|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Cavalry General by Xenophon:
commande en serre-file. C'est chez nous le capitaine en second."
 Or, "the rest of the squadron." Lit. "his own tribesmen."
An even number of file-leaders will admit of a greater number of equal
subdivisions than an odd.
The above formation pleases me for two good reasons: in the first
place, all the front-rank men are forced to act as officers; and
the same man, mark you, when in command is somehow apt to feel that
deeds of valour are incumbent on him which, as a private, he ignores;
and in the next place, at a crisis when something calls for action on
the instant, the word of command passed not to privates but to
officers takes speedier effect.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin:
glaciers, are now clothed by the vine and maize. Throughout a large part
of the United States, erratic boulders, and rocks scored by drifted
icebergs and coast-ice, plainly reveal a former cold period.
The former influence of the glacial climate on the distribution of the
inhabitants of Europe, as explained with remarkable clearness by Edward
Forbes, is substantially as follows. But we shall follow the changes more
readily, by supposing a new glacial period to come slowly on, and then pass
away, as formerly occurred. As the cold came on, and as each more southern
zone became fitted for arctic beings and ill-fitted for their former more
temperate inhabitants, the latter would be supplanted and arctic
productions would take their places. The inhabitants of the more temperate
On the Origin of Species
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin:
induc'd me to avoid all discourse that might tend to lessen
the good opinion another might have of his own religion; and as
our province increas'd in people, and new places of worship were
continually wanted, and generally erected by voluntary contributions,
my mite for such purpose, whatever might be the sect, was never refused.
Tho' I seldom attended any public worship, I had still an opinion
of its propriety, and of its utility when rightly conducted,
and I regularly paid my annual subscription for the support of
the only Presbyterian minister or meeting we had in Philadelphia.
He us'd to visit me sometimes as a friend, and admonish me
to attend his administrations, and I was now and then prevail'd
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin