|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Soul of Man by Oscar Wilde:
reached. Is the silly fellow to get angry and call out, and
disturb the play, and annoy the artists? No. The honest man is to
sit quietly, and know the delightful emotions of wonder, curiosity,
and suspense. He is not to go to the play to lose a vulgar temper.
He is to go to the play to realise an artistic temperament. He is
to go to the play to gain an artistic temperament. He is not the
arbiter of the work of art. He is one who is admitted to
contemplate the work of art, and, if the work be fine, to forget in
its contemplation and the egotism that mars him - the egotism of
his ignorance, or the egotism of his information. This point about
the drama is hardly, I think, sufficiently recognised. I can quite
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from 1492 by Mary Johntson:
far from clothed and lettered Asia?''
``So far,'' I answered, ``that I see not why we call these
brown, naked folk Indians.''
``What else would you call them?''
``I do not know that.''
``Why, then, let us still call them Indians.'' He drummed
upon the rail before him, then broke out, ``Christ! I think
we do esteem hard, present, hand-held gold too much!''
``I say yes to that!''
He said, ``We should hold to the joy of Discovery and
great use hereafter--mounting use!''
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Duchesse de Langeais by Honore de Balzac:
Paris cares to take what other women have passed over. The dread
of being taken for a fool is the source of the coxcomb's bragging
so common in France; for in France to have the reputation of a
fool is to be a foreigner in one's own country. Vehement desire
seized on M. de Montriveau, desire that had gathered strength
from the heat of the desert and the first stirrings of a heart
unknown as yet in its suppressed turbulence.
A strong man, and violent as he was strong, he could keep mastery
over himself; but as he talked of indifferent things, he retired
within himself, and swore to possess this woman, for through that
thought lay the only way to love for him. Desire became a solemn