|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Lysis by Plato:
sometimes an evil to us, and sometimes neither one nor the other?
To be sure.
But is there any reason why, because evil perishes, that which is not evil
should perish with it?
Then, even if evil perishes, the desires which are neither good nor evil
Clearly they will.
And must not a man love that which he desires and affects?
Then, even if evil perishes, there may still remain some elements of love
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Montezuma's Daughter by H. Rider Haggard:
befriended him by the hand of a fool, for there was no Spaniard but
only the village idiot, Billy Minns by name, who stood staring
first at the tree to which the foreigner had been made fast, and
then at a piece of silver in his hand.
'Where is the man who was tied here, Billy?' I asked.
'I know not, Master Thomas,' he answered in his Norfolk talk which
I will not set down. 'Half-way to wheresoever he was going I
should say, measured by the pace at which he left when once I had
set him upon his horse.'
'You set him on his horse, fool? How long was that ago?'
'How long! Well, it might be one hour, and it might be two. I'm
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry:
and receive gifts, such as they are wisest. Everywhere they
are wisest. They are the magi.
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