Jack's Quotes

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One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.
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Jack Kerouac (The Dharma Bums)
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Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don't be sorry.
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Jack Kerouac
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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 and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes β€œAwww!
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Jack Kerouac (On the Road)
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There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.
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Jack Kerouac (On the Road: the Original Scroll)
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Call a jack a jack. Call a spade a spade. But always call a whore a lady. Their lives are hard enough, and it never hurts to be polite.
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Patrick Rothfuss (The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1))
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In the end these things matter most: How well did you love? How fully did you live? How deeply did you let go?
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Jack Kornfield (Buddha's Little Instruction Book)
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Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.
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Jack Kerouac (On the Road)
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The only truth is music.
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Jack Kerouac
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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.
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Jack Kerouac
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You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
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Jack London
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My fault, my failure, is not in the passions I have, but in my lack of control of them.
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Jack Kerouac
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I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.
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Jack London
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The air was soft, the stars so fine, the promise of every cobbled alley so great, that I thought I was in a dream.
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Jack Kerouac (On the Road: The Original Scroll)
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Everyone forgets Icarus also flew.
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Jack Gilbert (Refusing Heaven)
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I'd rather sing one wild song and burst my heart with it, than live a thousand years watching my digestion and being afraid of the wet.
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Jack London (The Turtles of Tasman)
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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.
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Jack Kerouac (On the Road)
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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.
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Jack Kerouac (On the Road)
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I am Jack's complete lack of surprise. I am Jack's Broken Heart.
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Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club)
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The Wild still lingered in him and the wolf in him merely slept.
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Jack London (White Fang)
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The best teacher is experience and not through someone's distorted point of view
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Jack Kerouac (On the Road)
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I was surprised, as always, by how easy the act of leaving was, and how good it felt. The world was suddenly rich with possibility.
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Jack Kerouac (On the Road)
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Happiness consists in realizing it is all a great strange dream
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Jack Kerouac
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Don't use the phone. People are never ready to answer it. Use poetry.
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Jack Kerouac
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Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.
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Jack Kerouac
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I don't want to put the world to rights... I just don't like people who put the world to wrongs.
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Lee Child (61 Hours (Jack Reacher, #14))
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He'd felt like a jack-o-lantern for the past few days, as if his guts had been yanked out with a fork and dumped in a heap while a grinning smile stayed plastered on his face.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2))
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I don't know, I don't care, and it doesn't make any difference.
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Jack Kerouac
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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 β€” real straight talk about souls, for life is holy and every moment is precious.
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Jack Kerouac (On the Road)
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Will you love me in December as you do in May?
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Jack Kerouac
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My first time I jacked off, I thought I'd invented it. I looked down at my sloppy handful of junk and thought, This is going to make me rich.
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Chuck Palahniuk (Choke)
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A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog.
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Jack London
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One of the world's most popular entertainments is a deck of cards, which contains thirteen each of four suits, highlighted by kings, queens and jacks, who are possibly the queen's younger, more attractive boyfriends.
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Lemony Snicket
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because he had no place he could stay in without getting tired of it and because there was nowhere to go but everywhere, keep rolling under the stars...
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Jack Kerouac (On the Road)
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Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.
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Jack Kerouac
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It all ends in tears anyway.
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Jack Kerouac (The Dharma Bums)
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Jack, sometimes you don't have to be mean to hurt someone.
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R.J. Palacio (Wonder (Wonder, #1))
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I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion.
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Jack Kerouac
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He was mastered by the sheer surging of life, the tidal wave of being, the perfect joy of each separate muscle, joint, and sinew in that it was everything that was not death, that it was aglow and rampant, expressing itself in movement, flying exultantly under the stars.
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Jack London (The Call of the Wild)
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My witness is the empty sky.
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Jack Kerouac
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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.
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Jack Kerouac (On the Road: The Original Scroll)
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Don't loaf and invite inspiration; light out after it with a club.
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Jack London
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What's in store for me in the direction I don't take?
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Jack Kerouac
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If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.
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Jack Kornfield (Buddha's Little Instruction Book)
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Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life
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Jack Kerouac (On the Road)
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A joker is a little fool who is different from everyone else. He's not a club, diamond, heart, or spade. He's not an eight or a nine, a king or a jack. He is an outsider. He is placed in the same pack as the other cards, but he doesn't belong there. Therefore, he can be removed without anybody missing him.
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Jostein Gaarder (The Solitaire Mystery)
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It always makes me proud to love the world somehow- hate's so easy compared.
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Jack Kerouac (Big Sur)
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beautiful insane in the rain
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Jack Kerouac (The Subterraneans)
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I respect you," he murmured. "and your views. I think of you as an equal. I respect your brains, and all those big words you like to use. But I also want to rip your clothes off and have sex with you until you scream and cry and see God." -Jack Travis (Smooth Talking Stranger)
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Lisa Kleypas (Smooth Talking Stranger (Travises, #3))
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Tell me again what we're doing here," I said, running a continuous scan of our surroundings. Fang popped some Cracker Jack into his mouth. "We're here to watch manly men do manly things." I followed Fang's line of sight: He was watching the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, who were not doing manly things, by any stretch of the imagination.
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James Patterson (Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports (Maximum Ride, #3))
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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.
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Jack Kerouac (On the Road)
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I'm going to marry my novels and have little short stories for children.
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Jack Kerouac
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Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.
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Jack London
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I saw that my life was a vast glowing empty page and I could do anything I wanted.
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Jack Kerouac
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Life must be rich and full of loving--it's no good otherwise, no good at all, for anyone.
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Jack Kerouac (Selected Letters, 1940-1956)
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Sal, we gotta go and never stop going 'till we get there.' 'Where we going, man?' 'I don't know but we gotta go.
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Jack Kerouac (On the Road)
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Those we love never truly leave us, Harry. There are things that death cannot touch.
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Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two (Harry Potter, #8))
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I'm not a drinker, my body won't tolerate...eh...spirits, really. I had two martinis New Years Eve and I tried to hi-jack an elevator and fly it to Cuba.
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Woody Allen
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I desire to be with you. I miss you. I feel lonely when I can't see you. I am obsessed with you, fascinated by you, infatuated with you. I hunger for your taste, your smell, the feel of your soul touching mine.
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Jack Llawayllynn (Indulgence)
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I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.
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Jack London
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One man practicing kindness in the wilderness is worth all the temples this world pulls.
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Jack Kerouac (The Dharma Bums)
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That’s pretty much how we get through our own lives, watching television. Smoking crap. Self-medicating. Redirecting our attention. Jacking off. Denial.
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Chuck Palahniuk (Choke)
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Houses are full of things that gather dust
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Jack Kerouac
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[The Doctor, Capt. Jack and Rose are cornered by the empty children.] The Doctor: Go to your room! Go to your room! I mean it. I'm very, very angry with you. I'm very, very cross! GO! TO! YOUR! ROOM! [The children lurch away and obey him.] I'm really glad that worked. Those would have been terrible last words.
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Steven Moffat
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Jack: "..You were the onΒ­ly one I saw when I closed my eyes" Lexi: "Then why wasn't I enough when they were open?
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K.A. Linde (Avoiding Commitment (Avoiding, #1))
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To think you could have been dreaming the cure for cancer," Blue said. "Look, Sargent," Ronan retorted, "I was gonna dream you some eye cream last night since clearly modern medicine's doing jack shit for you, but I nearly had my ass handed to me by a death snake from the fourth circle of dream hell, so you're welcome." Blue was appropriately touched. "Ah, thanks, man." "No problem, bro.
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Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4))
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And the story of love is a long sad tale ending in graves.
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Jack Kerouac
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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.
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Jack Kerouac (The Dharma Bums)
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Roses have both petals and thorns, my dark flower. You needn’t believe something weak because it appears delicate. Show the world your bravery.
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Kerri Maniscalco (Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1))
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On soft Spring nights I'll stand in the yard under the stars - Something good will come out of all things yet - And it will be golden and eternal just like that - There's no need to say another word.
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Jack Kerouac (Big Sur)
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I like to see the glass as half full, hopefully of jack daniels.
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Darynda Jones (First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1))
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Finding Nirvana is like locating silence.
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Jack Kerouac (The Dharma Bums)
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It's fear, Jack. The man deals with a huge amount of fear.' Because he got hurt?' No, not entirely. Fear comes with imagination, it's a penalty, it's the price of imagination.
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Thomas Harris (Red Dragon (Hannibal Lecter, #1))
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So therefore I dedicate myself, to my art, my sleep, my dreams, my labors, my suffrances, my loneliness, my unique madness, my endless absorption and hunger because I cannot dedicate myself to any fellow being.
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Jack Kerouac
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But why think about that when all the golden lands ahead of you and all kinds of unforseen events wait lurking to surprise you and make you glad you're alive to see?
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Jack Kerouac (On the Road)
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I'm writing this book because we're all going to die.
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Jack Kerouac
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Show me a man with a tattoo and I'll show you a man with an interesting past.
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Jack London
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Don't worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don't even try.
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Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup for the Soul)
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Pain or love or danger makes you real again....
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Jack Kerouac (The Dharma Bums)
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If Jack's in love, he's no judge of Jill's beauty.
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Benjamin Franklin
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As I grew older I became a drunk. Why? Because I like ecstasy of the mind.
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Jack Kerouac
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My aunt once said that the world would never find peace until men fell at their women's feet and asked for forgiveness.
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Jack Kerouac (On the Road)
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Something good will come of all things yet
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Jack Kerouac
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Soon it got dusk, a grapy dusk, a purple dusk over tangerine groves and long melon fields; the sun the color of pressed grapes, slashed with burgandy red, the fields the color of love and Spanish mysteries.
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Jack Kerouac (On the Road)
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This is the story of America. Everybody's doing what they think they're supposed to do.
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Jack Kerouac (On the Road: the Original Scroll)
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We turned at a dozen paces, for love is a duel, and looked at each other for the last time.
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Jack Kerouac
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I am Jack's smirking revenge.
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Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club)
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In the end, just three things matter: How well we have lived How well we have loved How well we have learned to let go
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Jack Kornfield
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Hold on. So in my mind, this jacked-up, sideways ridiculousness is the normal state?
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Tite Kubo (Bleach, Volume 01)
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Call a jack a jack. Call a spade a spade. But always call a whore a lady.
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Patrick Rothfuss (The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1))
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I feel guilty for being a member of the human race.
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Jack Kerouac (Big Sur)
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What's your angle?" I asked, trying to sound more playful than demanding. "Isosceles," Jack quipped.
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Amanda Hocking (My Blood Approves (My Blood Approves, #1))
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Don't touch me, I'm full of snakes.
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Jack Kerouac
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We agreed to love each other madly.
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Jack Kerouac (On the Road)
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The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.
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Jack London
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Everything you want is on the other side of fear.
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Jack Canfield
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The mask was a thing on it's own, behind which Jack hid, liberated from shame and self-conciousness.
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William Golding (Lord of the Flies)
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Are we fallen angels who didn't want to believe that nothing is nothing and so were born to lose our loved ones and dear friends one by one and finally our own life, to see it proved?
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Jack Kerouac (The Dharma Bums)
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Offer them what they secretly want and they of course immediately become panic-stricken.
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Jack Kerouac
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Jack couldn't help but watch Nonie as she left. She looked to be twenty-nine, thirty at the most, stood maybe five foot-four and was slender. She had shoulder-length, curly, walnut-colored hair and the largest most beautiful blue eyes he'd ever seem Her nose and ears were small in comparison to her full lips, which he'd give anything to kiss.
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Deborah Leblanc (Toe to Toe)
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They have worries, they're counting the miles, they're thinking about where to sleep tonight, how much money for gas, the weather, how they'll get there - and all the time they'll get there anyway, you see.
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Jack Kerouac (On the Road: the Original Scroll)
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Expecting anybody else?' Shane asked Eve. 'Your distant cousin Jack the Ripper dropping by too?' 'Screw you, Collins.
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Rachel Caine (Kiss of Death (The Morganville Vampires, #8))
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DUMBLEDORE: Harry, there is never a perfect answer in this messy, emotional world. Perfection is beyond the reach of humankind, beyond the reach of magic. In every shining moment of happiness is that drop of poison: the knowledge that pain will come again. Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human as to breathe.
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Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two (Harry Potter, #8))
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Things are so hard to figure out when you live from day to day in this feverish and silly world.
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Jack Kerouac (On the Road: The Original Scroll)
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a sociable smile is nothing but a mouth full of teeth
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Jack Kerouac
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To be able to forget means sanity.
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Jack London (The Star Rover)
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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.
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Jack Kerouac (On the Road)
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Maybe that's what life is... a wink of the eye and winking stars.
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Jack Kerouac (Selected Letters, 1940-1956)
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I like too many things and get all confused and hung-up running from one falling star to another til I drop.
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Jack Kerouac
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Suddenly this defeat. This rain. The blues gone gray And the browns gone gray And yellow A terrible amber. In the cold streets Your warm body. In whatever room Your warm body. Among all the people Your absence The people who are always Not you. I have been easy with trees Too long. Too familiar with mountains. Joy has been a habit. Now Suddenly This rain.
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Jack Gilbert
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The closer you get to real matter, rock air fire and wood, boy, the more spiritual the world is.
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Jack Kerouac (The Dharma Bums)
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I just won't sleep," I decided. There were so many other interesting things to do.
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Jack Kerouac (On the Road)
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I was halfway across America, at the dividing line between the East of my youth and the West of my future.
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Jack Kerouac (On the Road)
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But you're so busy changing the world Just one smile can change all of mine
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Jack Johnson
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If you were expecting Prince Charming, I'm sorry. He's with his boyfriend.
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Shayla Black (Wicked Ties (Wicked Lovers, #1))
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They were great men, with huge flaws, and you know what – those flaws almost made them greater.
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Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two (Harry Potter, #8))
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Ellen could have killed me," Jack said quietly, "but she didn't. She saved my life." "How come?" Fitch demanded. "After all this?" Ellen turned scarlet and stared at the ground. "Maybe none of my opponents ever gave me flowers before," she mumbled.
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Cinda Williams Chima (The Warrior Heir (The Heir Chronicles, #1))
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The page is long, blank, and full of truth. When I am through with it, it shall probably be long, full, and empty with words.
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Jack Kerouac (Atop an Underwood: Early Stories and Other Writings)
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For there are no limits to the stars; their numbers are infinite. Which is precisely why I measure my love for you by them. An amount too boundless to count.
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Kerri Maniscalco (Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #2))
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And so I wait. I wait for time to heal the pain and raise me to me feet once again - so that I can start a new path, my own path, the one that will make me whole again.
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Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul II)
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As far as I'm concerned the only thing to do is sit in a room and get drunk
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Jack Kerouac
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I dream of lost vocabularies that might express some of what we no longer can.
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Jack Gilbert (The Great Fires)
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The trouble is, you think you have time.
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Jack Kornfield (Buddha's Little Instruction Book)
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I felt his other hand sear hot against my cheek. He bent his head, and in a voice that Jack couldn’t hear, said, β€œWhen you came down the stairs, and fell into me, that was the moment.” Then his lips pressed against mine.
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Sarah Alderson (Hunting Lila (Lila, #1))
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Face reality as it is, not as it was or as you wish it to be.
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Jack Welch
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Intelligent men are cruel. Stupid men are monstrously cruel.
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Jack London (The Star Rover)
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I felt like lying down by the side of the trail and remembering it all. The woods do that to you, they always look familiar, long lost, like the face of a long-dead relative, like an old dream, like a piece of forgotten song drifting across the water, most of all like golden eternities of past childhood or past manhood and all the living and the dying and the heartbreak that went on a million years ago and the clouds as they pass overhead seem to testify (by their own lonesome familiarity) to this feeling.
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Jack Kerouac (The Dharma Bums)
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Fear is a hungry beast. The more you feed it, the more it grows.
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Kerri Maniscalco (Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1))
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If moderation is a fault, then indifference is a crime.
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Jack Kerouac
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Ah, life is a gate, a way, a path to Paradise anyway, why not live for fun and joy and love or some sort of girl by a fireside, why not go to your desire and LAUGH...
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Jack Kerouac
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I'm a big believer in putting things off, In fact, I even put off procrastinating. -Ella Varner
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Lisa Kleypas (Smooth Talking Stranger (Travises, #3))
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He liked cheap women, fast cars, late nights, and hard liquor, especially all together. In Jack's view, you are obliged to sin on Saturday night so you'd have something to atone for Sunday morning. Otherwise, you'd be putting the preacher out of business.
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Lisa Kleypas (Blue-Eyed Devil (Travises, #2))
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In every shining moment of happiness is that drop of poison: the knowledge that pain will come again. Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human as to breathe.
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Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two (Harry Potter, #8))
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I hope it is true that a man can die and yet not only live in others but give them life, and not only life, but that great consciousness of life.
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Jack Kerouac
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Wield your assets like a blade, Cousin. No man has invented a corset for our brains. Let them think they rule the world. It’s a queen who sits on that throne. Never forget that.
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Kerri Maniscalco (Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1))
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Better to sleep in an uncomfortable bed free, than sleep in a comfortable bed unfree.
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Jack Kerouac (On the Road)
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All human beings are also dream beings. Dreaming ties all mankind together.
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Jack Kerouac
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Sure baby, maΓ±ana. It was always maΓ±ana. For the next few weeks that was all I heard––maΓ±ana a lovely word and one that probably means heaven.
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Jack Kerouac (On the Road)
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LA is the loneliest and most brutal of American cities; NY gets god-awful cold in the winter but there's a feeling of wacky comradeship somewhere in some streets. LA is a jungle.
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Jack Kerouac (On the Road)
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My eyes were glued on life and they were full of tears.
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Jack Kerouac (Atop an Underwood: Early Stories and Other Writings)
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Control Your Own Destiny or Someone Else Will
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Jack Welch
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The truth is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.
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Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two (Harry Potter, #8))
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the road is life
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Jack Kerouac
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There’s nothing better than a little danger dashed with some romance.
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Kerri Maniscalco (Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1))
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Reacher said, "So here's the thing Brett. Either you take your hand off my chest, or I'll take it off your wrist.
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Lee Child (Worth Dying For (Jack Reacher, #15))
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I promise I shall never give up, and that I'll die yelling and laughing, and that until then I'll rush around this world I insist is holy and pull at everyone's lapel and make them confess to me and to all.
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Jack Kerouac
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It’s not that I can’t fall in love. It’s really that I can’t help falling in love with too many things all at once. So, you must understand why I can’t distinguish between what’s platonic and what isn’t, because it’s all too much and not enough at the same time.
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Jack Kerouac
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Happy. Just in my swim shorts, barefooted, wild-haired, in the red fire dark, singing, swigging wine, spitting, jumping, runningβ€”that's the way to live. All alone and free in the soft sands of the beach by the sigh of the sea out there, with the Ma-Wink fallopian virgin warm stars reflecting on the outer channel fluid belly waters. And if your cans are redhot and you can't hold them in your hands, just use good old railroad gloves, that's all.
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Jack Kerouac (The Dharma Bums)
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For the first time in my life the weather was not something that touched me, that caressed me, froze or sweated me, but became me.
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Jack Kerouac (On the Road)
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They build their own Hells.
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Jack Kerouac
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His friends said, "Why do you have that ugly thing hanging there?" and Bull said, "I like it because it's ugly." All his life was in that line.
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Jack Kerouac (On the Road)
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And then Jack chopped down what was the world's last beanstalk, adding murder and ecological terrorism to the theft, enticement, and trespass charges already mentioned, and all the giant's children didn't have a daddy anymore. But he got away with it and lived happily ever after, without so much as a guilty twinge about what he had done...which proves that you can be excused for just about anything if you are a hero, because no one asks inconvenient questions.
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Terry Pratchett (Hogfather (Discworld, #20; Death, #4))
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We cannot protect the young from harm. Pain must and will come.
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Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two (Harry Potter, #8))
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The beauty of things must be that they end.
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Jack Kerouac (Tristessa)
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But, outside of being a sweet little girl, she was awfully dumb and capable of doing horrible things.
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Jack Kerouac
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It'll take you eternities to get rid of me,' she adds sadly, which makes me jealous, I want her to say I'll never get rid of her - I wanta be chased till eternity till I catch her.
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Jack Kerouac (Big Sur)
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No matter how old you are now. You are never too young or too old for success or going after what you want. Here’s a short list of people who accomplished great things at different ages 1) Helen Keller, at the age of 19 months, became deaf and blind. But that didn’t stop her. She was the first deaf and blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. 2) Mozart was already competent on keyboard and violin; he composed from the age of 5. 3) Shirley Temple was 6 when she became a movie star on β€œBright Eyes.” 4) Anne Frank was 12 when she wrote the diary of Anne Frank. 5) Magnus Carlsen became a chess Grandmaster at the age of 13. 6) Nadia ComΔƒneci was a gymnast from Romania that scored seven perfect 10.0 and won three gold medals at the Olympics at age 14. 7) Tenzin Gyatso was formally recognized as the 14th Dalai Lama in November 1950, at the age of 15. 8) Pele, a soccer superstar, was 17 years old when he won the world cup in 1958 with Brazil. 9) Elvis was a superstar by age 19. 10) John Lennon was 20 years and Paul Mcartney was 18 when the Beatles had their first concert in 1961. 11) Jesse Owens was 22 when he won 4 gold medals in Berlin 1936. 12) Beethoven was a piano virtuoso by age 23 13) Issac Newton wrote PhilosophiΓ¦ Naturalis Principia Mathematica at age 24 14) Roger Bannister was 25 when he broke the 4 minute mile record 15) Albert Einstein was 26 when he wrote the theory of relativity 16) Lance E. Armstrong was 27 when he won the tour de France 17) Michelangelo created two of the greatest sculptures β€œDavid” and β€œPieta” by age 28 18) Alexander the Great, by age 29, had created one of the largest empires of the ancient world 19) J.K. Rowling was 30 years old when she finished the first manuscript of Harry Potter 20) Amelia Earhart was 31 years old when she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean 21) Oprah was 32 when she started her talk show, which has become the highest-rated program of its kind 22) Edmund Hillary was 33 when he became the first man to reach Mount Everest 23) Martin Luther King Jr. was 34 when he wrote the speech β€œI Have a Dream." 24) Marie Curie was 35 years old when she got nominated for a Nobel Prize in Physics 25) The Wright brothers, Orville (32) and Wilbur (36) invented and built the world's first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight 26) Vincent Van Gogh was 37 when he died virtually unknown, yet his paintings today are worth millions. 27) Neil Armstrong was 38 when he became the first man to set foot on the moon. 28) Mark Twain was 40 when he wrote "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer", and 49 years old when he wrote "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" 29) Christopher Columbus was 41 when he discovered the Americas 30) Rosa Parks was 42 when she refused to obey the bus driver’s order to give up her seat to make room for a white passenger 31) John F. Kennedy was 43 years old when he became President of the United States 32) Henry Ford Was 45 when the Ford T came out. 33) Suzanne Collins was 46 when she wrote "The Hunger Games" 34) Charles Darwin was 50 years old when his book On the Origin of Species came out. 35) Leonardo Da Vinci was 51 years old when he painted the Mona Lisa. 36) Abraham Lincoln was 52 when he became president. 37) Ray Kroc Was 53 when he bought the McDonalds Franchise and took it to unprecedented levels. 38) Dr. Seuss was 54 when he wrote "The Cat in the Hat". 40) Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger III was 57 years old when he successfully ditched US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in 2009. All of the 155 passengers aboard the aircraft survived 41) Colonel Harland Sanders was 61 when he started the KFC Franchise 42) J.R.R Tolkien was 62 when the Lord of the Ring books came out 43) Ronald Reagan was 69 when he became President of the US 44) Jack Lalane at age 70 handcuffed, shackled, towed 70 rowboats 45) Nelson Mandela was 76 when he became President
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Pablo
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But I am I. And I won't subordinate my taste to the unanimous judgment of mankind
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Jack London (Martin Eden)
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Let the mind beware, that though the flesh be bugged, the circumstances of existence are pretty glorious.
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Jack Kerouac (The Dharma Bums)
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So shut up, live, travel, adventure, bless and don't be sorry
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Jack Kerouac (Desolation Angels)
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Ah, it was a fine night, a warm night, a wine-drinking night, a moony night, and a night to hug your girl and talk and spit and be heavengoing.
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Jack Kerouac (On the Road)
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Forgive everyone for your own sins and be sure to tell them you love them which you do.
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Jack Kerouac
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I was determined to be both pretty and fierce, as Mother had said I could be. Just because I was interested in a man’s job didn’t mean I had to give up being girly. Who defined those roles anyhow?
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Kerri Maniscalco (Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1))
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Let nature do the freezing and frightening and isolating in this world. let men work and love and fight it off.
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Jack Kerouac (Windblown World: The Journals of Jack Kerouac 1947-1954)
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All he needed was a wheel in his hand and four on the road.
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Jack Kerouac (On the Road: the Original Scroll)
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There are worse things than being mad.
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Jack Kerouac
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My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we'll change the world.
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Jack Layton
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If I had to choose a companion to be at the return of eternal darkness with, I'd choose you.
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Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two (Harry Potter, #8))
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Pretend I am as capable as a man? Please, sir, do not value me so little!
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Kerri Maniscalco (Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1))
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And how have I lived? Frankly and openly, though crudely. I have not been afraid of life. I have not shrunk from it. I have taken it for what it was at its own valuation. And I have not been ashamed of it. Just as it was, it was mine.
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Jack London
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The details are the life of it, I insist, say everything on your mind, don’t hold back, don’t analyze or anything as you go along, say it out.
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Jack Kerouac (The Subterraneans)
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And when the fog's over and the stars and the moon come out at night it'll be a beautiful sight.
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Jack Kerouac (Big Sur)
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My geekness is a-quivering.
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Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two (Harry Potter, #8))
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A lot of people feel like they’re victims in life, and they’ll often point to past events, perhaps growing up with an abusive parent or in a dysfunctional family. Most psychologists believe that about 85 percent of families are dysfunctional, so all of a sudden you’re not so unique. My parents were alcoholics. My dad abused me. My mother divorced him when I was six…I mean, that’s almost everybody’s story in some form or not. The real question is, what are you going to do now? What do you choose now? Because you can either keep focusing on that, or you can focus on what you want. And when people start focusing on what they want, what they don’t want falls away, and what they want expands, and the other part disappears. (Jack Canfield)
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Rhonda Byrne (The Secret (The Secret, #1))
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My manners, abominable at times, can be sweet. As I grew older I became a drunk. Why? Because I like ecstasy of the mind. I'm a wretch. But I love, love.
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Jack Kerouac (Satori in Paris & Pic)
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SCORPIUS: The world changes and we change with it. I am better off in this world. But the world is not better. And I don't want that.
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Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two (Harry Potter, #8))
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He was a silent fury who no torment could tame.
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Jack London (White Fang)
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If critics say your work stinks it's because they want it to stink and they can make it stink by scaring you into conformity with their comfortable little standards. Standards so low that they can no longer be considered "dangerous" but set in place in their compartmental understandings.
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Jack Kerouac
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It is exceptionally lonely, being Draco Malfoy. I will always be suspected. There is no escaping the past.
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Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two (Harry Potter, #8))
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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.
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Jack Kerouac (On the Road)
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Wisdom ain't a virtue I ever aspired to.
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Moira Young (Blood Red Road (Dust Lands, #1))
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Most everything that you want is just outside your comfort zone.
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Jack Canfield
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People always talk about how hard it can be to remember things - where they left their keys, or the name of an acquaintance - but no one ever talks about how much effort we put into forgetting. I am exhausted from the effort to forget... There are things that have to be forgotten if you want to go on living.
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Stephen Carpenter (Killer (A Jack Rhodes Mystery Book 1))
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The guys were totally skuzzy, grinning horribly, showing holes where teeth should be. β€œBoys, God doesn’t like you,” Fang intoned behind them. Whaaat? I thought, dumbfounded. β€œWha!” they said, whirling. At that moment, Fang snapped out his huge wings and shone the penlight under his chin so it raked his cheekbones and eyes. My mouth dropped open. He looked like the angel of death. His dark wings filled the hallway almost to the ceiling, and he moved them up and down. β€œGod doesn’t like bad people,” he said, using a really weird, deep voice. β€œWhat the heck?” one of the squatters murmured shallowly, his mouth slack, his eyes bugging out of his head. I whipped my own wings open. Fun, anyway. β€œThis was a test,” I said, using my best spooky voice. β€œAnd guess what? You both failed.” The bums stopped dead, looks of horror and amazement on their faces. Then Fang growled, β€œRowr!” He stepped forward, sweeping his wings up and down: the avenging demon. I almost cracked up. β€œRowr!” I said myself, shaking my wings out. β€œAhhhhh!” the guys yelled, backpedaling fast. Unfortunately, they were standing at the top of the staircase. They fell awkwardly, trying to grab each other, and rolled down two flights like lumpy bags of potatoes, shrieking the whole way. Fang and I slapped each other a quick high fiveβ€”and we were out of there, jack.
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James Patterson (School's Outβ€”Forever (Maximum Ride, #2))
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...we all must admit that everything is fine and there's no need in the world to worry, and in fact we should realize what it would mean to us to UNDERSTAND that we're not REALLY worried about ANYTHING.
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Jack Kerouac (On the Road)
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Even if they end up together, which I highly doubt, given the strength of that particular bond-...-but even if Schuyler still loves him, or thinks she does, it doesn't matter. Because Jack is going to leave her one day. i know he will. He's too much for Schuyler. They're wrong for each other. Anyone can see that. And when he leaves her, I'll be there. However long it takes, I'll still be there for her. Waiting.
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Melissa de la Cruz (Revelations (Blue Bloods, #3))
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But especially he loved to run in the dim twilight of the summer midnights, listening to the subdued and sleepy murmurs of the forest, reading signs and sounds as a man may read a book, and seeking for the mysterious something that called -- called, waking or sleeping, at all times, for him to come.
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Jack London (The Call of the Wild)
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There is an ecstasy that marks the summit of life, and beyond which life cannot rise. And such is the paradox of living, this ecstasy comes when one is most alive, and it comes as a complete forgetfulness that one is alive. This ecstasy, this forgetfulness of living, comes to the artist, caught up and out of himself in a sheet of flame; it comes to the soldier, war-mad in a stricken field and refusing quarter; and it came to Buck, leading the pack, sounding the old wolf-cry, straining after the food that was alive and that fled swiftly before him through the moonlight.
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Jack London (The Call of the Wild)
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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.
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Jack Kerouac (The Portable Jack Kerouac)
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What do you want out of life?" I asked, and I used to ask that all the time of girls. I don't know," she said. "Just wait on tables and try to get along." She yawned. I put my hand over her mouth and told her not to yawn. I tried to tell her how excited I was about life and the things we could do together; saying that, and planning to leave Denver in two days. She turned away wearily. We lay on our backs, looking at the ceiling and wondering what God had wrought when He made life so sad.
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Jack Kerouac (On the Road)
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You are not mine to take.” He brushed his lips against mine. Softly, so softly I might have imagined them there. My eyes fluttered shut. He could persuade me to build a steamship to the moon when he kissed me. We could orbit the stars together. β€œYou are yours to give.
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Kerri Maniscalco (Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #2))
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I believed in a good home, in sane and sound living, in good food, good times, work, faith and hope. I have always believed in these things. It was with some amazement that I realized I was one of the few people in the world who really believed in these things without going around making a dull middle class philosophy out of it. I was suddenly left with nothing in my hands but a handful of crazy stars.
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Jack Kerouac (On the Road: the Original Scroll)
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KNOW YOUR DOPE FIEND. YOUR LIFE MAY DEPEND ON IT! You will not be able to see his eyes because of the Tea-Shades, but his knuckles will be white from inner tension and his pants will be crusted with semen from constantly jacking off when he can't find a rape victim. He will stagger and babble when questioned. He will not respect your badge. The Dope Fiend fears nothing. He will attack, for no reason, with every weapon at his command-including yours. BEWARE. Any officer apprehending a suspected marijuana addict should use all necessary force immediately. One stitch in time (on him) will usually save nine on you. Good luck. -The Chief
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Hunter S. Thompson (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas)
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Do you remember the first time we made love?" He touched his lips to hers as he said it. "We rode up in the elevator like this and couldn't keep our hands off each other, couldn't get to each other quick enough. I was mad for you. I wanted you more than I wanted to keep breathing. I still do." He deepened the kiss as the elevator doors opened. "It's never going to change.
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J.D. Robb (Big Jack (In Death, #17.5))
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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.
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Jack Kerouac (On the Road)
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Tohrment spoke. "Bella's brother called. He's tabled the sehelusion request and asked that she stay here for a couple of days." Z jacked his head up. "Why?" "He didn't give a reason-" Tohr's eye's narrowed on Z's face. "Oh... my God." "What the fuck are you looking at?" Phury pointed to the antique mirror hanging on the wall next to the double doors. "See for yourself." Zsadist marched across the room, ready to give them all hell. Bella was what mattered- His mouth went lax at his reflection. With a shaky hand he reached out to the eyes in the old-fashioned leaded glass. His irises were no longer black. They were yellow. Just like his twin's. "Phury?" he said softly. "Phury... what happened to me?" As the male came up behind him, his brother's face appeared right beside Z's. And then Wrath's dark reflection showed up in the mirror, all long hair and sunglasses. Then Rhage's star-fallen beauty. And Vishous's Sox cap. And Tohrment's brush cut. And Butch's busted nose. One by one they reached out and touched him, their big hands gently on his shoulders. "Welcome back, my brother," Phury whispered. Zsadist stared at the males who were behind him. And the oddest thought that if he were to let himself go limp and fall backward... they would catch him.
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J.R. Ward (Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #3))
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colleges being nothing but grooming schools for the middle-class non-identity which usually finds its perfect expression on the outskirts of the campus in rows of well-to-do houses with lawns and television sets in each living room with everybody looking at the same thing and thinking the same thing at the same time while the Japhies of the world go prowling in the wilderness to hear the voice crying in the wilderness, to find the ecstacy of the stars, to find the dark mysterious secret of the origin of faceless wonderless crapulous civilization.
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Jack Kerouac (The Dharma Bums)
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he saw that all the struggles of life were incessant, laborious, painful, that nothing was done quickly, without labor, that it had to undergo a thousand fondlings, revisings, moldings, addings, removings, graftings, tearings, correctings, smoothings, rebuildings, reconsiderings, nailings, tackings, chippings, hammerings, hoistings, connectings β€” all the poor fumbling uncertain incompletions of human endeavor. They went on forever and were forever incomplete, far from perfect, refined, or smooth, full of terrible memories of failure and fears of failure, yet, in the way of things, somehow noble, complete, and shining in the end.
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Jack Kerouac
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Voicemail #1: β€œHi, Isabel Culpeper. I am lying in my bed, looking at the ceiling. I am mostly naked. I am thinking of … your mother. Call me.” Voicemail #2: The first minute and thirty seconds of β€œI’ve Gotta Get a Message to You” by the Bee Gees. Voicemail #3: β€œI’m bored. I need to be entertained. Sam is moping. I may kill him with his own guitar. It would give me something to do and also make him say something. Two birds with one stone! I find all these old expressions unnecessarily violent. Like, ring around the rosy. That’s about the plague, did you know? Of course you did. The plague is, like, your older cousin. Hey, does Sam talk to you? He says jack shit to me. God, I’m bored. Call me.” Voicemail #4: β€œHotel California” by the Eagles, in its entirety, with every instance of the word California replaced with Minnesota. Voicemail #5: β€œHi, this is Cole St. Clair. Want to know two true things? One, you’re never picking up this phone. Two, I’m never going to stop leaving long messages. It’s like therapy. Gotta talk to someone. Hey, you know what I figured out today? Victor’s dead. I figured it out yesterday, too. Every day I figure it out again. I don’t know what I’m doing here. I feel like there’s no one I can —” Voicemail #6: β€œSo, yeah, I’m sorry. That last message went a little pear-shaped. You like that expression? Sam said it the other day. Hey, try this theory on for size: I think he’s a dead British housewife reincarnated into a Beatle’s body. You know, I used to know this band that put on fake British accents for their shows. Boy, did they suck, aside from being assholes. I can’t remember their name now. I’m either getting senile or I’ve done enough to my brain that stuff’s falling out. Not so fair of me to make this one-sided, is it? I’m always talking about myself in these things. So, how are you, Isabel Rosemary Culpeper? Smile lately? Hot Toddies. That was the name of the band. The Hot Toddies.” Voicemail #20: β€œI wish you’d answer.
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Maggie Stiefvater (Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3))
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And for just a moment I had reached the point of ecstasy that I always wanted to reach, which was the complete step across chronological time into timeless shadows, and wonderment in the bleakness of the mortal realm, and the sensation of death kicking at my heels to move on, with a phantom dogging its own heels, and myself hurrying to a plank where all the angels dove off and flew into the holy void of uncreated emptiness, the potent and inconceivable radiancies shining in bright Mind Essence, innumerable lotuslands falling open in the magic mothswarm of heaven. I could hear an indescribable seething roar which wasn't in my ear but everywhere and had nothing to do with sounds. I realized that I had died and been reborn numberless times but just didn't remember especially because the transitions from life to death and back to life are so ghostly easy, a magical action for naught, like falling asleep and waking up again a million times, the utter casualness and deep ignorance of it. I realized it was only because of the stability of the intrinsic Mind that these ripples of birth and death took place, like the action of the wind on a sheet of pure, serene, mirror-like water. I felt sweet, swinging bliss, like a big shot of heroin in the mainline vein; like a gulp of wine late in the afternoon and it makes you shudder; my feet tingled. I thought I was going to die the very next moment. But I didn't die...
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Jack Kerouac (On the Road)
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Failing and Flying" Everyone forgets that Icarus also flew. It's the same when love comes to an end, or the marriage fails and people say they knew it was a mistake, that everybody said it would never work. That she was old enough to know better. But anything worth doing is worth doing badly. Like being there by that summer ocean on the other side of the island while love was fading out of her, the stars burning so extravagantly those nights that anyone could tell you they would never last. Every morning she was asleep in my bed like a visitation, the gentleness in her like antelope standing in the dawn mist. Each afternoon I watched her coming back through the hot stony field after swimming, the sea light behind her and the huge sky on the other side of that. Listened to her while we ate lunch. How can they say the marriage failed? Like the people who came back from Provence (when it was Provence) and said it was pretty but the food was greasy. I believe Icarus was not failing as he fell, but just coming to the end of his triumph.
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Jack Gilbert (Refusing Heaven)