I love Jack Kerouac quotes, and may favorite one of all time is:

“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad totalk, 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.”  

― Jack KerouacOn the Road

Reading this quote, I want to be that person.  One who is enthusiastic about life and love and passionate about all good things.  While the imagery of a “light of the world” is from Jesus (Mathew 5:14) pop culture is also reflecting this mantra today.

Katy Perry’s song, Firework

You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine / Just own the night like the 4th of July / ‘Cause baby you’re a firework / Come on, show ‘em what you’re worth / Make ‘em go, oh, oh, oh / As you shoot across the sky

There is something alluring about being a light in the darkness.  Standing out from the blackness around you and being an explosion of light in the sky that causes others to pause and take notice of something beautiful.

I’d love to hear your thoughts, what does Jack Kerouac’s quote mean to you?




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