|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Chronicles of the Canongate by Walter Scott:
considered him as too rash in opposing the ancient faith of their
fathers; and though they honoured the moral intrepidity of their
pastor, they could not avoid entertaining and expressing fears
that he would one day fall a victim to his temerity, and be torn
to pieces in the glen of the Cloght-dearg, or some of those other
haunted wilds, which he appeared rather to have a pride and
pleasure in traversing alone, on the days and hours when the
wicked spirits were supposed to have especial power over man and
These legends came across the mind of the clergyman, and,
solitary as he was, a melancholy smile shaded his cheek, as he
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Sophist by Plato:
other things, which are infinite in number.
THEAETETUS: That is not far from the truth.
STRANGER: And we must not quarrel with this result, since it is of the
nature of classes to have communion with one another; and if any one denies
our present statement [viz., that being is not, etc.], let him first argue
with our former conclusion [i.e., respecting the communion of ideas], and
then he may proceed to argue with what follows.
THEAETETUS: Nothing can be fairer.
STRANGER: Let me ask you to consider a further question.
THEAETETUS: What question?
STRANGER: When we speak of not-being, we speak, I suppose, not of
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry:
are wisest. They are the magi.
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