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“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”
Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums
“It all ends in tears anyway.”
Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums
“Down on the lake rosy reflections of celestial vapor appeared, and I said, "God, I love you" and looked to the sky and really meant it. "I have fallen in love with you, God. Take care of us all, one way or the other." To the children and the innocent it's all the same.”
Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums
“I felt like lying down by the side of the trail and remembering it all. The woods do that to you, they always look familiar, long lost, like the face of a long-dead relative, like an old dream, like a piece of forgotten song drifting across the water, most of all like golden eternities of past childhood or past manhood and all the living and the dying and the heartbreak that went on a million years ago and the clouds as they pass overhead seem to testify (by their own lonesome familiarity) to this feeling.”
Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums
“Happy. Just in my swim shorts, barefooted, wild-haired, in the red fire dark, singing, swigging wine, spitting, jumping, running—that's the way to live. All alone and free in the soft sands of the beach by the sigh of the sea out there, with the Ma-Wink fallopian virgin warm stars reflecting on the outer channel fluid belly waters. And if your cans are redhot and you can't hold them in your hands, just use good old railroad gloves, that's all.”
Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums
“One man practicing kindness in the wilderness is worth all the temples this world pulls.”
Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums
“Finding Nirvana is like locating silence.”
Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums
“Pain or love or danger makes you real again....”
Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums
tags: life
“Are we fallen angels who didn't want to believe that nothing is nothing and so were born to lose our loved ones and dear friends one by one and finally our own life, to see it proved?”
Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums
“The closer you get to real matter, rock air fire and wood, boy, the more spiritual the world is.”
Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums
“colleges being nothing but grooming schools for the middle-class non-identity which usually finds its perfect expression on the outskirts of the campus in rows of well-to-do houses with lawns and television sets in each living room with everybody looking at the same thing and thinking the same thing at the same time while the Japhies of the world go prowling in the wilderness to hear the voice crying in the wilderness, to find the ecstacy of the stars, to find the dark mysterious secret of the origin of faceless wonderless crapulous civilization.”
Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums
tags: irie
“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
“Pretty girls make graves”
Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums
“The silence was an intense roar.”
Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums
“I see a vision of a great rucksack revolution thousands or even millions of young Americans wandering around with rucksacks, going up to mountains to pray, making children laugh and old men glad, making young girls happy and old girls happier, all of 'em Zen Lunatics who go about writing poems that happen to appear in their heads for no reason and also by being kind and also by strange unexpected acts keep giving visions of eternal freedom to everybody and to all living creatures ...”
Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums
tags: irie
“Aw I don't wanta go to no such thing, I just wanta drink in alleys.'...
But you'll miss all that, just for some old wine.'
There's wisdom in wine, goddam it!' I yelled. 'Have a shot!”
Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums
“my karma was to be born in America where nobody has any fun or believes in anything, especially freedom.”
Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums
tags: irie
“The human bones are but vain lines dawdling, the whole universe a blank mold of stars.”
Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums
“I don't wanta hear all your word descriptions of words words words you made up all winter, man I wanta be enlightened by actions.”
Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums
“Who can leap the world's ties and sit with me among white clouds?”
Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums
tags: irie
“Jumping from boulder to boulder and never falling, with a heavy pack, is easier than it sounds; you just can't fall when you get into the rhythm of the dance.”
Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums
“I think it's a lovely hallucination but I love it sorta.”
Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums
“i wish the whole world was dead serious about food instead of silly rockets and machines and explosives using everybody's food money to blow their heads off anyway.”
Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums
“It was all completely serious, all completely hallucinated, all completely happy.”
Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums
tags: irie
“Mind is the Maker, for no reason at all, for all this creation, created to fall.”
Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums
“Suppose we suddenly wake up and see that what we thought to be this and that, ain't this and that at all?”
Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums
“The first sip [of tea] is joy, the second is gladness, the third is serenity, the fourth is madness, the fifth is ecstasy.”
Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums
“Rocks are space, and space is illusion.”
Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums
“The yard was full of tomato plants about to ripen, and mint, mint, everything smelling of mint, and one fine old tree that I loved to sit under on those cool perfect starry California October nights unmatched anywhere in the world.”
Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums
“I felt like lying down by the side of the trail and remembering it all”
Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums

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