|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson and Fanny Van De Grift Stevenson:
there is but one way open: we must fly!'
'It is in vain,' returned my father. 'I should but involve
you in my fate. To leave this land is hopeless: we are
closed in it as men are closed in life; and there is no issue
but the grave.'
'We can but die then,' replied my mother. 'Let us at least
die together. Let not Asenath and myself survive you. Think
to what a fate we should be doomed!'
My father was unable to resist her tender violence; and
though I could see he nourished not one spark of hope, he
consented to desert his whole estate, beyond some hundreds of
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Hiero by Xenophon:
asserting his superiority over amateurs, but annoyance rather when
he sustains defeat at the hands of any real antagonist; so, too, the
tyrant finds little consolation in the fact that he is evidently
richer than the private citizen. What he feels is pain, when he
reflects that he has less himself than other monarchs. These he holds
to be his true antagonists; these are his rivals in the race for
 Or, "It gives no pleasure to the athlete to win victories over
amateurs." See "Mem." III. viii. 7.
 Or, "each time it is brought home to him that," etc.
Nor does the tyrant attain the object of his heart's desire more
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte by Karl Marx:
traditions of the Roman republic the ideals and the form, the
self-deceptions, that they needed in order to conceal from themselves
the narrow bourgeois substance of their own struggles, and to keep their
passion up to the height of a great historic tragedy. Thus, at another
stage of development a century before, did Cromwell and the English
people draw from the Old Testament the language, passions and illusions
for their own bourgeois revolution. When the real goal was reached,
when the remodeling of English society was accomplished, Locke
Accordingly, the reviving of the dead in those revolutions served the
purpose of glorifying the new struggles, not of parodying the old; it