|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from King Henry VI by William Shakespeare:
To-morrow, then, belike shall be the day,
If Warwick be so near as men report.
But say, I pray, what nobleman is that
That with the king here resteth in his tent?
'T is the Lord Hastings, the king's chiefest friend.
O, is it So? But why commands the king
That his chief followers lodge in towns about him,
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from On the Duty of Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau:
They have no doubt that it is a damnable business in
which they are concerned; they are all peaceably inclined.
Now, what are they? Men at all? or small movable forts and
magazines, at the service of some unscrupulous man in power?
Visit the Navy Yard, and behold a marine, such a man as an
American government can make, or such as it can make a man
with its black arts--a mere shadow and reminiscence of
humanity, a man laid out alive and standing, and already,
as one may say, buried under arms with funeral accompaniment,
though it may be,
"Not a drum was heard, not a funeral note,
On the Duty of Civil Disobedience
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche:
juxtaposition! How disorderly and how rich is the whole
constitution of this soul! The German DRAGS at his soul, he drags
at everything he experiences. He digests his events badly; he
never gets "done" with them; and German depth is often only a
difficult, hesitating "digestion." And just as all chronic
invalids, all dyspeptics like what is convenient, so the German
loves "frankness" and "honesty"; it is so CONVENIENT to be frank
and honest!--This confidingness, this complaisance, this showing-
the-cards of German HONESTY, is probably the most dangerous and
most successful disguise which the German is up to nowadays: it
is his proper Mephistophelean art; with this he can "still
Beyond Good and Evil