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Jack Kerouac Quote: “Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.”

Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.

— Jack Kerouac



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

Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.

— Jack Kerouac


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

One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.

— Jack Kerouac


Jack Kerouac Quote: “The only truth is music.”

The only truth is music.

— Jack Kerouac


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

Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.

— Jack Kerouac


Jack Kerouac Quote: “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.”

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


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

There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.

— Jack Kerouac


Jack Kerouac Quote: “I saw that my life was a vast glowing empty page and I could do anything I wanted.”

I saw that my life was a vast glowing empty page and I could do anything I wanted.

— Jack Kerouac


Jack Kerouac Quote: “Happiness consists in realizing it is all a great strange dream.”

Happiness consists in realizing it is all a great strange dream.

— Jack Kerouac


Jack Kerouac Quote: “The closer you get to real matter, rock, air, fire and wood, boy, the more spiritual the world is.”

The closer you get to real matter, rock, air, fire and wood, boy, the more spiritual the world is.

— Jack Kerouac



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

All human beings are also dream beings. Dreaming ties all mankind together.

— Jack Kerouac


Jack Kerouac Quote: “Be in love with your life, every detail of it.”

Be in love with your life, every detail of it.

— Jack Kerouac


Jack Kerouac Quote: “Let nature do the freezing and frightening and isolating in this world. Let men work and love and fight it off.”

Let nature do the freezing and frightening and isolating in this world. Let men work and love and fight it off.

— Jack Kerouac


Jack Kerouac Quote: “Houses are full of things that gather dust.”

Houses are full of things that gather dust.

— Jack Kerouac


Jack Kerouac Quote: “It’s all too much and not enough at the same time.”

It’s all too much and not enough at the same time.

— Jack Kerouac


Jack Kerouac Quote: “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.”

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


Jack Kerouac Quote: “Let the mind beware, that though the flesh be bugged, the circumstances of existence are pretty glorious.”

Let the mind beware, that though the flesh be bugged, the circumstances of existence are pretty glorious.

— Jack Kerouac


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

So long and take it easy, because if you start taking things seriously, it is the end of you.

— Jack Kerouac


Jack Kerouac Quote: “Things are so hard to figure out when you live from day to day in this feverish and silly world. ”

Things are so hard to figure out when you live from day to day in this feverish and silly world.

— Jack Kerouac


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

I don’t know, I don’t care, and it doesn’t make any difference.

— Jack Kerouac



Jack Kerouac Quote: “So therefore I dedicate myself, to my art, my sleep, my dreams, my labors, my suffrances, my loneliness, my unique madness, my endless absorption and hunger because I cannot dedicate myself to any fellow being.”

So therefore I dedicate myself, to my art, my sleep, my dreams, my labors, my suffrances, my loneliness, my unique madness, my endless absorption and hunger because I cannot dedicate myself to any fellow being.

— Jack Kerouac


Jack Kerouac Quote: “A sociable smile is nothing but a mouth full of teeth.”

A sociable smile is nothing but a mouth full of teeth.

— Jack Kerouac


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

I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion.

— Jack Kerouac


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

Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now.

— Jack Kerouac


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

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

— Jack Kerouac


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

Rest and be kind, you don’t have to prove anything.

— Jack Kerouac


Jack Kerouac Quote: “On soft Spring nights I’ll stand in the yard under the stars – Something good will come out of all things yet – And it will be golden and eternal just like that – There’s no need to say another word.”

On soft Spring nights I’ll stand in the yard under the stars – Something good will come out of all things yet – And it will be golden and eternal just like that – There’s no need to say another word.

— Jack Kerouac


Jack Kerouac Quote: “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.”

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


Jack Kerouac Quote: “I like too many things and get all confused and hung-up running from one falling star to another till i drop. This is the night, what it does to you. I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion.”

I like too many things and get all confused and hung-up running from one falling star to another till i drop. This is the night, what it does to you. I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion.

— Jack Kerouac


Jack Kerouac Quote: “Don’t use the phone. People are never ready to answer it. Use poetry.”

Don’t use the phone. People are never ready to answer it. Use poetry.

— Jack Kerouac


Jack Kerouac Quote: “The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved.”

The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved.

— Jack Kerouac


Jack Kerouac Quote: “Don’t drink to get drunk. Drink to enjoy life.”

Don’t drink to get drunk. Drink to enjoy life.

— Jack Kerouac


Jack Kerouac Quote: “It’s not that I can’t fall in love. It’s really that I can’t help falling in love with too many things all at once. So, you must understand why I can’t distinguish between what’s platonic and what isn’t, because it’s all too much and not enough at the same time.”

It’s not that I can’t fall in love. It’s really that I can’t help falling in love with too many things all at once. So, you must understand why I can’t distinguish between what’s platonic and what isn’t, because it’s all too much and not enough at the same time.

— Jack Kerouac


Jack Kerouac Quote: “For life is holy and every moment is precious.”

For life is holy and every moment is precious.

— Jack Kerouac


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

My fault, my failure, is not in the passions I have, but in my lack of control of them.

— Jack Kerouac


Jack Kerouac Quote: “It ain’t whatcha write, it’s the way atcha write it.”

It ain’t whatcha write, it’s the way atcha write it.

— Jack Kerouac


Jack Kerouac Quote: “The best teacher is experience and not through someone’s distorted point of view.”

The best teacher is experience and not through someone’s distorted point of view.

— Jack Kerouac


Jack Kerouac Quote: “Put down the pen someone else gave you. No one ever drafted a life worth living on borrowed ink.”

Put down the pen someone else gave you. No one ever drafted a life worth living on borrowed ink.

— Jack Kerouac


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

I am always thinking ‘What am I doing here? Is this the way I am supposed to feel?’

— Jack Kerouac


Jack Kerouac Quote: “No man should go through life without once experiencing healthy, even bored solitude in the wilderness, finding himself depending solely on himself and thereby learning his true and hidden strength.”

No man should go through life without once experiencing healthy, even bored solitude in the wilderness, finding himself depending solely on himself and thereby learning his true and hidden strength.

— Jack Kerouac


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

Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.

— Jack Kerouac


Jack Kerouac Quote: “Finding Nirvana is like locating silence.”

Finding Nirvana is like locating silence.

— Jack Kerouac


Jack Kerouac Quote: “Will you love me in December as you do in May?”

Will you love me in December as you do in May?

— Jack Kerouac


Jack Kerouac Quote: “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.”

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


Jack Kerouac Quote: “The beauty of things must be that they end.”

The beauty of things must be that they end.

— Jack Kerouac


Jack Kerouac Quote: “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?”

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


Jack Kerouac Quote: “I’m Catholic and I can’t commit suicide, but I plan to drink myself to death.”

I’m Catholic and I can’t commit suicide, but I plan to drink myself to death.

— Jack Kerouac


Jack Kerouac Quote: “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.”

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


Jack Kerouac Quote: “Something great is about to happen to me: I’m about to love somebody very much.”

Something great is about to happen to me: I’m about to love somebody very much.

— Jack Kerouac


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

I was surprised, as always, be how easy the act of leaving was, and how good it felt. The world was suddenly rich with possibility.

— Jack Kerouac

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