A mix collection of inspirational stories gathered from the internet and personal experiences.

Saturday, December 7, 2013


While incarcerated on Robben Island prison, Nelson Mandela recited William Earnest Henley's poem "Invictus" to other prisoners and was empowered by its message of self-mastery.

"When you read works of that nature you become encouraged. It puts life in you" ~ Nelson Mandela, 1993

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 bludgeonings 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.

It matters not how strait the gate, 
How charged with punishments the scroll. 
I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.

-William Earnest Henley

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