|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Protagoras by Plato:
pleasures:--there again they would agree?
We both of us thought that they would.
And then I should take the question from the opposite point of view, and
say: 'Friends, when you speak of goods being painful, do you not mean
remedial goods, such as gymnastic exercises, and military service, and the
physician's use of burning, cutting, drugging, and starving? Are these the
things which are good but painful?'--they would assent to me?
'And do you call them good because they occasion the greatest immediate
suffering and pain; or because, afterwards, they bring health and
improvement of the bodily condition and the salvation of states and power
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Travels with a Donkey in the Cevenne by Robert Louis Stevenson:
and child in the act of mounting into the other. This was my first
experience of the sort; and if I am always to feel equally silly
and extraneous, I pray God it be my last as well. I kept my eyes
to myself, and know nothing of the woman except that she had
beautiful arms, and seemed no whit embarrassed by my appearance.
As a matter of fact, the situation was more trying to me than to
the pair. A pair keep each other in countenance; it is the single
gentleman who has to blush. But I could not help attributing my
sentiments to the husband, and sought to conciliate his tolerance
with a cup of brandy from my flask. He told me that he was a
cooper of Alais travelling to St. Etienne in search of work, and
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne:
Meantime, Michael was standing ready, his eyes return-
ing the Emir's haughty glance, while his countenance as-
sumed an expression of intense scorn whenever he cast his
looks on Ivan Ogareff. He was prepared to die, yet not
a single sign of weakness escaped him.
The spectators, waiting around the square, as well as
Feofar-Khan's body-guard, to whom this execution was
only one of the attractions, were eagerly expecting it.
Then, their curiosity satisfied, they would rush off to enjoy
the pleasures of intoxication.