|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Poems by Bronte Sisters:
Sound cannot satisfy the ear,
Light cannot fill the craving eye,
Nor riches half our wants supply,
Pleasure but doubles future pain,
And joy brings sorrow in her train;
Laughter is mad, and reckless mirth--
What does she in this weary earth?
Should Wealth, or Fame, our Life employ,
Death comes, our labour to destroy;
To snatch the untasted cup away,
For which we toiled so many a day.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Deputy of Arcis by Honore de Balzac:
immense plumed hat jauntily perched to one side in a manner which
irresistibly provoked the laughter of even the most respectful
After one glance given to this ridiculous and lamentable exhibition,--
an obligatory part of all funerals, according to the etiquette of the
Roman aristocracy,--Desroziers exclaimed: "There's the end; now come
and see the beginning."
Not replying to any of my questions, because he was arranging a
dramatic effect, he took me to the Albani gallery and placed me before
a statue representing Adonis stretched on a lion's skin.
"What do you think of that?" he said.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Critias by Plato:
bridged over the zones of sea, and made a way to and from the royal palace
which they built in the centre island. This ancient palace was ornamented
by successive generations; and they dug a canal which passed through the
zones of land from the island to the sea. The zones of earth were
surrounded by walls made of stone of divers colours, black and white and
red, which they sometimes intermingled for the sake of ornament; and as
they quarried they hollowed out beneath the edges of the zones double docks
having roofs of rock. The outermost of the walls was coated with brass,
the second with tin, and the third, which was the wall of the citadel,
flashed with the red light of orichalcum. In the interior of the citadel
was a holy temple, dedicated to Cleito and Poseidon, and surrounded by an