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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. Options
Daemon
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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 (1876-1916)
El-Baba
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Wise man indeed
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Daemon wrote:
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 (1876-1916)


He did use his time, while it lasted, in more ways than one.

"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 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 Bulletin, San Francisco, California, December 2, 1916, part 2, p. 1.
Also included in Jack London’s Tales of Adventure, ed. Irving Shepard, Introduction, p. vii (1956) http://www.bartleby.com/73/1118.html
Apedo Jeomey Bright
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Great quote by all standard.I LOVE IT
curmudgeonine
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He was a man who did live, not just exist.
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Unfortunately, it appears that Jack London may never have said these words, though they are attributed to him: Jack London's Credo (or not)
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It is unclear, right. So, fortunately, it appears that Jack London may have said these words, for they are attributed to him.
jcbarros
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It´s not a question of what you want but what you can.
Bully_rus
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Daemon wrote:
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 (1876-1916)


One life to live, one love to give, altogether forty years.
PS I take it literally - "of man".
Trivium_Discipulus
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Daemon wrote:
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 (1876-1916)


I like the idea about "living" so long as it isn't defined in a narcissistic way. But I don't agree that living and prolonging one's life are mutually exclusive.

The best way to control the opposition is to finance it. Birds of prey have two wings; the left wing & right wing.
Dosei Iantha Evans
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unless you're a vampire; vampires are not living but they are existing.
if you live, then you live longer than when you try to exist.
Gustavo de S Consoni
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Maube he was talking about dignity...
Gustavo de S Consoni
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Sorry, maube = maybe.
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Daemon wrote:
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 (1876-1916)


Boldness of living is wasting no time to consume everything else that the ordinary man is conserving. But with what splendid and lasting outcome did the meteor pass!
kenturner1
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Good words in theory but all things in moderation. Reading his bio, he died a poor drunk. He lived alright.

**DISCLAIMER**
Marguerite
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KenTurner1 summed up my sentiments though Jack London left an incredible legacy. I read his story To Build a Fire at least once a year and marvel anew each time. Call of the Wild is a masterpiece and heartbreaking too. I wish he died under much better circumstances; he certainly deserved to. Imagine such a great writer who left such a wonderous opus for our pleasure to have died drunk and poor. And so handsome, too.
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Pray
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Posted: Sunday, March 2, 2014 11:54:44 PM
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"There are, broadly speaking, two types of drinkers. There is the man whom we all know, stupid, unimaginative, whose brain is bitten numbly by numb maggots; who walks generously with wide-spread, tentative legs, falls frequently in the gutter, and who sees, in the extremity of his ecstasy, blue mice and pink elephants.... The other type of drinker has imagination, vision. Even when most pleasantly jingled he walks straight and naturally, never staggers nor falls, and knows just where he is and what he is doing. It is not his body but his brain that is drunken." Jack London : John Barleycorn (1913) Chapter ii.

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