Jack Kerouac Quotes

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Jack Kerouac
“Let the mind beware, that though the flesh be bugged, the circumstances of existence are pretty glorious.”
Jack Kerouac, "The Dharma Bums", The Dharma Bums

Jack Kerouac
“A scene should be selected by the writer for haunted-ness-of-mind interest.
If you're not haunted by something, as by a dream, a vision, or a memory, which are involuntary, you're not interested or even involved.”
Jack Kerouac, Book of Sketches

Jack Kerouac
“Hateful bitch of a world, it wouldn't ever last.”
Jack Kerouac, Book of Sketches

Jack Kerouac
“Sweet life continues in the breeze, in the golden fields.”
Jack Kerouac, Book of Sketches

William S. Burroughs
“Everything Jack says is to be taken with considerable reserve.”
William Burroughs

Allen Ginsberg
“I have just discovered that I have no feelings, just thoughts, borrowed thoughts taken from someone I admire because he seems to have feelings.”
Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters

Allen Ginsberg
“You were right, I suppose, in keeping your distance. I was too intent on self-fulfillment, and rather crude about it, with all my harlequinade and conscious manipulation of your pity.”
Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters

Allen Ginsberg
“Love is only a recognition of our own guilt and imperfection, and a supplication for forgiveness to the perfect beloved. This is why we love those who are more beautiful than ourselves, why we fear them, and why we must be unhappy lovers.”
Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters

Jack Kerouac
“The trouble with fashions is you want to fuck the women in their fashions but when the time comes they always take them off so they don't get wrinkled.
Face it, the really great fucks in a man's life was when there was no time to take yr clothes off, you were too hot and she was too hot - none of yr Bohemian leisure, this was middleclass explosions against snowbanks, against walls of shithouses in attics, on sudden couches in the lobby -
Talk about yr hot peace.”
Jack Kerouac, Book of Sketches

Jack Kerouac
“I'm afraid that you'll never understand me fully, and because of that, sometimes you'll be frightened, disgusted, annoyed, or pleased.”
Jack Kerouac, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters

Allen Ginsberg
“I want to see you. I feel more and more at with you now actually than ever before, I feel you more, actually more clarity, more confidence, more trust.”
Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters

Jack Kerouac
“It’s a sort of furtiveness … Like we were a generation of furtive. You know, with an inner knowledge there’s no use flaunting on that level, the level of the ‘public’, a kind of beatness – I mean, being right down to it, to ourselves, because we all really know where we are – and a weariness with all the forms, all the conventions of the world … It’s something like that. So I guess you might say we’re a beat generation.”
Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac
“At night in this part of the West the stars, as I had seen them in Wyoming, were as big as Roman Candles and as lonely as the Prince who's lost his ancestral home and journeys across the spaces trying to find it again, and knows he never will.”
Jack Kerouac, On the Road

Jack Kerouac
“And suddenly, not a soul's at the store as for other & similar & just as blank reasons, they've gone to the silence, the suppers of their own mystery.”
Jack Kerouac, Book of Sketches

Jack Kerouac
“It reminds me of a remark Lucien [Carr] once made to me: He said "You never seem to give yourself away completely, but of course dark-haired people are so mysterious.”
Jack Kerouac, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters

Allen Ginsberg
“Assuming I am mad (Ha!) god, how I must have suffered to go mad. And all the time I was calling to people to save me and no one put out his hand and held it. This is like suicide, only I am alive and looking out of this living death I can see the people weep and feel sorry. Alas, nobody even weeps. It's all a dream.”
Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters

Jack Kerouac
“Non avevo niente da offrire a nessuno tranne la mia confusione.”
Jack Kerouac, On the Road

Allen Ginsberg
“I hadn't thought about what any army trains for. It merely maintains itself here for no exterior purpose.”
Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters

Jack Kerouac
“Because 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 and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and
everybody goes «Awww!»”
Jack Kerouac, On the Road

Jack Kerouac
“Y es así como, una vez obtenida la esencia de su amor, ahora erijo grandes construcciones verbales, y de ese modo en realidad lo traiciono, repitiendo calumnias como quien tiende las sábanas sucias al mundo; y las suyas, las nuestras, durante los dos meses de nuestro amor (así lo creí) sólo fueron lavadas una vez, porque ella era una subterránea solitaria que se pasaba los días abstraída y decidida a llevarlas al lavadero, pero de pronto se descubre que ya es casi de noche y demasiado tarde, y las sábanas ya están grises, hermosas para mí porque así son más suaves.”
Jack Kerouac, The Subterraneans

Allen Ginsberg
“Why are you afraid to submit to the annihilation of such stupid meaningless unreal knowledge. This is the abyss. Everything is green, love, without the logical fantastic equivocations that we invent so that we won't actually have to face each other.”
Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters

Jack Kerouac
“I've realized something utterly strange and yet common, I think I've experienced the deep turning about. At present I am completely happy and feel completely free, I love everybody and intend to go on doing so, I know that I am an imaginary blossom and so it my literary life and my literary accomplishments are so many useless imaginary blossoms. Reality isn't images. But I do things anyhow because I am free from self, free from delusion, free from anger, I love everyone equally, as equally empty and equally coming Buddhas.”
Jack Kerouac, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters

Karl Wiggins
“We’ve all got a dozen or so friends, haven’t we? And when we’re drunk we philosophise well into the night on an array of subjects ranging from what happened before the Big Bang to who would win a fight between a vampire and zombie, to what’s the most compromising position to be caught in, but we’re hardly going to be extolled in 60 or 70 years’ time as the Heat Generation or the Cheat Generation or the Street Generation, are we?

The Tweet Generation, maybe, but that’s about all.

So what was it about these few guys? Well, they wrote about what they did, and what they did was quite revolutionary back then. They went On the Road, and it was Jack Kerouac’s book that turned the tide.”
Karl Wiggins, Wrong Planet - Searching for your Tribe

Jack Kerouac
“I decided someday to become a Thoreau of the Mountains. To live like Jesus and Thoreau, except for women.”
Jack Kerouac, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters

Jack Kerouac
“There ain’t no such thing as lumberjack, that must be a Back East expression. Up here we call ‘em loggers.”
Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums

Jack Kerouac
“When you write letters to me, try not to be sophomoric and moribund about your criticisms of Jean et son weltanschauung [and his worldview.] A little more finesse, please, or if possible, a dash of humor.”
Jack Kerouac, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters

Jack Kerouac
“He [William S Burroughs] has no patience for my kind of neurosis, I know... But since then I've been facing my nature full in the face and the result is a purge.”
Jack Kerouac, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters

Jack Kerouac
“There is a kind of dreary monotony about there characters, an American sameness about them that never varies and is always dull.”
Jack Kerouac, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters

Jack Kerouac
“Since beginningless time and into the never-ending future, men have loved women without telling them, and the Lord has loved them without telling, and the void is not the void because there's nothing to be empty of.

Art there, Lord Star? - Diminished is the drizzle that broke my calm.”
Jack Kerouac, Tristessa

“On the Road" by Jack Kerouac is a favorite book that I love reading. I spend most times alone.”
Avijeet Das, Why the Silhouette?

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