"My fault, my failure, is not in the passions I have, but in my lack of control of them."
"Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."Jack Kerouac on Theodore Roosevelt
"I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying."Jack Kerouac on Michael Jordan
"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not the world is full of educated failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."Jack Kerouac on Calvin Coolidge
"My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure."Jack Kerouac on Abraham Lincoln
"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything - all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important."Jack Kerouac on Steve Jobs
"Write in recollection and amazement for yourself."
"Whither goest thou, America, in thy shiny car in the night?"
"All human beings are also dream beings. Dreaming ties all mankind together."
"Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion."
"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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