|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Laches by Plato:
sow would be called by you courageous. And this I say not as a joke, but
because I think that he who assents to your doctrine, that courage is the
knowledge of the grounds of fear and hope, cannot allow that any wild beast
is courageous, unless he admits that a lion, or a leopard, or perhaps a
boar, or any other animal, has such a degree of wisdom that he knows things
which but a few human beings ever know by reason of their difficulty. He
who takes your view of courage must affirm that a lion, and a stag, and a
bull, and a monkey, have equally little pretensions to courage.
LACHES: Capital, Socrates; by the gods, that is truly good. And I hope,
Nicias, that you will tell us whether these animals, which we all admit to
be courageous, are really wiser than mankind; or whether you will have the
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Two Noble Kinsmen by William Shakespeare:
I could lie downe, I am sure.
And take one with you?
That's as we bargaine, Madam.
Well, agree then. [Exeunt Emilia and woman.]
What thinke you of this beauty?
Tis a rare one.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Resurrection by Leo Tolstoy:
the frogs entered the room, mingling with the trills of a couple
of nightingales in the park and one close to the window in a bush
of lilacs in bloom. Listening to the nightingales and the frogs,
Nekhludoff remembered the inspector's daughter, and her music,
and the inspector; that reminded him of Maslova, and how her lips
trembled, like the croaking of the frogs, when she said, "You
must just leave it." Then the German steward began going down to
the frogs, and had to be held back, but he not only went down but
turned into Maslova, who began reproaching Nekhludoff, saying,
"You are a prince, and I am a convict." "No, I must not give in,"
thought Nekhludoff, waking up, and again asking himself, "Is what