|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Poems of Goethe, Bowring, Tr. by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe:
Quickly bringeth he;
River after river
Rusheth on poor me!
Now no longer
Can I bear him;
I will snare him,
Ah, my terror waxes stronger!
What a look! what fearful sight
Oh, thou villain child of hell!
Shall the house through thee be drown'd
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Chinese Boy and Girl by Isaac Taylor Headland:
"Lots of them."
This is the stereotyped answer that will come from any
Chinaman to almost any question he may be asked about
"For instance?" we further inquired.
"Forcing the city gates," he answered.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Democracy In America, Volume 1 by Alexis de Toqueville:
1874, when great cities like Chicago and San Francisco have
sprung up in the Western States. But as yet the Western States
exert no powerful influence on American society. - Translator's
It is not only the fortunes of men which are equal in
America; even their requirements partake in some degree of the
same uniformity. I do not believe that there is a country in the
world where, in proportion to the population, there are so few
uninstructed and at the same time so few learned individuals.
Primary instruction is within the reach of everybody; superior
instruction is scarcely to be obtained by any. This is not