Jack Kerouac was a famous American novelist of French-Canadian descent, born in 1922 and dying in 1969. Considered a literary iconoclast, he was a pioneer of the Beat Generation, his works covering themes such as Buddhism, Catholic spirituality, jazz, and promiscuity. Some of his well known novels include Desolation Angels ,Mexico City Blues, The Dharma Burns, and, most famously, On the Road.
Kerouac’s literary prestige has grown since his death, his previously unseen works being published posthumously. To celebrate his birthday, here are ten quotes from Kerouac’s all too short career.
1. “The fact that everybody in the world dreams every night ties all mankind together.”
2. “One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”
3. “I saw that my life was a vast glowing empty page and I could do anything I wanted.”
4. “So shut up, live, travel, adventure, bless and don’t be sorry.”
5. “The best teacher is experience and not through someone’s distorted point of view.”
6. “It always makes me proud to love the world somehow — hate’s so easy compared.”
7. “Offer them what they secretly want and they of course immediately become panic-stricken.”
8. “Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.”
9. “Don’t use the phone. People are never ready to answer it. Use poetry.”
10. “One man practicing kindness in the wilderness is worth all the temples this world pulls.”
Jack Kerouac, happy birthday, and we hope you’re out there somewhere, on the road.
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