|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Flame and Shadow by Sara Teasdale:
But eight o'clock is far.
How could I bear my pain all day
Unless I watched to see
The clock-hands laboring to bring
Eight o'clock to me.
Oh, I could let the world go by,
Its loud new wonders and its wars,
But how will I give up the sky
When winter dusk is set with stars?
And I could let the cities go,
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad:
that! And when I think that I was perhaps the only girl of the
family or in the whole world that he ever in his priest's life
patted on the head! When I think of that I . . . I believe at that
moment I was as wretched as he was himself. I handed him an
envelope with a big red seal which quite startled him. I had asked
the Marquis de Villarel to give me a few words for him, because my
uncle has a great influence in his district; and the Marquis penned
with his own hand some compliments and an inquiry about the spirit
of the population. My uncle read the letter, looked up at me with
an air of mournful awe, and begged me to tell his excellency that
the people were all for God, their lawful King and their old
The Arrow of Gold
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Republic by Plato:
are also the causes of almost all the evils in States, private as well as
And our State must once more enlarge; and this time the enlargement will be
nothing short of a whole army, which will have to go out and fight with the
invaders for all that we have, as well as for the things and persons whom
we were describing above.
Why? he said; are they not capable of defending themselves?
No, I said; not if we were right in the principle which was acknowledged by
all of us when we were framing the State: the principle, as you will
remember, was that one man cannot practise many arts with success.