|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Koran:
Say, 'My Lord! if Thou shouldst show me what they are threatened,-my
Lord! then place me not amongst the unjust people.'
Repel evil by what is better. We know best what they attribute (to
thee). And say, 'My Lord! I seek refuge in Thee from the incitings
of the devils; and I seek refuge in Thee from their presence!'
Until when death comes to any one of them he says, 'My Lord! send ye
me back, haply I may do right in that which I have left!'
Not so!-a mere word he speaks!-but behind them is a bar until the
day they shall be raised.
And when the trumpet shall be blown, and there shall be no
relation between them on that day, nor shall they beg of each other
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Cratylus by Plato:
and yet has played so great a part in mental science, were either banished
or used only with the distinct meaning of 'attention to our own minds,'
such as is called forth, not by familiar mental processes, but by the
interruption of them? Now in this sense we may truly say that we are not
conscious of ordinary speech, though we are commonly roused to attention by
the misuse or mispronunciation of a word. Still less, even in schools and
academies, do we ever attempt to invent new words or to alter the meaning
of old ones, except in the case, mentioned above, of technical or borrowed
words which are artificially made or imported because a need of them is
felt. Neither in our own nor in any other age has the conscious effort of
reflection in man contributed in an appreciable degree to the formation of
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Aspern Papers by Henry James:
she asked with her shrunken grimness.
"Ah well," said I, laughing, "I shall be in point of fact a protector and I
will bring gold if you prefer."
"Thank you," the old woman returned with dignity and with an inclination
of her head which evidently signified that I might depart. I passed
out of the room, reflecting that it would not be easy to circumvent her.
As I stood in the sala again I saw that Miss Tita had followed me,
and I supposed that as her aunt had neglected to suggest that I should
take a look at my quarters it was her purpose to repair the omission.
But she made no such suggestion; she only stood there with a dim, though not
a languid smile, and with an effect of irresponsible, incompetent youth