|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Golden Sayings of Epictetus by Epictetus:
Till then these sound opinions have taken firm root in you,
and you have gained a measure of strength for your security, I
counsel you to be cautious in associating with the uninstructed.
Else whatever impressions you receive upon the tablets of your
mind in the School will day by day melt and disappear, like wax
in the sun. Withdraw then somewhere far from tge sun, while you
have these waxen sentiments.
We must approach this matter in a different way; it is great
and mystical: it is no common thing; nor given to every man.
The Golden Sayings of Epictetus
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Tattine by Ruth Ogden [Mrs. Charles W. Ide]:
putting a layer of cotton-batting in the bottom, laid Bunny in one corner.
Then she went to the garden and pulled a leaf or two of the youngest, greenest
lettuce, and put it right within reach of Bunny's nose, and a little saucer of
water beside it. Then she went down to tell the gardener's little boy all
about the sorrowful thing that had happened.
The next morning Bunny was still breathing, but the lettuce was un-nibbled; he
had not moved an inch, and he was trembling like a leaf. "Mamma," she called
upstairs, "I think I'll put BUN in the sun" (she was trying not to be too
down-hearted); "he seems to be a little chilly." Then she sat herself down in
the sun to watch him. Soon Bunny ceased to tremble. "Patrick," she called to
the old man who was using the lawn mower, "is this little rabbit dead?"
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Lady Baltimore by Owen Wister:
I now spoke with an intention. "What a lot you seem to have seen and
suffered of the advanced Newport!"
The intention wrought its due and immediate effect. "Yes. There was no
choice. I had gone to Newport upon--upon an urgent matter, which took me
among those people."
He dwelt upon the pictures that came up in his mind. But he took me away
again from the "urgent matter."
"I saw," he resumed more briskly, "fifteen or twenty--most amazing,
sir!--young men, some of them not any older than I am, who had so many
millions that they could easily--" he paused, casting about for some
expression adequate--"could buy Kings Port and put it under a glass case