|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Apology by Plato:
better than women. And I say that these things ought not to be done by
those of us who have a reputation; and if they are done, you ought not to
permit them; you ought rather to show that you are far more disposed to
condemn the man who gets up a doleful scene and makes the city ridiculous,
than him who holds his peace.
But, setting aside the question of public opinion, there seems to be
something wrong in asking a favour of a judge, and thus procuring an
acquittal, instead of informing and convincing him. For his duty is, not
to make a present of justice, but to give judgment; and he has sworn that
he will judge according to the laws, and not according to his own good
pleasure; and we ought not to encourage you, nor should you allow
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Master and Man by Leo Tolstoy:
'Let me get my breath!' he said, unfastening the kerchief with
which he had tied the collar of his fur coat at the village.
'It's all right here. You lie there,' said Nikita. 'I will
lead him along.' And with Vasili Andreevich in the sledge he
led the horse by the bridle about ten paces down and then up a
slight rise, and stopped.
The place where Nikita had stopped was not completely in the
hollow where the snow sweeping down from the hillocks might
have buried them altogether, but still it was partly sheltered
from the wind by the side of the ravine. There were moments
Master and Man
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Tales of the Klondyke by Jack London:
her feet by the water-hole a little longer.
"Well?" This time from Freda, but softly and anxiously.
"I don't know what to say," he hastened to answer, adding to
himself that it was coming along quicker than he had expected.
"Nothing I'd like better, Freda. You know that well enough." He
pressed her hand, palm to palm. She nodded. Could she wonder
that she despised the breed?
"But you see, I--I'm engaged. Of course you know that. And the
girl's coming into the country to marry me. Don't know what was
up with me when I asked her, but it was a long while back, and I
was all-fired young--"