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Jack London Quote: “Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.”

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

— Jack London



Jack London Quote: “You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”

You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.

— Jack London


Jack London Quote: “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.”

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


Jack London Quote: “I would rather be ashes than dust.”

I would rather be ashes than dust.

— Jack London


Jack London Quote: “Kill or be killed, eat or be eaten, was the law; and this mandate, down out of the depths of Time.”

Kill or be killed, eat or be eaten, was the law; and this mandate, down out of the depths of Time.

— Jack London


Jack London Quote: “I do not live for what the world thinks of me, but for what I think of myself.”

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

— Jack London


Jack London Quote: “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.”

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


Jack London Quote: “The function of man is to live, not to exist.”

The function of man is to live, not to exist.

— Jack London


Jack London Quote: “The Wild still lingered in him and the wolf in him merely slept.”

The Wild still lingered in him and the wolf in him merely slept.

— Jack London


Jack London Quote: “The most beautiful stories always start with wreckage.”

The most beautiful stories always start with wreckage.

— Jack London



Jack London Quote: “White Fang knew the law well: to oppress the weak and obey the strong.”

White Fang knew the law well: to oppress the weak and obey the strong.

— Jack London


Jack London Quote: “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.”

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.

— Jack London


Jack London Quote: “Not all the monsters have fangs.”

Not all the monsters have fangs.

— Jack London


Jack London Quote: “My life shall be free and broad and great, and I will not be the slave to the sense delights which chained my ancient ancestry. I reject the heritage. I break the entail. And who are you to say I am unwise?”

My life shall be free and broad and great, and I will not be the slave to the sense delights which chained my ancient ancestry. I reject the heritage. I break the entail. And who are you to say I am unwise?

— Jack London


Jack London Quote: “Show me a man with a tattoo and I’ll show you a man with an interesting past.”

Show me a man with a tattoo and I’ll show you a man with an interesting past.

— Jack London


Jack London Quote: “But I am I. And I won’t subordinate my taste to the unanimous judgment of mankind.”

But I am I. And I won’t subordinate my taste to the unanimous judgment of mankind.

— Jack London


Jack London Quote: “I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot.”

I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot.

— Jack London


Jack London Quote: “Desire is a pain which seeks easement through possession.”

Desire is a pain which seeks easement through possession.

— Jack London


Jack London Quote: “Alcohol tells truth, but its truth is not normal.”

Alcohol tells truth, but its truth is not normal.

— Jack London


Jack London Quote: “The game of life is good, though all of life may be hurt, and though all lives lose the game in the end.”

The game of life is good, though all of life may be hurt, and though all lives lose the game in the end.

— Jack London



Jack London Quote: “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.”

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


Jack London Quote: “Fear urged him to go back, but growth drove him on.”

Fear urged him to go back, but growth drove him on.

— Jack London


Jack London Quote: “He was a killer, a thing that preyed, living on the things that lived, unaided, alone, by virtue of his own strength and prowess, surviving triumphantly in a hostile environment where only the strong survive.”

He was a killer, a thing that preyed, living on the things that lived, unaided, alone, by virtue of his own strength and prowess, surviving triumphantly in a hostile environment where only the strong survive.

— Jack London


Jack London Quote: “Life is so short. I would rather sing one song than interpret the thousand.”

Life is so short. I would rather sing one song than interpret the thousand.

— Jack London


Jack London Quote: “The Stone the Builders Rejected.”

The Stone the Builders Rejected.

— Jack London


Jack London Quote: “The word is too weak. There is no word in the language strong enough to describe my feelings.”

The word is too weak. There is no word in the language strong enough to describe my feelings.

— Jack London


Jack London Quote: “A human life the treasure of the world cannot buy; nor can it redeem one which is misspent; nor can it make full and complete and beautiful a life which is dwarfed and warped and ugly.”

A human life the treasure of the world cannot buy; nor can it redeem one which is misspent; nor can it make full and complete and beautiful a life which is dwarfed and warped and ugly.

— Jack London


Jack London Quote: “You look back and see how hard you worked and how poor you were, and how desperately anxious you were to succeed, and all you can remember is how happy you were.”

You look back and see how hard you worked and how poor you were, and how desperately anxious you were to succeed, and all you can remember is how happy you were.

— Jack London


Jack London Quote: “And at the instant he knew, he ceased to know.”

And at the instant he knew, he ceased to know.

— Jack London


Jack London Quote: “As one grows weaker one is less susceptible to suffering. There is less hurt because there is less to hurt.”

As one grows weaker one is less susceptible to suffering. There is less hurt because there is less to hurt.

— Jack London


Jack London Quote: “The ghostly winter silence had given way to the great spring murmur of awakening life.”

The ghostly winter silence had given way to the great spring murmur of awakening life.

— Jack London


Jack London Quote: “Love is the sum of all the arts, as it is the reason for their existence.”

Love is the sum of all the arts, as it is the reason for their existence.

— Jack London


Jack London Quote: “Affluence means influence.”

Affluence means influence.

— Jack London


Jack London Quote: “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.”

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


Jack London Quote: “He was mastered by the sheer surging of life, the tidal wave of being, the perfect joy of each separate muscle, joint, and sinew in that it was everything that was not death, that it was aglow and rampant, expressing itself in movement, flying exultantly under the stars.”

He was mastered by the sheer surging of life, the tidal wave of being, the perfect joy of each separate muscle, joint, and sinew in that it was everything that was not death, that it was aglow and rampant, expressing itself in movement, flying exultantly under the stars.

— Jack London


Jack London Quote: “I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.”

I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.

— Jack London


Jack London Quote: “Limited minds can recognize limitations only in others.”

Limited minds can recognize limitations only in others.

— Jack London


Jack London Quote: “It’s better to stand by someone’s side than by yourself.”

It’s better to stand by someone’s side than by yourself.

— Jack London


Jack London Quote: “Love, genuine passionate love, was his for the first time.”

Love, genuine passionate love, was his for the first time.

— Jack London


Jack London Quote: “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.”

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.

— Jack London


Jack London Quote: “My mistake was in ever opening the books.”

My mistake was in ever opening the books.

— Jack London


Jack London Quote: “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 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.

— Jack London


Jack London Quote: “Food and fire, protection and companionship, were some of the things he received from the god. In return, he guarded the god’s property, defended his body, worked for him, and obeyed him.”

Food and fire, protection and companionship, were some of the things he received from the god. In return, he guarded the god’s property, defended his body, worked for him, and obeyed him.

— Jack London


Jack London Quote: “He was always striving to attain it. The life that was so swiftly expanding within him, urged him continually toward the wall of light. The life that was within him knew that it was the one way out, the way he was predestined to tread.”

He was always striving to attain it. The life that was so swiftly expanding within him, urged him continually toward the wall of light. The life that was within him knew that it was the one way out, the way he was predestined to tread.

— Jack London


Jack London Quote: “The Law is a lie, and through it men lie most shamelessly.”

The Law is a lie, and through it men lie most shamelessly.

— Jack London


Jack London Quote: “This expression of abandon and surrender, of absolute trust, he reserved for the master alone.”

This expression of abandon and surrender, of absolute trust, he reserved for the master alone.

— Jack London


Jack London Quote: “He was a silent fury who no torment could tame.”

He was a silent fury who no torment could tame.

— Jack London


Jack London Quote: “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.”

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


Jack London Quote: “The scab is a traitor to his God, his mother, and his class.”

The scab is a traitor to his God, his mother, and his class.

— Jack London


Jack London Quote: “To be able to forget means sanity.”

To be able to forget means sanity.

— Jack London

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