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I Have Nothing to Offer Anybody-Jack Kerouac


I Have Nothing to Offer Anybody

Jean-Louis “Jack” Lebris de Kerouac (play /ˈkɛruːæk/ or /ˈkɛrɵæk/; March 12, 1922 – October 21, 1969) was an American novelist and poet. He is considered a literary iconoclast and, alongside William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, a pioneer of the Beat Generation.  Kerouac is recognized for his spontaneous method of writing, covering topics such as Catholic spirituality, jazz, promiscuity, Buddhism, drugs, poverty, and travel. His writings have inspired other writers, including Ken Kesey, Bob Dylan, Eddie Vedder, Richard Brautigan, Thomas Pynchon, Lester Bangs, Tom Robbins and Will Clarke.  Kerouac became an underground celebrity and, with other beats, a progenitor of the Hippie movement, although he remained antagonistic toward it. In 1969, at age 47, Kerouac died from internal bleeding due to long-standing abuse of alcohol. Since his death Kerouac’s literary prestige has grown and several previously unseen works have been published. All of his books are in print today, among them: On the Road, Doctor Sax, The Dharma Bums, Mexico City Blues, The Subterraneans, Desolation Angels, Visions of Cody and Big Sur.



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“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.”
― Jack KerouacOn the Road
“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”
― Jack KerouacThe Dharma Bums
“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.”
― Jack Kerouac
“Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.”
― Jack Kerouac
“The only truth is music.”
― Jack Kerouac
“There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.”
― Jack KerouacOn the Road: The Original Scroll
“Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.”
― Jack KerouacOn the Road
“My fault, my failure, is not in the passions I have, but in my lack of control of them.”
― Jack Kerouac
“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.”
― Jack KerouacOn the Road
“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.”
― Jack KerouacOn the Road
“Happiness consists in realizing it is all a great strange dream”
― Jack Kerouac
“Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.”
― Jack Kerouac
“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 KerouacOn the Road
tags: sex
“The best teacher is experience and not through someone’s distorted point of view”
― Jack KerouacOn the Road
“Don’t use the phone. People are never ready to answer it. Use poetry.”
― Jack Kerouac
tags: poetry
“I don’t know, I don’t care, and it doesn’t make any difference.”
― Jack Kerouac
“I realized these were all the snapshots which our children would look at someday with wonder, thinking their parents had lived smooth, well-ordered lives and got up in the morning to walk proudly on the sidewalks of life, never dreaming the raggedy madness and riot of our actual lives, our actual night, the hell of it, the senseless emptiness.”
― Jack KerouacOn 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.”
― Jack KerouacOn the Road
“My witness is the empty sky.”
― Jack Kerouac
“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.”
― Jack KerouacOn the Road
tags: ghostslife
“Will you love me in December as you do in May?”
― Jack Kerouac
“Down on the lake rosy reflections of celestial vapor appeared, and I said, “God, I love you” and looked to the sky and really meant it. “I have fallen in love with you, God. Take care of us all, one way or the other.” To the children and the innocent it’s all the same.”
― Jack KerouacThe Dharma Bums
“It all ends in tears anyway.”
― Jack KerouacThe Dharma Bums
“I have lots of things to teach you now, in case we ever meet, concerning the message that was transmitted to me under a pine tree in North Carolina on a cold winter moonlit night. It said that Nothing Ever Happened, so don’t worry. It’s all like a dream. Everything is ecstasy, inside. We just don’t know it because of our thinking-minds. But in our true blissful essence of mind is known that everything is alright forever and forever and forever. Close your eyes, let your hands and nerve-ends drop, stop breathing for 3 seconds, listen to the silence inside the illusion of the world, and you will remember the lesson you forgot, which was taught in immense milky way soft cloud innumerable worlds long ago and not even at all. It is all one vast awakened thing. I call it the golden eternity. It is perfect. We were never really born, we will never really die. It has nothing to do with the imaginary idea of a personal self, other selves, many selves everywhere: Self is only an idea, a mortal idea. That which passes into everything is one thing. It’s a dream already ended. There’s nothing to be afraid of and nothing to be glad about. I know this from staring at mountains months on end. They never show any expression, they are like empty space. Do you think the emptiness of space will ever crumble away? Mountains will crumble, but the emptiness of space, which is the one universal essence of mind, the vast awakenerhood, empty and awake, will never crumble away because it was never born.”
― Jack KerouacThe Portable Jack Kerouac
“I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion.”
― Jack Kerouac
“What’s in store for me in the direction I don’t take?”
― Jack Kerouac
“beautiful insane
in the rain”
― Jack KerouacThe Subterraneans
“My whole wretched life swam before my weary eyes, and I realized no matter what you do it’s bound to be a waste of time in the end so you might as well go mad.”
― Jack KerouacOn the Road: The Original Scroll
“I’m going to marry my novels and have little short stories for children.”
― Jack Kerouac
“Life must be rich and full of loving–it’s no good otherwise, no good at all, for anyone.”
― Jack KerouacSelected Letters, 1940-1956
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Source: Like A Rolling Stone
“I’ve been smiling lately, dreaming about the world as one. And I believe it could be someday it’s going to come. “
Cat Stevens
Source: “Peace Train”
“Feed them on your dreams. “
Crosby, Stills & Nash
Source: “Teach Your Children”
“The Future is no place to place your better days. “
Dave Matthews Band
Source: Cry Freedom
“You’re going to have to change the priorities of your life, if you love this planet. “
Dr. Helen Caldicott
“When you’ve seen beyond yourself, then you may find, peace of mind is waiting there. “
George Harrison
Source: “Within You Without You”
“The world is ready for a mystic revolution, a discovery of the God in each of us.”
George Harrison
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve always imagined. “
Henry David Thoreau
“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears the beat of a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away.”
Henry David Thoreau
“Sex, drugs, and insanity have always worked for me, but I wouldn’t recommend them for everyone. “
Hunter S. Thompson
“…see the whole thing is a world full of rucksack wanderers, Dharma Bums refusing to subscribe to the general demand that they consume production and therefore have to work for the privilege of consuming, all that crap they didn’t really want anyway such as refrigerators, TV sets, cars,…and general junk you finally always see a week later in the garbage anyway, all of them imprisoned in a system of work, produce, consume, work, produce, consume, I see a vision of a great rucksack revolution thousands or even millions of young Americans wandering around with rucksacks, going up to mountains to pray, making children laugh and old men glad, making young girls happy and old girls happier, all of ’em Zen Lunatics who go about writing poems that happen to appear in their heads for no reason and also by being kind and also by strange unexpected acts keep giving visions of eternal freedom to everybody and to all living creatures. “
Jack Kerouac
Source: The Dharma Bums, 1958
“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!” “
Jack Kerouac
“Don’t trust anybody over thirty! “
Jack Weinberg
“If you smile at me I will understand because that is something everyone, everywhere does in the same language.”
Jefferson Airplane
Source: Wooden Ships
“Time to live, time to lie, time to laugh, and time to die. Take it easy baby. Take it as it comes.”
Jim Morrison
“”You have to forget about what other people say, when you’re supposed to die, or when you’re supposed to be loving. You have to forget about all these things. You have to go on & be crazy. Craziness is like heaven.”
Jimi Hendrix
“I’m the one who’s gonna die when it’s time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want.”
Jimi Hendrix
“Imagine no possesions, I wonder if you can, No need for greed or hunger, A brotherhood of man. Imagine all the people Sharing all the world. “
John Lennon
Source: “Imagine”
“We are stardust, we are golden, and we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden. “
Joni Mitchell
Source: “Woodstock”
“And maybe it’s the time of year. Yes, and maybe it’s the time of man. And I don’t know who I am. But life is for learning. “
Joni Mitchell/CS&N
Source: “Woodstock”
“Old hippies don’t die, they just lie low until the laughter stops and their time comes round again. “
Joseph Gallivan
“You’re either on the bus or off the bus. “
Ken Kesey
Source: “On The Bus”
“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.”
Mark Twain
“The Medium is the Message. “
Marshall McLuhan
“Be Here Now! “
Ram Dass
Source: “Be Here Now”
“Sock it to me?”
Richard Nixon
Source: Laugh-In
“I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. “
Robert Frost
“If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear a flower in your hair.”
Scott Mckenzie
Source: “San Francisco”
“You create your own reality. “
Source: Seth Speaks by Jane Roberts
“They’ve all gone to look for America.”
Simon and Garfunkel
Source: “America”
“Feelin’ groovy “
Simon and Garfunkel
“Like a true Nature’s child, we were born, born to be wild”
Source: “Born to be Wild”
“We’ve painted ourselves into a corner where the only choice is real nightmare – triage, epidemic disease, famine, fascism, the collapse of human rights – or a leap to an entirely different level. We’ve taken business-as-usual off the menu. Now only the extreme possibilities loom.”
Terence McKenna
Source: Tripping
“We are all just prisoners here of our own device….You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.”
The Eagles
Source: Hotel California
“Let’s live for today! “
The Grass Roots
Source: Let’s Live for Today
“I’m just beginning to see… The trees are drawing me near, I’ve got to find out why. “
The Moody Blues
Source: “Tuesday Afternoon”
“You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you’ll get what you need.”
The Rolling Stones
Source: Let It Bleed
“Hippy is an establishment label for a profound, invisible, underground, evolutionary process. For every visible hippy, barefoot, beflowered, beaded, there are a thousand invisible members of the turned-on underground. Persons whose lives are tuned in to their inner vision, who are dropping out of the TV comedy of American Life.”
Timothy Leary
Source: “The Politics of Ecstasy”
“The attitude is we live and let live. This is actually an amazing change in values in a rather short time and it’s an example of freedom from religion. “
Tom Wolfe
“If it feels good do it! “
“Do your own thing. “
“Black is beautiful “
“Tell it like it is. “
“Keep the Faith! “
“Live and let live.”
“Kerouac opened a million coffee bars and sold a million pairs of Levis to both sexes. Woodstock rises from his pages. “
William S. Burroughs