|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Secrets of the Princesse de Cadignan by Honore de Balzac:
of d'Arthez. The great author remained dumb with admiration, passive
beside her in the recess of that window awaiting a word, while the
princess awaited a kiss; but she was far too sacred to him for that.
Feeling cold, the princess returned to her easy-chair; her feet were
"It will take a long time," she said to herself, looking at Daniel's
noble brow and head.
"Is this a woman?" thought that profound observer of human nature.
"How ought I to treat her?"
Until two o'clock in the morning they spent their time in saying to
each other the silly things that women of genius, like the princess,
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Lesser Hippias by Plato:
SOCRATES: But if justice is a power of the soul, then the soul which has
the greater power is also the more just; for that which has the greater
power, my good friend, has been proved by us to be the better.
HIPPIAS: Yes, that has been proved.
SOCRATES: And if justice is knowledge, then the wiser will be the juster
soul, and the more ignorant the more unjust?
SOCRATES: But if justice be power as well as knowledge--then will not the
soul which has both knowledge and power be the more just, and that which is
the more ignorant be the more unjust? Must it not be so?
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Boys' Life of Abraham Lincoln by Helen Nicolay:
and even the things to which he could claim an equal right, which
kept peace in his cabinet, made up of men of strong wills and
conflicting natures. Their devotion to the Union, great as it
was, would not have sufficed in such a strangely assorted
official family; but his unfailing kindness and good sense led
him to overlook many things that another man might have regarded
as deliberate insults; while his great tact and knowledge of
human nature enabled him to bring out the best in people about
him, and at times to turn their very weaknesses into sources of
strength. It made it possible for him to keep the regard of every
one of them. Before he had been in office a month it had