|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte:
'Oh! then it is with Mrs. Heathcliff you must settle,' she
observed; 'or rather with me. She has not learnt to manage her
affairs yet, and I act for her: there's nobody else.'
I looked surprised.
'Ah! you have not heard of Heathcliff's death, I see,' she
'Heathcliff dead!' I exclaimed, astonished. 'How long ago?'
'Three months since: but sit down, and let me take your hat, and
I'll tell you all about it. Stop, you have had nothing to eat,
'I want nothing: I have ordered supper at home. You sit down too.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Golden Sayings of Epictetus by Epictetus:
ostentation. Men would come to him desiring to be recommended to
philosophers, and he would conduct them thither himself--so well
did he bear being overlooked. Accordingly if any talk concerning
principles should arise among the unlearned, be you for the most
part silent. For you run great risk of spewing up what you have
ill digested. And when a man tells you that you know nothing and
you are not nettled at it, then you may be sure that you have
begun the work.
When you have brought yourself to supply the needs of the
body at small cost, do not pique yourself on that, nor if you
The Golden Sayings of Epictetus
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Alcibiades I by Plato:
SOCRATES: Then, if the argument holds, what we find to be honourable we
shall also find to be good?
SOCRATES: And is the good expedient or not?
SOCRATES: Do you remember our admissions about the just?
ALCIBIADES: Yes; if I am not mistaken, we said that those who acted justly
must also act honourably.
SOCRATES: And the honourable is the good?