|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Barlaam and Ioasaph by St. John of Damascus:
true good, to fear God and do his will; for this I saw to be the
sum of all good. This also is called the beginning of wisdom,
and perfect wisdom. For life is without pain and reproach to
those that hold by her, and safe to those who lean upon her as
upon the Lord. So, when I had set my reason on the unerring way
of the commandments of the Lord, and had surely learned that
there is nothing froward or perverse therein, and that it is not
full of chasms and rocks, nor of thorns and thistles, but lieth
altogether smooth and even, rejoicing the eyes of the traveller
with the brightest sights, making beautiful his feet, and shoeing
them with `the preparation of the Gospel of peace,' that he may
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Wheels of Chance by H. G. Wells:
Suddenly he gave vent to a noiseless laugh. "What a rush it was!
Rushed in and off with his girl right under his nose. Planned it
well too. Talk of highway robbery! Talk of brigands Up and off!
How juiced SOLD he must be feeling It was a shave too--in the
Suddenly he became silent. Abruptly his eyebrows rose and his jaw
fell. "I sa-a-ay!" said Mr. Hoopdriver.
He had never thought of it before. Perhaps you will understand
the whirl he had been in overnight. But one sees things clearer
in the daylight. "I'm hanged if I haven't been and stolen a
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Eryxias by Platonic Imitator:
'No, but only to those who know how to use a horse?'
SOCRATES: And so, too, physic is not useful to every one, but only to him
who knows how to use it?
SOCRATES: And the same is the case with everything else?
SOCRATES: Then gold and silver and all the other elements which are
supposed to make up wealth are only useful to the person who knows how to