On The Road Quotes

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Jack Kerouac
“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

Charlotte Eriksson
“All I wanted was to live a life where I could be me, and be okay with that. I had no need for material possessions, money or even close friends with me on my journey. I never understood people very well anyway, and they never seemed to understand me very well either. All I wanted was my art and the chance to be the creator of my own world, my own reality. I wanted the open road and new beginnings every day.”
Charlotte Eriksson, Empty Roads & Broken Bottles: in search for The Great Perhaps

Patrick Rothfuss
“No man is brave that has never walked a hundred miles. If you want to know the truth of who you are, walk until not a person knows your name. Travel is the great leveler, the great teacher, bitter as medicine, crueler than mirror-glass. A long stretch of road will teach you more about yourself than a hundred years of quiet introspection.”
Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man's Fear

Jack Kerouac
“I ate apple pie and ice cream—it was getting better as I got deeper into Iowa, the pie bigger, the ice cream richer. There were the most beautiful bevies of girls everywhere I looked in Des Moines that afternoon—they were coming home from high school—but I had no time for thoughts like that…So I rushed past the pretty girls, and the prettiest girls in the world live in Des Moines.”
Jack Kerouac

Charlotte Eriksson
“I'm packing my life in a bag again, saying goodbye and writing the last letters. It's been a long journey, back and forth, hide and seek, but this time it's different. This time I am different. I'm not sure where I want to end up but I know how to get there, or at least the first direction, the first turn, the first sunset. I'm longing for peace. I'm longing for borrowed guitars and detachment. Horizons, cheap whiskey straight from the bottle and your hands in mine.”
Charlotte Eriksson, Empty Roads & Broken Bottles: in search for The Great Perhaps

Jack Kerouac
“Somewhere along the line, the pearl would be handed to me.”
Jack Kerouac, On the Road

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

Cory Doctorow
“I read my copy of On the Road and dug the scenery whizzing past. On the Road is a semi-autobiographical novel about Jack Kerouac, a druggy, hard-drinking writer who goes hitchhiking around America, working crummy jobs, howling through the streets at night, meeting people and parting ways. Hipsters, sad-faced hobos, con-men, muggers, scumbags and angels. There's not really a plot -- Kerouac supposedly wrote it in three weeks on a long roll of paper, stoned out of his mind -- only a bunch of amazing things, one thing happening after another. He makes friends with self-destructing people like Dean Moriarty, who get him involved in weird schemes that never really work out, but still it works out, if you know what I mean.

There was a rhythm to the words, it was luscious, I could hear it being read aloud in my head. It made me want to lie down in the bed of a pickup truck and wake up in a dusty little town somewhere in the central valley on the way to LA, one of those places with a gas station and a diner, and just walk out into the fields and meet people and see stuff and do stuff.”
Cory Doctorow, Little Brother

M.B. Dallocchio
“The open road. Seemingly my only friend for years upon end since leaving war. The road embraced me, let me breathe, and more importantly, did not judge me.”
M.B. Wilmot

Charlotte Eriksson
“I was born for the ocean, for the road, and I longed to build my reputation as a fearless nomad, forever roaming the country with a suitcase and my guitar. Light as the wind itself, a romantic mystery passing through people’s lives, leaving them with moments of magic, wondering where I might be now.”
Charlotte Eriksson, Everything Changed When I Forgave Myself: growing up is a wonderful thing to do

Jack Kerouac
“They stand uncertainly underneath immense skies, and everything about them is drowned.”
Jack Kerouac

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

Jack Kerouac
“I heard the Denver and Rio Grande locomotives howling off in to the mountains. I wanted to pursue my star further.”
Kerouac, Jack

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

Charlotte Eriksson
“We drove to the ocean and smoked cigarettes until six in the morning when I fell asleep on your chest.
When you woke up I was gone and you went back to yours, and I keep having my best conversations while the world is asleep, trying to find myself somewhere between dawn and the sunrise.
Dear universe, may I never find myself.”
Charlotte Eriksson, Empty Roads & Broken Bottles: in search for The Great Perhaps

Jack Kerouac
“The bottom of the world is gold and the world is upside down.”
Jack Kerouac, On the Road

Dessa
“These hours are numbered, I can't afford to waste any in transit.”
Dessa, My Own Devices: Essays From the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love

Arianna Dagnino
“Muscles relax, the mind expands. The vastness enters into the skin like a shot. ‘Our’ time dissolves.”
Arianna Dagnino, The Afrikaner

Jack Kerouac
“Man ain't safe going around this country anymore without a gun.”
Jack Kerouac, On the Road

Jack Kerouac
“It never occurs to you that life is serious and there are people trying to make something decent out of it instead of just goofing all the time." That's what Dean was, the Holy Goof.”
Jack Kerouac, On the Road

Jack Kerouac
“He was BEAT - the root, the soul of Beatific.”
Jack Kerouac, On the Road

Jack Kerouac
“New Orleans is a very dull town. It's against the law to go to the colored section. The bars are insufferably dreary.”
Jack Kerouac, On the Road

Jack Kerouac
“The air was so sweet in New Orleans it seemed to come in soft bandannas; and you could smell the river and really smell the people, and the mud and the molasses, and every kind of tropical exhalation with your nose suddenly removed from the dry ices of a Northern winter.”
Jack Kerouac, On the Road

Jack Kerouac
“The whole mad swirl of everything that was to come began then; it would mix up all of my friends and all I had left of my family in a big dust cloud over the American Night.”
Jack Kerouac, On the Road

Jack Kerouac
“The grand wild sound of bop floated from beer parlors; it mixed medleys with every kind of cowboy and boogie-woogie in the American Night.”
Jack Kerouac, On the Road

Jack Kerouac
“Dean's California - wild, sweaty, important, the land of lonely and exiled and ecentric lovers come to forgather like birds, and the land where everybody somehow looked like broken down, handsome, decadent movie actors.”
Jack Kerouac, On the Road

Jack Kerouac
“In that moment, too, he looked so exactly like Franklin Delano Roosevelt-some delusion in my flaming eyes and floating brain-that I drew up in my seat and gasped with amazement.”
Jack Kerouac, On the Road

Taylor Jenkins Reid
“When you’re on the road, you don’t really have to deal with real life. It’s almost like hitting the pause button.”
Taylor Jenkins Reid, Daisy Jones & The Six

Avijeet Das
“Why do I keep on drifting? Yes, I wish I knew why? I am not aware of the reason myself. Why do I keep on drifting?”
Avijeet Das

Avijeet Das
“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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