Jack Kerouac

Quotations

Accept loss forever

"Belief & Technique For Modern Prose: List of Essentials" in a letter to Don Allen (1958)

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.

Journal entry (November 1951)

Believe in the holy contour of life

"Belief & Technique For Modern Prose: List of Essentials" in a letter to Don Allen (1958)

We should be wondering tonight, “Is there a world?” But I could go and talk on 5, 10, 20 minutes about is there a world, because there is really no world, cause sometimes I’m walkin’ on the ground and I see right through the ground. And there is no world. And you’ll find out.

Hunter College, New York, New York (8 November 1958)

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.

Letter to Ed White (5 July 1950)

Write in recollection and amazement for yourself

"Belief & Technique For Modern Prose: List of Essentials" in a letter to Don Allen (1958)

All of life is a foreign country.

Letter (24 June 1949)

Maybe that’s what life is… a wink of the eye and winking stars.

Letter to Alan Harrington (1949)

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 an uncommon-place thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles…

On The Road

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.

On the Road

THIS was really the way my whole road experience began, and the things that were to come are too fantastic not to tell.

On the Road