|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Bucolics by Virgil:
Of Phyllis and her loves, or Alcon's praise,
Or to fling taunts at Codrus. Come, begin,
While Tityrus watches o'er the grazing kids.
Nay, then, I will essay what late I carved
On a green beech-tree's rind, playing by turns,
And marking down the notes; then afterward
Bid you Amyntas match them if he can.
As limber willow to pale olive yields,
As lowly Celtic nard to rose-buds bright,
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Lesser Hippias by Plato:
things, or that they have the power to do things?
HIPPIAS: I should say that they have power to do many things, and in
particular to deceive mankind.
SOCRATES: Then, according to you, they are both powerful and wily, are
SOCRATES: And are they wily, and do they deceive by reason of their
simplicity and folly, or by reason of their cunning and a certain sort of
HIPPIAS: By reason of their cunning and prudence, most certainly.
SOCRATES: Then they are prudent, I suppose?
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Mistress Wilding by Rafael Sabatini:
But I am a man, Ruth - a tried, and haply a sinful man, alas! - a
man who needs you, and who will have you at all costs."
"At all costs?" she echoed, and her lip took on a curl. "And you call
this egotism by the name of love! No doubt you are right," she continued
with an irony that stung him, "for love it is - love of yourself."
"And is not all love of another founded upon the love of self?" he asked
her, startling her with a question that revealed to her clear-sighted
mind a truth undreamed of. "When some day - please Heaven - I come to
find favour in your eyes, and you come to love me, what will it mean
but that you have come to find me necessary to yourself and to your
happiness? Would you deny me now your love if you felt that you had