|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Four Arthurian Romances by Chretien DeTroyes:
I will grant him a truce and security. I have never yet done a
disloyal deed or practised treason and felony, and I shall not
begin to do so now on thy account any more than I would for any
stranger. I do not wish to flatter thee, for I promise that the
knight shall not lack any arms, or horse or anything else he
needs, in view of the boldness he has displayed in coming thus
far. He shall be securely guarded and well defended against all
men here excepting thee. I wish him clearly to understand that,
if he can maintain himself against thee, he need have no fear of
any one else." "I have listened to you in silence long enough,"
says Meleagant, "and you may say what you please. But little do
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Poems by Oscar Wilde:
Wearied of every right, unanswered prayer,
For man is weak; God sleeps: and heaven is high:
One fiery-coloured moment: one great love; and lo! we die.
Ah! but no ferry-man with labouring pole
Nears his black shallop to the flowerless strand,
No little coin of bronze can bring the soul
Over Death's river to the sunless land,
Victim and wine and vow are all in vain,
The tomb is sealed; the soldiers watch; the dead rise not again.
We are resolved into the supreme air,
We are made one with what we touch and see,
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from An International Episode by Henry James:
His kinsman, meanwhile, was having a great deal of talk
with Bessie Alden--on the red sea rocks beyond the lawn;
in the course of long island rides, with a slow return in
the glowing twilight; on the deep veranda late in the evening.
Lord Lambeth, who had stayed at many houses, had never stayed
at a house in which it was possible for a young man to converse
so frequently with a young lady. This young lady no longer applied
to Percy Beaumont for information concerning his lordship.
She addressed herself directly to the young nobleman.
She asked him a great many questions, some of which bored him
a little; for he took no pleasure in talking about himself.