|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson:
from the west; and we began our movement in as black a night as ever a
fugitive or a murderer wanted. The whiteness of the path guided us
into the sleeping town of Broughton, thence through Picardy, and beside
my old acquaintance the gibbet of the two thieves. A little beyond we
made a useful beacon, which was a light in an upper window of Lochend.
Steering by this, but a good deal at random, and with some trampling of
the harvest, and stumbling and falling down upon the banks, we made our
way across country, and won forth at last upon the linky, boggy
muirland that they call the Figgate Whins. Here, under a bush of whin,
we lay down the remainder of that night and slumbered.
The day called us about five. A beautiful morning it was, the high
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Art of War by Sun Tzu:
sacrifice their own lives, it is not that they dislike them, but
simply that they have no choice." Sun Tzu is slyly insinuating
that, as soldiers are but human, it is for the general to see
that temptations to shirk fighting and grow rich are not thrown
in their way.]
28. On the day they are ordered out to battle, your
soldiers may weep,
[The word in the Chinese is "snivel." This is taken to
indicate more genuine grief than tears alone.]
those sitting up bedewing their garments, and those lying down
letting the tears run down their cheeks.
The Art of War
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Egmont by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe:
going on in your province! Do you suffer it, Count, you, in whom the king
confided so implicitly?"
Machiavel. And what was his reply?
Regent. As if it were a mere trifle, an affair of no moment, he answered:
"Were the Netherlanders but satisfied as to their constitution! The rest
would soon follow."
Machiavel. There was, perhaps, more truth than discretion or piety in his
words. How can we hope to acquire and to maintain the confidence of the
Netherlander, when he sees that we are more interested in appropriating
his possessions, than in promoting his welfare, temporal or spiritual? Does
the number of souls saved by the new bishops exceed that of the fat