|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Alcibiades I by Plato:
the Delphian inscription, 'Know thyself'--not the men whom you think, but
these kings are our rivals, and we can only overcome them by pains and
skill. And if you fail in the required qualities, you will fail also in
becoming renowned among Hellenes and Barbarians, which you seem to desire
more than any other man ever desired anything.
ALCIBIADES: I entirely believe you; but what are the sort of pains which
are required, Socrates,--can you tell me?
SOCRATES: Yes, I can; but we must take counsel together concerning the
manner in which both of us may be most improved. For what I am telling you
of the necessity of education applies to myself as well as to you; and
there is only one point in which I have an advantage over you.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells:
but a day of gliding and hard and dangerous exercise would
satisfy me. And now in the newspapers, in conversation, in
everything about me, arose a new invader of my mental states.
Something was happening to the great schemes of my uncle's
affairs; people were beginning to doubt, to question. It was the
first quiver of his tremendous insecurity, the first wobble of
that gigantic credit top he had kept spinning so long.
There were comings and goings, November and December slipped by.
I had two unsatisfactory meetings with Beatrice, meetings that
had no privacy--in which we said things of the sort that need
atmosphere, baldly and furtively. I wrote to her several times
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson:
family, father, brothers, and sisters, helping themselves
with one hand, and holding a book in the other. We are
surprised at the prose style of Robert; that of Gilbert need
surprise us no less; even William writes a remarkable letter
for a young man of such slender opportunities. One anecdote
marks the taste of the family. Murdoch brought TITUS
ANDRONICUS, and, with such dominie elocution as we may
suppose, began to read it aloud before this rustic audience;
but when he had reached the passage where Tamora insults
Lavinia, with one voice and "in an agony of distress" they
refused to hear it to an end. In such a father and with such