A Case of the Mondays

15 Nov
William Ernest Henley

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I’ve detected a pattern in my new blog thus far.  The previous two Mondays I have shared quotes with you!  It seems only right that I continue that tradition until the time when this blog comes to an end, which I hope will never be.  The quote I’d like to share with you today is actually a poem by William Ernest Henley.  Thanks to a recent film sharing the poem’s title its meaning has been reborn:


Out of the night that covers me,

Black as the pit from pole to pole,

I thank whatever Gods may be

For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance

I have not winced nor cried aloud.

Under the bludgeoning of chance

My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears

Looms but the horror of the shade,

And yet the menace of the years

Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

I matters not how strait the gate,

How charged with punishment the scroll.

I am the master of my fate:

I am the captain of my soul.

– Paul Scott

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Posted by on November 15, 2010 in Inspirational


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