|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from An Unsocial Socialist by George Bernard Shaw:
till of a capitalist."
"He was a practical Socialist, in fact," said Erskine.
"On the contrary, he was a somewhat too grasping Individualist.
Howbeit, I enabled him to make good his defalcation--in the city
they consider a defalcation made good when the money is
replaced--and to go to New York. I recommended him not to go
there; but he knew better than I, for he made a fortune by
speculating with money that existed only in the imagination of
those with whom he dealt. He never repaid me; he is probably far
too good a man of business to pay money that cannot be extracted
from him by an appeal to the law or to his commercial credit. Mr.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Three Taverns by Edwin Arlington Robinson:
How deep they were, and what a velvet light
Came out of them when anger or surprise,
Or laughter, or Francesca, made them bright.
No, you will not forget such eyes, I think, --
And you say nothing of them. Very well.
I wonder if all history's worth a wink,
Sometimes, or if my tale be one to tell.
For they began to lose their velvet light;
Their fire grew dead without and small within;
And many of you deplored the needless fight
That somewhere in the dark there must have been.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Barlaam and Ioasaph by St. John of Damascus:
mankind, hath opened the gates of heaven to all that turn,
barring the way of salvation to none, and receiving with
compassion them that repent? Wherefore to all that have entered
the vineyard at the first, third, sixth, ninth or eleventh hour
there is apportioned equal pay, as saith the holy Gospel: so that
even if, until this present time, thou hast waxen old in thy
sins, yet if thou draw nigh with a fervent heart, thou shalt gain
the same rewards as they who have laboured from their youth
With these and many other words did that saintly youth speak of
repentance to that aged sinner Nachor, promising him that Christ