|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Phaedrus by Plato:
opinions, but will dedicate himself wholly to love and to philosophical
PHAEDRUS: I join in the prayer, Socrates, and say with you, if this be for
my good, may your words come to pass. But why did you make your second
oration so much finer than the first? I wonder why. And I begin to be
afraid that I shall lose conceit of Lysias, and that he will appear tame in
comparison, even if he be willing to put another as fine and as long as
yours into the field, which I doubt. For quite lately one of your
politicians was abusing him on this very account; and called him a 'speech
writer' again and again. So that a feeling of pride may probably induce
him to give up writing speeches.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from An International Episode by Henry James:
without palings, and with marble walks arranged in black and white lozenges.
There were a great many benches, crowded with shabby-looking people,
and the travelers remarked, very justly, that it was not much like
Belgrave Square. On one side was an enormous hotel, lifting up into
the hot darkness an immense array of open, brightly lighted windows.
At the base of this populous structure was an eternal jangle of horsecars,
and all round it, in the upper dusk, was a sinister hum of mosquitoes.
The ground floor of the hotel seemed to be a huge transparent cage,
flinging a wide glare of gaslight into the street, of which it formed a sort
of public adjunct, absorbing and emitting the passersby promiscuously.
The young Englishmen went in with everyone else, from curiosity, and saw
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Moral Emblems by Robert Louis Stevenson:
MORAL EMBLEMS: A SECOND COLLECTION OF CUTS AND VERSES
I. With storms a-weather, rocks-a-lee
II. The careful angler chose his nook
III. The Abbot for a walk went out
IV. The frozen peaks he once explored
V. Industrious pirate! see him sweep
A MARTIAL ELEGY FOR SOME LEAD SOLDIERS
For certain soldiers lately dead
THE GRAVER AND THE PEN: OR, SCENES FROM NATURE, WITH APPROPRIATE
I. PROEM - Unlike the common run of men