|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Helen of Troy And Other Poems by Sara Teasdale:
And lay a kiss upon my mouth.
I Would Live in Your Love
I would live in your love as the sea-grasses live in the sea,
Borne up by each wave as it passes, drawn down by each wave that recedes;
I would empty my soul of the dreams that have gathered in me,
I would beat with your heart as it beats, I would follow your soul
as it leads.
The wind is tossing the lilacs,
The new leaves laugh in the sun,
And the petals fall on the orchard wall,
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Polity of Athenians and Lacedaemonians by Xenophon:
Dindorf ad loc.
The custom of always taking their spears with them when they go
their rounds must certainly be attributed to the same cause which
makes them exclude their slaves from the place of arms. Nor need we be
surprised if, when retiring for necessary purposes, they only withdraw
just far enough from one another, or from the place of arms itself,
not to create annoyance. The need of precaution is the whole
 See Critias, ap. Schneider ad loc.
The frequency with which they change their encampments is another
point. It is done quite as much for the sake of benefiting their
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg by Mark Twain:
sob), "we are so poor!--but--but--do as you think best--do as you
Edward fell--that is, he sat still; sat with a conscience which was
not satisfied, but which was overpowered by circumstances.
Meantime a stranger, who looked like an amateur detective gotten up
as an impossible English earl, had been watching the evening's
proceedings with manifest interest, and with a contented expression
in his face; and he had been privately commenting to himself. He
was now soliloquising somewhat like this: 'None of the Eighteen are
bidding; that is not satisfactory; I must change that--the dramatic
unities require it; they must buy the sack they tried to steal; they
The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg