Jack London quote about life from The Sea-Wolf - life is the cheapest thing in the world. There is only so much water, so much earth, so much air; but the life that is demanding to be born is limitless. Nature is a spendthrift.
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life is the cheapest thing in the world. There is only so much water, so much earth, so much air; but the life that is demanding to be born is limitless. Nature is a spendthrift.
 Jack London, The Sea-Wolf (1904). copy citation

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

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“But when he challenged the truism I was speechless.
«We were talking about this yesterday,» he said. «I held that life was a ferment, a yeasty something which devoured life that it might live, and that living was merely successful piggishness. Why, if there is anything in supply and demand, life is the cheapest thing in the world. There is only so much water, so much earth, so much air; but the life that is demanding to be born is limitless. Nature is a spendthrift. Look at the fish and their millions of eggs. For that matter, look at you and me. In our loins are the possibilities of millions of lives. Could we but find time and opportunity and utilize the last bit and every bit of the unborn life that is in us, we could become the fathers of nations and populate continents.” source

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