|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Alexandria and her Schools by Charles Kingsley:
Other moderns, however, have expressed their admiration of Proclus; and,
no doubt, many neat sayings may be found in him (for after all he was a
Greek), which will be both pleasing and useful to those who consider
philosophic method to consist in putting forth strings of brilliant
apophthegms, careless about either their consistency or coherence: but
of the method of Plato or Aristotle, any more than of that of Kant or
Mill, you will find nothing in him. He seems to my simplicity to be at
once the most timid and servile of commentators, and the most cloudy of
declaimers. He can rave symbolism like Jacob Bohmen, but without an
atom of his originality and earnestness. He can develop an inverted
pyramid of daemonology, like Father Newman himself, but without an atom
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Boys' Life of Abraham Lincoln by Helen Nicolay:
in its centre; and, when they learned that it was indeed "Massa
Lincum," expressing their joy and gratitude in fervent blessings
and in the deep emotional cries of the colored race. It is easy
also to imagine the sharp anxiety of those who had the
President's safety in their charge during this tiresome and even
foolhardy march through a town still in flames, whose white
inhabitants were sullenly resentful at best, and whose grief and
anger might at any moment break out against the man they looked
upon as the chief author of their misfortunes. No accident befell
him. He reached General Weitzel's headquarters in safety, rested
in the house Jefferson Davis had occupied while President of the
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Mansfield Park by Jane Austen:
straying to the window on the weather's being evidently fair,
spoke what she felt must be done.
"Another quarter of an hour," said Miss Crawford, "and we
shall see how it will be. Do not run away the first
moment of its holding up. Those clouds look alarming."
"But they are passed over," said Fanny. "I have been
watching them. This weather is all from the south."
"South or north, I know a black cloud when I see it;
and you must not set forward while it is so threatening.
And besides, I want to play something more to you--a very
pretty piece--and your cousin Edmund's prime favourite.