|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Crito by Plato:
for I highly value your attempts to persuade me to do so, but I may not be
persuaded against my own better judgment. And now please to consider my
first position, and try how you can best answer me.
CRITO: I will.
SOCRATES: Are we to say that we are never intentionally to do wrong, or
that in one way we ought and in another way we ought not to do wrong, or is
doing wrong always evil and dishonorable, as I was just now saying, and as
has been already acknowledged by us? Are all our former admissions which
were made within a few days to be thrown away? And have we, at our age,
been earnestly discoursing with one another all our life long only to
discover that we are no better than children? Or, in spite of the opinion
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Ivanhoe by Walter Scott:
bolts, and two more fell into the moat; the
others retreated back into the barbican.
The situation of Cedric and of the Black Knight
was now truly dangerous, and would have been still
more so, but for the constancy of the archers in the
barbican, who ceased not to shower their arrows
upon the battlements, distracting the attention of
those by whom they were manned, and thus affording
a respite to their two chiefs from the storm of
missiles which must otherwise have overwhelmed
them. But their situation was eminently perilous,
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Silas Marner by George Eliot:
stand by myself. I want no company. I'd as lief do it as I'd fill
"Ah, but who's to watch you, Dowlas, and see you do it? That's no
fair bet," said the butcher.
"No fair bet?" replied Mr. Dowlas, angrily. "I should like to
hear any man stand up and say I want to bet unfair. Come now,
Master Lundy, I should like to hear you say it."
"Very like you would," said the butcher. "But it's no business
o' mine. You're none o' my bargains, and I aren't a-going to try
and 'bate your price. If anybody 'll bid for you at your own
vallying, let him. I'm for peace and quietness, I am."