|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from My Aunt Margaret's Mirror by Walter Scott:
raise her house and family; and was, as has been said, a
considerable spur to my grandfather, who was otherwise an
indolent man, but whom, unless he has been slandered, his lady's
influence involved in some political matters which had been more
wisely let alone. She was a woman of high principle, however,
and masculine good sense, as some of her letters testify, which
are still in my wainscot cabinet.
Jemmie Falconer was the reverse of her sister in every respect.
Her understanding did not reach above the ordinary pitch, if,
indeed, she could be said to have attained it. Her beauty, while
it lasted, consisted, in a great measure, of delicacy of
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Art of War by Sun Tzu:
is the planning of an attack." It would be hard to find a better
epitome of the root-principle of war.]
IV. TACTICAL DISPOSITIONS
[Ts`ao Kung explains the Chinese meaning of the words for
the title of this chapter: "marching and countermarching on the
part of the two armies with a view to discovering each other's
condition." Tu Mu says: "It is through the dispositions of an
army that its condition may be discovered. Conceal your
dispositions, and your condition will remain secret, which leads
to victory,; show your dispositions, and your condition will
The Art of War
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson:
Thus to provide! That I should be forgiven!
And dwell already the next door to heaven!'
A page or two further, from the top of the House Beautiful,
the damsels point his gaze toward the Delectable Mountains:
'The Prospect,' so the cut is ticketed - and I shall be
surprised, if on less than a square inch of paper you can
show me one so wide and fair. Down a cross road on an
English plain, a cathedral city outlined on the horizon, a
hazel shaw upon the left, comes Madam Wanton dancing with her
fair enchanted cup, and Faithful, book in hand, half pauses.
The cut is perfect as a symbol; the giddy movement of the