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INVICTUS by William E. 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.


“I am glad that I paid so little attention to good advice;
had I abided by it I might have been saved
from some of my most valuable mistakes.”
—Edna St. Vincent Millay

"It was when I found out
I could make mistakes
that I knew I was onto something."
—Ornette Coleman

"This is holy work for me.
There's little room for mistakes,
and less for forgiveness."
—The Batman


"You know, we have a saying on Earth. We say 'I'm only human.' We say it because we're vulnerable. We say it because we know we're afraid. But it doesn't mean we're weak."
—Hal Jordan

"There are certain things men must do to remain men."
—James T. Kirk

"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."
—Robert A. Heinlein


"In order to learn the important lessons in life,
one must, each day, surmount a fear."
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past me I will turn to see fear's path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."
—Paul Atreides

"Fear is the enemy of will. Will is what makes you take action.
Fear is what stops you and makes you weak.
I'm a Green Lantern. I fear nothing."


"Either you decide to stay in the shallow end of the pool
or you go out in the ocean."
—Christopher Reeve

"Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you've got to go deeper. Down deep the fish are more powerful and more pure. They're huge and abstract. And they're very beautiful."
—David Lynch

"Why is it that Americans need to hear their happiness major and their tragedy minor, and as jazzy as they can handle is a seventh chord? Are they not experiencing complex emotions?"
—Joni Mitchell


“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can't be any large-scale revolution until there's a personal revolution, on an individual level. It's got to happen inside first.”
—Jim Morrison

"I know a detective who once attempted to disguise himself thoroughly. The first policeman he met took him into custody."
—Dashiell Hammett

"I wear a mask. And that mask, it's not to hide who I am,
but to create what I am."
—The Batman