|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Twilight Land by Howard Pyle:
mountain, until they came to another garden, and there Ill-Luck
let the Fiddler drop.
Swash! Down he fell into the top of an apple-tree, and there he
hung in the branches.
It was the garden of a royal castle, and all had been weeping and
woe (though they were beginning now to pick up their smiles
again), and this was the reason why:
The king of that country had died, and no one was left behind him
but the queen. But she was a prize, for not only was the kingdom
hers, but she was as young as a spring apple and as pretty as a
picture; so that there was no end of those who would have liked
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Art of War by Sun Tzu:
[As the hare is noted for its extreme timidity, the
comparison hardly appears felicitous. But of course Sun Tzu was
thinking only of its speed. The words have been taken to mean:
You must flee from the enemy as quickly as an escaping hare; but
this is rightly rejected by Tu Mu.]
 Giles' Biographical Dictionary, no. 399.
 "The Science of War," p. 333.
 "Stonewall Jackson," vol. I, p. 421.
XII. THE ATTACK BY FIRE
The Art of War
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Collected Articles by Frederick Douglass:
that system of barbarism would have continued its horrors far beyond
the limits of the nineteenth century but for the Rebellion,
and perhaps only have disappeared at last in a fiery conflict,
even more fierce and bloody than that which has now been suppressed.
It is no disparagement to truth, that it can only prevail
where reason prevails. War begins where reason ends.
The thing worse than rebellion is the thing that causes rebellion.
What that thing is, we have been taught to our cost. It remains now
to be seen whether we have the needed courage to have that cause
entirely removed from the Republic. At any rate, to this grand work
of national regeneration and entire purification Congress must