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Jack Kerouac

Dátum narodenia: 12. marec 1922
Dátum úmrtia: 21. október 1969

Jack Kerouac celým menom Jean-Louis Kerouac bol americký prozaik a básnik francúzsko-kanadského pôvodu a najpopulárnejší člen Beat Generation. Na jednej strane bol žijúcim účastníkom bítnického hnutia a na strane druhej bol veľmi uzavretý, vždy plachý pred následkami priateľstva.

„Zjisti, kdo jsi a tím se staň… Dlouhá cesta.. Boj pokračuje až do konca… Musíme ísť a nezastaviť, až kým neprídeme. Kam ideme? Neviem, ale musíme ísť.“

„[... ]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!“ On the Road

„One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.“ The Dharma Bums

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

„There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.“ On the Road: the Original Scroll

„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.“

„The only truth is music.“

„Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.“ On the Road

„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.“ On the Road

„My fault, my failure, is not in the passions I have, but in my lack of control of them.“

„The air was soft, the stars so fine, the promise of every cobbled alley so great, that I thought I was in a dream.“ On the Road: The Original Scroll

„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.“ On the Road

„The best teacher is experience and not through someone's distorted point of view“ On the Road

„Happiness consists in realizing it is all a great strange dream“

„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.“ On the Road

„Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.“

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