|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Menexenus by Plato:
this your first and last and constant and all-absorbing aim, to exceed, if
possible, not only us but all your ancestors in virtue; and know that to
excel you in virtue only brings us shame, but that to be excelled by you is
a source of happiness to us. And we shall most likely be defeated, and you
will most likely be victors in the contest, if you learn so to order your
lives as not to abuse or waste the reputation of your ancestors, knowing
that to a man who has any self-respect, nothing is more dishonourable than
to be honoured, not for his own sake, but on account of the reputation of
his ancestors. The honour of parents is a fair and noble treasure to their
posterity, but to have the use of a treasure of wealth and honour, and to
leave none to your successors, because you have neither money nor
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Caesar's Commentaries in Latin by Julius Caesar:
animadverteret aut civitatem animadvertere iuberet. His omnibus rebus
unum repugnabat, quod Diviciaci fratris summum in populum Romanum studium,
summum in se voluntatem, egregiam fidem, iustitiam, temperantiam
cognoverat; nam ne eius supplicio Diviciaci animum offenderet verebatur.
Itaque prius quam quicquam conaretur, Diviciacum ad se vocari iubet et,
cotidianis interpretibus remotis, per C. Valerium Troucillum, principem
Galliae provinciae, familiarem suum, cui summam omnium rerum fidem
habebat, cum eo conloquitur; simul commonefacit quae ipso praesente in
concilio [Gallorum] de Dumnorige sint dicta, et ostendit quae separatim
quisque de eo apud se dixerit. Petit atque hortatur ut sine eius
offensione animi vel ipse de eo causa cognita statuat vel civitatem
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Dracula by Bram Stoker:
I burst into tears, I am afraid, my dear, you will think this a very sloppy
letter in more ways than one, and I really felt very badly.
Why can't they let a girl marry three men, or as many as want her,
and save all this trouble? But this is heresy, and I must not say it.
I am glad to say that, though I was crying, I was able to look into
Mr. Morris' brave eyes, and I told him out straight. . .
"Yes, there is some one I love, though he has not told me
yet that he even loves me." I was right to speak to him
so frankly, for quite a light came into his face, and he put
out both his hands and took mine, I think I put them into his,
and said in a hearty way. . .