|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Marriage Contract by Honore de Balzac:
optimist; he saw everything to advantage, and did not tell himself
than an ambitious mother-in-law might prove a tyrant. So, every
evening as he left the house, he fancied himself a married man,
allured his mind with its own thought, and slipped on the slippers of
wedlock cheerfully. In the first place, he had enjoyed his freedom too
long to regret the loss of it; he was tired of a bachelor's life,
which offered him nothing new; he now saw only its annoyances; whereas
if he thought at times of the difficulties of marriage, its pleasures,
in which lay novelty, came far more prominently before his mind.
"Marriage," he said to himself, "is disagreeable for people without
means, but half its troubles disappear before wealth."
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Thus Spake Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche:
And when truth hath once triumphed there, then ask yourselves with good
distrust: "What strong error hath fought for it?"
Be on your guard also against the learned! They hate you, because they are
unproductive! They have cold, withered eyes before which every bird is
Such persons vaunt about not lying: but inability to lie is still far from
being love to truth. Be on your guard!
Freedom from fever is still far from being knowledge! Refrigerated spirits
I do not believe in. He who cannot lie, doth not know what truth is.
Thus Spake Zarathustra