|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Essays of Francis Bacon by Francis Bacon:
letter; and by the mediation of a third than by
a man's self. Letters are good, when a man would
draw an answer by letter back again; or when it
may serve for a man's justification afterwards to
produce his own letter; or where it may be danger
to be interrupted, or heard by pieces. To deal in
person is good, when a man's face breedeth regard,
as commonly with inferiors; or in tender cases,
where a man's eye, upon the countenance of him
with whom he speaketh, may give him a direction
how far to go; and generally, where a man will
Essays of Francis Bacon
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Men of Iron by Howard Pyle:
certain of the midland counties, and with him travelled the Comte
de Vermoise. The Count was the secret emissary of the Dauphin's
faction in France, at that time in the very bitterest intensity
of the struggle with the Duke of Burgundy, and had come to
England seeking aid for his master in his quarrel.
It was not the first time that royalty had visited Devlen. Once,
in Earl Robert's day, King Edward II had spent a week at the
castle during the period of the Scottish wars. But at that time
it was little else than a military post, and was used by the King
as such. Now the Beaumonts were in the very flower of their
prosperity, and preparations were made for the coming visit of
Men of Iron
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Tao Teh King by Lao-tze:
3. Who is content
Needs fear no shame.
Who knows to stop
Incurs no blame.
From danger free
Long live shall he.
45. 1. Who thinks his great achievements poor
Shall find his vigour long endure.
Of greatest fulness, deemed a void,
Exhaustion ne'er shall stem the tide.
Do thou what's straight still crooked deem;