|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Bucolics by Virgil:
Of yonder veteran beeches, all the land
Was by the songs of your Menalcas saved.
Heard it you had, and so the rumour ran,
But 'mid the clash of arms, my Lycidas,
Our songs avail no more than, as 'tis said,
Doves of Dodona when an eagle comes.
Nay, had I not, from hollow ilex-bole
Warned by a raven on the left, cut short
The rising feud, nor I, your Moeris here,
No, nor Menalcas, were alive to-day.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Gobseck by Honore de Balzac:
was meant for her. The Vicomtesse de Grandlieu, be it said, was one of
the greatest ladies in the Faubourg Saint-Germain, by reason of her
fortune and her ancient name; and though it may seem improbable that a
Paris attorney should speak so familiarly to her, or be so much at
home in her house, the fact is nevertheless easily explained.
When Mme. de Grandlieu returned to France with the Royal family, she
came to Paris, and at first lived entirely on the pension allowed her
out of the Civil List by Louis XVIII.--an intolerable position. The
Hotel de Grandlieu had been sold by the Republic. It came to
Derville's knowledge that there were flaws in the title, and he
thought that it ought to return to the Vicomtesse. He instituted
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Large Catechism by Dr. Martin Luther:
more splendid appearance when a Carthusian does many great and
difficult works and we all think much more of that which we do and
merit ourselves. But the Scriptures teach thus: Even though we collect
in one mass the works of all the monks, however splendidly they may
shine, they would not be as noble and good as if God should pick up a
straw. Why? Because the person is nobler and better. Here, then, we
must not estimate the person according to the works, but the works
according to the person, from whom they must derive their nobility. But
insane reason will not regard this, and because Baptism does not shine
like the works which we do, it is to be esteemed as nothing.
From this now learn a proper understanding of the subject, and how to