|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Myths and Myth-Makers by John Fiske:
and the war of Troy, can have no great weight with the
critical historian, since even in the time of Thukydides these
events were as completely obscured by lapse of time as they
are now. There is no literary Greek history before the age of
Hekataios and Herodotos, three centuries subsequent to the
first recorded Olympiad. A portion of this period is
satisfactorily covered by inscriptions, but even these fail us
before we get within a century of this earliest ascertainable
date. Even the career of the lawgiver Lykourgos, which seems
to belong to the commencement of the eighth century B. C.,
presents us, from lack of anything like contemporary records,
Myths and Myth-Makers
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Alcibiades II by Platonic Imitator:
some are discreet, some foolish, and that some are mad?
SOCRATES: And again, there are some who are in health?
ALCIBIADES: There are.
SOCRATES: While others are ailing?
SOCRATES: And they are not the same?
ALCIBIADES: Certainly not.
SOCRATES: Nor are there any who are in neither state?
SOCRATES: A man must either be sick or be well?
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Touchstone by Edith Wharton:
beaconing light thrown on the speaker's words: his answers seemed
to bring out a latent significance in her phrases, as the sculptor
draws his statue from the block. Glennard, under his wife's
composure, detected a sensibility to this manoeuvre, and the
discovery was like the lightning-flash across a nocturnal
landscape. Thus far these momentary illuminations had served only
to reveal the strangeness of the intervening country: each fresh
observation seemed to increase the sum-total of his ignorance.
Her simplicity of outline was more puzzling than a complex
surface. One may conceivably work one's way through a labyrinth;
but Alexa's candor was like a snow-covered plain where, the road