|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Symposium by Plato:
enthusiasm or madness; Socrates is himself 'a prophet new inspired' with
Bacchanalian revelry, which, like his philosophy, he characteristically
pretends to have derived not from himself but from others. The Phaedo also
presents some points of comparison with the Symposium. For there, too,
philosophy might be described as 'dying for love;' and there are not
wanting many touches of humour and fancy, which remind us of the Symposium.
But while the Phaedo and Phaedrus look backwards and forwards to past and
future states of existence, in the Symposium there is no break between this
world and another; and we rise from one to the other by a regular series of
steps or stages, proceeding from the particulars of sense to the universal
of reason, and from one universal to many, which are finally reunited in a
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from In the Cage by Henry James:
He jerked his handsome head in literal protest at a doubt. "Why
that's exactly what I mean by my gratitude for all your trouble.
It has been just as if you took a particular interest." She only
looked at him by way of answer in such sudden headlong
embarrassment, as she was quite aware, that while she remained
silent he showed himself checked by her expression. "You HAVE--
haven't you?--taken a particular interest?"
"Oh a particular interest!" she quavered out, feeling the whole
thing--her headlong embarrassment--get terribly the better of her,
and wishing, with a sudden scare, all the more to keep her emotion
down. She maintained her fixed smile a moment and turned her eyes
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Bucky O'Connor by William MacLeod Raine:
ranger and the sheriff entrained immediately.
Bucky's eye searched in vain the platform of the Epitaph depot
for Malloy, of the Rangers, whose wire had brought him here. The
cause of the latter's absence was soon made clear to him in a
note he found waiting for him at the hotel:
"The old man has just sent me out on hurry-up orders. Don't know
when I'll get back. Suggest you take in the show at the opera
house to-night to pass the time."
It was the last sentence that caught Bucky's attention. Jim
Malloy had not written it except for a reason. Wherefore the
lieutenant purchased two tickets for the performance far back in