I am captain

The quote “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul” comes from the poem “Invictus” written by William Ernest Henley in 1875.

Henley wrote this powerful poem while he was recovering from surgery to save his remaining leg from complications of tuberculosis. The poem reflects Henley’s long battle with illness and his refusal to let it deter his resolve, embodying a strong spirit of resilience and self-determination.

The poem is known for its themes of courage in the face of adversity, personal resilience, and self-mastery. It is a declaration of defiance against the vicissitudes of life.


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.

The poem’s last two lines are among the most quoted in English poetry and have served as an inspiration to many people facing difficult circumstances in their lives.

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