|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Bickerstaff-Partridge Papers by Jonathan Swift:
because it is a matter of state that concerns us here at home, I
shall speak no farther of it.
I shall add but one prediction more, and that in mystical terms,
which shall be included in a verse out of Virgil,
Alter erit jam Tethys, & altera quae vehat Argo.
Upon the 25th day of this month, the fulfilling of this
prediction will be manifest to every body.
This is the farthest I have proceeded in my calculations for the
present year. I do not pretend, that these are all the great
events which will happen in this period, but that those I have
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Market-Place by Harold Frederic:
'n a minute or two. What do you think we've done today?"
Louisa had never in her life seen her brother look
so well as he did now, sprawling triumphantly upon
the stool under the yellow gas-light. His strong,
heavily-featured face had somehow ceased to be commonplace.
It had acquired an individual distinction of its own.
He looked up at her with a clear, bold eye, in which,
despite its gloss of good-humour, she discerned a new authority.
The nervous and apprehensive lines had somehow vanished from
the countenance, and with them, oddly enough, that lethargic,
heavy expression which had been their complement.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Menexenus by Plato:
ground at the battle of Corinth, or by treason at Lechaeum. Brave men,
too, were those who delivered the Persian king, and drove the
Lacedaemonians from the sea. I remind you of them, and you must celebrate
them together with me, and do honour to their memories.
Such were the actions of the men who are here interred, and of others who
have died on behalf of their country; many and glorious things I have
spoken of them, and there are yet many more and more glorious things
remaining to be told--many days and nights would not suffice to tell of
them. Let them not be forgotten, and let every man remind their
descendants that they also are soldiers who must not desert the ranks of
their ancestors, or from cowardice fall behind. Even as I exhort you this