|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Mirror of the Sea by Joseph Conrad:
impressionists. They impressed upon you the fear of God and
Immensity - or, in other words, the fear of being drowned with
every circumstance of terrific grandeur. One may think that the
locality of your passing away by means of suffocation in water does
not really matter very much. I am not so sure of that. I am,
perhaps, unduly sensitive, but I confess that the idea of being
suddenly spilt into an infuriated ocean in the midst of darkness
and uproar affected me always with a sensation of shrinking
distaste. To be drowned in a pond, though it might be called an
ignominious fate by the ignorant, is yet a bright and peaceful
ending in comparison with some other endings to one's earthly
The Mirror of the Sea
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane:
but in the shadow of the impending tumult he
suspected them to be impossible pictures.
He sprang from the bunk and began to pace
nervously to and fro. "Good Lord, what's th'
matter with me?" he said aloud.
He felt that in this crisis his laws of life were
useless. Whatever he had learned of himself was
here of no avail. He was an unknown quantity.
He saw that he would again be obliged to experi-
ment as he had in early youth. He must accumu-
late information of himself, and meanwhile he re-
The Red Badge of Courage
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Little Rivers by Henry van Dyke:
ridge with a precipice on either hand, and so at last to the
summit, 8600 feet above the sea.
It is not a great height, but it is a noble situation. For Nuvolau
is fortunately placed in the very centre of the Dolomites, and so
commands a finer view than many a higher mountain. Indeed, it is
not from the highest peaks, according to my experience, that one
gets the grandest prospects, but rather from those of middle
height, which are so isolated as to give a wide circle of vision,
and from which one can see both the valleys and the summits. Monte
Rosa itself gives a less imposing view than the Gorner Grat.
It is possible, in this world, to climb too high for pleasure.