Jack Kerouac (1922–69) was an American novelist, poet, and a pioneer of the Beat Generation.
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Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don't be sorry.
Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.
Pain or love or danger makes you real again.
I was surprised, as always, by how easy the act of leaving was, and how good it felt. The world was suddenly rich with possibility.
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 and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes Awww!
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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