|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Symposium by Xenophon:
the boy played on the lyre tuned to accompany the flute, and sang.
 Cf. Plat. "Laws," 812 C; Aristot. "Poet." i. 4.
The performance won the plaudits of the company, and drew from
Charmides a speech as follows: Sirs, what Socrates was claiming in
behalf of wine applies in my opinion no less aptly to the present
composition. So rare a blending of boyish and of girlish beauty, and
of voice with instrument, is potent to lull sorrow to sleep, and to
kindle Aphrodite's flame.
Then Socrates, reverting in a manner to the charge: The young people
have fully proved their power to give us pleasure. Yet, charming as
they are, we still regard ourselves, no doubt, as much their betters.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Beast in the Jungle by Henry James:
dreams, that we should sit and talk of it thus?"
He tried for a little to make out that they had; but it was as if
their dreams, numberless enough, were in solution in some thick
cold mist through which thought lost itself. "It might have been
that we couldn't talk."
"Well"--she did her best for him--"not from this side. This, you
see," she said, "is the OTHER side."
"I think," poor Marcher returned, "that all sides are the same to
me." Then, however, as she gently shook her head in correction:
"We mightn't, as it were, have got across--?"
"To where we are--no. We're HERE"--she made her weak emphasis.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Menexenus by Plato:
and our contemporaries are also good, among whom our departed friends are
to be reckoned. Then as now, and indeed always, from that time to this,
speaking generally, our government was an aristocracy--a form of government
which receives various names, according to the fancies of men, and is
sometimes called democracy, but is really an aristocracy or government of
the best which has the approval of the many. For kings we have always had,
first hereditary and then elected, and authority is mostly in the hands of
the people, who dispense offices and power to those who appear to be most
deserving of them. Neither is a man rejected from weakness or poverty or
obscurity of origin, nor honoured by reason of the opposite, as in other
states, but there is one principle--he who appears to be wise and good is a