|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Phaedrus by Plato:
part is elevated into the ideal, to which in the Symposium mankind are
described as looking forward, and which in the Phaedrus, as well as in the
Phaedo, they are seeking to recover from a former state of existence.
Whether the subject of the Dialogue is love or rhetoric, or the union of
the two, or the relation of philosophy to love and to art in general, and
to the human soul, will be hereafter considered. And perhaps we may arrive
at some conclusion such as the following--that the dialogue is not strictly
confined to a single subject, but passes from one to another with the
natural freedom of conversation.
Phaedrus has been spending the morning with Lysias, the celebrated
rhetorician, and is going to refresh himself by taking a walk outside the
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson:
going to join myself with an outlaw and a would-be murderer like
Alan, whether I should not be acting more like a man of sense to
tramp back to the south country direct, by my own guidance and at
my own charges, and what Mr. Campbell or even Mr. Henderland
would think of me if they should ever learn my folly and
presumption: these were the doubts that now began to come in on
me stronger than ever.
As I was so sitting and thinking, a sound of men and horses came
to me through the wood; and presently after, at a turning of the
road, I saw four travellers come into view. The way was in this
part so rough and narrow that they came single and led their
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson by Robert Louis Stevenson:
pleased to think you have arranged not to wait. The volumes of
Adams arrived along with yours of October 6th. One of the
dictionaries has also blundered home, apparently from the Colonies;
the other is still to seek. I note and sympathise with your
bewilderment as to FALESA. My own direct correspondence with Mr.
Baxter is now about three months in abeyance. Altogether you see
how well it would be if you could do anything to wake up the Post
Office. Not a single copy of the 'Footnote' has yet reached Samoa,
but I hear of one having come to its address in Hawaii. Glad to
hear good news of Stoddard. - Yours sincerely,
R. L. STEVENSON.