|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Reason Discourse by Rene Descartes:
they could have promoted the accomplishment of my designs.
And I thought that it was easy for me to select some matters which should
neither be obnoxious to much controversy, nor should compel me to expound
more of my principles than I desired, and which should yet be sufficient
clearly to exhibit what I can or cannot accomplish in the sciences.
Whether or not I have succeeded in this it is not for me to say; and I do
not wish to forestall the judgments of others by speaking myself of my
writings; but it will gratify me if they be examined, and, to afford the
greater inducement to this I request all who may have any objections to
make to them, to take the trouble of forwarding these to my publisher, who
will give me notice of them, that I may endeavor to subjoin at the same
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Moon-Face and Other Stories by Jack London:
"To a finish?" he demanded.
She nodded, and the horses, feeling the urge of the reins, caught the spirit
of the race. The dust rose in clouds behind as they tore along the level road.
They swung around the bend, horses and riders tilted at sharp angles to the
ground, and more than once the riders ducked low to escape the branches of
outreaching and overhanging trees. They clattered over the small plank
bridges, and thundered over the larger iron ones to an ominous clanking of
They rode side by side, saving the animals for the rush at the finish, yet
putting them at a pace that drew upon vitality and staying power. Curving
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Soul of Man by Oscar Wilde:
made things monstrous in their monotony of repetition, and
contemptible in their conformity to rule, and destroyed throughout
all France all those fine freedoms of expression that had made
tradition new in beauty, and new modes one with antique form. But
the past is of no importance. The present is of no importance. It
is with the future that we have to deal. For the past is what man
should not have been. The present is what man ought not to be.
The future is what artists are.
It will, of course, be said that such a scheme as is set forth here
is quite unpractical, and goes against human nature. This is
perfectly true. It is unpractical, and it goes against human