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entheognosis · a day ago
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I came to a point where I needed solitude and just stop the machine of thinking and enjoying what they call living, I just wanted to lie in the grass and look at the clouds.
Jack Kerouac
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usnatarchives · 2 days ago
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Official Military Personnel File of Jerome J. Garcia, National Personnel Records Center. NARA ID 40932531.
#OTD 1969: GRATEFUL DEAD @Woodstock! Check out Jerry Garcia's Military File! By Miriam Kleiman, Public Affairs
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"Psychedelic Concert Postcards", 1967-68, DOJ records, NARA ID 200336259.
Legendary Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia had an earlier gig - a motor pool mechanic in the U.S. Army! But it didn't go well. Garcia enlisted on April 12, 1960 for 3 years. He lasted 6 months and 3 days.
"His [Garcia's] motivation is so poor that it is impractical to assign this man to any assignment of responsibility. In my opinion, recruit Garcia's elimination from the service... is in the very best interest of the U.S. Army."
Reasons "recruit Garcia" was kicked out of the Army:
"character and behavior disorders"
"defective attitude"
"substandard soldiering qualities and duty performance"
"unwillingness to accept authority, discipline or responsibility"
"He is an immature individual"
"'I don't care attitude' is not compatible to rehabilitation"
"he had no desire to improve himself as a soldier"
"defective attitude toward the military"
"only interested in getting out of the Army as soon as possible"
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Did you know he was missing his right middle finger? He lost 2/3 of it in 1946 when he was 4. .
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Fellow countercultural icon Jack Kerouac didn't fare much better in the military: 10 days of boot camp, then 67 days in the psych ward. See: Hit the Road, Jack!
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More online: VIPs in Uniform: A Look at the Military Files of the Famous and Famous-To-Be, Prologue Magazine
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resqectable · 2 days ago
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I promise I shall never give up, and that I’ll die yelling and laughing.
Jack Kerouac
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bnmxfld · 13 days ago
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One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.
Jack Kerouac / The Dharma Bums
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diet-c0ke-wh0re96 · 2 months ago
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“Patti Smith captured sleeping with her guitar.”
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perfectquote · a month ago
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It’s all too much and not enough at the same time.
Jack Kerouac
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quotemadness · 17 days ago
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One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.
Jack Kerouac
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thoughtkick · 13 days ago
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I hope you get where you’re going, and be happy when you do it.
Jack Kerouac, On the Road
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macrolit · 4 months ago
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On soft Spring nights I'll stand in the yard under the stars -- Something good will come out of all things yet -- And it will be golden and eternal just like that -- There's no need to say another word.
Jack Kerouac
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firstfullmoon · 5 months ago
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Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now. That’s the story. That’s the message.
— Jack Kerouac, from a letter to Edie Parker, c. January 1957
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derangedrhythms · 6 days ago
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...we understood each other on other levels of madness...
Jack Kerouac, from 'On the Road'
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kafkasapartment · 5 months ago
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Portrait of Jack Kerouac on Fire Escape, 206 E. 7th Street, New York, 1953.Allen Ginsberg. Gelatin silver. Have better health, don’t smoke.
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nobeerreviews · a month ago
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Happiness consists in realizing it is all a great strange dream.
-- Jack Kerouac
(Konstanz, Germany)
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gaaandaaaalf · 8 months ago
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welcome to winter from my coffee and current reads
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bnmxfld · a month ago
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I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion.
Jack Kerouac
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araekni · 9 months ago
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memento mori
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Last words of Pope Alexander VI (b. 1451, d. 1503) born Rodrigo Borgia / John Doman as Rodrigo Borgia in Borgia (2011–2014)
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Last words of Marie Antoinette, Queen of France (b. 1755, d. 1793), said after accidentally stepping on the foot of her executioner / Ute Lemper as Marie Antoinette in L’Autrichenne (1989)
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Last words of Humphrey Bogart, American film star (b. 1899, d. 1957)
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Last words of James Brown, American singer (b. 1933, d. 2006)
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Alleged last words of Gaius Julius Caesar, Consul of Rome (b. 100 BC, d. 44 BC), believed to have been spoken to Marcus Junius Brutus, one of his assassins / Ciarán Hinds as Julius Caesar in Rome (2005–2007)
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Last words of Anton Chekhov, Russian playwright (b. 1860, d. 1904)
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Last words of Thomas Edison, American inventor and businessman (b. 1847, d. 1931)
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Last word of T. S. Eliot, American poet (b. 1888, d. 1965); his wife’s name was Valerie.
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Last words of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary (b. 1863, d. 1914); he and his wife, Sophie, were assassinated in Sarajevo in 1914 by Gavrilo Princip, triggering the First World War. He repeated the phrase ‘it is nothing’ six times, before falling silent.
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The alleged last words of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara, Argentine revolutionary and politician (b. 1928, d. 1967)
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Last words of Wallace Hartley, English violinist and bandleader (b. 1878, d. 1912); along with his band, Hartley famously chose to play music as the Titanic sunk in an effort to keep the passengers calm / Jonathan Evans-Jones as Wallace Hartley in Titanic (1997)
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Last words of Joan of Arc, French military leader and Catholic Saint (b. 1412, d. 1431) / Jean Seberg as Joan of Arc in Saint Joan (1956)
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Last words of Jack Kerouac, American writer (b. 1922, d. 1969)
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Last words of Martin Luther King Jr., American minister and civil rights activist (b. 1929, d. 1968)
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Last words of Philip Larkin, English poet (b. 1922, d. 1985)
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Believed to be the last words of Heath Ledger, Australian actor (b. 1979, d. 2008), said during a phonecall to his sister Katie who told him it was a bad idea to mix sleeping pills with other prescriptions; Ledger died that same night after doing so.
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Last words of Louis XIV, King of France (b. 1638, d. 1715) / Alan Rickman as Louis XIV in A Little Chaos (2014)
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Last words of Brittany Murphy, American actress (b. 1977, d. 2009)
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Last words of Vladimir Nabokov, Russian writer and lepidopterist (b. 1899, d. 1977)
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Last words of Lawrence Oates, English officer and explorer (b. 1880, d. 1912); a member of the Terra Nova Antarctic Expedition, an injured Oates realised he was lowering the chances of his fellows survival, and chose to sacrifice himself so they did not have to continue caring for him. It was his 32nd birthday when he walked into a blizzard, and he was never seen again.
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Last words of Anna Pavolva, Russian prima ballerina (b. 1881, d. 1931)
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Last words of Pablo Picasso, Spanish artist (b. 1881, d. 1973)
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Last words of Jannetje Johanna ‘Hannie’ Schaft, Dutch resistance fighter (b. 1920, d. 1945); after being shot non-fatally at close-range by one of her executioners, she taunted him with the above words.
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Last words of Lucy Stone, American orator, suffragist and abolitionist (b. 1818, d. 1893)
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Last words of Leo Tolstoy, Russian writer and noble (b. 1828, d. 1910)
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Last words of J. M. W. Turner, English painter (b. 1775, d. 1851) / Timothy Spall as J. M. W. Turner in Mr Turner (2014)
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Last words of Vincent van Gogh, Dutch painter (b. 1853, d. 1890); van Gogh died in the arms of his brother, Theo, as he wished to / Daniel Baker as Vincent van Gogh for Douglas Copeland’s I Am Vincent
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Last words of Voltaire, French philosopher and writer (b. 1694, d. 1778) born François-Marie Arouet; the above was Voltaire’s response to a priest asking him to renounce Satan on his deathbed / Dustin Demri-Burns as Voltaire in The Great (2020–)
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Last words of John Wayne, American actor (b. 1907, d. 1979) born Marion Robert Morrison
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thehopefulquotes · a month ago
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I hope you get where you’re going, and be happy when you do it.
Jack Kerouac, On the Road
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