening. No fear or shame in the dignity of your experience, language, and knowledge. Be in love with your life.” — Jack Kerouac

“Avoid the world, it’s just a lot of dust and drag and means nothing in the end.” — Jack Kerouac

“Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.” — Jack Kerouac

“All of life is a foreign country.” — Jack Kerouac

“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.” ― Jack Kerouac

“Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.” — Jack Kerouac

“The air was soft, the stars so fine, the promise of every cobbled alley so great, that I thought I was in a dream.” — Jack Kerouac

“Offer them what they secretly want and they of course immediately become panic-stricken.” — Jack Kerouac

“Happiness consists in realizing it is all a great strange dream” — Jack Kerouac

“I hope it is true that a man can die and yet not only live in others but give them life, and not only life, but that great consciousness of life.” — Jack Kerouac

“I was surprised, as always, by how easy the act of leaving was, and how good it felt. The world was suddenly rich with possibility.” — Jack Kerouac

“My witness is the empty sky.” — Jack Kerouac

“You are the equal of the idol who has given you your inspiration.” — Jack Kerouac

“I don’t know, I don’t care, and it doesn’t make any difference.” ― Jack Kerouac

“I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion.” — Jack Kerouac

“Don’t touch me, I’m full of snakes.” — Jack Kerouac

“because he had no place he could stay in without getting tired of it and because there was nowhere to go but everywhere, keep rolling under the stars…” ― Jack Kerouac

“I have fallen in love with you, God. Take care of us all, one way or the other.” — Jack Kerouac

“My fault, my failure, is not in the passions I have, but in my lack of control of them.” – Jack Kerouac

“Sal, we gotta go and never stop going ’till we get there.’ ‘Where we going, man?’ ‘I don’t know but we gotta go.” ― Jack Kerouac

“If moderation is a fault, then indifference is a crime.” — Jack Kerouac

“But why think about that when all the golden lands ahead of you and all kinds of unforseen events wait lurking to surprise you and make you glad you’re alive to see?” ― Jack Kerouac

“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.” — Jack Kerouac

“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

“All our best men are laughed at in this nightmare land.” — Jack Kerouac

“Whither goest thou, America, in thy shiny car in the night?” — Jack Kerouac

“Write in recollection and amazement for yourself.” — Jack Kerouac

“It is not my fault that certain so-called bohemian elements have found in my writings something to hang their peculiar beatnik theories on.” — Jack Kerouac

“You can’t teach the old maestro a new tune.” — Jack Kerouac

“Mankind is like dogs, not gods – as long as you don’t get mad they’ll bite you – but stay mad and you’ll never be bitten. Dogs don’t respect humility and sorrow.” — Jack Kerouac

“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.” — Jack Kerouac

“My manners, abominable at times, can be sweet.” — Jack Kerouac

“I didn’t dictate sections of ‘Visions of Cody’. I typed up a segment of taped conversation with Neal Cassady, or Cody, talking about his early adventures in L.A. It’s four chapters.” — Jack Kerouac

“All my editors since Malcolm Cowley have had instructions to leave my prose exactly as I wrote it. In the days of Malcolm Cowley, with ‘On the Road’ and ‘The Dharma Bums’, I had no power to stand by my style for better or for worse.” — Jack Kerouac

“It’s hard to write haiku. I write long, silly Indian poems.” — Jack Kerouac

“My story is endless. I put in a teletype roll, you know, you know what they are, you have them in newspapers, and run it through there and fix the margins and just go, go – just go, go, go.” — Jack Kerouac

“My father and my mother and my sister and I have always voted Republican, always.” — Jack Kerouac

“I really hate to write.” — Jack Kerouac

“I made myself famous by writing ‘songs’ and lyrics about the beauty of the things I did and ugliness, too.” — Jack Kerouac

“The Catholic Church is a weird church. Much mysticism is sown broadspread from its ritual mysteries till it extends into the very lives of its constituents and parishoners.” — Jack Kerouac

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