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Top 85+ Jack London Quotes From The Inspiring American Author

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Jack London, born on 12 January 1876, was a pioneer of commercial fiction and American magazines.

John 'Jack' Griffith London was a novelist, writer, and social activist from the United States. He was one of the first American author to become an international celebrity writer.

Jack London being an author was best known for the works like 'The Call Of The Wild' (1903) and 'White Fang' (1906), among these, there were other notable works like  'To Build A Fire' (1908), 'The Iron Heel' (1908), 'Martin Eden' (1909), 'The Sea-Wolf' (1904), 'Burning Daylight' (1910) and 'The Cruise Of The Snark' (1911).

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Inspiring Jack London Quotes

Inspiring quotes by Jack London are extremely popular.

Here are some Famous Jack London Quotes.

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

- Jack London.

2. “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.

3. “But I am I. And I won't subordinate my taste to the unanimous judgment of mankind”

― Jack London, ‘Martin Eden’, 1909.

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

― Jack London, ‘To Build A Fire’, 1908.

5. “He was a man without a past, whose future was the imminent grave and whose present was a bitter fever of living.”

- Jack London, ‘Martin Eden’, 1909.

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

- Jack London, ‘The White Fang’, 1906.

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

- Jack London.

8. “Don't loaf and invite inspiration; light out after it a club.”

- Jack London.

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

- Jack London.

10. “I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. "

- Jack London.

11. "The aim of life was meat. Life itself was meat. Life lived on life. There were the eaters and the eaten."

-Jack London.

Jack London Quotes Into The Wild

Quotes about nature by Jack London are important.

Read Jack London quotes about nature and Jack London quotes on living in into the wild and also Jack London quotes about wolves.

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

- Jack London, ‘White Fang’.

13. “His conclusion was that things were not always what they appeared to be... Thenceforth, in the nature of things, he would possess an abiding distrust of appearances.”

- Jack London, 'White Fang'.

14. “He was mastered by the sheer surging of life, that it was aglow and rampant, expressing itself in movement, flying exultantly under the stars.”

― Jack London, ‘The Call Of The Wild’.

15. “He was a killer, a thing that preyed, surviving triumphantly in a hostile environment where only the strong survive.”

― Jack London, ‘The Call Of The Wild’.

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

- Jack London, ‘White Fang’.

17. “Food and fire, protection and companionship, worked for him, and obeyed him.”

- Jack London.

18. “He was a silent fury who no torment could tame.”

- Jack London, ‘White Fang’.

19. “Deep in the forest a call was sounding, he knew not where or why; nor did he wonder where or why, the call sounding imperiously, deep in the forest.”

- Jack London, ‘The Call Of The Wild’.

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

- Jack London, ‘The Call Of The Wild’.

21. “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 Quotes About Dogs

Here are quotes from 'White Fang', by Jack London and many more.

22. “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.

23. “For the pride of trace and trail was his, and sick unto death, he could not bear that another dog should do his work.”

- Jack London.

24. “She was thrilling to a desire ... squabbling with the dogs, and to be avoiding and dodging the stumbling feet of men.”

- Jack London.

25. “I reckon you've called the turn, Bill. That wolf's a dog, an' it's eaten fish many's the time from the hand of man.”

- Jack London.

26. “And yet he remained somehow different from other dogs.”

- Jack London, ‘The White Fang’.

27. “Buck did not read the newspapers, or he would have known that trouble was brewing, not alone for himself, but for every tide-water dog, strong of muscle and with warm, long hair, from Puget Sound to San Diego.”

- Jack London.

28. “Out of this pack-persecution he learned two important things: how to take care of himself in a mass-fight against him; and how, on a single dog, to inflict the greatest amount of damage in the briefest space of time.”

- Jack London.

29. “He became quicker of movement than the other dogs, swifter of foot, craftier, deadlier, more lithe, more lean with iron like muscle and sinew, more enduring, more cruel more ferocious, and more intelligent.”

- Jack London.

30. “He allowed the master these liberties was no reason that he should be a common dog, loving here and loving there, everybody's property for a romp and good time.”

- Jack London.

Jack London Quotes About Love

As said by Jack London "live not to exist", read quotes by Jack London about love.

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

- Jack London.

32. “I was jealous; therefore I loved.”

- Jack London.

33. “Is love so gross a thing that it must feed upon publication and public notice? It would seem so”

- Jack London.

34.”He did not playfully shake him, as was his wont, or murmur soft love curses; but he whispered in his ear. 'As you love me, Buck. As you love me,' was what he whispered.”

- Jack London, ‘The Call Of The Wild’.

35. “And who knows what Romance, what Adventure, what Love, is lurking around the next turn of the road, ready to leap out on us if we'll only travel that far?”

– Jack London.

36. “He loved with single heart and refused to cheapen himself or his love.”

- Jack London, ‘White Fang’.

37. “Their hate bound them together as love could never bind.”

- Jack London.

38. "And from that moment Buck hated him with a bitter and deathless hatred.”

- Jack London.

39. “But especially he loved to run in the dim twilight of the summer midnights.”

- Jack London.

40. “Any man who was a man could travel alone.”

- Jack London.

41.“It's better to stand by someone's side than by yourself”

-  Jack London.

Jack London Quotes About Life

Here are some quotes on life by Jack London.

42. “I remembered my days and nights of sunshine and star shine, where life was all a wild sweet wonder, a spiritual paradise of unselfish adventure and ethical romance.”

- Jack London.

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

- Jack London.

44. “The life that is demanding to be born is limitless.”

- Jack London.

45. “Life, in a sense, is living and surviving.”

- Jack London, 'The Kenpton-Wace Letter'.

46. “Man always gets less than he demands from life.”

- Jack London.

47. “'He who steals my purse steals my right to live,' was the reply, 'old saws to the contrary. For he steals my bread and meat and bed, and in doing so imperils my life.'”

- Jack London.

48. “Growth is life, and life is for ever destined to make for light.”

- Jack London.

49. “He was quick and alert in the things of life, but only in the things, and not in their significances.”

- Jack London.

50. “He was justifying his existence, than which life can do no greater.”

- Jack London.

51. “It was the masterful and incommunicable wisdom of eternity laughing at the futility of life and the effort of life.”

- Jack London.

52. “Fear of death makes for life.”

- Jack London.

53. “The only way to know life is by not ignoring life.”

- Jack London, 'Letter To Joan London'.

54. “After all, there’s nothing like life.”

- Jack London.

55. “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.

56. “Life? Bah! It has no value. Of cheap things it is the cheapest. Everywhere it goes begging.”

- Jack London.

57. “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.

58.“The proper function of man is to live, not to exist.”

- Jack London.

59. “Could we but find time and opportunity and utilize the last bit and every bit of the unborn life that is in us, we could become the fathers of nations and populate continents.”

- Jack London.

60. “Where there is room for one life, she sows a thousand lives, and it's life eats life till the strongest and most piggish life is left.”

- Jack London.

61.“Life is very short. One should have no time to dally.”

–  Jack London, 'Letter To Anna Strunsky'.

Jack London Quotes About Adventure

Read on the quotes about adventure by Jack London.

62. “I think I prefer blasphemy to indecency; there is an audacity about it, an adventurousness and defiance that is better than sheer filthiness.”

- Jack London, ‘The People Of The Abyss’.

63. “But behold! As soon as I went out on the adventure-path I met John Barleycorn again.”

― Jack London, ‘John Barleycorn: Alcoholic Memoirs’.

64. “Adventure is beyond price.”

- Jack London.

65. "Show me a man with a tattoo and I'll show you a man with an interesting past."

- Jack London.

66. “Adventure is beyond price.”

- Jack London.

Famous Sayings And Quotes By Jack London

Here are some more quotes, sayings and letters by Jack London.

67. “No; I did not hate him. The word is too weak.”

- Jack London.

68. “I know nothing that I may say can influence you"

- Jack London, ‘The Iron Heel’.

69. “Merely because you have got something to say that may be of interest to others does not free you from making all due effort to express that something in the best possible medium and form."

― Jack London.

70. “Age is never so old as youth would measure it.”

- Jack London.

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

- Jack London.

72. “Intelligent men are cruel. Stupid men are monstrously cruel.”

- Jack London.

73. “I am. I was. I am not. I never am.”

- Jack London.

74. “It is good that man should accept at face value the cheats of sense and snares of flesh, and through the fogs of sentiency pursue the lures and lies of passion.”

- Jack London.

75. “A man with a club is a law maker”

- Jack London.

76. “To be well fitted for the tragedy of existence . . .  one must have a working philosophy, a synthesis of things.”

– Jack London.

77. “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.

78. “Desire is a pain which seeks easement through possession.”

- Jack London.

79. “To be well fitted for the tragedy of existence . . .  one must have a working philosophy, a synthesis of things.”

– Jack London.

80. “Where others have hearts, he carries a tumor of rotten principles”

- Jack London.

81. “I write for no other purpose than to add to the beauty that now belongs to me.”

- Jack London.

82. Don't write too much. Concentrate your sweat on one story, rather than dissipate it over a dozen.

- Jack London.

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

- Jack London.

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

- Jack London.

85. “They were fire makers! They were gods!”

- Jack London.

86. “Darn the wheel of the world! Why must it continually turn over? Where is the reverse gear?”

- Jack London.

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

- Jack London.

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