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    A pain stabbed my heart, as it did every time I saw a girl I loved who was going the opposite direction in this too-big world.
    — Jack Kerouac
    tags: time  pain  heart  world  girls 
     
    All my editors since Malcolm Cowley have had instructions to leave my prose exactly as I wrote it. In the days of Malcolm Cowley, with 'On the Road' and 'The Dharma Bums', I had no power to stand by my style for better or for worse.
    — Jack Kerouac
    tags: power 
     
    I really hate to write.
    — Jack Kerouac
    tags: hate  write 
     
    My father and my mother and my sister and I have always voted Republican, always.
    — Jack Kerouac
    tags: father  mother 
     
    Symbolism is alright in 'fiction,' but I tell true life stories simply about what happened to people I knew.
    — Jack Kerouac
    tags: people  true  stories  fiction 
     
    My manners, abominable at times, can be sweet.
    — Jack Kerouac
    tags: time 
     
    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... burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow Roman candles.
    — Jack Kerouac
    tags: time  people  live 
     
    As you get older, you get more... genealogical.
    — Jack Kerouac
    I didn't dictate sections of 'Visions of Cody.' I typed up a segment of taped conversation with Neal Cassady, or Cody, talking about his early adventures in L.A.
    — Jack Kerouac
    tags: adventure  vision 
     
    I got all my boyhood in vanilla winter waves around the kitchen stove.
    — Jack Kerouac
    tags: winter 
     
    Notoriety and public confession in the literary form is a frazzler of the heart you were born with, believe me.
    — Jack Kerouac
    tags: heart  believe 
     
    I made myself famous by writing 'songs' and lyrics about the beauty of the things I did and ugliness, too.
    — Jack Kerouac
    tags: beauty  song  writing  lyrics 
     
    The Catholic Church is a weird church. Much mysticism is sown broadspread from its ritual mysteries till it extends into the very lives of its constituents and parishoners.
    — Jack Kerouac
    My story is endless. I put in a teletype roll, you know, you know what they are, you have them in newspapers, and run it through there and fix the margins and just go, go - just go, go, go.
    — Jack Kerouac
    tags: stories 
     
    I'm really Wallace Beery in 'The Champ.'
    — Jack Kerouac
    It's hard to write haiku. I write long, silly Indian poems.
    — Jack Kerouac
    tags: write  poem 
     
    I know who the great poets are.
    — Jack Kerouac
    tags: poet 
     
    I don't really go out at all.
    — Jack Kerouac
    Offer them what they secretly want and they of course immediately become panic-stricken.
    — Jack Kerouac
    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.
    — Jack Kerouac
    tags: star  night 
     
    What does it mean that I am in this endless universe, thinking that I'm a man sitting under the stars on the terrace of the earth, but actually empty and awake throughout the emptiness and awakedness of everything? It means that I'm empty and awake, that I know I'm empty and awake, and that there's no difference between me and anything else.
    — Jack Kerouac
    tags: men  earth  star  awake  thinking  universe 
     
    Listen closely... the eternal hush of silence goes on and on throughout all this, and has been going on, and will go on and on. This is because the world is nothing but a dream and is just thought of and the everlasting eternity pays no attention to it.
    — Jack Kerouac
    My eyes were glued on life and they were full of tears.
    — Jack Kerouac
    tags: eyes  tears 
     
    all I wanted to do was sneak out into the night and disappear somewhere, and go and find out what everybody was doing all over the country.
    — Jack Kerouac
    tags: night 
     
    Believe in the holy contour of life.
    — Jack Kerouac
    tags: believe  holy 
     
    I want to work in revelations, not just spin silly tales for money. I want to fish as deep down as possible into my own subconscious in the belief that once that far down, everyone will understand because they are the same that far down.
    — Jack Kerouac
    tags: belief  work  money 
     
    I came to a point where I needed solitude and just stop the machine of "thinking' and "enjoying' what they call "living', I just wanted to lie in the grass and look at the clouds.
    — Jack Kerouac
    tags: lies  solitude  machine 
     
    The closer you get to real matter, rock air fire and wood, boy, the more spiritual the world is.
    — Jack Kerouac
    tags: world  fire  real  boys  spiritual 
     
    Put down the pen someone else gave you. No one ever drafted a life worth living on borrowed ink.
    — Jack Kerouac
    tags: living  worth 
     
    The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved.
    — Jack Kerouac
    tags: people  live 
     
    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.
    — Jack Kerouac
    tags: time  people  live  star 
     
    Sure baby, mañana. It was always mañana. For the next few weeks that was all I heard""mañana a lovely word and one that probably means heaven.
    — Jack Kerouac
    tags: heaven 
     
    Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.
    — Jack Kerouac
    Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.
    — Jack Kerouac
    tags: opinion 
     
    I saw that my life was a vast glowing empty page and I could do anything I wanted.
    — Jack Kerouac
    Bop began with Jazz but one afternoon somewhere on a sidewalk maybe 1939, 1940, Dizzy Gillespie or Charlie Parker or Thelonious Monk was walking past a men's clothing store on 42nd Street or South Main in L.A. and from a loudspeaker they suddenly heard a wild impossible mistake in jazz that could only have been heard inside their own imaginary head, and that is a new art. Bop.
    — Jack Kerouac
    Be in love with your life, every detail of it.
    — Jack Kerouac
    Everything is ecstasy inside. We just don't know it because of our thinking-minds. But in our true blissful essence of mind [it] is known that everything is alright forever and forever and forever.
    — Jack Kerouac
    tags: forever  true  mind 
     
    Because in the end, you won't remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain
    — Jack Kerouac
    tags: time 
     
    Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you're already in heaven now.
    — Jack Kerouac
    tags: kindness  heaven 
     
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    jack kerouac
    Birth    : March 12, 1922
    Death  : October 21, 1969
    Occupation  : Novelist