|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Democracy In America, Volume 1 by Alexis de Toqueville:
act upon the position and the rights of the judicial bodies in
the three countries I have cited. If in France the tribunals
were authorized to disobey the laws on the ground of their being
opposed to the constitution, the supreme power would in fact be
placed in their hands, since they alone would have the right of
interpreting a constitution, the clauses of which can be modified
by no authority. They would therefore take the place of the
nation, and exercise as absolute a sway over society as the
inherent weakness of judicial power would allow them to do.
Undoubtedly, as the French judges are incompetent to declare a
law to be unconstitutional, the power of changing the
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Tour Through Eastern Counties of England by Daniel Defoe:
members to Parliament; the present are Sir Peter Parker and
Humphrey Parsons, Esq.
And now being at the extremity of the county of Essex, of which I
have given you some view as to that side next the sea only, I shall
break off this part of my letter by telling you that I will take
the towns which lie more towards the centre of the county, in my
return by the north and west part only, that I may give you a few
hints of some towns which were near me in my route this way, and of
which being so well known there is but little to say.
On the road from London to Colchester, before I came into it at
Witham, lie four good market towns at equal distance from one
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Facino Cane by Honore de Balzac:
light of youth.
"I see it always," he said; "dreaming or waking, I see it; and as I
pace to and fro, I pace in the Treasury, and the diamonds sparkle. I
am not as blind as you think; gold and diamonds light up my night, the
night of the last Facino Cane, for my title passes to the Memmi. My
God! the murderer's punishment was not long delayed! /Ave Maria/," and
he repeated several prayers that I did not heed.
"We will go to Venice!" I said, when he rose.
"Then I have found a man!" he cried, with his face on fire.
I gave him my arm and went home with him. We reached the gates of the
Blind Asylum just as some of the wedding guests were returning along