|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Lesser Bourgeoisie by Honore de Balzac:
"My own opinion," said Colleville, who was walking with Phellion
behind his wife, Madame Phellion, and Celeste, "is that he's a Jesuit;
and I don't like Jesuits; the best of them are no good. To my mind a
Jesuit means knavery, and knavery for knavery's sake; they deceive for
the pleasure of deceiving, and, as the saying is, to keep their hand
in. That's my opinion, and I don't mince it."
"I understand you, monsieur," said Phellion, who was arm-in-arm with
"No, Monsieur Phellion," remarked Flavie in a shrill voice, "you don't
understand Colleville; but I know what he means, and I think he had
better stop saying it. Such subjects are not to be talked of in the
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Soul of the Far East by Percival Lowell:
and so universal as it is. Appreciation is not confined to the
cultivated few; it is shown quite as enthusiastically by the masses.
The popularity of the plants is all-embracing. The common people
are as sensitive to their beauty as are the upper classes. Private
gratification, roseate as it is, pales beside the public delight.
Indeed, not content with what revelation Nature makes of herself of
her own accord, man has multiplied her manifestations. Spots
suitable to their growth have been peopled by him with trees.
Sometimes they stand in groups like star-clusters, as in Oji,
crowning a hill; sometimes, as at Mukojima, they line an avenue for
miles, dividing the blue river on the one hand from the blue-green
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Crowd by Gustave le Bon:
the course of this investigation we shall have occasion to
observe some interesting examples of the errors that may be made
by persons not versed in the psychology of crowds.
Juries, in the first place, furnish us a good example of the
slight importance of the mental level of the different elements
composing a crowd, so far as the decisions it comes to are
concerned. We have seen that when a deliberative assembly is
called upon to give its opinion on a question of a character not
entirely technical, intelligence stands for nothing. For
instance, a gathering of scientific men or of artists, owing to
the mere fact that they form an assemblage, will not deliver