|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Forged Coupon by Leo Tolstoy:
for the hundredth time we danced across the
"'The quadrille after supper is mine,' I said,
taking her to her place.
"'Of course, if I am not carried off home,' she
said, with a smile.
"'I won't give you up,' I said.
"'Give me my fan, anyhow,' she answered.
"'I am so sorry to part with it,' I said, handing
her a cheap white fan.
"'Well, here's something to console you,' she
The Forged Coupon
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Charmides by Plato:
science. But the time has not yet arrived for the realization of this
vision of metaphysical philosophy; and such a science when brought nearer
to us in the Philebus and the Republic will not be called by the name of
(Greek). Hence we see with surprise that Plato, who in his other writings
identifies good and knowledge, here opposes them, and asks, almost in the
spirit of Aristotle, how can there be a knowledge of knowledge, and even if
attainable, how can such a knowledge be of any use?
The difficulty of the Charmides arises chiefly from the two senses of the
word (Greek), or temperance. From the ethical notion of temperance, which
is variously defined to be quietness, modesty, doing our own business, the
doing of good actions, the dialogue passes onto the intellectual conception
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Camille by Alexandre Dumas:
about them any more, once they are dead! 'Tisn't a merry trade,
ours, especially when we have a little heart left. What do you
expect? I can't help it. I have a fine, strapping girl myself;
she's just twenty, and when a girl of that age comes here I think
of her, and I don't care if it's a great lady or a vagabond, I
can't help feeling it a bit. But I am taking up your time, sir,
with my tales, and it wasn't to hear them you came here. I was
told to show you Mlle. Gautier's grave; here you have it. Is
there anything else I can do for you?"
"Do you know M. Armand Duval's address?" I asked.
"Yes; he lives at Rue de --; at least, that's where I always go