10 Quotes From “On The Road” That Will Inspire You To Pack Your Bags And Travel

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On The Road by Jack Kerouac has inspired an endless amount of curious young people to pack their bags and go see the world. His adventures by no mean ran smooth, but his spontaneous prose makes readers yearn for adventure.

Here are 10 quotes from the book which will make you want to ditch your day job and head on out to the open road.

“Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so 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.” 

“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.” 

“The best teacher is experience and not through someone’s distorted point of view.” 

“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.”

“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.” 

“But why think about that when all the golden lands ahead of you and all kinds of unforeseen events wait lurking to surprise you and make you glad you’re alive to see?” 


“’Sal, we gotta go and never stop going ’till we get there.’
‘Where we going, man?’
‘I don’t know but we gotta go.”

“’I just won’t sleep,’ I decided. There were so many other interesting things to do.” 

“The road must eventually lead to the whole world.”