I can say with all seriousness that the first time that I read On The Road, and later The Dharma Bums, it changed my life; changed my way of thinking. I was in college at the time (culinary school) and my mind and soul were like a sponge…ready to accept and absorb anything worthwhile that passed before me. Though I haven’t read his books in a while, Jack Kerouac’s writing has lit a fire in me that still burns. Thank you Paul Ryan for introducing me to him.
“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.”
“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”
“Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.”
“My fault, my failure, is not in the passions I have, but in my lack of control of them.”
“Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.”
OK…I know I said five quotes, but here’s a couple more.
“The best teacher is experience and not through someone’s distorted point of view”
“Life must be rich and full of loving–it’s no good otherwise, no good at all, for anyone.”