|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Hamlet by William Shakespeare:
Enter King, and Polonius.
King. Loue? His affections do not that way tend,
Nor what he spake, though it lack'd Forme a little,
Was not like Madnesse. There's something in his soule?
O're which his Melancholly sits on brood,
And I do doubt the hatch, and the disclose
Will be some danger, which to preuent
I haue in quicke determination
Thus set it downe. He shall with speed to England
For the demand of our neglected Tribute:
Haply the Seas and Countries different
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Euthydemus by Plato:
Nothing else, he said.
And surely, in the manufacture of vessels, knowledge is that which gives
the right way of making them?
And in the use of the goods of which we spoke at first--wealth and health
and beauty, is not knowledge that which directs us to the right use of
them, and regulates our practice about them?
Then in every possession and every use of a thing, knowledge is that which
gives a man not only good-fortune but success?
He again assented.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Historical Lecturers and Essays by Charles Kingsley:
and shot, it will fire itself off some day if we only leave it alone
It may be so. But our usual experience of Nature and Fact is, that
spontaneous combustion is a rare and exceptional phenomenon; that if
a cannon is to be fired, someone must arise and pull the trigger.
And I believe that in Society and Politics, when a great event is
ready to be done, someone must come and do it--do it, perhaps, half
unwittingly, by some single rash act--like that first fatal shot
fired by an electric spark.
But to return to Cyrus and his Persians.
I know not whether the "Cyropaedia" is much read in your schools and