|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Bureaucracy by Honore de Balzac:
Too noble to distress Sebastien uselessly by blaming him for a
misfortune now beyond remedy, Rabourdin said no more. Antoine came.
Rabourdin asked if any clerk had remained at the office after four
o'clock the previous evening. The man replied that Monsieur Dutocq had
worked there later than Monsieur de la Roche, who was usually the last
to leave. Rabourdin dismissed him with a nod, and resumed the thread
of his reflections.
"Twice I have prevented his dismissal," he said to himself, "and this
is my reward."
This morning was to Rabourdin like the solemn hour in which great
commanders decide upon a battle and weigh all chances. Knowing the
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Essays of Francis Bacon by Francis Bacon:
suspicions, counsels, and whatsoever lieth upon
the heart to oppress it, in a kind of civil shrift or
It is a strange thing to observe, how high a rate
great kings and monarchs do set upon this fruit of
friendship, whereof we speak: so great, as they
purchase it, many times, at the hazard of their
own safety and greatness. For princes, in regard
of the distance of their fortune from that of their
subjects and servants, cannot gather this fruit, ex-
cept (to make themselves capable thereof) they
Essays of Francis Bacon
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Three Taverns by Edwin Arlington Robinson:
Do you hear the children singing? . . . God, will you make them stop!"
"And what now in his holy name have you to do with mountains?
We're back to town again, my dear, and we've a dance tonight.
Frozen hearts and falling music? Snow and stars, and -- what the devil!
Say it over to me slowly, and be sure you have it right."
"God knows if I be right or wrong in saying what I tell you,
Or if I know the meaning any more of what I say.
All I know is, it will kill me if I try to keep it hidden --
Well, I met him. . . . Yes, I met him, and I talked with him -- today."
"You met him? Did you meet the ghost of someone you had poisoned,
Long ago, before I knew you for the woman that you are?