|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Laches by Plato:
and at what time, he is thinking of the horse and not of the bridle?
SOCRATES: And in a word, when he considers anything for the sake of
another thing, he thinks of the end and not of the means?
SOCRATES: And when you call in an adviser, you should see whether he too
is skilful in the accomplishment of the end which you have in view?
NICIAS: Most true.
SOCRATES: And at present we have in view some knowledge, of which the end
is the soul of youth?
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Democracy In America, Volume 1 by Alexis de Toqueville:
orders: but it is always more or less impossible for them to
discern the best means of attaining the end which they desire
with sincerity. Long and patient observation, joined to a
multitude of different notions, is required to form a just
estimate of the character of a single individual; and can it be
supposed that the vulgar have the power of succeeding in an
inquiry which misleads the penetration of genius itself? The
people has neither the time nor the means which are essential to
the prosecution of an investigation of this kind: its conclusions
are hastily formed from a superficial inspection of the more
prominent features of a question. Hence it often assents to the
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Summer by Edith Wharton:
later, if already he laid such a burden on her....A
fresh wind had sprung up, scattering the rain and
blowing down keenly from the mountain. Presently the
clouds lowered again, and a few white darts struck her
in the face: it was the first snow falling over
Hamblin. The roofs of the lonely village were only
half a mile ahead, and she was resolved to push beyond
it, and try to reach the Mountain that night. She had
no clear plan of action, except that, once in the
settlement, she meant to look for Liff Hyatt, and get
him to take her to her mother. She herself had