Thursday, October 20, 2011

A Great Quote

I love this quote from Jack Kerouac: “The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, 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... ” I saw it when I escorted young adult author Rosemary Clement-Moore to visit a classroom at my school today after a whole school assembly. She was great! She talked to the students about Gothic novels and about writing. Her visit was a big success. I recommend her most recent book Texas Gothic to anyone who likes ghost stories and a little teen romance.

Back to the quote, I really do love it--so much that I put it in my right sidebar. (This quote reminds me of Dylan Thomas's "Do not go gentle into that good night," one of my favorite poems.) I want to be one of the mad people even though I'm not sure about the "mad to be saved" meaning. Really, though, I'm too self-conscious to be one of the mad ones. I wish it weren't true, but I know that it is. Don't get me wrong. I love life and try to live it to the fullest in my own little ways, but I do spend a great deal of time worrying about what other people think and second guessing myself. Sometimes I do talk madly, but I often end up saying something that doesn't make sense or worrying that I've said something to offend someone listening.

Okay, I thought I was going to write more, but then I updated my iPhone to OS5 and got to caught up in Criminal Minds. Now, I've lost all motivation to write. The show is just about over. Guess it's time to go to bed and read for a while. Later.


dantheman418 said...

I enjoyed reading that Kerouac quote for the first time in a while. I also wish I wasn't as self-conscious either so that I could start to burn more freely like that roman candle metaphor. The funny thing is, if me and you met on the street, we would be unaware of each other's "problem" with our self-consciousness and we'd think the other person didn't care about how they came across, when in reality that's not the case. Glad to know there are people like me out there. I'll be meeting you soon.

Melinda Brasher said...

Nice quote by Kerouac! Thanks for sharing.

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Kara Monterey said...

I love this quote too! I'm so excited to see the movie "On The Road" this summer!

If you love to write said...

This seems to be an example of flash fiction. What is Flash Fiction

David A. Rollins said...

The "mad" people Kerouac was referring to are not necessarily mad, they are just awake in a world where most people are sleeping. So just be awake and you already have a head start on most.

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