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    Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.
    — Jack London
    tags: poor 
     
    Do you know the only value life has is what life puts on itself?
    — Jack London
    tags: value 
     
    So that was the way. No fair play. Once down, that was the end of you.
    — Jack London
    No; I did not hate him. The word is too weak. There is no word in the language strong enough to describe my feelings. I can say only that I knew the gnawing of a desire for vengeance on him that was a pain in itself and that exceeded all the bounds of language.
    — Jack London
    tags: desires  pain  language  hate  strong 
     
    Deep in the forest a call was sounding, and as often as he heard this call, mysteriously thrilling and luring, he felt compelled to turn his back upon the fire and the beaten earth around it, and to plunge into the forest, and on and on, he knew not where or why; nor did he wonder where or why, the call sounding imperiously, deep in the forest.
    — Jack London
    tags: earth  wonder  fire 
     
    Life is so short. I would rather sing one song than interpret the thousand.
    — Jack London
    tags: song 
     
    I'd rather sing one wild song and burst my heart with it, than live a thousand years watching my digestion and being afraid of the wet.
    — Jack London
    tags: heart  live  wild  song  afraid  year 
     
    The scab is a traitor to his God, his mother, and his class.
    — Jack London
    tags: god  mother 
     
    You stand on dead men's legs. You've never had any of your own. You couldn't walk alone between two sunrises and hustle the meat for your belly
    — Jack London
    tags: alone 
     
    The Wild still lingered in him and the wolf in him merely slept.
    — Jack London
    tags: wild 
     
    I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.
    — Jack London
    The function of man is to live, not to exist.
    — Jack London
    tags: men  live 
     
    The most beautiful stories always start with wreckage.
    — Jack London
    tags: beautiful  stories 
     
    A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog.
    — Jack London
    tags: charity  dog 
     
    The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.
    — Jack London
    tags: time  men  live 
     
    To be able to forget means sanity.
    — Jack London
    Everything is good . . . as long as it is unpossessed. Satiety and possession are Death's horses they run in span.
    — Jack London
    tags: death 
     
    Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.
    — Jack London
    tags: poor 
     
    He became quicker of movement than the other dogs, swifter of foot, craftier, deadlier, more lithe, more lean with ironlike muscle and sinew, more enduring, more cruel more ferocious, and more intelligent. He had to become all these things, else he would not have held his own nor survived the hostile environment in which he found himself.
    — Jack London
    tags: environment  dog 
     
    Mercy did not exist in the primordial life. It was misunderstood for fear, and such misunderstandings made for death.
    — Jack London
    tags: death  fear  mercy 
     
    You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
    — Jack London
    Man rarely places a proper valuation upon his womankind, at least not until deprived of them.
    — Jack London
    tags: men 
     
    I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.
    — Jack London
    tags: time  men  live 
     
    Kill or be killed, eat or be eaten, was the law; and this mandate, down out of the depths of Time.
    — Jack London
    tags: time 
     
    Show me a man with a tattoo and I'll show you a man with an interesting past.
    — Jack London
    tags: men  past 
     
    My mistake was in ever opening the books.
    — Jack London
    tags: mistakes  book 
     
    I would rather be ashes than dust.
    — Jack London
    As for the primitive, I hark back to it because we are still very primitive. How many thousands of years of culture, think you, have rubbed and polished at our raw edges? One probably; at the best, no more than two. And that takes us back to screaming savagery, when, gross of body and deed, we drank blood from the skulls of our enemies, and hailed as highest paradise the orgies and carnage of Valhalla.
    — Jack London
    tags: enemies  culture  body  enemy  blood  year 
     
    Strength is an empty shell.
    — Jack London
    tags: strength 
     
    Pray do not interrupt me," he wrote. "I am smiling.
    — Jack London
    tags: pray  interrupt 
     
    The loneliness of the man is slowly being borne in upon me. There is not a man aboard but hates or fears him, nor is there a man whom he does not despise.
    — Jack London
    tags: fear  men  hate  loneliness 
     
    If cash comes with fame, come fame; if cash comes without fame, come cash.
    — Jack London
    tags: fame 
     
    There is an ecstasy that marks the summit of life, and beyond which life cannot rise. And such is the paradox of living, this ecstasy comes when one is most alive, and it comes as a complete forgetfulness that one is alive.
    — Jack London
    tags: living 
     
    To have a full stomach, to daze lazily in the sunshine-such things were remuneration in full for his adors and toils, while his ardors and toils were in themselves self-remunerative. They were expressions of life, and life is always happy when it is expressing itself.
    — Jack London
    Love, genuine passionate love, was his for the first time.
    — Jack London
    tags: time 
     
    Of her own experience she had no memory of the thing happening; but in her instinct, which was the experience of all mothers of wolves, there lurked a memory of fathers that had eaten their new-born and helpless progeny.
    — Jack London
    I am first of all a white man, and only then a socialist,
    — Jack London
    tags: men 
     
    Life, in a sense, is living and surviving. And all that makes for living and surviving is good. He who follows the fact cannot go astray, while he who has no reverence for the fact wanders afar.
    — Jack London
    tags: living  facts 
     
    And how have I lived? Frankly and openly, though crudely. I have not been afraid of life. I have not shrunk from it. I have taken it for what it was at its own valuation. And I have not been ashamed of it. Just as it was, it was mine.
    — Jack London
    tags: afraid 
     
    Desire is a pain which seeks easement through possession.
    — Jack London
    tags: desires  pain 
     
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    jack london
    Birth    : January 12, 1876
    Death  : November 22, 1916
    Occupation  : Author