|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Eryxias by Platonic Imitator:
whether these things are useful and a part of wealth or not. But what
shall we say to another question: Which is the happier and better man,--he
who requires the greatest quantity of necessaries for body and diet, or he
who requires only the fewest and least? The answer will perhaps become
more obvious if we suppose some one, comparing the man himself at different
times, to consider whether his condition is better when he is sick or when
he is well?
CRITIAS: That is not a question which needs much consideration.
SOCRATES: Probably, I said, every one can understand that health is a
better condition than disease. But when have we the greatest and the most
various needs, when we are sick or when we are well?
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Scenes from a Courtesan's Life by Honore de Balzac:
"A woman of the world?" asked Lucien.
"Nay," said de Marsay. "The Baron would not grow so thin but for a
hopeless love, and he has money enough to buy all the women who will
or can sell themselves!"
"I do not know who she it," said the Baron. "And as Motame de Nucingen
is inside de trawing-room, I may say so, dat till now I have nefer
known what it is to lof. Lof! I tink it is to grow tin."
"And where did you meet this innocent daisy?" asked Rastignac.
"In a carriage, at mitnight, in de forest of Fincennes."
"Describe her," said de Marsay.
"A vhite gaze hat, a rose gown, a vhite scharf, a vhite feil--a face
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Caesar's Commentaries in Latin by Julius Caesar:
diem pugnae constituit.
Prima luce productis omnibus copiis duplici acie instituta, auxiliis
in mediam aciem coniectis, quid hostes consilii caperent expectabat.
Illi, etsi propter multitudinem et veterem belli gloriam paucitatemque
nostrorum se tuto dimicaturos existimabant, tamen tutius esse
arbitrabantur obsessis viis commeatu intercluso sine vulnere victoria
potiri, et si propter inopiam rei frumentariae Romani se recipere
coepissent, impeditos in agmine et sub sarcinis infirmiores animo adoriri
cogitabant. Hoc consilio probato ab ducibus, productis Romanorum copiis,
sese castris tenebant. Hac re perspecta Crassus, cum sua cunctatione
atque opinione timoris hostes nostros milites alacriores ad pugnaudum