'Because Buck didn't decide he wanted to go to Alaska. He was stolen and taken there. And that's what happens in life you can't control it. Things happen. Maybe things you wished would never happen, Or maybe things you didn't ever think about 'cause you'd never think they was possible. Buck instinctively knew, that with the twists and turns of fate, he would have to adapt or he would die.' "(105)
"Life is a 'puppet thing'" said Gabe suddenly..."That's from a book Mr. Boehm assigned. What my uncle said was--'scum-lickin' pus-suckin' buckets of trouble ken happen.'" (167)
" A life marked only be secrets is of little consequence.
If I have helped one child toward happiness in helping you, then my life has, after all, been worth living." (Smitty, 178)