Jack Kerouac Quotes About America

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"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." ~ Jack Kerouac
"...but I preferred reading the American landscape as we went along. Every bump, rise, and stretch in it mystified my longing." ~ Jack Kerouac
"Holy flowers floating in the air, were all these tired faces in the dawn of Jazz America." ~ Jack Kerouac
"I wanted to put my hand to an enormous paean which would unify my vision of America with words spilled out in the modern spontaneous method. Instead of just a horizontal account of travels on the road, I wanted a vertical, metaphysical study. ... This feeling may soon be obsolete as America enters its High Civilization period and no one will get sentimental or poetic any more about trains and dew on fences at dawn in Missouri." ~ Jack Kerouac
"You just wait patiently like you always do in America among those apparently endless policemen and their endless laws against (no laws for) -- but the moment you cross the little wire gate and you're in Mexico, you feel like you just sneaked out of school when you told the teacher you were sick and she told you you could go home, 2 o'clock in the afternoon." ~ Jack Kerouac
"Lonely as America, a throatpierced sound in the night." ~ Jack Kerouac
"Esos hijo putas han inventado unos plásticos con los que podrían hacer casas que duraran para siempre. Y neumáticos. Los americanos mueren anualmente por millares debido a neumáticos defectuosos que se calientan en la carretera y revientan. Podrían fabricar neumáticos que nunca reventaran. Y lo mismo pasas con la pasta de dientes. Hay un chicle que han ivnentado y no quieren que se sepa porque si lo masticas de niño no tendrás caries en toda tu vida. Y lo mismo la ropa. Pueden fabricar ropa que dure para siempre. Prefieren hacer productos baratos ay así todo el mundo tiene que seguir trabajando y fichando y organizándose en siniestros sindicatos y andar dando tumbos mientras las grandes tajadas se las llevan en Washington y Moscú." ~ Jack Kerouac
"Whither goest thou, America, in thy shiny car in the night?" ~ Jack Kerouac
"The whole mad swirl of everything that was to come began then; it would mix up all my friends and all I had left of my family in a big dust cloud over the American Night." ~ Jack Kerouac
"And here for the first time in my life I saw my beloved Mississippi River, dry in the summer haze, low water, with its big rank smell that smells like the raw body of America itself because it washes it up." ~ Jack Kerouac
"Two fellows were driving this car; they said they were pimps. Two other fellows were passengers with me. We sat tight and bent our minds to the goal. We went over Berthoud Pass, down to the great plateau, Tabernash, Troublesome, Kremmling; down Rabbit Ears Pass to Steamboat Springs, and out; fifty miles of dusty detour; then Craig and the Great American Desert. As we crossed the Colorado-Utah border I saw God in the sky in the form of huge gold sunburning clouds above the desert that seemed to point a finger at me and say, "Pass here and go on, you're on the road to heaven." Ah well, alackaday, I was more interested in some old rotted covered wagons and pool tables sitting in the Nevada desert near a Coca-Cola stand and where there were huts with theweatherbeaten signs still napping in the haunted shrouded desert wind, saying, "Rattlesnake Bill lived here" or "Broken-mouth Annie holed up here for years." Yes, zoom! In Salt! Lake City the pimps checked on their girls and we drove on." ~ Jack Kerouac
"I suddenly began to realize that everybody in America is a natural-born thief." ~ Jack Kerouac
"We fumed and screamed in our mountain nook, mad drunken Americans in the mighty land. We were on the roof of America and all we could do was yell, I guess--across the night..." ~ Jack Kerouac
"No bitter complaints about society whatever from this grand and ideal man who really loves me moreover as if I deserve it, but I'm bursting to explain everything to him, not even Big Sur but the past several years, but there's no chance with everybody yakking--And in fact I can see in Cody's eyes that he can see in my own eyes the regret we both feel that recently we haven't had chances to talk whatever, like we used to do driving across America and back in the old road days, too many people now want to talk to us and tell us their stories, we've been hemmed in and surrounded and outnumbered--The circle's closed in on the old heroes of the night--" ~ Jack Kerouac
"Did you ever stand on a street corner in American at five o'clock in the morning? I did." ~ Jack Kerouac
"I was halfway across America, at the dividing line between the East of my youth and the West of my future." ~ Jack Kerouac
"I looked. George Shearing. And as always he leaned his blind head on his pale hand, all ears opened like the ears of an elephant, listening to the American sounds and mastering them for his own English summer's-night use. Then they urged him to get up and play. He did. He played innumerable choruses with amazing chords that mounted higher and higher till the sweat splashed all over the piano and everybody listened in awe and fright. They led him off the stand after an hour. He went back to his dark corner, old God Shearing, and the boys said, 'There ain't nothin left after that." ~ Jack Kerouac
"Texas is undeniable...We were already almost out of America and yet definitely in it and in the middle of where it's maddest." ~ Jack Kerouac
"All that hitchhikinAll that railroadinAll that comin backto America" ~ Jack Kerouac
"...the innocent seriousness with which she told her story and I'd listened to so often and myself told-- wide eyed hugging in heaven together-- hipsters of America in the 1950's sitting in a dim room-- the clash of the streets beyond the window's bare soft sill." ~ Jack Kerouac
"my karma was to be born in America where nobody has any fun or believes in anything, especially freedom." ~ Jack Kerouac
"...I didn't feel that I was an American at all, with all that suburban ideal and sex repression and general dreary newspaper grey censorship of all our real human values..." ~ Jack Kerouac
"LA is the loneliest and most brutal of American cities; New York gets god-awful cold in the winter but there's a feeling of wacky comradeship somewhere in some streets. LA is a jungle" ~ Jack Kerouac
"And since I'm well and on the bum again & aint got nothing else to do, but roam, long-faced, the real America, with my unreal heart, here I am eager and ready." ~ Jack Kerouac
"They were like the man with the dungeon stone and the gloom, rising from the underground, the sordid hipsters of America a new beat generation that I was slowly joining." ~ Jack Kerouac
"America is a lonely crock of shit..." ~ Jack Kerouac
"So in America when the sun goes down and I sit on the old broken-down river pier watching the long, long skies over New Jersey and sense all that raw land that rolls in one unbelievable huge bulge over to the West Coast, and all that road going, and all the people dreaming in the immensity of it, and in Iowa I know by now the children must be crying in the land where they let the children cry, and tonight the stars'll be out, and don't you know that God is Pooh Bear? the evening star must be drooping and shedding her sparkler dims on the prairie, which is just before the coming of complete night that blesses the earth, darkens all the rivers, cups the peaks and folds the final shore in, and nobody, nobody knows what's going to happen to anybody besides the forlorn rags of growing old, I think of Dean Moriarty, I even think of Old Dean Moriarty the father we never found, I think of Dean Moriarty." ~ Jack Kerouac
"Somebody had tipped the American continent like a pinball machine and all the goofballs had come rolling to LA in the southwest corner. I cried for all of us. There was no end to the American sadness and the American madness. Someday we'll all start laughing and roll on the ground when we realize how funny it's been." ~ Jack Kerouac
"We were on the roof of America and all we could do was yell" ~ Jack Kerouac
"I had traveled eight thousand miles around the American continent and I was back on Times Square; and right in the middle of a rush hour, too, seeing with my innocent road-eyes the absolute madness and fantastic hoorair of New York with its millions and millions hustling forever for a buck among themselves, the mad dream-grabbing, taking, giving, sighing, dying, just so they could be buried in those awful cemetery cities beyond Long Island City." ~ Jack Kerouac
"Here I was at the end of America...no more land...and nowhere was nowhere to go but back" ~ Jack Kerouac
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