|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Death of the Lion by Henry James:
and the result of her reflexion on what I had just said was to make
her suddenly break out: "Look here, sir - what's the matter with
"The matter with him is that if he doesn't look out people will eat
a great hole in his life."
She turned it over. "He hasn't any disfigurement?"
"Nothing to speak of!"
"Do you mean that social engagements interfere with his
"That but feebly expresses it."
"So that he can't give himself up to his beautiful imagination?"
|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:
compact of union with the other States; but she demands, and will
exercise, the right of putting her own construction upon it; and
when this compact is violated by her sister States, and by the
Government which they have created, she is determined to avail
herself of the unquestionable right of judging what is the extent
of the infraction, and what are the measures best fitted to
Chapter XVIII: Future Condition Of Three Races - Part IX
In the meantime South Carolina armed her militia, and
prepared for war. But Congress, which had slighted its suppliant
subjects, listened to their complaints as soon as they were found
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Alcibiades II by Platonic Imitator:
The wisest plan, therefore, seems to me that you should keep silence; for
your 'highmindedness'--to use the mildest term which men apply to folly--
will most likely prevent you from using the prayer of the Lacedaemonians.
You had better wait until we find out how we should behave towards the Gods
and towards men.
ALCIBIADES: And how long must I wait, Socrates, and who will be my
teacher? I should be very glad to see the man.
SOCRATES: It is he who takes an especial interest in you. But first of
all, I think, the darkness must be taken away in which your soul is now
enveloped, just as Athene in Homer removes the mist from the eyes of