48 Remarkable Jack Kerouac Quotes

48 Remarkable Jack Kerouac Quotes

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Jack Kerouac was a poet and author from Lowell, Massachusetts. He was one of the most influential writers during the Beat Generation, alongside with William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg. Some of his most famous works of literature are The Town and the City, Desolation Angels, and Big Sur. He died on October 21, 1969 at the age of 47.

“A sociable smile is nothing but a mouth full of teeth.”

“All human beings are also dream beings. Dreaming ties all mankind together.”

“Banning guns addresses a fundamental right of all Americans to feel safe.”

“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.”

“Better to sleep in an uncomfortable bed free, than sleep in a comfortable bed unfree.”

“Don’t use the phone. People are never ready to answer it. Use poetry.”

“For the first time in my life the weather was not something that touched me, that caressed me, froze or sweated me, but became me.”

“Forgive everyone for your own sins and be sure to tell them you love them which you do.”

“Houses are full of things that gather dust.”

“I basically believe the medical insurance industry should be nonprofit, not profit-making. There is no way a health reform plan will work when it is implemented by an industry that seeks to
return money to shareholders instead of using that money to provide health care.”

“I don’t know, I don’t care, and it doesn’t make any difference.”

“I feel guilty for being a member of the human race.”

“I hope it is true that a man can die and yet not only live in others but give them life, and not only life, but that great consciousness of life.”

“I realized these were all the snapshots which our children would look at someday with wonder, thinking their parents had lived smooth, well-ordered lives and got up in the morning to walk
proudly on the sidewalks of life, never dreaming the raggedy madness and riot of our actual lives, our actual night, the hell of it, the senseless emptiness.”

“I saw that my life was a vast glowing empty page and I could do anything I wanted.”

“I was surprised, as always, be how easy the act of leaving was, and how good it felt. The world was suddenly rich with possibility.”

“If moderation is a fault, then indifference is a crime.”

“If you own a rug you own too much.”

“It always makes me proud to love the world somehow- hate’s so easy compared.”

“It’ll take you eternities to get rid of me,’ she adds sadly, which makes me jealous, I want her to say I’ll never get rid of her – I want to be chased till eternity till I catch her.”

“Let nature do the freezing and frightening and isolating in this world. Let men work and love and fight it off.”

“Let the mind beware, that though the flesh be bugged, the circumstances of existence are pretty glorious.”

“Life must be rich and full of loving–it’s no good otherwise, no good at all, for anyone.”

“My aunt once said that the world would never find peace until men fell at their women’s feet and asked for forgiveness.”

“Ninety percent of leadership is the ability to communicate something people want.”

“On soft Spring nights I’ll stand in the yard under the stars – Something good will come out of all things yet – And it will be golden and eternal just like that – There’s no need to say
another word.”

“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.”

“Pain or love or danger makes you real again…”

“Ports are the gaping hole in America’s homeland security.”

“Roaring dreams take place in a perfectly silent mind. Now that we know this, throw the raft away.”

“So therefore I dedicate myself, to my art, my sleep, my dreams, my labors, my suffrances, my loneliness, my unique madness, my endless absorption and hunger because I cannot dedicate myself
to any fellow being.”

“Survival is nothing more than recovery.”

“The best teacher is experience and not through someone’s distorted point of view.”

“The details are the life of it, I insist, say everything on your mind, don’t hold back, don’t analyze or anything as you go along, say it out.”

“The road is life.”

“The time has come to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ It is the right thing to do. Every American should have the opportunity to serve their country, regardless of race, sex, creed, or
sexual orientation.”

“There are worse things than being mad.”

“Things are so hard to figure out when you live from day to day in this feverish and silly world.”

“Today we have a health insurance industry where the first and foremost goal is to maximize profits for shareholders and CEOs, not to cover patients who have fallen ill or to compensate
doctors and hospitals for their services. It is an industry that is increasingly concentrated and where Americans are paying more to receive less.”

“Toughness doesn’t have to come in a pinstripe suit.”

“We have a chance to wind down and expedite the removal of 96 percent of the world’s nuclear weapons. What an achievement it would be, if at the end of the next administration, we could say
that the nuclear arsenals of both Russia and the United States had been reduced to the barest minimums.”

“We turned at a dozen paces, for love is a duel, and looked at each other for the last time.”

“Well, that day is gone, and it will not occur again.”

“What’s in store for me in the direction I don’t take?”

“When you’ve understood this scripture, throw it away. If you can’t understand this scripture, throw it away. I insist on your freedom.”

“Will you love me in December as you do in May?”

“Winning may not be everything, but losing has little to recommend it.”

“Women have begun to see that if I go through that doorway, I take everybody through it.”