Talk:Jack Kerouac

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I see no reason for the "Pretty girls make graves" quote to be in bold, unless I'm missing something? Iburneditdown 18:05, 28 February 2006 (UTC)

A fairly popular band took it as their name. 21:11, 4 May 2007 (UTC) w:Pretty Girls Make Graves

unsourced comments[edit]

Why are so many of these quotes unsourced?? Surely the people who posted them must have read them, and thus know the book that they are from. Perhaps later I'll look through and sort some, but there are just so many, we need to work together.

OK, I've added some sources to the Attributed quotes. Pitoucat 10:33, 17 May 2006 (UTC)

Should the misattributed quote be sourced? I think it was actually said by Steve Jobs, but I'm not 100% certain.

Links to the Wikipedia article on Apple and the ad campaign in which it was used, and where it is also quoted have now been added. This should suffice. ~ Kalki 14:08, 18 April 2007 (UTC)

The map of Kerouac's travels is wrong. Its been too long for me to remember all his travels exactly but this completely misses his Nebraska trips, and eliding this makes me question the rest of the map. Good luck though, thanks for compiling.

Attributed Comments[edit]

I noticed a hell of a lot of quotes from specific texts have been bundled into the 'attributed' section, and have tried tidying it up a bit. However I keep coming across the reference 'some of the Dharma' - as it's repeated so much I'm assuming it's a separate book to The Dharma Bums, but I'm not certain. Nogoodreason 17:33, 6 Oct 2006

Yes, Some of the Dharma is a quite different book to The Dharma Bums. It was published by Viking in September 1997. ~ Pitoucat, 11 July 2014.

Think Different[edit]

I just reverted an edit which claims the Apple Think Different ad text actually was one of Kerouac's poems, and appears in a compilation of his early materials. At this point, other than that claim, I can find no evidence of this at all, and it seems rather implausible that so famous a campaign text would not be more widely hailed as Kerouac's and credited to him, were it actually so. ~ Kalki 06:09, 27 May 2009 (UTC)

"My fault, my failure, is not in the passions I have, but in my lack of control of them"[edit]

An OTRS email from a reader suggested this phrase to be added to the Misattributed section. Although commonly attributed to Kerouac, this passage is actually from Allen Ginsberg’s The Book of Martyrdom and Artifice: First Journals and Poems, according Quote Snack Blog. I am not sure how much I can trust this information, so I am merely leaving the suggestion here. --Whym (talk) 00:33, 26 May 2013 (UTC)

It is indeed by Allen Ginsberg, from his journal of 30 July 1947, published in The Book of Martyrdom and Artifice, page 199. ~ Pitoucat, 11 July 2014


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

This is not a quote by Kerouac. It's a quote by CBS broadcaster Charles Kuralt who used to do a TV news segment called 'On the Road' (which is probably how the confusion arose). ~ Pitoucat, 11 July 2014

  • If moderation is a fault, then indifference is a crime.

I'm fairly sure that this is not a Kerouac quote, but I cannot find the true source. ~ Pitoucat, 11 July 2014

Another quote commonly attributed to Kerouac is this one:

  • Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.

It is usually claimed to be from The Dharma Bums but it is not, and it is not by Kerouac, although I do not know its true source. ~ Pitoucat, 11 July 2014