Quote by Plato
Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.
This quote suggests that poetry, with its ability to convey deep emotions and subjective experiences, has the potential to reveal a more profound understanding of truth compared to objective historical accounts. Poetry taps into the essence of human existence, offering a direct connection to the raw emotions and struggles that encompass our lives. Unlike history, which often focuses on facts and events, poetry delves into the very core of our being, giving voice to our deepest truths and capturing the essence of our lived experiences.
There are three principal means of acquiring knowledge available to us: observation of nature, reflection, and experimentation. Observation collects facts; reflection combines them; experimentation verifies the result of that combination. Our observation of nature must be diligent, our reflection profound, and our experiments exact. We rarely see these three means combined; and for this reason, creative geniuses are not common.
Stage charm guarantees in advance an actor's hold on the audience, it helps him to carry over to large numbers of people his creative purposes. It enhances his roles and his art. Yet it is of utmost importance that he use this precious gift with prudence, wisdom, and modesty. It is a great shame when he does not realize this and goes on to exploit, to play on his ability to charm.