|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from A Book of Remarkable Criminals by H. B. Irving:
innocent, the crime was nearly brought home to me. It was my own
ability that pulled me through. Had I employed a professional
advocate, I should not have been here to-day talking to you."
After describing the murder, Butler said: "Trying to fire the
house was unnecessary, and killing the baby was unnecessary and
cruel. I respect no man's life, for no man respects mine. A lot
of men I have never injured have tried to put a rope round my
neck more than once. I hate society in general, and one or two
individuals in particular. The man who did that murder in
Dunedin has, if anything, my sympathy, but it seems to me he need
not have killed that child." His companion was about to speak.
A Book of Remarkable Criminals
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Hellenica by Xenophon:
loud in his praises of the king and his policy, because he had shown a
preference to Elis over the Arcadians; while for a converse reason,
because the Arcadian league was slighted, Antiochus not only refused
to accept any gift, but brought back as his report to the general
assembly of the Ten Thousand, that the king appeared to have a
large army of confectioners and pastry-cooks, butlers and doorkeepers;
but as for men capable of doing battle with Hellenes, he had looked
carefully, and could not discover any. Besides all which, even the
report of his wealth seemed to him, he said, bombastic nonsense. "Why,
the golden plane-tree that is so belauded is not big enough to furnish
shade to a single grasshopper."
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from De Profundis by Oscar Wilde:
the doctor to have white bread to eat instead of the coarse black
or brown bread of ordinary prison fare. It is a great delicacy.
It will sound strange that dry bread could possibly be a delicacy
to any one. To me it is so much so that at the close of each meal
I carefully eat whatever crumbs may be left on my tin plate, or
have fallen on the rough towel that one uses as a cloth so as not
to soil one's table; and I do so not from hunger - I get now quite
sufficient food - but simply in order that nothing should be wasted
of what is given to me. So one should look on love.
Christ, like all fascinating personalities, had the power of not
merely saying beautiful things himself, but of making other people