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Acting On Inspiration
by Ron Tatar

August 2002

Good words are something actors love. I have always liked finding quotes, thoughts and sayings and sharing them with people I thought might enjoy them. Each month I will share some words that have inspired me, given me understanding and helped me keep things in perspective when times were rocky.

"The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.
The superior man loves his soul; the inferior man loves his property. The superior man always remembers how he was punished for his mistakes; the inferior man always remembers what presents he got. The superior man is liberal toward others' opinions, but does not completely agree with them; the inferior man completely agrees with others' opinions, but is not liberal toward them. The superior man is firm, but does not fight; he mixes easily with others, but does not form cliques. The superior man blames himself; the inferior man blames others. The superior man is always candid and at ease with himself or others; the inferior man is always worried about something. A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it is committing another mistake."
---Confucius

I died for beauty, but was scarce
Adjusted in the tomb,
When one who died for truth was lain
In an adjoining room.

He questioned softly why I failed?
"For beauty," I replied.
"And I for truth--the two are one;
We brethren are," he said.

And so, as kinsmen met a-night,
We talked between the rooms,
Until the moss reached our lips,
And covered up our names.
---Emily Dickinson

Charles A. Beard (1874-1948), asked if he could summarize the lessons of history in a short book, said he could do it in four sentences:

1. Whom the Gods would destroy, they first make mad with power.
2. The mills of God grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly small.
3. The bee fertilizes the flower it robs.
4. When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.

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