|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin:
called specific characters; and as these specific characters have varied
and come to differ within the period of the branching off of the species
from a common progenitor, it is probable that they should still often be in
some degree variable,--at least more variable than those parts of the
organisation which have for a very long period remained constant.
In connexion with the present subject, I will make only two other remarks.
I think it will be admitted, without my entering on details, that secondary
sexual characters are very variable; I think it also will be admitted that
species of the same group differ from each other more widely in their
secondary sexual characters, than in other parts of their organisation;
compare, for instance, the amount of difference between the males of
On the Origin of Species
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The $30,000 Bequest and Other Stories by Mark Twain:
Nine smokers out of ten would prefer an ordinary domestic article,
three for a quarter, to fifty-cent Partaga, if kept in ignorance
of the cost of the latter. The flavor of the Partaga is too delicate
for palates that have been accustomed to Connecticut seed leaf.
So it is with humor. The finer it is in quality, the more danger
of its not being recognized at all. Even Mark Twain has been taken
in by an English review of his INNOCENTS ABROAD. Mark Twain is by
no means a coarse humorist, but the Englishman's humor is so much
finer than his, that he mistakes it for solid earnest, and "lafts
A man who cannot learn stands in his own light. Hereafter, when I
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from When the World Shook by H. Rider Haggard:
possessing the intellect necessary to achievement, is deprived of
all ambition. And I had none at all. I did not even wish to
purchase a peerage or a baronetcy in this fashion or in that,
and, as in my father's case, my tastes were so many and so
catholic that I could not lose myself in any one of them. They
never became more than diversions to me. A hobby is only really
amusing when it becomes an obsession.
At length my lonesome friendliness oppressed me so much that I
took steps to mitigate it. In my college life I had two
particular friends whom I think I must have selected because they
were so absolutely different from myself.
When the World Shook