|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln:
on the battlefield near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth
upon this continent a new nation: conceived in liberty, and
dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war. . .testing whether
that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated. . .
can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war.
We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting place
for those who here gave their lives that this nation might live.
It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from To-morrow by Joseph Conrad:
money?" he asked. "I must be off now."
She nodded quickly her shamefaced head, and he
waited, looking away from her, while, trembling
all over and bowing her neck, she tried to find the
pocket of her dress.
"Here it is!" she whispered. "Oh, go away!
go away for God's sake! If I had more--more--
I would give it all to forget--to make you for-
He extended his hand. "No fear! I haven't
forgotten a single one of you in the world. Some
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Lysis by Plato:
friends, or for not revealing some secret of their lives; (in friendship
too there must be reserves;) they do not intrude upon one another, and they
mutually rejoice in any good which happens to either of them, though it may
be to the loss of the other. They may live apart and have little
intercourse, but when they meet, the old tie is as strong as ever--
according to the common saying, they find one another always the same. The
greatest good of friendship is not daily intercourse, for circumstances
rarely admit of this; but on the great occasions of life, when the advice
of a friend is needed, then the word spoken in season about conduct, about
health, about marriage, about business,--the letter written from a distance
by a disinterested person who sees with clearer eyes may be of inestimable