Jack London Quotes

Most popular Jack London Quotes

The Call of the Wild.
— Jack London

adventure

Affluence means influence.
— Jack London

influence wealth

The proper function of man is to live, not exist.
— Jack London
Feelings; the hardest thing in the world to put in a words.
— Jack London
You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
— Jack London
To be able to forget means sanity.  Incessantly to remember means obsession, lunacy.

forgetting

Darn the wheel of the world! Why must it continually turn over? Where is the reverse gear?
— Jack London

time

One cannot violate the promptings of one's nature without having that nature recoil upon itself.

authenticity be yourself

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.

charity

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.

inspirational

Esau sold his birthright for a mess of pottage. Judas Iscariot sold his Savior for thirty pieces of silver. Benedict Arnold sold his country for a promise of a commission in the British Army. The modern strikebreaker sells his birthright, his country, his wife, his children and his fellow men for an unfulfilled promise from his employer, trust or corporation.
— Jack London

organized labor

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

carpe diem

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 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.

inspirational personal credos