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We lay on our backs, looking at the ceiling and wondering what God had wrought when He made life so sad. We made vague plans to meet in Frisco.


Jack Kerouac

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When you've understood this scripture, throw it away. If you can't understand this scripture, throw ...
JACK KEROUAC
Aw I don't wanta go to no such thing, I just wanta drink in alleys.'...
But you'll miss all tha...
JACK KEROUAC
we pass the fields of Perry and Madrone and where they make wine, and it's all there, all sweet the ...
JACK KEROUAC
Happy. Just in my swim shorts, barefooted, wild-haired, in the red fire dark, singing, swigging wine...
JACK KEROUAC
The other man, just as
lonesome as I am
In this empty universe
JACK KEROUAC
Hitch hiked a thousand
miles and brought
You wine
JACK KEROUAC
Here I was at the end of America - no more land - and now there was nowhere to go but back.
JACK KEROUAC
And suddenly, not a soul's at the store as for other & similar & just as blank reasons, they...
JACK KEROUAC
Because he was always tremendously generated towards complete relationship with his women to the poi...
JACK KEROUAC
Don't tell them too much about your soul. They're waiting for just that.
JACK KEROUAC
Get married and have halfbreed babies, manuscripts, home¬spun blankets and mother’s milk on your ...
JACK KEROUAC
I realized these were all the snapshots which our children would look at someday with wonder, thinki...
JACK KEROUAC
Rocks are space, and space is illusion.
JACK KEROUAC
I think it's a lovely hallucination but I love it sorta.
JACK KEROUAC
The human bones are but vain lines dawdling, the whole universe a blank mold of stars.
JACK KEROUAC
my karma was to be born in America where nobody has any fun or believes in anything, especially free...
JACK KEROUAC
The closer you get to real matter, rock air fire and wood, boy, the more spiritual the world is.
JACK KEROUAC
Finding Nirvana is like locating silence.
JACK KEROUAC
At night I closed my eyes and saw my bones threading the mud of my grave.
JACK KEROUAC
Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, th...
JACK KEROUAC
And I dreamed of a home long ago in New England, my little kitkats trying to go a thousand miles fol...
JACK KEROUAC
As we crossed the Colorado-Utah border I saw God in the sky in the form of huge gold sunburning clou...
JACK KEROUAC
My aunt once said that the world would never find peace until men fell at their women's feet and ask...
JACK KEROUAC
But why think about that when all the golden lands ahead of you and all kinds of unforseen events wa...
JACK KEROUAC
The air was soft, the stars so fine, the promise of every cobbled alley so great, that I thought I w...
JACK KEROUAC
The smog was heavy, my eyes were weeping from it, the sun was hot, the air stank, a regular hell is ...
JACK KEROUAC
But Dave Wain that lean rangy red head Welchman with his penchant for going off in Willie to fish in...
JACK KEROUAC
Besides, all my New York friends were in the negative, nightmare position of putting down society an...
JACK KEROUAC
…of constipation of the brain & diarrhea of the mouth.
JACK KEROUAC
I promise I shall never give up, and that I'll die yelling and laughing, and that until then I'll ru...
JACK KEROUAC
Write in recollection and amazement for yourself.
JACK KEROUAC
Symbolism is alright in 'fiction,' but I tell true life stories simply about what happened t...
JACK KEROUAC
What's Your Road, Man?
JACK KEROUAC
My fault, my failure, is not in the passions I have, but in my lack of control of them.
JACK KEROUAC
No man should go through life without once experiencing healthy, even bored solitude in the wilderne...
JACK KEROUAC
I don't know, I don't care, and it doesn't make any difference!
JACK KEROUAC
All human beings are also dream beings. Dreaming ties all mankind together.
JACK KEROUAC
Accept loss forever.
JACK KEROUAC
All our best men are laughed at in this nightmare land.
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 onl...
JACK KEROUAC
I don't know, I don't care, and it doesn't make any difference!.
JACK KEROUAC
What is the universe
but a lot of waves
And a craving desire
is a wave…
JACK KEROUAC
It's hard to explain and best thing to do is not be false.
JACK KEROUAC