|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Within the Tides by Joseph Conrad:
little man in a yellow hat mounted on a mule - that mule without
which the fate of Tom Corbin would have remained mysterious for
BECAUSE OF THE DOLLARS
While we were hanging about near the water's edge, as sailors
idling ashore will do (it was in the open space before the Harbour
Office of a great Eastern port), a man came towards us from the
"front" of business houses, aiming obliquely at the landing steps.
He attracted my attention because in the movement of figures in
Within the Tides
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Duchess of Padua by Oscar Wilde:
And fling the broken shutters to the air,
And let the bright sun in, how the good sun
Turns every grimy particle of dust
Into a little thing of dancing gold?
Guido, my heart is that long-empty room,
But you have let love in, and with its gold
Gilded all life. Do you not think that love
Fills up the sum of life?
Ay! without love
Life is no better than the unhewn stone
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Critias by Plato:
men whom we know and not of gods whom we do not know. Socrates readily
grants his request, and anticipating that Hermocrates will make a similar
petition, extends by anticipation a like indulgence to him.
Critias returns to his story, professing only to repeat what Solon was told
by the priests. The war of which he was about to speak had occurred 9000
years ago. One of the combatants was the city of Athens, the other was the
great island of Atlantis. Critias proposes to speak of these rival powers
first of all, giving to Athens the precedence; the various tribes of Greeks
and barbarians who took part in the war will be dealt with as they
successively appear on the scene.
In the beginning the gods agreed to divide the earth by lot in a friendly