|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Shakespeare's Sonnets by William Shakespeare:
The cause of this fair gift in me is wanting,
And so my patent back again is swerving.
Thy self thou gav'st, thy own worth then not knowing,
Or me to whom thou gav'st it, else mistaking;
So thy great gift, upon misprision growing,
Comes home again, on better judgement making.
Thus have I had thee, as a dream doth flatter,
In sleep a king, but waking no such matter.
When thou shalt be dispos'd to set me light,
And place my merit in the eye of scorn,
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Faraday as a Discoverer by John Tyndall:
possibility of comparing, as regards quantity, electricities which
differ greatly from each other in intensity. His object now is to
compare frictional with voltaic electricity. Moistening bibulous
paper with the iodide of potassium--a favourite test of his--and
subjecting it to the action of machine electricity, he decomposed
the iodide, and formed a brown spot where the iodine was liberated.
Then he immersed two wires, one of zinc, the other of platinum, each
1/13th of an inch in diameter, to a depth of 5/8ths of an inch in
acidulated water during eight beats of his watch, or 3/20ths of a
second; and found that the needle of his galvanometer swung through
the same arc, and coloured his moistened paper to the same extent,
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Menexenus by Plato:
ancient writing proved to be a forgery, which combines excellence with
length. A really great and original writer would have no object in
fathering his works on Plato; and to the forger or imitator, the 'literary
hack' of Alexandria and Athens, the Gods did not grant originality or
genius. Further, in attempting to balance the evidence for and against a
Platonic dialogue, we must not forget that the form of the Platonic writing
was common to several of his contemporaries. Aeschines, Euclid, Phaedo,
Antisthenes, and in the next generation Aristotle, are all said to have
composed dialogues; and mistakes of names are very likely to have occurred.
Greek literature in the third century before Christ was almost as
voluminous as our own, and without the safeguards of regular publication,