I would rather be ashes than dust

Soyuz night launch

Jack London (1876-1916):

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 in a superb meteor; every
atom of me in a magnificent glow
than in 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.

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