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The Dharma Bums The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac
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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....”
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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.”
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“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
“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
“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
“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
“I wanted to get me a full pack complete with everything necessary to sleep, shelter, eat, cook, in fact a regular kitchen and bedroom right on my back, and go off somewhere and find perfect solitude and look into the perfect emptiness of my mind and be completely neutral from any and all ideas. I intended to pray, too, as my only activity, pray for all living creatures; I saw it was the only decent activity left in the world. To be in some riverbottom somewhere, or in a desert, or in mountains, or in some hut in Mexico, or shack in Adirondack, and rest and be kind, and do nothing else, practice what the Chinese call "do-nothing".”
Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums
“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
“Then I suddenly had the most tremendous feeling of the pitifulness of human beings, whatever they were, their faces, pained mouths, personalities, attempts to be gay, little petulances, feelings of loss, their dull and empty witticisms so soon forgotten: Ah, for what? I knew that the sound of silence was everywhere and therefore everything everywhere was silence. Suppose we suddenly wake up and see that what we thought to be this and that, ain't this and that at all? I staggered up the hill, greeted by birds, and looked at all the huddled sleeping figures on the floor. Who were all these strange ghosts rooted to the silly little adventure of earth with me? And who was I?”
Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums
tags: irie
“Who can leap the world's ties and sit with me among white clouds?”
Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums
tags: irie
“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
“to me a mountain is a buddha. think of the patience, hundreds of thousands of years just sittin there bein perfectly perfectly silent and like praying for all living creatures in that silence and just waitin for us to stop all our frettin and foolin." japhy got out the tea, chinese tea, and sprinkled some in the tin pot, and had the fire going meanwhile...and pretty soon the water was boiling and he poured it out steaming into the tin pot and we had cups of tea with our tin cups...

"remember that book i told you about the first sip is joy and the second is gladness, the third is serenity, the fourth is madness, the fifth is ecstasy.”
Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums
“I felt free and therefore I was free.”
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
“Rocks are space, and space is illusion.”
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
“Mind is the Maker, for no reason at all, for all this creation, created to fall.”
Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums

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