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Quotes of the day: Jack London

Published Sunday, January 12, 2014 @ 12:37 AM EST
Jan 12 2014

John Griffith "Jack" London (born John Griffith Chaney, January 12, 1876 – November 22, 1916) was an American author, journalist, and social activist. He was a pioneer in the then-burgeoning world of commercial magazine fiction and was one of the first fiction writers to obtain worldwide celebrity and a large fortune from his fiction alone. Some of his most famous works include The Call of the Wild and White Fang, both set in the Klondike Gold Rush, as well as the short stories To Build a Fire, An Odyssey of the North, and Love of Life. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Age is never so old as youth would measure it.

Don't loaf and invite inspiration; light out after it with a club, and if you don't get it you will nonetheless get something that looks remarkably like it.

Humor is the hardest to write, easiest to sell, and best rewarded.

I believe that when I am dead, I am dead. I believe that with my death I am just as much obliterated as the last mosquito you and I squashed.

I do not live for what the world thinks of me, but for what I think of myself.

I love the flesh. I'm a pagan. 'Who are they who speak evil of the clay? The very stars are made of clay like mine!'

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.

Life achieves its summit when it does to the uttermost that which it was equipped to do.

Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.

Life? Bah! It has no value. Of cheap things it is the cheapest.

Limited minds can recognize limitations only in others.

Morality is only evidence of low blood pressure.

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.

There are things greater than our wisdom, beyond our justice. The right and wrong of this we cannot say, and it is not for us to judge.

Too much is written by the men who can't write about the men who do write.

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