Quotes by Jack Kerouac

"[...]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!"

"One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple."

"Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don't be sorry."

"There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars."

"I like too many things and get all confused and hung-up running from one falling star to another till i drop. This is the night, what it does to you. I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion."

Books by Jack Kerouac

  • On the Road
  • 362,333 ratings
  • January 1st 1976 by Penguin Books

    (first published 1955)

  • The Dharma Bums
  • 87,988 ratings
  • 1986 by Penguin Books

    (first published 1958)

  • Big Sur
  • 31,214 ratings
  • 1992 by Penguin Books

    (first published September 11th 1962)

  • The Americans
  • 12,671 ratings
  • February 1st 1998 by Scalo Publishers

    (first published 1958)

  • Desolation Angels
  • 10,532 ratings
  • September 1st 1995 by Riverhead Books

    (first published 1958)

  • Lonesome Traveler
  • 6,559 ratings
  • August 3rd 2000 by Penguin Books

    (first published 1960)

Jack Kerouac
  • Jack Kerouac

  • Date of birth: March 12, 1922
  • Died: October 21, 1969
  • Born: in Lowell, Massachusetts, The United States.

  • Description: Jack Kerouac was born Jean-Louis Lebris de Kerouac on March 12, 1922, in Lowell, Massachusetts. Jack Kerouac's writing career began in the 1940s, but didn't meet with commercial success until 1957, when On the Road was published. The book became an American classic that defined the Beat Generation. Kerouac died on October 21, 1969, from an abdominal hemorrhage, at age 47.