Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Opportunity

Master of human destinies am I;
Fame, love and fortune
on my footsteps wait;
Cities and fields I walk;
I penetrate deserts and seas remote,
and passing by hovel and mart and palace,
soon or late I knock unbidden
once
at every gate!
If sleeping,
awake!
If resting, rise!
before I turn away.
It is the hour of Fate,
and they who follow me
reach every state mortals desire,
and conquer every foe
save death;
but those who doubt or hesitate,
condemned to failure, misery, and woe,
seek me in vain,
and uselessly implore.
I answer not,
and I return no more.

-J.I.Ingalls







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