Jack Kerouac is one of the great American writers.
His most famous work is On the Road, a gorgeously penned 1957 novel that tells of his great road trips across America and the wild-eyed characters he meets along the way. He also wrote a number of other books, such as The Dharma Bums and Big Sur, which, though fantastic, didn’t realize the same acclaim as On the Road.
Jack was a traveler’s writer. He understood the traveler’s soul, and this understanding shone through in much of his writing.
Without further ado, here are 10 gorgeous Jack Kerouac quotes that will speak to anyone who’s been bitten by the travel bug.
- Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.
- Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.
- Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.
- I was surprised, as always, be how easy the act of leaving was, and how good it felt. The world was suddenly rich with possibility.
- I woke up as the sun was reddening; and that was the one distinct time in my life, the strangest moment of all, when I didn’t know who I was – I was far away from home, haunted and tired with travel, in a cheap hotel room I’d never seen, hearing the hiss of steam outside, and the creak of the old wood of the hotel, and footsteps upstairs, and all the sad sounds, and I looked at the cracked high ceiling and really didn’t know who I was for about fifteen strange seconds. I wasn’t scared; I was just somebody else, some stranger, and my whole life was a haunted life, the life of a ghost.
- 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.
- What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.
- There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.
- The best teacher is experience and not through someone’s distorted point of view.
- The closer you get to real matter, rock air fire and wood, boy, the more spiritual the world is.
What’s your favorite quote from the great writer Jack Kerouac?
This article debuted on WildLives.co on 24/5/2017.