|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Duchess of Padua by Oscar Wilde:
Nay, he is the Lord Justice.
[Enter GUIDO guarded.]
There be the prisoner surely.
He looks honest.
That be his villany: knaves nowadays do look so honest that honest
folk are forced to look like knaves so as to be different.
[Enter the Headman, who takes his stand behind GUIDO.]
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Almayer's Folly by Joseph Conrad:
He approached his daughter and passed his hand caressingly over
"It is bad to have to trust a Malay," he said, "but I must own
that this Dain is a perfect gentleman--a perfect gentleman," he
"Did you ask him to come here, father?" inquired Nina, not
looking at him.
"Well, of course. We shall start on the day after to-morrow,"
said Almayer, joyously. "We must not lose any time. Are you
glad, little girl?"
She was nearly as tall as himself, but he liked to recall the
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from On the Duty of Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau:
The mass of men serve the state thus, not as men mainly,
but as machines, with their bodies. They are the standing army,
and the militia, jailers, constables, posse comitatus, etc.
In most cases there is no free exercise whatever of the
judgement or of the moral sense; but they put themselves
on a level with wood and earth and stones; and wooden men
can perhaps be manufactured that will serve the purpose as well.
Such command no more respect than men of straw or a lump of dirt.
They have the same sort of worth only as horses and dogs.
Yet such as these even are commonly esteemed good citizens.
Others--as most legislators, politicians, lawyers, ministers,
On the Duty of Civil Disobedience