|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from When the World Shook by H. Rider Haggard:
Nations do not desire his dominion. Therefore they fight for
Liberty and Justice."
"As it was, so it is and shall be," remarked Oro, "only with
this difference. In the old world some were wise, but here--" and
he stopped, his eyes fixed upon the Armenian woman struggling in
her death agony while the murderer drowned her child, then added:
"Let us go."
Our road ran across the sea. On it we saw a ship so large that
it attracted Oro's attention, and for once he expressed
"In my day," he said, "we had no vessels of this greatness in
When the World Shook
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Lesser Hippias by Plato:
EUDICUS: But I do not think, Socrates, that Hippias will require any
entreaty of mine; for he has already said that he will refuse to answer no
man.--Did you not say so, Hippias?
HIPPIAS: Yes, I did; but then, Eudicus, Socrates is always troublesome in
an argument, and appears to be dishonest. (Compare Gorgias; Republic.)
SOCRATES: Excellent Hippias, I do not do so intentionally (if I did, it
would show me to be a wise man and a master of wiles, as you would argue),
but unintentionally, and therefore you must pardon me; for, as you say, he
who is unintentionally dishonest should be pardoned.
EUDICUS: Yes, Hippias, do as he says; and for our sake, and also that you
may not belie your profession, answer whatever Socrates asks you.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass:
anybody. That was a precious dollar to me. You remember when I
used to make seven, or eight, or even nine dollars a week in
Baltimore, you would take every cent of it from me every Saturday
night, saying that I belonged to you, and my earnings also. I
never liked this conduct on your part--to say the best, I thought
it a little mean. I would not have served you so. But let that
pass. I was a little awkward about counting money in New England
fashion when I first landed in New Bedford. I came near
betraying myself several times. I caught myself saying phip, for
fourpence; and at one time a man actually charged me with being a
runaway, whereupon I was silly enough to become one by running
My Bondage and My Freedom