|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Lysis by Plato:
either of the good, or of that which is neither good nor evil, for nothing
can be the friend of the bad.
But neither can like be the friend of like, as we were just now saying.
And if so, that which is neither good nor evil can have no friend which is
neither good nor evil.
Then the good alone is the friend of that only which is neither good nor
That may be assumed to be certain.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Facino Cane by Honore de Balzac:
Bourdon must have stood still to listen to an exile's last prayer, a
last cry of regret for a lost name, mingled with memories of Bianca.
But gold soon gained the upper hand, the fatal passion quenched the
light of youth.
"I see it always," he said; "dreaming or waking, I see it; and as I
pace to and fro, I pace in the Treasury, and the diamonds sparkle. I
am not as blind as you think; gold and diamonds light up my night, the
night of the last Facino Cane, for my title passes to the Memmi. My
God! the murderer's punishment was not long delayed! /Ave Maria/," and
he repeated several prayers that I did not heed.
"We will go to Venice!" I said, when he rose.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf:
they were saved so much; they kept so much. The dead--she called
to mind those who had died early, accidentally--were beautiful;
she often dreamt of the dead. And in time Terence himself would
come to feel--She got up and began to wander restlessly about
For an old woman of her age she was very restless, and for one of
her clear, quick mind she was unusually perplexed. She could not
settle to anything, so that she was relieved when the door opened.
She went up to her husband, took him in her arms, and kissed him
with unusual intensity, and then as they sat down together she began
to pat him and question him as if he were a baby, an old, tired,