|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Hellenica by Xenophon:
against Phlius, taking with him the garrison under his personal
command, with the Sicyonians and Pellenians (for at the date of the
incident these states followed in the wake of Thebes). Euphron was
there also with his mercenaries, about two thousand in number, to
share the fortunes of the field. The mass of the troops began their
descent on the Heraion by the Trikaranon, intending to ravage the flat
bottom below. At the gate leading to Corinth the Theban general left
his Sicyonians and Pellenians on the height, to prevent the Phliasians
getting behind him at this point and so over the heads of his troops
as they lay at the Heraion beneath. As soon as the citizens of
Phlius found that hostile troops were advancing on their corn-land,
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce:
pretence is not altogether false; character can really be read very
accurately in this way, for the wrinkles in every hand submitted
plainly spell the word "dupe." The imposture consists in not reading
PANDEMONIUM, n. Literally, the Place of All the Demons. Most of them
have escaped into politics and finance, and the place is now used as a
lecture hall by the Audible Reformer. When disturbed by his voice the
ancient echoes clamor appropriate responses most gratifying to his
pride of distinction.
PANTALOONS, n. A nether habiliment of the adult civilized male. The
garment is tubular and unprovided with hinges at the points of
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|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Richard III by William Shakespeare:
RICHMOND. Good night, good Captain Blunt. Come,
Let us consult upon to-morrow's business.
In to my tent; the dew is raw and cold.
[They withdraw into the tent]
Enter, to histent, KING RICHARD, NORFOLK,
RATCLIFF, and CATESBY
KING RICHARD. What is't o'clock?
CATESBY. It's supper-time, my lord;
It's nine o'clock.
KING RICHARD. I will not sup to-night.