|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Republic by Plato:
whether he has fallen into a little swimming bath or into mid ocean, he has
to swim all the same.
And must not we swim and try to reach the shore: we will hope that Arion's
dolphin or some other miraculous help may save us?
I suppose so, he said.
Well then, let us see if any way of escape can be found. We acknowledged--
did we not? that different natures ought to have different pursuits, and
that men's and women's natures are different. And now what are we saying?
--that different natures ought to have the same pursuits,--this is the
inconsistency which is charged upon us.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Wrong Box by Stevenson & Osbourne:
fills me with concern. What! we have been wet through the greater
part of the day, and you propose, in cold blood, to go home! No,
And taking his friend's arm he led him sternly towards the
nearest public-house. Nor was Pitman (I regret to say) wholly
unwilling. Now that peace was restored and the body gone, a
certain innocent skittishness began to appear in the manners of
the artist; and when he touched his steaming glass to Michael's,
he giggled aloud like a venturesome schoolgirl at a picnic.
CHAPTER IX. Glorious Conclusion of Michael Finsbury's Holiday
I know Michael Finsbury personally; my business--I know the
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Kreutzer Sonata by Leo Tolstoy:
themselves to me, or presenting me with a child, could bind my
future. Moreover, perhaps there may have been children or
attachments; but I so arranged matters that I could not become
aware of them.
"And living thus, I considered myself a perfectly honest man. I
did not understand that debauchery does not consist simply in
physical acts, that no matter what physical ignominy does not yet
constitute debauchery, and that real debauchery consists in
freedom from the moral bonds toward a woman with whom one enters
into carnal relations, and I regarded THIS FREEDOM as a merit. I
remember that I once tortured myself exceedingly for having
The Kreutzer Sonata