|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Bureaucracy by Honore de Balzac:
replaced the sovereign. Instead of looking directly to the chief
magistrate of this nation, the clerks have become, in spite of our
fine patriotic ideas, the subsidiaries of the government; their
superiors are blown about by the winds of a power called "the
administration," and do not know from day to day where they may be on
the morrow. As the routine of public business must go on, a certain
number of indispensable clerks are kept in their places, though they
hold these places on sufferance, anxious as they are to retain them.
Bureaucracy, a gigantic power set in motion by dwarfs, was generated
in this way. Though Napoleon, by subordinating all things and all men
to his will, retarded for a time the influence of bureaucracy (that
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Memorabilia by Xenophon:
dispense with, save for some necessity of the body; and which even so
ought to set up no disturbance. But for himself, it was clear, he
was prepared at all points and invulnerable. He found less difficulty
in abstaining from beauty's fairest and fullest bloom than many others
from weeds and garbage. To sum up: with regard to eating and
drinking and these other temptations of the sense, the equipment of
his soul made him independent; he could boast honestly that in his
moderate fashion his pleasures were no less than theirs who take
such trouble to procure them, and his pains far fewer.
 Cf. "Symp." iv. 38.
 L. Dindorf [brackets] this passage as spurious.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Scenes from a Courtesan's Life by Honore de Balzac:
kind as to call my cook Asie, and Eugenie Europe. I have given those
names to all the women who have served me ever since the first two. I
do not love change----"
"Asie, Europe! echoed the Baron, laughing. "How ver' droll you are.--
You hafe infentions.--I should hafe eaten many dinners before I should
hafe call' a cook Asie."
"It is our business to be droll," said Esther. "Come, now, may not a
poor girl be fed by Asia and dressed by Europe when you live on the
whole world? It is a myth, I say; some women would devour the earth, I
only ask for half.--You see?"
"Vat a voman is Montame Saint-Estefe!" said the Baron to himself as he