|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson:
his trail was marked by little debts "for wine, pictures,
etc.," the true headmark of a life intolerant of any joyless
passage. He had a kind of idealism in pleasure; like the
princess in the fairy story, he was conscious of a rose-leaf
out of place. Dearly as he loved to talk, he could not enjoy
nor shine in a conversation when he thought himself
unsuitably dressed. Dearly as he loved eating, he "knew not
how to eat alone;" pleasure for him must heighten pleasure;
and the eye and ear must be flattered like the palate ere he
avow himself content. He had no zest in a good dinner when
it fell to be eaten "in a bad street and in a periwig-maker's
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Gorgias by Plato:
SOCRATES: Justly or unjustly, do you mean?
POLUS: In either case is he not equally to be envied?
SOCRATES: Forbear, Polus!
POLUS: Why 'forbear'?
SOCRATES: Because you ought not to envy wretches who are not to be envied,
but only to pity them.
POLUS: And are those of whom I spoke wretches?
SOCRATES: Yes, certainly they are.
POLUS: And so you think that he who slays any one whom he pleases, and
justly slays him, is pitiable and wretched?
SOCRATES: No, I do not say that of him: but neither do I think that he is
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Tattine by Ruth Ogden [Mrs. Charles W. Ide]:
minute and took to his heels and ran as fast as his legs could carry him.
Barney's an awful fraud, Mrs. Gerald."
But Mrs. Gerald had no time just then to give heed to Barney's misdoings.
Seizing a wrap from the hall, she ordered Rudolph into the house and to bed,
as quickly as he could be gotten there, sent Philip to Rudolph's Mother with
the word that the children were safe, and then started off in the wagonette to
bring Mabel and Tattine home.
"Mamma," said Tattine, snuggling her wet little self close to her Mother's
side in the carriage, "Rudolph was just splendid, the way he hauled Barnev and
us and the cart out of the water, but Mamma, I am done with Barney now too.
He's not to be trusted either."