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”