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On the Road

On the Road


by Jack Kerouac

On the Road Dissatisfaction Quotes

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Part.Chapter.Paragraph)

Quote #1

Dean is the perfect guy for the road because he actually was born on the road, when his parents were passing through Salt Lake City in 1926, in a jalopy, on their way to Los Angeles. (I.1.1)

While Sal strives for motion, it is already a part of Dean’s character.

Quote #2

Although my aunt warned me that he would get me in trouble, I could hear a new call and see a new horizon, and believe it at my young age; and a little bit of trouble or even Dean’s eventual rejection of me as a buddy, putting me down, as he would later, on starving sidewalks and sickbeds – what did it matter? I was a young writer and I wanted to take off. (I.1.17)

Sal attributes his restlessness to the recklessness of youth.

Quote #3

I cursed, I cried for Chicago. "Even now they’re all having a big time, they’re doing this, I’m not there, when will I get there!" - and so on. (I.2.3)

Sal originally travels to get somewhere and to be with certain people.

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