Ashes than Dust

I would rather be ashes than dust.

I wold rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze, 

than that 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 wast my days trying to prolong them.

I shall use my time.

​—attributed to Jack London as his “Credo”