35 Inspirational Jack London Quotes On Success

35 Inspirational Jack London Quotes On Success

John Griffith London was an American novelist, journalist, and social activist. A pioneer of commercial fiction and American magazines, he was one of the first American authors to become an international celebrity and earn a large fortune from writing.[citation needed] He was also an innovator in the genre that would later become known as science fiction. 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”. He also wrote about the South Pacific in stories such as “The Pearls of Parlay”, and “The Heathen”. London was part of the radical literary group “The Crowd” in San Francisco and a passionate advocate of unionization, workers’ rights, socialism, and eugenics. He wrote several works dealing with these topics, such as his dystopian novel The Iron Heel, his non-fiction exposé The People of the Abyss, War of the Classes, and Before Adam. Jack London’s mother, Flora Wellman, was the fifth and youngest child of Pennsylvania Canal builder Marshall Wellman and his first wife, Eleanor Garrett Jones. Marshall Wellman was descended from Thomas Wellman, an early Puritan settler in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Flora left Ohio and moved to the Pacific coast when her father remarried after her mother died. In San Francisco, Flora worked as a music teacher and spiritualist, claiming to channel the spirit of a Sauk chief, Black Hawk. Biographer Clarice Stasz and others believe London’s father was astrologer William Chaney. Flora Wellman was living with Chaney in San Francisco when she became pregnant. Whether Wellman and Chaney were legally married is unknown. May these Jack London Quotes On Success inspire you to take action so that you may live your dreams.

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

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

3. “Age is never so old as youth would measure it.” Jack London

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

5. “Not all the monsters have fangs.” Jack London

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

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

8. “It is so much easier to live placidly and complacently. Of course, to live placidly and complacently is not to live at all.” Jack London

9. “Socialism, when the last word is said, is merely a new economic and political system whereby more men can get food to eat.” Jack London

10. “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

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

12. “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

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

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

15. “The grapes on a score of rolling hills are red with autumn flame. Across Sonoma Mountain wisps of sea fog are stealing. The afternoon sun smoulders in the drowsy sky. I have everything to make me glad I am alive. I am filled with dreams and mysteries. I am all sun and air and sparkle. I am vitalized, organic.” Jack London

16. “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

17. “With the aurora borealis flaming coldly overhead, or the stars leaping in the frost dance, and the land numb and frozen under its pall of snow, this song of the huskies might have been the defiance of life, only it was pitched in minor key, with long-drawn wailings and half-sobs, and was more the pleading of life, the articulate travail of existence. It was an old song, old as the breed itself–one of the first songs of the younger world in a day when songs were sad.” Jack London

18. “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

19. “Some sorts of truth are truer than others.” Jack London

20. “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. This ecstasy, this forgetfulness of living, comes to the artist, caught up and out of himself in a sheet of flame; it comes to the soldier, war-mad in a stricken field and refusing quarter; and it came to Buck, leading the pack, sounding the old wolf-cry, straining after the food that was alive and that fled swiftly before him through the moonlight.” Jack London

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

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

23. “Intelligent men are cruel. Stupid men are monstrously cruel.” Jack London

24. “Man rarely places a proper valuation upon his womankind, at least not until deprived of them.” Jack London

25. “There’s only one way to make a beginning, and that is to begin; and begin with hard work, and patience, prepared for all the disappoint­ment s.” Jack London

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

27. “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

28. “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

29. “Love cannot in its very nature be peaceful or content. It is a restlessness, an unsatisfaction. I can grant a lasting love just as I can grant a lasting unsatisfaction; but the lasting love cannot be coupled with possession, for love is pain and desire and possession is easement and fulfilment.” Jack London

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

31. “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

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

33. “One cannot violate the promptings of one’s nature without having that nature recoil upon itself.” Jack London

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

35. “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” Jack London

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