|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Economist by Xenophon:
solid "geometry," but the unsubstantial science of "aerometry."
See Aristoph. "Clouds," i. 225; Plat. "Apol." 18 B, 19 B; Xen.
"Symp." vi. 7.
 Nothing is known of this person.
You are pleased to jest, Socrates (Ischomachus replied), in spite of
which I will recount to you those habits and pursuits by aid of which
I seek to traverse life's course. If I have read aright life's lesson,
it has taught me that, unless a man first discover what he needs to
do, and seriously study to bring the same to good effect, the gods
have placed prosperity beyond his reach; and even to the wise and
careful they give or they withhold good fortune as seemeth to them
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from A House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde:
And when the young Fisherman heard these words he trembled and said
to his Soul, 'Nay, but thou art evil, and hast made me forget my
love, and hast tempted me with temptations, and hast set my feet in
the ways of sin.'
And his Soul answered him, 'Thou hast not forgotten that when thou
didst send me forth into the world thou gavest me no heart. Come,
let us go to another city, and make merry, for we have nine purses
But the young Fisherman took the nine purses of gold, and flung
them down, and trampled on them.
'Nay,' he cried, 'but I will have nought to do with thee, nor will
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic:
with Brother Soulsby's assent, to call in professional
advice, the only doctor's name she could recall was that
of Ledsmar. She was conscious of an instinctive dislike
for the vague image of him her fancy had conjured up,
but the reflection that he was Theron's friend, and so
probably would be more moderate in his charges, decided her.
Brother Soulsby showed a most comforting tact and swiftness
of apprehension when Alice, in mentioning Dr. Ledsmar's
name, disclosed by her manner a fear that his being
sent for would create talk among the church people.
He volunteered at once to act as messenger himself, and,
The Damnation of Theron Ware