|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Symposium by Xenophon:
Thou holdest converse, thou shalt lose the wit that is in thee.
 Theog. 35 foll. See "Mem." I. ii. 20; Plat. "Men." 95 D.
Lyc. (turning to his son). Do you hear that, my son?
That he does (Socrates answered for the boy), and he puts the precept
into practice also; to judge, at any rate, from his behaviour. When he
had set his heart on carrying off the palm of victory in the
pankration, he took you into his counsel; and will again take
counsel to discover the fittest friend to aid him in his high
endeavour, and with this friend associate.
 It looks as if something had been lost intimating that Autolycus
would have need of some one to instruct him in spiritual things.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Albert Savarus by Honore de Balzac:
he set out for Vevay by the longest route, starting sooner than was
necessary. Attracted to the waters of the lake where the beautiful
Italian awaited him, he reached Geneva by the end of October. To avoid
the discomforts of the town he took rooms in a house at Eaux-Vives,
outside the walls. As soon as he was settled, his first care was to
ask his landlord, a retired jeweler, whether some Italian refugees
from Milan had not lately come to reside at Geneva.
"Not so far as I know," replied the man. "Prince and Princess Colonna
of Rome have taken Monsieur Jeanrenaud's place for three years; it is
one of the finest on the lake. It is situated between the Villa
Diodati and that of Monsieur Lafin-de-Dieu, let to the Vicomtesse de
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Brother of Daphne by Dornford Yates:
"I don't think they would."
"I'm afraid they might," said I.
WHEN IT WAS DARK
Daphne pointed suddenly to the stile. "This is it," she said.
"We get over here and go across the meadow, and there's the wood
beyond the gate that we've got to- to- what's the word?"
"Encompass?" I hazarded.
"Skirt?" said Jonah.
"Skirt- thank you- till we come upon the carttrack."
The Brother of Daphne