Jack London would rather be ashes than dust. I would too.

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My brother emailed me a quote from Jack London on my birthday. He did it for two reasons; it’s a great quote and Jack London and I share the same birthday (Jan 12th).

This is the quote:

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.

He wrote this letter on January 13th:

Dear Miss Goldstein:–
Seven years ago I wrote you that I’d rather be ashes than dust. I still subscribe to that sentiment.
Sincerely yours,
Jack London
Jan. 13, 1909

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