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Jack London

Date de naissance: 12. janvier 1876
Date de décès: 22. novembre 1916

Jack London, né John Griffith Chaney le 12 janvier 1876 à San Francisco et mort le 22 novembre 1916 à Glen Ellen, Californie,,,,, est un écrivain américain dont les thèmes de prédilection sont l'aventure et la nature sauvage.

Il a écrit L'Appel de la forêt et plus de cinquante autres nouvelles et romans connus. Il tire aussi de ses lectures et de sa propre vie de misère l’inspiration pour de nombreux ouvrages très engagés et à coloration socialiste, bien que cet aspect-là de son œuvre soit généralement négligé. Il a été l'un des premiers Américains à faire fortune dans la littérature.

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„- Vous fomentez la haine de classes, dis-je à Ernest. Je trouve que c'est une erreur et un crime de faire appel à tout ce qu'il y a d'étroit et de brutal dans la classe ouvrière. La haine de classes est antisociale, et il me semble antisociale.
- je plaide non coupable, répondit-il. Il n'y a de haine de classe ni dans la lettre ni dans l'esprit d'aucune de mes œuvres.
Oh! m'écriai-je d'un air de reproche.
Je saisi son livre et l'ouvris.
Il buvait son thé, tranquille et souriant, pendant que je le feuilletais.
- Page 132 - je lus à haute voix : "Ainsi la lutte des classes se produit, au stade actuel du développement social, entre la classe qui paie des salaires et les classes qui en reçoivent."
Je le regardai d'un air triomphant.
- Il n'est pas question de haine de classes là-dedans, me dit-il en souriant.
- Mais vous dites "lutte des class"
- Ce n'est pas du tout la même chose. Et, croyez-moi, nous ne fomentons pas la haine. Nous disons que la lutte de classes est une loi du développement social. Nous n'en sommes pas responsables. ce n'est pas nous qui la faisons. Nous nous contentons de l'expliquer, comme Newton expliquant la gravitation. Nous analysons la nature du conflit d'intérêts qui produit la lutte de classes.
- Mais, il ne devrait pas y avoir de conflit d'intérêts, m'écriai-je.
- Je suis tout à fait de votre avis, répondit-il. Et, c'est précisément l'abolition de ce conflit d'intérêts que nous essayons de provoquer, nous autres socialistes. Pardon, laissez-moi vous lire un autre passage - il prit le livre et tourna quelque feuillets. Page 126 : "Le cycle des luttes des classes, qui a commencé avec la dissolution du communisme primitif de la tribu et de la naissance de la propriété individuelle, se terminera avec la suppression de l'appropriation individuelle des moyens d'existence sociale".“

—  Jack London, livre Le Talon de fer

Le Talon de fer, 1908

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

—  Jack London

"Getting into Print", first published in 1903 in The Editor magazine
Variante: You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
Contexte: 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.
Contexte: Fiction pays best of all and when it is of fair quality is more easily sold. A good joke will sell quicker than a good poem, and, measured in sweat and blood, will bring better remuneration. Avoid the unhappy ending, the harsh, the brutal, the tragic, the horrible - if you care to see in print things you write. (In this connection don't do as I do, but do as I say.) Humour is the hardest to write, easiest to sell, and best rewarded... Don't write too much. Concentrate your sweat on one story, rather than dissipate it over a dozen. 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.

„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

"Confession" in Complete Works of Jack London, Delphi Classics, 2013
Variante: Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog.

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

—  Jack London

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)
Contexte: 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.

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

—  Jack London

As quoted in Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior (1991) by Dan Millman, p. 78
Life’s not a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes playing a poor hand well.
As quoted in "They Came to Write in Hawai‘i" by Joseph Theroux, in Spirit of Aloha (March/April 2007)

„Her own limits were the limits of her horizon; but limited minds can recognize limitations only in others. And so she felt that her outlook was very wide indeed, and that where his conflicted with hers marked his limitations; and she dreamed of helping him to see as she saw, of widening his horizon until it was identified with hers.“

—  Jack London, Martin Eden

Source: Martin Eden (1909), Ch. VIII
Contexte: It was just such uniqueness of points of view that startled Ruth. Not only were they new to her, and contrary to her own beliefs, but she always felt in them germs of truth that threatened to unseat or modify her own convictions. Had she been fourteen instead of twenty-four, she might have been changed by them; but she was twenty-four, conservative by nature and upbringing, and already crystallized into the cranny of life where she had been born and formed. It was true, his bizarre judgments troubled her in the moments they were uttered, but she ascribed them to his novelty of type and strangeness of living, and they were soon forgotten. Nevertheless, while she disapproved of them, the strength of their utterance, and the flashing of eyes and earnestness of face that accompanied them, always thrilled her and drew her toward him. She would never have guessed that this man who had come from beyond her horizon, was, in such moments, flashing on beyond her horizon with wider and deeper concepts. Her own limits were the limits of her horizon; but limited minds can recognize limitations only in others. And so she felt that her outlook was very wide indeed, and that where his conflicted with hers marked his limitations; and she dreamed of helping him to see as she saw, of widening his horizon until it was identified with hers.

„A good joke will sell quicker than a good poem, and, measured in sweat and blood, will bring better remuneration.“

—  Jack London

"Getting into Print", first published in 1903 in The Editor magazine
Contexte: Fiction pays best of all and when it is of fair quality is more easily sold. A good joke will sell quicker than a good poem, and, measured in sweat and blood, will bring better remuneration. Avoid the unhappy ending, the harsh, the brutal, the tragic, the horrible - if you care to see in print things you write. (In this connection don't do as I do, but do as I say.) Humour is the hardest to write, easiest to sell, and best rewarded... Don't write too much. Concentrate your sweat on one story, rather than dissipate it over a dozen. 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.

„Show me a man with a tattoo and I'll show you a man with an interesting past.“

—  Jack London

Variante: Show me a man with a tattoo and I'll show you a man with an interesting past.

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