|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Parmenides by Plato:
and of the other things which Zeno mentioned?
I think that there are such ideas, said Socrates.
Parmenides proceeded: And would you also make absolute ideas of the just
and the beautiful and the good, and of all that class?
Yes, he said, I should.
And would you make an idea of man apart from us and from all other human
creatures, or of fire and water?
I am often undecided, Parmenides, as to whether I ought to include them or
And would you feel equally undecided, Socrates, about things of which the
mention may provoke a smile?--I mean such things as hair, mud, dirt, or
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Ruling Passion by Henry van Dyke:
"But certainly NOT!" answered Jean. "I am well content with
m'sieu', as I hope m'sieu' is content with me. While I am AU BOIS,
I ask no better than to be your guide. Besides, I must earn those
other hundred dollars, for the payment in the spring."
Alden tried to make him promise to give nothing more to the lawyer
until he had something sure to show for his money. But Jean was
politely non-committal on that point. It was evident that he felt
the impossibility of meanness in a marquis. Why should he be
sparing or cautious? That was for the merchant, not for the noble.
A hundred, two hundred, three hundred dollars: What was that to an
estate and a title? Nothing risk, nothing gain! He must live up to
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Tom Sawyer, Detective by Mark Twain:
that was running along the road heard him yelling that way,
and they made a rush into the syca- i more bunch--which was
where they was bound for, anyway--and when the pals saw them
they lit out and the two new men after them a-chasing them
as tight as they could go. But only a minute or two--then
these two new men slipped back very quiet into the sycamores.
"THEN what did they do? I will tell you what they done.
They found where the thief had got his disguise out of his
carpet-sack to put on; so one of them strips and puts on
Tom waited a little here, for some more "effect"--then