|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Phaedrus by Plato:
so far, rhetoric has a fair beginning here.
PHAEDRUS: I think, Socrates, that this is admirable, if only practicable.
SOCRATES: But even to fail in an honourable object is honourable.
SOCRATES: Enough appears to have been said by us of a true and false art
SOCRATES: But there is something yet to be said of propriety and
impropriety of writing.
SOCRATES: Do you know how you can speak or act about rhetoric in a manner
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James:
repining at his distance from the infinite. We have in him an
excellent example of the optimism which may be encouraged by
To my mind a current far more important and interesting
religiously than that which sets in from natural science towards
healthy-mindedness is that which has recently poured over America
and seems to be gathering force every day--I am ignorant what
foothold it may yet have acquired in Great Britain--and to which,
for the sake of having a brief designation, I will give the title
of the "Mind-cure movement." There are various sects of this
"New Thought," to use another of the names by which it calls