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99 Inspiring Quotes By Jack London That Will Brighten Your Day

Famous As: Novelist & Journalist
Born On: January 12, 1876
Died On: November 22, 1916
Born In: San Francisco, California, United States
Founder / Co Founder: California Writers Club
Died At Age: 40
Jack London, born as John Griffith ‘Jack’ London, was an American novelist, journalist, and social activist who became a renowned figure of his time. Jack London as he is popularly called, dominated the world of commercial magazine fiction, which was a budding genre then with his numerous fictional tales, so much so that he became one of the first fiction writers to gain a celebrity status worldwide. He was also one of the primary writers to obtain a large fortune from fiction writing alone. He was a part of the radical literary group, ‘The Crowd’. In his lifetime, jack London came up with several notable works including, ‘The Call of the Wind’, ‘White Fang’, ‘To Build a Fire’, ‘An Odyssey of the North’, ‘Love of Life’, ‘Pearls of Parley’ and so on. He was a passionate advocator of unionization, socialism and rights of workers. Many a times, he campaigned for the cause through his books that dealt with these topics. These ideally formed a smaller but significant chunk of his non-fiction work including, ‘The Iron Heel’, ‘The People of the Abyss’ and ‘The War of the Classes’. Other than work, Jack London is also famous for his quotes that say a lot about life and living in fewer words. Find in this piece some of the best known quotes by Jack London. 
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
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
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
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
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
Don't loaf and invite inspiration; light out after it with a club.

Don't loaf and invite inspiration; light out after it with a club.

Jack London
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
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
To be able to forget means sanity.

To be able to forget means sanity.

Jack London
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
Intelligent men are cruel. Stupid men are monstrously cruel.

Intelligent men are cruel. Stupid men are monstrously cruel.

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

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

Jack London
He was a silent fury who no torment could tame.

He was a silent fury who no torment could tame.

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

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

Jack London
A man with a club [bat] is a law-maker, a man to be obeyed, but not necessarily conciliated.

A man with a club [bat] is a law-maker, a man to be obeyed, but not necessarily conciliated.

Jack London
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
No, sir. Go to hell sir. It's the best I can do for you sir.

No, sir. Go to hell sir. It's the best I can do for you sir.

Jack London
He was sounding the deeps of his nature, and of the parts of his nature that were deeper than he, going back into the womb of Time.

He was sounding the deeps of his nature, and of the parts of his nature that were deeper than he, going back into the womb of Time.

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

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

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

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

Jack London
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
My mistake was in ever opening the books.

My mistake was in ever opening the books.

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

Man rarely places a proper valuation upon his womankind, at least not until deprived of them.

Jack London
More you drink
more you want

More you drink more you want

Jack London
So that was the way. No fair play. Once down, that was the end of you.

So that was the way. No fair play. Once down, that was the end of you.

Jack London
They were not half living, or quarter living. They were simply so many bags of bones in which sparks of life fluttered faintly.

They were not half living, or quarter living. They were simply so many bags of bones in which sparks of life fluttered faintly.

Jack London
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
He was a man without a past, whose future was the imminent grave and whose present was a bitter fever of living.

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

Jack London
It was the worst hurt he had ever known.

It was the worst hurt he had ever known.

Jack London
I was jealous; therefore I loved.

I was jealous; therefore I loved.

Jack London
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
He had been suddenly jerked from the heart of civilization and flung into the heart of things primordial.

He had been suddenly jerked from the heart of civilization and flung into the heart of things primordial.

Jack London
The press of the United States? It is a parasitic growth that battens on the capitalist class. Its function is to serve the established by moulding public opinion, and right well it serves it.

The press of the United States? It is a parasitic growth that battens on the capitalist class. Its function is to serve the established by moulding public opinion, and right well it serves it.

Jack London
Having no new companions, nothing remained for him but to read.

Having no new companions, nothing remained for him but to read.

Jack London
It was the masterful and incommunicable wisdom of eternity laughing at the futility of life and the effort of life. It was the Wild, the savage, frozen-hearted Northland Wild. (Ch.1)

It was the masterful and incommunicable wisdom of eternity laughing at the futility of life and the effort of life. It was the Wild, the savage, frozen-hearted Northland Wild. (Ch.1)

Jack London
He had killed man, the noblest game of all, and he had killed in the face of the law of club and fang.

He had killed man, the noblest game of all, and he had killed in the face of the law of club and fang.

Jack London
But the Wild is the Wild, and motherhood is motherhood, at all times fiercely protective whether in the Wild or out of it.

But the Wild is the Wild, and motherhood is motherhood, at all times fiercely protective whether in the Wild or out of it.

Jack London
Thus it was that in obedience to the law laid down by his mother, and in obedience to the law of that unknown and nameless thing, fear, he kept away from the mouth of the cave.

Thus it was that in obedience to the law laid down by his mother, and in obedience to the law of that unknown and nameless thing, fear, he kept away from the mouth of the cave.

Jack London
Every book was a peep-hole into the realm of knowledge. His hunger fed upon what he read, and increased.

Every book was a peep-hole into the realm of knowledge. His hunger fed upon what he read, and increased.

Jack London
He was justifying his existence, than which life can do no greater; for life achieves its summit when it does to the uttermost that which it was equipped to do.

He was justifying his existence, than which life can do no greater; for life achieves its summit when it does to the uttermost that which it was equipped to do.

Jack London
The proper function of man is to live, not to exist.

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

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

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

Jack London
...in his gambling, he had one besetting weakness -- faith in a system; and this made his damnation certain.

...in his gambling, he had one besetting weakness -- faith in a system; and this made his damnation certain.

Jack London
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
Pray do not interrupt me,

Pray do not interrupt me," he wrote. "I am smiling.

Jack London
The human race is doomed to sink back farther and farther into the primitive night ere again it begins its bloody climb upward to civilization.

The human race is doomed to sink back farther and farther into the primitive night ere again it begins its bloody climb upward to civilization.

Jack London
He was quick and alert in the things of life, but only in the things, and not in their significances.

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

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

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
His bondage had softened him. Irresponsibility had weakened him. He had forgotten how to shift for himself. The night yawned about him.

His bondage had softened him. Irresponsibility had weakened him. He had forgotten how to shift for himself. The night yawned about him.

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

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

Jack London
He was not immoral, but merely unmoral.

He was not immoral, but merely unmoral.

Jack London
Much of the Wild had been lost, so that to them the Wild was the unknown, the terrible, the ever menacing and ever warring. But to him, in appearance and action and impulse, still clung the Wild.

Much of the Wild had been lost, so that to them the Wild was the unknown, the terrible, the ever menacing and ever warring. But to him, in appearance and action and impulse, still clung the Wild.

Jack London
They were firemakers! They were gods! [humans]

They were firemakers! They were gods! [humans]

Jack London
There is such a thing as anesthesia of pain, engendered by pain too exquisite to be borne.

There is such a thing as anesthesia of pain, engendered by pain too exquisite to be borne.

Jack London
Limited minds can recognize limitations only in others.

Limited minds can recognize limitations only in others.

Jack London
The more he studied, the more vistas he caught of fields of knowledge yet unexplored, and the regret that days were only twenty-four hours long became a chronic complaint with him.

The more he studied, the more vistas he caught of fields of knowledge yet unexplored, and the regret that days were only twenty-four hours long became a chronic complaint with him.

Jack London
She was thrilling to a desire that urged her to go forward, to be in closer to that fire, to be squabbling with the dogs, and to be avoiding and dodging the stumbling feet of men.

She was thrilling to a desire that urged her to go forward, to be in closer to that fire, to be squabbling with the dogs, and to be avoiding and dodging the stumbling feet of men.

Jack London
Denied the outlet, through play, of his energies, he recoiled upon himself and developed his mental processes. He became cunning; he had idle time in which to devote himself to thoughts of trickery.

Denied the outlet, through play, of his energies, he recoiled upon himself and developed his mental processes. He became cunning; he had idle time in which to devote himself to thoughts of trickery.

Jack London
Wolf - tis what he is. He's not blackhearted like some men. 'Tis no heart he has at all.

Wolf - tis what he is. He's not blackhearted like some men. 'Tis no heart he has at all.

Jack London
Let beauty be your end. Why should you mint beauty into gold? Anyway, you can’t;

Let beauty be your end. Why should you mint beauty into gold? Anyway, you can’t;

Jack London
He was beaten (he knew that); but he was not broken.

He was beaten (he knew that); but he was not broken.

Jack London
I'll have you know I do the swearing on this ship. If I need your assitance I'll call you.

I'll have you know I do the swearing on this ship. If I need your assitance I'll call you." Capt. Wolf Larsen

Jack London
They alone moved through the vast inertness. They alone were alive, and they sought for other things that were alive in order that they might devour them and continue to live.

They alone moved through the vast inertness. They alone were alive, and they sought for other things that were alive in order that they might devour them and continue to live.

Jack London
Well, Buck my boy.

Well, Buck my boy.

Jack London
It was during this period that he might have hearkened to the memories of the lair and the stream and run back to the Wild. But the memory of his mother held him...So he remained in his bondage waiting for her.

It was during this period that he might have hearkened to the memories of the lair and the stream and run back to the Wild. But the memory of his mother held him...So he remained in his bondage waiting for her.

Jack London
Well, I am going to exercise my prerogative of roaring and show you how fares nobility. Watch me.

Well, I am going to exercise my prerogative of roaring and show you how fares nobility. Watch me.

Jack London
The dominant primordial beast was strong in Buck

The dominant primordial beast was strong in Buck

Jack London
Growth is life, and life is for ever destined to make for light.

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

Jack London
He wastes his time over his writing, trying to accomplish what geniuses and rare men with college educations sometimes accomplish.

He wastes his time over his writing, trying to accomplish what geniuses and rare men with college educations sometimes accomplish.

Jack London
I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of a man is to live, not to exist.
Jack London

I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of a man is to live, not to exist. Jack London

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

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

Jack London
There were not words enough in the English language, nor in any language, to make his attitude and conduct intelligible to them.

There were not words enough in the English language, nor in any language, to make his attitude and conduct intelligible to them.

Jack London
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.
--Call of the Wild

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. --Call of the Wild

Jack London
In short, Beauty Smith was a monstrosity, and the blame of it lay elsewhere. He was not responsible. The clay of him had been moulded in the making.

In short, Beauty Smith was a monstrosity, and the blame of it lay elsewhere. He was not responsible. The clay of him had been moulded in the making.

Jack London
Thenceforth, in the nature of things, he would possess an abiding distrust of appearances. He would have to learn the reality of a thing before he could put his faith into it.

Thenceforth, in the nature of things, he would possess an abiding distrust of appearances. He would have to learn the reality of a thing before he could put his faith into it.

Jack London
Their hate bound them together as love could never bind.

Their hate bound them together as love could never bind.

Jack London
Man always gets less than he demands from life.

Man always gets less than he demands from life.

Jack London
Any man who was a man could travel alone.

Any man who was a man could travel alone.

Jack London
Woe of unnumbered generations

Woe of unnumbered generations

Jack London
Again from its brumal sleep

Again from its brumal sleep

Jack London
He who steals my purse steals my right to live,

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
Culture and collars had gone together, to him, and he had been deceived into believing that college educations and mastery were the same things.

Culture and collars had gone together, to him, and he had been deceived into believing that college educations and mastery were the same things.

Jack London
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. (ch. 2.)

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. (ch. 2.)

Jack London
Class supremacy can rest only on class degradation

Class supremacy can rest only on class degradation

Jack London
…and from that moment Buck hated him with a bitter and deathless hatred.

…and from that moment Buck hated him with a bitter and deathless hatred.

Jack London
The bubbly play of wit, the chesty laughs, the resonant voices of men when glass in hand they shut the grey world outside and prod their brains with the fun and folly of an accelerated pulse.

The bubbly play of wit, the chesty laughs, the resonant voices of men when glass in hand they shut the grey world outside and prod their brains with the fun and folly of an accelerated pulse.

Jack London
They, as a class, believed that they alone maintained civilization.

They, as a class, believed that they alone maintained civilization.

Jack London
I am first of all a white man, and only then a socialist.

I am first of all a white man, and only then a socialist.

Jack London
San Francisco is gone. Nothing remains of it but memories.

San Francisco is gone. Nothing remains of it but memories.

Jack London
And so it came that White Fang learned that the right to punish was something the gods reserved for themselves and denied to the lesser creatures under them.

And so it came that White Fang learned that the right to punish was something the gods reserved for themselves and denied to the lesser creatures under them.

Jack London
It was what should have been a bright summer day, but the smoke
from the burning world filled the sky, through which the sun shone
murkily, a dull and lifeless orb, blood-red and ominous.

It was what should have been a bright summer day, but the smoke from the burning world filled the sky, through which the sun shone murkily, a dull and lifeless orb, blood-red and ominous.

Jack London