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Invictus

Invictus

BY WILLIAM ERNEST HENLEY
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.
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“If” By Rudyard Kipling

My grandmother gave me this poem when I was a boy and over the years I have always had a copy of it in my possessions.  Thinking back on my 45 years I have probably read it over 300 times.  It never fails to convict me and inspire me to be a better man.

If

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;

If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on”;

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man my son!

 Rudyard Kipling, 1896

 

Ron Swanson

Ron Swanson

“Normally, if given the choice to do something or nothing, I choose nothing. But I will do something if it helps someone else do nothing. I’d work all night if it meant nothing got done” Ron Swanson

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”
—Benjamin Franklin

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John Wayne…

“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.”  John Wayne

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Tony Evans

“Great kids are raised around the dinner table.” – Dr. Tony Evans

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Hemingway…

“Perhaps I should not have been a fisherman, he thought. But that was the thing that I was born for.”
― Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea

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Roger Eberts

Roger Eberts review: ” The Usual Sus­pects, one-and-a-half stars. Once again, my com­pre­hen­sion began to slip, and final­ly I wrote down: “To the degree that I do under­stand, I don’t care.” It was, how­ev­er, some­what reas­sur­ing at the end of the movie to dis­cov­er that I had, after all, under­stood every­thing I was intend­ed to under­stand. It was just that there was less to under­stand than the movie at first sug­gests.” Brilliant.

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Ghandi

“A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.”

Mahatma Ghandi.