|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx:
piece-meal, are a commodity, like every other article of
commerce, and are consequently exposed to all the vicissitudes of
competition, to all the fluctuations of the market.
Owing to the extensive use of machinery and to division of
labour, the work of the proletarians has lost all individual
character, and consequently, all charm for the workman. He
becomes an appendage of the machine, and it is only the most
simple, most monotonous, and most easily acquired knack, that is
required of him. Hence, the cost of production of a workman is
restricted, almost entirely, to the means of subsistence that he
requires for his maintenance, and for the propagation of his
The Communist Manifesto
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from An Unsocial Socialist by George Bernard Shaw:
hiding from a romantic lady who is in love with me."
"Poor thing," said Agatha sarcastically. "Of course, she has
proposed to you, and you have refused."
"On the contrary, I proposed, and she accepted. That is why I
have to hide."
"You tell stories charmingly," said Agatha. "Good-bye. Here is
Miss Carpenter coming to hear what we are taking about."
"Good-bye. That story of your being expelled beats--Might a
common man make so bold as to inquire where the whitening machine
This was addressed to Jane, who had come up with some of the
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from De Profundis by Oscar Wilde:
You may realise it when I say that had I been released last May, as
I tried to be, I would have left this place loathing it and every
official in it with a bitterness of hatred that would have poisoned
my life. I have had a year longer of imprisonment, but humanity
has been in the prison along with us all, and now when I go out I
shall always remember great kindnesses that I have received here
from almost everybody, and on the day of my release I shall give
many thanks to many people, and ask to be remembered by them in
The prison style is absolutely and entirely wrong. I would give
anything to be able to alter it when I go out. I intend to try.