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Jack Kerouac Quotes

Jack Kerouac
Boys and girls in America have such a sad time together; sophistication demands that they submit to sex immediately without proper preliminary talk. Not courting talk- real straight talk about souls, for life is holy and every moment is precious.
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#America

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My fault, my failure, is not in the passions I have, but in my lack of control of them.
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#American Novelist #Control

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Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.
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#American Novelist

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...colleges being nothing but grooming schools for the middleclass 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 is 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...
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#Expression

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We were all delighted, we all realized we were leaving confusion and nonsense behind and performing our one and noble function of the time, move.
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#Confusion

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Offer them what they secretly want and they of course immediately become panic-stricken.
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#American Novelist

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You can't teach the old maestro a new tune.
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#American Novelist

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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.
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#Life

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Whither goest thou, America, in thy shiny car in the night?
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#American Novelist #America

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It is not my fault that certain so-called bohemian elements have found in my writings something to hang their peculiar beatnik theories on.
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#American Novelist

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Now you understand the Oriental passion for tea," said Japhy. "Remember that book I told you about the first sip is joy, the second is gladness, the third is serenity, the fourth is madness, the fifth is ecstasy.
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#Books And Reading

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All our best men are laughed at in this nightmare land.
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#American Novelist

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The air was soft, the stars so fine, the promise of every cobbled alley so great that I thought I was in a dream.
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#Dreams

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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.
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#American Novelist #Hope

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All human beings are also dream beings. Dreaming ties all mankind together.
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#American Novelist #Mankind

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My witness is the empty sky.
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#American Novelist

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I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion
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#Confusion

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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
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#Heart

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What’s in store for me in the direction I don’t take?
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#Direction

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Avoid the world, it's just a lot of dust and drag and means nothing in the end.
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#American Novelist

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

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All of life is a foreign country.
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#American Novelist #Country

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Mankind is like dogs, not gods - as long as you don't get mad they'll bite you - but stay mad and you'll never be bitten. Dogs don't respect humility and sorrow.
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#American Novelist