|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Enemies of Books by William Blades:
Edmond Werdet's Histoire du Livre."
 "Histoire du Livre en France," par E. Werdet. 8vo, Paris, 1851.
"The Poet Boccaccio, when travelling in Apulia, was anxious to visit
the celebrated Convent of Mount Cassin, especially to see its library,
of which he had heard much. He accosted, with great courtesy,
one of the monks whose countenance attracted him, and begged him
to have the kindness to show him the library. `See for yourself,'
said the monk, brusquely, pointing at the same time to an old
stone staircase, broken with age. Boccaccio hastily mounted
in great joy at the prospect of a grand bibliographical treat.
Soon he reached the room, which was without key or even door
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Voice of the City by O. Henry:
but covert haven.
After dinner on the next day after the arrival of
Harold Farrington Madame Beaumont dropped her
handkerchief in passing out. Mr. Farrington recov-
ered and returned it without the effusiveness of a
seeker after acquaintance.
Perhaps there was a mystic freemasonry between
the discriminating guests of the Lotus. Perhaps
they were drawn one to another by the fact of their
common good fortune in discovering the acme of sum-
mer resorts in a Broadway hotel. Words delicate in
The Voice of the City
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Inaugural Address by John F. Kennedy:
and to enlarge the area in which its writ may run.
Finally, to those nations who would make themselves our adversaries,
we offer not a pledge but a request: that both sides begin anew
the quest for peace; before the dark powers of destruction unleashed
by science engulf all humanity in planned or accidental self-destruction.
We dare not tempt them with weakness. For only when our arms are sufficient
beyond doubt can we be certain beyond doubt that they will never be employed.
But neither can two great and powerful groups of nations take comfort from
our present course. . .both sides overburdened by the cost of modern weapons,
both rightly alarmed by the steady spread of the deadly atom, yet both racing
to alter that uncertain balance of terror that stays the hand of Mankind's