Courage quotes were on this man's mind when he wrote a now historical, famous and inspirational poem.
He was only sixteen years old when his left leg was amputated below the knee due to complications from the deadly disease of tuberculosis.
Later on in his life, many years later, he began having issues with his right leg due still to the tuberculosis. He was told that a similar procedure was necessary, another amputation. He refused and found a surgeon who, with multiple surgeries on his foot, was able to save his one and only leg.
He was in a hospital bed when he was moved to write the poem, "Invictus"... a Latin word meaning "Unconquerable". His name was William Earnest Henley.
His long time, almost two years, in an infirmary, led him to write poetry and draw a picture, in words, and now quotes, of courage and fearlessness.
His resilient struggle with the disease led him to look inside himself and find the fortitude to reach out to those in similar conditions, describing how man should respond to formidable challenges.
"I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul." The last two lines of the poem invoking courage with quotes is by far the most memorable. These words of perseverance through severe adversity leave a sigh of some relief.
He was a man on the brink of retirement. He worked all his lifetime at a job he hated just to be able to retire one day and start enjoying his life. The very sad part of this story is that he never got to the "happy" part.
He read daily, quotes on courage, throughout his time on this earth. He thought that his mind and his positive thinking alone would allow him to live to 100.
One of his favorite courage quotes, which stood on a plaque by the front door of his home, was something he read daily and made his children read before heading off to work or to school. The quote of courage was written by Napoleon Hill, "Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve."
He began to have extreme health issues in his late 50's and early 60's and did not heed the warnings of his attending physician. He now dwells in the heavenly place where pain and suffering no longer exists.
If he could come back today and say one more thing to his children, it would be, "Be happy Now. Don't wait for anything. Find what makes you joyous and do that."
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