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I would rather be ashes than dust, a spark burnt...

I would rather be ashes than dust, a spark burnt out in a brilliant blaze, than be stifled in dry rot … For man’s chief purpose is to live, not to exist; I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them; I shall use my time.

Jack London, American author and adventurer, born John Griffith Chaney on this day, 12th January 1876.

From South Sea Tales (1911)

Jack London visited Sydney in the early 1900s,qu which is celebrated with a plaque on Sydney Writers Walk. South Sea Tales describes his voyages in the Pacific.

He was the author of many adventure novels,including The Call of the Wild, The Sea-Wolf and White Fang.