|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Men of Iron by Howard Pyle:
of pack-horses, laden with bales and boxes, from London. From
morning to night one heard the ceaseless chip- chipping of the
masons' hammers, and saw carriers of stones and mortar ascending
and descending the ladders of the scaffolding that covered the
face of the great North Hall. Within, that part of the building
was alive with the scraping of the carpenters' saws, the
clattering of lumber, and the rapping and banging of hammers.
The North Hall had been assigned as the lodging place for the
King and his court, and St. George's Hall (as the older building
adjoining it was called) had been set apart as the lodging of the
Comte de Vermoise and the knights and gentlemen attendant upon
Men of Iron
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Aeneid by Virgil:
Mnestheus pursues; and while around they wind,
Comes up, not half his galley's length behind;
Then, on the deck, amidst his mates appear'd,
And thus their drooping courage he cheer'd:
"My friends, and Hector's followers heretofore,
Exert your vigor; tug the lab'ring oar;
Stretch to your strokes, my still unconquer'd crew,
Whom from the flaming walls of Troy I drew.
In this, our common int'rest, let me find
That strength of hand, that courage of the mind,
As when you stemm'd the strong Malean flood,
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Charmides by Plato:
and when I have enquired, I will say whether I agree with you or not.
Please then to allow me time to reflect.
Reflect, he said.
I am reflecting, I replied, and discover that temperance, or wisdom, if
implying a knowledge of anything, must be a science, and a science of
Yes, he said; the science of itself.
Is not medicine, I said, the science of health?
And suppose, I said, that I were asked by you what is the use or effect of
medicine, which is this science of health, I should answer that medicine is