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White Fang Quotes

20 of the best book quotes from White Fang
  1. #1
    “This was a female of his kind, and it was a law of his kind that the males must not fight the females. He did not know anything about this law, for it was no generalization of the mind, not a something acquired by experience in the world. He knew it as a secret prompting, as an urge of instinct - of the same instinct that made him howl at the moon and starts of nights and that made him fear death and the unknown.”
  2. #2
    “The Wild still lingered in him and the wolf in him merely slept.”
  3. #3
    “It was the worst hurt he had ever known.”
  4. #4
    “White Fang knew the law well: to oppress the weak and obey the strong.”
  5. #5
    “He became quicker of movement than the other dogs, swifter of foot, craftier, deadlier, more lithe, more lean with ironlike muscle and sinew, more enduring, more cruel more ferocious, and more intelligent. He had to become all these things, else he would not have held his own nor survived the hostile environment in which he found himself.”
  6. #6
    “It was during this period that he might have hearkened to the memories of the lair and the stream and run back to the Wild. But the memory of his mother held him...So he remained in his bondage waiting for her.”
  1. #7
    “He did not want to bite the hand, and he endured the peril of it until his instinct surged up in him, mastering him with its insatiable yearning for life.”
  2. #8
    “He was a silent fury who no torment could tame.”
  3. #9
    “I agree with you, Mr. Scott. That dog’s too intelligent to kill. ”
  4. #10
    “But there were other forces at work in the cub, the greatest of which was growth. Instinct and law demanded of him obedience. But growth demanded disobedience...In the end, one day, fear and obedience were swept away by the rush of life, and the cub straddled and sprawled toward the entrance.”
  5. #11
    “Because of this new feeling within him, he ofttimes elected discomfort and pain for the sake of his god. ”
  6. #12
    “They were his environment, these men, and they were moulding the clay of him into a more ferocious thing than had been intended by Nature. Nevertheless, Nature had given him plasticity. Where many another animal would have died or had its spirit broken, he adjusted himself and lived, and at no expense of the spirit.”
  1. #13
    “White Fang had ceased eating, lost heart, and allowed every dog of the team to thrash him.”
  2. #14
    “Much of the Wild had been lost, so that to them the Wild was the unknown, the terrible, the ever menacing and ever warring. But to him, in appearance and action and impulse, still clung the Wild.”
  3. #15
    “Weedon Scott had set himself the task of redeeming White Fang -- or rather, of redeeming mankind from the wrong it had done White Fang. It was a matter of principle and conscience. He felt that the ill done White Fang was a debt incurred by man and that it must be paid.”
  4. #16
    “They were fire-makers! They were gods! ”
  5. #17
    “The aim of life was meat. Life itself was meat. Life lived on life. There were the eaters and the eaten. The law was: EAT OR BE EATEN. He did not formulate the law in clear, set terms and moralize about it. He did not even think the law; he merely lived the law without thinking about it at all.”
  6. #18
    “Of his own choice, he came in to sit by man’s fire and to be ruled by him.”
  7. #19
    “Growth is life, and life is forever destined to make for light ”
  8. #20
    “He was realizing his own meaning in the world; he was doing that for which he was made-killing meat and battling to kill it. He was justifying his existence, than which life can do no greater; for life achieves its summit when it does to the uttermost that which it was equipped to do ”