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  • #1
    Jack Kerouac
    “To make the sea your own, to watch over it, to brood your very soul into it, to accept it and love it as though only it mattered and existed.”
    Jack Kerouac, The Sea is My Brother

  • #2
    Jack Kerouac
    “Don’t you have a class this morning, Georgie?”
    Day mumbled something that sounded like
    “Ancient History of the Near East and Greece.”
    “Poof!” scoffed Everhart, flourishing his fork,
    “Come with me and see the Near East.”
    Jack Kerouac, The Sea is My Brother

  • #3
    Jack Kerouac
    “I feel guilty for being a member of the human race.”
    Jack Kerouac, Big Sur

  • #4
    Jack Kerouac
    “But I remember seeing a mess of leaves suddenly go skittering in the wind and into the creek, then floating rapidly down the creek towards the sea, making me feel a nameless horror even then of 'Oh my God, we're all being swept away to sea no matter what we know or say or do”
    Jack Kerouac, Big Sur

  • #5
    Jack Kerouac
    “We all agree it's too big to keep up with, that we're surrounded by life, that we'll never understand it, so we center it all in by swigging Scotch from the bottle and when it's empty I run out of the car and buy another one, period.”
    Jack Kerouac, Big Sur

  • #6
    Jack Kerouac
    “...because to me the only thing that matters is the conceptions in my own mind, there has to be no reality anyway to what I suppose is going on (p. 153)”
    Jack Kerouac, Big Sur

  • #7
    Jack Kerouac
    “But there's no joy at all, people say "Oh well he's drunk and happy let him sleep it off"--The poor drunkard is *crying*--He's crying for his mother and father and great brother and great friend, he's crying for help. (p.111)”
    Jack Kerouac, Big Sur

  • #8
    Jack Kerouac
    “An awful realization that I have been fooling myself all my life thinking there was a next thing to do to keep the show going and actually I'm just a sick clown and so is everybody else...”
    Jack Kerouac, Big Sur

  • #9
    Jack Kerouac
    “And I realize the unbearable anguish of insanity: how uninformed people can be thinking insane people are "happy," O God, in fact it was Irwin Garden once warned me not to think the madhouses are full of "happy nuts." (p. 200)”
    Jack Kerouac, Big Sur

  • #10
    Jack Kerouac
    “And as far as I can see the world is too old for us to talk about it with our new words ― We will pass just as quietly through life (passing through, passing through) as the 10th century people of this valley only with a little more noise and a few bridges and dams and bombs that wont even last a million years ― The world being just what it is, moving and passing through, actually alright in the long view and nothing to complain about.”
    Jack Kerouac, Big Sur

  • #11
    Jack Kerouac
    “I realize I'm just a silly stranger goofing with other strangers for no reason far away from anything that ever mattered to me what that was--Always an ephemeral "visitor" to the Coast nevery really involved with anyone's lives there because I'm always ready to fly back across the country but not to any life of my own on the other end either, just a traveling stranger like Old Bull Balloon... (p. 178)”
    Jack Kerouac, Big Sur

  • #12
    Jack Kerouac
    “Back in the cabin I light the fire and sit sighing and there are leaves skittering on the tin roof, it's August in Big Sur --- I fall asleep in the chair and when I wake up I'm facing the thick little tangled woods outside the door and I suddenly remember them from long ago”
    Jack Kerouac, Big Sur

  • #13
    Jack Kerouac
    “everybody saying "O how wonderful life is, how miraculous, God made this and God made that", how do you know he doesnt hate what He did: He might even be drunk and not noticing what he went and done”
    Jack Kerouac, Big Sur

  • #14
    Jack Kerouac
    “ah, you always go for the ones who don't really want you”
    Jack Kerouac, The Subterraneans

  • #15
    Jack Kerouac
    “Why did God make all this all so decayable and dieable and harmable and wants to make me realize and scream?”
    Jack Kerouac, The Subterraneans

  • #16
    Jack Kerouac
    “I felt the sensation of each of the directions I mentally and emotionally turned into amazed at all the possible directions you can take with different motives that come in like it can make you a different person — I’ve often thought of this since childhood of suppose instead of going up Columbus as I usually did I’d turn into Filbert would something happen that at the time is insignificant enough but would be like enough to influence my whole life in the end? — What’s in store for me in the direction I don’t take?”
    Jack Kerouac , The Subterraneans

  • #17
    Jack Kerouac
    “DEAR BABY, Isn’t it good to know winter is coming—”
    Jack Kerouac, The Subterraneans

  • #18
    William Faulkner
    “He had a word, too. Love, he called it. But I had been used to words for a long time. I knew that that word was like the others: just a shape to fill a lack; that when the right time came, you wouldn't need a word for that any more than for pride or fear....One day I was talking to Cora. She prayed for me because she believed I was blind to sin, wanting me to kneel and pray too, because people to whom sin is just a matter of words, to them salvation is just words too.”
    William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying

  • #19
    William Faulkner
    “My mother is a fish.”
    William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying

  • #20
    William Faulkner
    “...the reason for living was to get ready to stay dead a long time.”
    William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying

  • #21
    William Faulkner
    “That was when I learned that words are no good; that words dont ever fit even what they are trying to say at. When he was born I knew that motherhood was invented by someone who had to have a word for it because the ones that had the children didn't care whether there was a word for it or not. I knew that fear was invented by someone that had never had the fear; pride, who never had the pride.”
    William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying

  • #22
    William Faulkner
    “The reason you will not say it is, when you say it, even to yourself, you will know it is true.”
    William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying

  • #23
    William Faulkner
    “When something is new and hard and bright, there ought to be something a little better for it than just being safe, since the safe things are just the things that folks have been doing so long they have worn the edges off and there's nothing to the doing of them that leaves a man to say, That was not done before and it cannot be done again.”
    William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying

  • #24
    William Faulkner
    “It's like it ain't so much what a fellow does, but it's the way the majority of folks is looking at him when he does it.”
    William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying

  • #25
    William Faulkner
    “And when I think about that, I think that if nothing but being married will help a man, he's durn nigh hopeless.”
    William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying

  • #26
    William Faulkner
    “I can remember how when I was young I believed death to be a phenomenon of the body; now I know it to be merely a function of the mind - and that of the minds of the ones who suffer the bereavement. The nihilists say it is the end; the fundamentalists, the beginning; when in reality it is no more than a single tenant or family moving out of a tenement or a town.”
    William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying

  • #27
    William Faulkner
    “I said You don't know what worry is. I don't know what it is. I don't know whether I am worrying or not. Whether I can or not . I don't know whether I can cry or not. I don't know whether I have tried to or not. I feel like a wet seed wild in the hot blind earth.”
    William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying

  • #28
    Margaret Atwood
    “If you knew what was going to happen, if you knew everything that was going to happen next—if you knew in advance the consequences of your own actions—you'd be doomed. You'd be ruined as God. You'd be a stone. You'd never eat or drink or laugh or get out of bed in the morning. You'd never love anyone, ever again. You'd never dare to.”
    Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin

  • #29
    Margaret Atwood
    “Touch comes before sight, before speech. It is the first language and the last, and it always tells the truth.”
    Margaret Atwood, Der blinde Mörder

  • #30
    Margaret Atwood
    “Farewells can be shattering, but returns are surely worse. Solid flesh can never live up to the bright shadow cast by its absence. Time and distance blur the edges; then suddenly the beloved has arrived, and it's noon with its merciless light, and every spot and pore and wrinkle and bristle stands clear.”
    Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin



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