|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Tao Teh King by Lao-tze:
Without these powers, the spirits soon would fail;
If not so filled, the drought would parch each vale;
Without that life, creatures would pass away;
Princes and kings, without that moral sway,
However grand and high, would all decay.
3. Thus it is that dignity finds its (firm) root in its (previous)
meanness, and what is lofty finds its stability in the lowness (from
which it rises). Hence princes and kings call themselves 'Orphans,'
'Men of small virtue,' and as 'Carriages without a nave.' Is not this
an acknowledgment that in their considering themselves mean they see
the foundation of their dignity? So it is that in the enumeration of
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from King Henry VI by William Shakespeare:
O, Warwick, Warwick! I foresee with grief
The utter loss of all the realm of France.
Be patient, York: if we conclude
It shall be with such strict and severe covenants
As little shall the Frenchmen gain thereby.
[Enter Charles, Alencon, Bastard, Reignier, and others.]
Since, lords of England, it is thus agreed
That peaceful truce shall be proclaim'd in France,
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott:
Had any one at this period told the Master of Ravenswood that he
had so lately vowed vengeance against the whole lineage of him
whom he considered, not unjustly, as author of his
father's ruin and death, he might at first have repelled the
charge as a foul calumny; yet, upon serious self-examination, he
would have been compelled to admit that it had, at one period,
some foundation in truth, though, according to the present tone
of his sentiments, it was difficult to believe that this had
really been the case.
There already existed in his bosom two contradictory
The Bride of Lammermoor