|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Hidden Masterpiece by Honore de Balzac:
his cuffs with convulsive haste, slipped his thumb through the palette
charged with prismatic colors, and snatched, rather than took, the
handful of brushes which Porbus held out to him. As he did so his
beard, cut to a point, seemed to quiver with the eagerness of an
incontinent fancy; and while he filled his brush he muttered between
"Colors fit to fling out of the window with the man who ground them,--
crude, false, revolting! who can paint with them?"
Then he dipped the point of his brush with feverish haste into the
various tints, running through the whole scale with more rapidity than
the organist of a cathedral runs up the gamut of the "O Filii" at
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Enemies of Books by William Blades:
in such evil repute with us, is the lineal descendant of ravenous ancestors
who plagued the sacred Priests of On in the time of Joseph's Pharaoh,
by destroying their title deeds and their books of Science.
Rare things and precious, as manuscripts were before the invention
of typography, are well preserved, but when the printing press
was invented and paper books were multiplied in the earth;
when libraries increased and readers were many, then familiarity
bred contempt; books were packed in out-of-the-way places
and neglected, and the oft-quoted, though seldom seen,
bookworm became an acknowledged tenant of the library,
and the mortal enemy of the bibliophile.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Desert Gold by Zane Grey:
than usual, and an air of suppressed waiting excitement pervaded
the place. Otherwise the ordinary details of the morning's work
continued as on any other day. Ladd came in hungry and cold,
and said the Mexicans were not breaking camp. He reported a
good-sized force of rebels, and was taciturn as to his idea of
About an hour after sunrise Yaqui ran in with the information
that part of the rebels were crossing the river.
"That can't mean a fight yet," declared Belding. "But get in the
house, boys, and make ready anyway. I'll meet them."
"Drive them off the place same as if you had a company of soldiers