|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Phaedo by Plato:
he was staying with us at Thebes: and there are others who say the same,
although I have never understood what was meant by any of them.
Do not lose heart, replied Socrates, and the day may come when you will
understand. I suppose that you wonder why, when other things which are
evil may be good at certain times and to certain persons, death is to be
the only exception, and why, when a man is better dead, he is not permitted
to be his own benefactor, but must wait for the hand of another.
Very true, said Cebes, laughing gently and speaking in his native Boeotian.
I admit the appearance of inconsistency in what I am saying; but there may
not be any real inconsistency after all. There is a doctrine whispered in
secret that man is a prisoner who has no right to open the door and run
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Democracy In America, Volume 1 by Alexis de Toqueville:
desire was afterwards expressed of submitting the question to an
extraordinary assembly of all the confederate States.
[Footnote b: That is to say, the majority of the people; for the
opposite party, called the Union party, always formed a very
strong and active minority. Carolina may contain about 47,000
electors; 30,000 were in favor of nullification, and 17,000
opposed to it.]
[Footnote c: This decree was preceded by a report of the
committee by which it was framed, containing the explanation of
the motives and object of the law. The following passage occurs
in it, p. 34: - "When the rights reserved by the Constitution to
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Miracle Mongers and Their Methods by Harry Houdini:
have been by all odds the best performer of his
time, I do not find reference to him in any
other authority. But something of his originality
appeared in the work of a much humbler
practitioner, contemporary or very nearly
contemporary with him.
We have seen that Richardson, Powell,
Dufour, and generally the better class of fire-
eaters were able to secure select audiences and
even to attract the attention of scientists in
England and on the Continent. But many of
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