Jack London quote about life from The Sea-Wolf - we want to live and move, though we have no reason to, because it happens that it is the nature of life to live and move, to want to live and move. If it were not for this, life would be dead.
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we want to live and move, though we have no reason to, because it happens that it is the nature of life to live and move, to want to live and move. If it were not for this, life would be dead.
 Jack London, The Sea-Wolf (1904). copy citation

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Author Jack London
Source The Sea-Wolf
Topic life move
Date 1904
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1074/1074-h/1074-h.htm

Context

“«But the hopelessness of it,» I protested. «I agree with you,» he answered. «Then why move at all, since moving is living? Without moving and being part of the yeast there would be no hopelessness. But,—and there it is,—we want to live and move, though we have no reason to, because it happens that it is the nature of life to live and move, to want to live and move. If it were not for this, life would be dead. It is because of this life that is in you that you dream of your immortality. The life that is in you is alive and wants to go on being alive for ever. Bah! An eternity of piggishness!»
He abruptly turned on his heel and started forward.” source

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