|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Prince by Nicolo Machiavelli:
enables men to rise from a private station to that rank. And, on the
contrary, it is seen that when princes have thought more of ease than
of arms they have lost their states. And the first cause of your
losing it is to neglect this art; and what enables you to acquire a
state is to be master of the art. Francesco Sforza, through being
martial, from a private person became Duke of Milan; and the sons,
through avoiding the hardships and troubles of arms, from dukes became
private persons. For among other evils which being unarmed brings you,
it causes you to be despised, and this is one of those ignominies
against which a prince ought to guard himself, as is shown later on.
Because there is nothing proportionate between the armed and the
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Road to Oz by L. Frank Baum:
Ozma does not need it."
"All my people love the Wizard, too," announced the Princess,
laughing; "so we will hang the Love Magnet over the gates of the
Emerald City, that whoever shall enter or leave the gates may be
loved and loving."
"That is a good idea," said the shaggy man; "I agree to it most willingly."
Those assembled now went in to dinner, which you can imagine was a
grand affair; and afterward Ozma asked the Wizard to give them an
exhibition of his magic.
The Wizard took eight tiny white piglets from an inside pocket and set
them on the table. One was dressed like a clown, and performed funny
The Road to Oz
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Danny's Own Story by Don Marquis:
"Martha," I says, "you ain't acted right with me."
"Oh, Danny, Danny," she says, "I know it! I
"Some fellers in my place," I says, "would raise
a dickens of a row."
"I DID love you once," she says, looking at me
from between her fingers.
"Yes," says I, acting real melancholy, "you did.
And now you've quit it, they don't seem to me to be
nothing left to live fur." Martha, she was an awful
romanceful girl. I got the notion that mebby she