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"I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul."

Engraved on a disk of lead-free pewter and accented with a compass on one side and an anchor on the other, the immortal words of William E. Henley will remind you that it's never too late to change your course.

Henley, one of the first British poets to write in free verse, penned the words in 1875 for his poem "Invictus." Made in Rhode Island.

UNCOMMON KNOWLEDGE: While in the hospital facing the amputation of his second foot (he had already lost one as a child), Henley befriended author Robert Louis Stevenson, and they collaborated on a few plays. Henley is actually the basis for Stevenson's famous character Long John Silver from the novel Treasure Island.

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Item ID
17924
Made from
pewter
Measurements
2" dia.; weight: 5.75 oz.
Notes
presentation box included

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"MASTER OF MY FATE" PAPERWEIGHT
 
4.5

(based on 31 reviews)

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Pros

  • Attractive (28)
  • Durable (25)
  • Unique (22)
  • Bright (6)

Cons

  • Too small (4)

Best Uses

  • Office (23)
  • Gifts (21)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Midrange shopper (18), Budget shopper (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
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    • Other (5)

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5.0

The perfect gift!

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from Perrysburg, Oh

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Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Bright
  • Unique

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Gifts

    Comments about "MASTER OF MY FATE" PAPERWEIGHT:

    Love the item that I purchased. Perfect gift for a friend.

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    • Yes
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    • Other
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    • Other

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    4.0

    Want to Be Reminded

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    from Groton, MA

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    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Unique

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Gifts
      • Office

      Comments about "MASTER OF MY FATE" PAPERWEIGHT:

      This product is meant to inspire and remind that life is difficult, but find your strength and persevere.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Other
      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
      • Birthday

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      5.0

      strong sentiment and appropo to receipie

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      from Euclid OH

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      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Durable
      • Unique

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Gifts
        • Office

        Comments about "MASTER OF MY FATE" PAPERWEIGHT:

        This was one of 7 inspirational paperweights purchased as gifts for each of my son 's pallbearers. This one as each of the others hold a special meaning between my son and the reciepient. Its durability and sentament will be a lifelong remembrance.

        Service and delivery comments:

        Excellent email notificaions

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        • Yes
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        • Other
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        • Other

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        5.0

        Thought Provoking Paperweight

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        from FL

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        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Durable
        • Encouraging
        • Unique

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Gifts
          • Office

          Comments about "MASTER OF MY FATE" PAPERWEIGHT:

          My grown sons both appreciate quotations that inspire.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes
          • Who was the recipient of this product?:
          • Child
          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
          • Christmas or Hanukkah

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          5.0

          Got exactly what I expected

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          from Sacramento, CA

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          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Durable
          • Unique

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Gifts
            • Living Room
            • Office

            Comments about "MASTER OF MY FATE" PAPERWEIGHT:

            Heavy, perfect size, clear engraving. Great product!! I was releived when I saw it in person to find that it was exactly what what it looked like online and an excellent quality of product.

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            • Yes
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            • Other
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            • Other

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            5.0

            Great business gift

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            from Sacramento, CA

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            • Unique

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              • Gifts

              Comments about "MASTER OF MY FATE" PAPERWEIGHT:

              Gave this as a gift to my husbands coworkers. They loved it and some of their relatives liked it so much they went and ordered their own. Some people didn't know what it was used for (a paperweight) but overall we got good feedback.

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              • Yes
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              • Other
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              • Other

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              4.0

              Perfect going away present for daughter

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              from Cleveland, OH

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              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Durable
              • Unique

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Gifts
                • Office

                Comments about "MASTER OF MY FATE" PAPERWEIGHT:

                This was a 'bon voyage' gift for my 20 year old daughter who was leaving to study abroad in Melbourne, Australia. She knows no one over there and was traveling internationally by herself. I wanted to give her something small and packable, yet special, that would give her comfort and confidence. This paperweight fit the bill! The quote from "Invictus" was perfect, as was the engraved compass and anchor design.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes
                • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                • Child
                • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                • Other

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                4.0

                loved it

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                from virginia

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                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Durable
                • Unique

                Cons

                • Too Small

                Best Uses

                • Gifts
                • Office

                Comments about "MASTER OF MY FATE" PAPERWEIGHT:

                it's heavy for it's size and i loved how the product came with the full poem

                Service and delivery comments:

                was not delivered on time, despite paying the extra shipping charges

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes
                • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                • Other
                • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                • Valentine’s Day

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                4.0

                Cool and Compact

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                from Boston, MA

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                Pros

                • Attractive Design

                Cons

                • Too Small

                Best Uses

                • Office

                Comments about "MASTER OF MY FATE" PAPERWEIGHT:

                Plan to give this to father on Father's Day for his new office. Solid design, nice weight. A little small so could get lost if not prominently placed but overall a nice buy.

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                5.0

                Beautiful gift!

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                from Jacksonville, FL

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                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Bright
                • Durable
                • Unique

                Cons

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                  • Gifts

                  Comments about "MASTER OF MY FATE" PAPERWEIGHT:

                  It was even better than i imagined, when it arrived.

                  Service and delivery comments:

                  Awesome delivery service!!!!

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