|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from De Profundis by Oscar Wilde:
Lamartine, mystic in Verlaine. It is in the deferred resolutions
of Chopin's music. It is in the discontent that haunts Burne-
Jones's women. Even Matthew Arnold, whose song of Callicles tells
of 'the triumph of the sweet persuasive lyre,' and the 'famous
final victory,' in such a clear note of lyrical beauty, has not a
little of it; in the troubled undertone of doubt and distress that
haunts his verses, neither Goethe nor Wordsworth could help him,
though he followed each in turn, and when he seeks to mourn for
THYRSIS or to sing of the SCHOLAR GIPSY, it is the reed that he has
to take for the rendering of his strain. But whether or not the
Phrygian Faun was silent, I cannot be. Expression is as necessary
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Maggie: A Girl of the Streets by Stephen Crane:
disturbing a solid dreamy repose, he swore at the men as fools,
for he himself could perceive that Providence had caused it clearly
to be written, that he and his team had the unalienable right to stand
in the proper path of the sun chariot, and if they so minded,
obstruct its mission or take a wheel off.
And, perhaps, if the god-driver had an ungovernable desire to
step down, put up his flame-colored fists and manfully dispute the
right of way, he would have probably been immediately opposed by a
scowling mortal with two sets of very hard knuckles.
It is possible, perhaps, that this young man would have
derided, in an axle-wide alley, the approach of a flying ferry
Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Europeans by Henry James:
"When you go away you will see the difficulties I shall put in your path."
"You mean to put difficulties in my path?" she asked,
rearranging the rosebud in her corsage.
"The greatest of all--that of having been so agreeable"--
"That I shall be unable to depart? Don't be too sure.
I have left some very agreeable people over there."
"Ah," said Acton, "but it was to come here, where I am!"
"I did n't know of your existence. Excuse me for saying anything
so rude; but, honestly speaking, I did not. No," the Baroness pursued,
"it was precisely not to see you--such people as you--that I came."
"Such people as me?" cried Acton.