The Wit of Jack Kerouac

“Be in love with yr life.”— Belief and Technique for Modern Prose

“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.”—On the Road

“Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.”—On the Road

“It’s hard to explain and best thing to do is not be false.”—Big Sur

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”—The Dharma Bums

“One man practicing kindness in the wilderness is worth all the temples this world pulls.” — The Dharma Bums

“No man should go through life without once experiencing healthy, even bored solitude in the wilderness, finding himself depending solely on himself and thereby learning his true and hidden strength. Learning for instance, to eat when he’s hungry and sleep when he’s sleepy.” — Lonesome Traveler

“The only truth is music.” – Jack Kerouac

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

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

“Maybe that’s what life is…a wink of the eye and winking stars.”—Letter to Alan Harrington